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Matthew 6:27 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life?
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “And who of you by being worried can add a [single] hour to his life?
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Which of you by anxious care can add one cubit to his stature?
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— But which of you by carefulness can add to his growth one cubit?
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— But who from among you, being anxious, can add to his stature one cubit?
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'And who of you, being anxious, is able to add to his age one cubit?
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— And which of you by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubit?
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Which of you by taking thought, can adde one cubite vnto his stature?
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— But who among you by being anxious can add to his stature one cubit?
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— And who of you that shall be anxious, can add to his stature a cubit?

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
1161
{1161} Prime
δέ
de
{deh}
A primary particle (adversative or continuative); but, and, etc.
Which 5101
{5101} Prime
τίς
tis
{tis}
Probably emphatic of G5100; an interrogitive pronoun, who, which or what (in direct or indirect questions).
y1537
[1537] Standard
ἐκ
ek
{ek}
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
of x1537
(1537) Complement
ἐκ
ek
{ek}
A primary preposition denoting origin (the point whence motion or action proceeds), from, out (of place, time or cause; literally or figuratively; direct or remote).
you 5216
{5216} Prime
ὑμῶν
humon
{hoo-mone'}
Genitive case of G5210; of (from or concerning) you.
by taking thought 3309
{3309} Prime
μεριμνάω
merimnao
{mer-im-nah'-o}
From G3308; to be anxious about.
z5723
<5723> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Participle (See G5796)
Count - 2549
can 1410
{1410} Prime
δύναμαι
dunamai
{doo'-nam-ahee}
Of uncertain affinity; to be able or possible.
z5736
<5736> Grammar
Tense - Present (See G5774)
Voice - Middle or Passive Deponent (See G5790)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 618
add 4369
{4369} Prime
προστίθημι
prostithemi
{pros-tith'-ay-mee}
From G4314 and G5087; to place additionally, that is, lay beside, annex, repeat.
z5629
<5629> Grammar
Tense - Second Aorist (See G5780)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Infinitive (See G5795)
Count - 454
one 1520
{1520} Prime
εἷς
heis
{hice}
(Including the neuter [etc.] ἕν [[hen]]); a primary numeral; one.
cubit 4083
{4083} Prime
πῆχυς
pechus
{pay'-khoos}
Of uncertain affinity; the fore arm, that is, (as a measure) a cubit.
unto 1909
{1909} Prime
ἐπί
epi
{ep-ee'}
A primary preposition properly meaning superimposition (of time, place, order, etc.), as a relation of distribution [with the genitive case], that is, over, upon, etc.; of rest (with the dative case) at, on, etc.; of direction (with the accusative case) towards, upon, etc.
his y846
[0846] Standard
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
x848
(0848) Complement
αὑτοῦ
hautou
{how-too'}
Contraction for G1438; self (in some oblique case or reflexive relation).
stature? 2244
{2244} Prime
ἡλικία
helikia
{hay-lik-ee'-ah}
From the same as G2245; maturity (in years or size).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Matthew 6:27

_ _ Which of you, by taking thought — anxious solicitude.

_ _ can add one cubit unto his stature? — “Stature” can hardly be the thing intended here: first, because the subject is the prolongation of life, by the supply of its necessaries of food and clothing: and next, because no one would dream of adding a cubit — or a foot and a half — to his stature, while in the corresponding passage in Luke (Luke 12:25, Luke 12:26) the thing intended is represented as “that thing which is least.” But if we take the word in its primary sense of “age” (for “stature” is but a secondary sense) the idea will be this, “Which of you, however anxiously you vex yourselves about it, can add so much as a step to the length of your life’s journey?” To compare the length of life to measures of this nature is not foreign to the language of Scripture (compare Psalms 39:5; 2 Timothy 4:7, etc.). So understood, the meaning is clear and the connection natural. In this the best critics now agree.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Matthew 6:25-34.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Matthew 6:27

And which of you — If you are ever so careful, can even add a moment to your own life thereby? This seems to be far the most easy and natural sense of the words.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Matthew 6:27

Which of you by (l) taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

(l) He speaks of care which is joined with thought of mind, and has for the most part distrust yoked with it.

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Matthew 5:36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
Psalms 39:6 Surely every man walketh in a vain shew: surely they are disquieted in vain: he heapeth up [riches], and knoweth not who shall gather them.
Ecclesiastes 3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth [it], that [men] should fear before him.
Luke 12:25-26 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? ... If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?
1 Corinthians 12:18 But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.
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