Luke 12:30

30 (For the pagans of this world are always concerned about all these things.) Your Father knows that you need these things.

Luke 12:30 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 12:30

For all these things do the nations of the world seek
after
That is, the Gentiles, as in ( Matthew 6:32 ) who are frequently, in the Jewish writings, called, in distinction from the Jews, (Mlweh twmwa) , "the nations of the world" F19. This is an argument used to dissuade from an immediate and anxious concern for food and raiment, because it is Heathenish, and therefore very unbecoming the disciples and followers of Christ: it need not be wondered at in those that know not God, and do not acknowledge his providence, and are strangers to his covenant and promises; but must be very unsuitable to the characters of such who know that godliness has the promise of this life, and of that which is to come:

and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things;
and therefore it is needless to be so anxious about them: the Persic version reads, "all these things", and so some copies; that is, meat, drink, and clothing, all the necessaries of life; (See Gill on Matthew 6:32).


FOOTNOTES:

F19 Vid. T. Bab. Gittin, fol. 28. 2. & 29.

Luke 12:30 In-Context

28 It is God who clothes the wild grass - grass that is here today and gone tomorrow, burned up in the oven. Won't he be all the more sure to clothe you? What little faith you have!
29 "So don't be all upset, always concerned about what you will eat and drink.
30 (For the pagans of this world are always concerned about all these things.) Your Father knows that you need these things.
31 Instead, be concerned with his Kingdom, and he will provide you with these things.
32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the Kingdom.