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Take no thought

In 1395, Wycliffe rendered it be not busy:  “Therfor I seie to you, that ye be not bisi to youre lijf.”  (Matthew 6:25) In 1534 Tyndale put the warning, be not carefull:  “Therfore I saye vnto you be not carefull for your lyfe” From Tyndale until 1611 all the translations rendered Jesus’ warning as “be not […]

Ye cannot serve God and mammon

We are all worshippers.  We all give our hearts to something.  And yet we only have one heart.  Simone Weil put it like this: “No human being escapes the necessity of conceiving some good outside himself towards which his thought turns in a movement of desire, supplication, and hope. Consequently, the only choice is between […]

Where your treasure is there will your heart be also

Following His discussion of three religious practices – alms-giving, prayer and fasting (Matthew 6:1-18) – Jesus returns to the topic of giving.  But here He doesn’t speak in terms of “alms” but of treasure. “19 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and […]

Cast thy bread upon the waters

This phrase is both “useful” and “dangerous” says David Crystal in Begat.  And the reason it’s useful and dangerous is one and the same – no-one knows quite what it means! What is “thy bread”?  What are the waters?  And what is the outcome that is promised? “Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou […]