Luke 12:31

31 Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.

Luke 12:31 Meaning and Commentary

Luke 12:31

But rather seek ye the kingdom of God
The Vulgate Latin version adds, "first", as also, "and his righteousness", as in ( Matthew 6:33 ) and the Ethiopic version reads, "seek his kingdom and righteousness" meaning either the grace of God, which is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost, ( Romans 14:17 ) or the heavenly glory; unless the Gospel, and the dispensation of it, which is the Messiah's kingdom, and which was then just ushering in, should rather be intended.

And all these things shall be added unto you;
food and raiment, which are as much as can be enjoyed; and godliness with these, and contentment with them, is great gain; (See Gill on Matthew 6:33).

Luke 12:31 In-Context

29 And do not keep striving for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do not keep worrying.
30 For it is the nations of the world that strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them.
31 Instead, strive for his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.
32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys.

Footnotes 1

  • [a]. Other ancient authorities read [God's]
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