Matthew 5

Matthew 5

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33 "Again, you have heard that the law of Moses says, `Do not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.'*1

34 But I say, don't make any vows! If you say, `By heaven!' it is a sacred vow because heaven is God's throne.

35 And if you say, `By the earth!' it is a sacred vow because the earth is his footstool. And don't swear, `By Jerusalem!' for Jerusalem is the city of the great King.

36 Don't even swear, `By my head!' for you can't turn one hair white or black.

37 Just say a simple, `Yes, I will,' or `No, I won't.' Your word is enough. To strengthen your promise with a vow shows that something is wrong.*2

38 "You have heard that the law of Moses says, `If an eye is injured, injure the eye of the person who did it. If a tooth gets knocked out, knock out the tooth of the person who did it.'*3

39 But I say, don't resist an evil person! If you are slapped on the right cheek, turn the other, too.

40 If you are ordered to court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.

41 If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile,* carry it two miles.4

42 Give to those who ask, and don't turn away from those who want to borrow.

43 "You have heard that the law of Moses says, `Love your neighbor'* and hate your enemy.5

44 But I say, love your enemies!* Pray for those who persecute you!6

45 In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and on the unjust, too.

46 If you love only those who love you, what good is that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.

47 If you are kind only to your friends,* how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.7

48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.

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1: Num 30:2.

2: Or Anything beyond this is from the evil one.

3: Greek `An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' Exod 21:24; Lev 24:20; Deut 19:21.

4: Greek milion [4,854 feet or 1,478 meters].

5: Lev 19:18.

6: Some manuscripts add Bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you.

7: Greek your brothers.

New Living Translation Bible and Notes used with permission Tyndale House Publishers.

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