"Consider The Lilies"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 144

Context: Jesus, in the Sermon on the Mount, presents in the Beatitudes a series of promises to those who give themselves to God's will. Affirming that He has not come to destroy the old law, but rather to fulfill it, He compares the old with the new and admonishes the people to strive for the perfection of God. With the Lord's Prayer as an example, He teaches them how to pray and warns them against worrying about the material things of the world. The birds, He says, do not sow or reap, for the heavenly Father feeds them. Further, he asks:

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

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