“I don’t know the key to success,
but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.”
— Bill Cosby (Actor and Comedian)
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness;
and all these things shall be added unto you
All these things shall be added unto you –
The very blunt note of old Mr. Trapp, on this passage, is worthy of serious attention. All things shall be added. “They shall be cast in as an overplus, or as small advantages to the main bargain; as paper and pack-thread are given where we buy spice and fruit, or an inch of measure to an ell of cloth.”
This was a very common saying among the Jews: “Seek that, to which other things are necessarily connected.”
“A king said to his particular friend, ‘Ask what thou wilt, and I will give it unto thee.’ He thought within himself, ‘If I ask to be made a general I shall readily obtain it. I will ask something to which all these things shall be added:’ he therefore said, ‘Give me thy daughter to wife.’ This he did knowing that all the dignities of the kingdom should be added unto this gift.” See in Schoettgen.
To this verse, probably, belong the following words, quoted often by Clement, Origen, and Eusebius, as the words of Christ: αιτειτε τα μεγαλα, και τα μικρα υμιν προστεθησεται· και αιτειτε τα επουρανια, και τα επιγεια προστεθησεται υμιν. “Ask great things, and little things shall be added unto you; ask heavenly things, and earthly things shall be added unto you.” Clarke’s
Trust God for your Day, Today.