Wise words from Thomas [the Twin] and the Gang.
Do not worry.
He said it.
Saying 36 (pOxy. 655i.1-17)
[Jesus said, “Do not worry f]rom early u[ntil late no]r from ev[ening until m]orning. Worry neither [for y]our [food,] what [you] will eat, [nor] for [your] c[lothes,] what you will wear. [You are] [mu]ch gr[ea]ter than the [lil]lies wh[ich n]either ca[r]d nor s[pi]n. When you have n[o c]lo[thing], what do [you wear]? Who can add to your time of life? H[e it is who w]ill give you your clothing.”
Jesus said, “Do not be concerned from morning until evening and from evening until morning about what you will wear.”
Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)
There’s an Orthodox Jewish version of Matthew!? Sweet.
25 Therefore, I say to you, Do not have a LEV ROGEZ (anxious heart, [DEVARIM 28:65]) about your life, what you might wear or what you might drink, nor for your basar, what you might put on. Is not life more than okhel (food) and basar more than malbush (clothing)?
26 Look to the OPH HASHOMAYIM (birds of heaven, IYOV 35:11), for they do not sow nor reap nor gather into storehouses, and your Av shbaShomayim feeds them. Are you yourselves not worth more than they?
27 And who among you by a LEV ROGEZ (DEVARIM 28:65) is able to add to his life span one cubit?
28 And why have a LEV ROGEZ (anxious heart) about malbush (clothing)? Observe the lilies of the field, how they grow. They do not labor nor spin.
29 But I say to you that not even Shlomo HaMelech in all his kavod (glory) was clothed as one of these.
30 And if Hashem thus clothes the grass of the field that exists today and tomorrow is thrown into a furnace, how much more will he clothe you, you ones of little emunah?
31 Therefore, do not have a LEV ROGEZ (DEVARIM 28:65), saying, What might we eat? or What might we drink? or With what might we clothe ourselves?
32 For all these things the Goyim strive. For your Av shbaShomayim bavorn (anticipates) that you need all these things.
33 But seek first the Malchut Hashem and the Tzidkat Hashem, and all these things will be added to you.
34 Therefore, do not have a LEV ROGEZ (DEVARIM 28:65) for tomorrow, for makhar (tomorrow) will care for itself. Each day has enough tzoros of its own.
New Life Version (NLV)
25 “I tell you this: Do not worry about your life. Do not worry about what you are going to eat and drink. Do not worry about what you are going to wear. Is not life more important than food? Is not the body more important than clothes? 26 Look at the birds in the sky. They do not plant seeds. They do not gather grain. They do not put grain into a building to keep. Yet your Father in heaven feeds them! Are you not more important than the birds? 27 Which of you can make himself a little taller by worrying? 28 Why should you worry about clothes? Think how the flowers grow. They do not work or make cloth. 29 But I tell you that Solomon in all his greatness was not dressed as well as one of these flowers. 30 God clothes the grass of the field. It lives today and is burned in the stove tomorrow. How much more will He give you clothes? You have so little faith! 31 Do not worry. Do not keep saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or, ‘What will we drink?’ or, ‘What will we wear?’32 The people who do not know God are looking for all these things. Your Father in heaven knows you need all these things. 33 First of all, look for the holy nation of God. Be right with Him. All these other things will be given to you also. 34 Do not worry about tomorrow. Tomorrow will have its own worries. The troubles we have in a day are enough for one day.
International Standard Version (ISV)
4 Delight yourself in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Orthodox Jewish Bible (OJB)
4 Delight thyself also in Hashem, and He shall give thee the desires of thine lev.
There was a rich person who was very wealthy.
He said, “I shall invest my money so I may sow, reap, plant,
and fill my storehouses with produce.
Then I shall lack nothing.”
This is what he was thinking in his heart,
but that very night he died.
Whoever has ears should hear.
That rich man invested money expecting enough profit to fill storehouses, so that he may ‘lack nothing’. Had he lived, he might very well have filled those storehouses. Whether we have full storehouses, or empty ones, death gives no shits. It happens as it will.
Those with ears will understand that delighting in the Name quenches thirsts of six minds. With boundless joy, we see worry differently.
Think how the flowers grow. They do not work or make cloth. But I tell you that Solomon in all his greatness was not dressed as well as one of these flowers. Goddess clothes the grass of the field. It lives today and is burned in the stove tomorrow. How much more will She give you clothes? You have so little faith!