5 For calamity, there is derision (according to the ideas of the fortunate)—a fate for those whose feet slip. 6 But the tents of robbers are peaceful, and those who provoke God are confident—who carry their god in their hands. 7 “But now, ask the animals and they will teach you, or the birds of the sky and they will tell you. 8 Or speak to the earth and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea declare to you. 9 Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?
24 “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money. 25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? 26 Look at the birds in the sky: They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren’t you more valuable than they are? 27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? 28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers of the field grow; they do not work or spin.
Notes and References
"... Already in the OT we meet with something we could term a kind of literary form, consisting of an admonition to regard or turn to something in nature in order to be instructed or to learn to improve morally. Job 12:7f is one example ... Of course, Mt 6:26 ff is a later specimen of the same mode of expression..."
Hartman, Lars Asking for a Meaning: A Study of 1 Enoch 1-5 (p. 66) LiberLäromedel/Gleerup, 1979
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