The Bible in Its Traditions

Matthew 5:20–48

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20  For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

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21  "You have heard that it was said to the ancients, 'You shall not kill,' and whoever kills will be liable to the judgment.

21  Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment

21  You have heard that it was said to those who were before you, You shall not kill, and whoever kills is guilty before the court.

22  But I say to you that whoever gets angry with his brother without cause will be liable to the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Empty-head!' will be liable to the council. But whoever says, ' fool!' will be liable to the fiery hell.

22  but I say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of the hell of fire.

22  But I say to you, that whoever becomes angry with his brother for no reason, is guilty before the court: and whoever should say to his brother, Raca (which means, I spit on you) is guilty before the congregation; and whoever says to his brother, you are a nurse maid, is condemned to hell fire.

23  Therefore if you offer your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you,

23  If therefore thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee,

23  If it should happen therefore that while you are presenting your offering upon the altar, and right there you remember that your brother has any grievance against you,

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24  leave your gift there before the altar, and go, first be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.

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25  Make friends with your adversary quickly, while you are on the road with him, lest your adversary hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be cast into prison.

25  Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art with him in the way; lest haply the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

25  Try to get reconciled with your accuser promptly, while you are going on the road with him; for your accuser might surrender you to the judge, and the judge would commit you to the jailer, and you will be cast into prison.

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26  Assuredly I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

26  Verily I say unto thee, thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the last farthing.

27  "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.'

27  Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt not commit adultery

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28  But I say to you, that whoever looks at a woman in order to lust after her has already committed adultery [with] her in his heart.

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29  If your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and cast it from you; for it is better for you that one of your members be lost, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

29  And if thy right eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell.

29  And if your right eye causes you to sin, root it out and cast it away from you. For it is better for you that one of your members perish, than that your whole body be cast into Hell.

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30  And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is better for you that one of your members be lost, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

30  And if thy right hand causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body go into hell.

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31  "Furthermore it has been said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a divorce certificate.'

31  It was said also, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement

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32  "But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife, except for a matter of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorcee commits adultery.

32  but I say unto you, that every one that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery.

32  But I say to you, that anyone who will have dismissed his wife, except in the case of fornication, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever will have married her who has been dismissed commits adultery.

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33  "Again you have heard that it was said to the ancients, 'You shall not swear falsely, but you shall pay your oaths to YHWH.'

33  Again, ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths

33  Again you have heard it was said to them who were before you, that you shall not lie in your oaths, but entrust your oaths to the Lord.

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34  "But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne;

34  but I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by the heaven, for it is the throne of God;

34  But I say to you, never swear; neither by heaven, because it is GodÆs throne;

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35  nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

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36  Nor shall you swear by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black.

36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, for thou canst not make one hair white or black.

36  Neither shall you swear an oath by your own head, because you are not able to cause one hair to become white or black.

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37  But let your word be 'Yes', 'yes,'; [or ]'No,' 'no.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil [one].

37  But let your word ‘Yes’ mean ‘Yes,’ and ‘No’ mean ‘No.’ For anything beyond that is of evil.

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38  "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'

38  Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth

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39  But I say to you not to resist an evil person. But whoever shall slap you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

39  but I say unto you, resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

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40  And to the [one] desiring to sue you and to take your tunic, let him have your cloak also.

40  And if any man would go to law with thee, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

40  And if anyone wishes to sue you at the court and take away your shirt, let him have your robe also.

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41  And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.

41  And whoever will have compelled you for one thousand steps, go with him even for two thousand steps.

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42  Give to the [one] asking you, and to the [one] desiring to borrow from you, do not turn away.

42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

42  Whoever asks of you, give to him. And if anyone would borrow from you, do not turn away from him.

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43  "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and you shall hate your enemy.'

43  Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy

43  You have heard that it is said, Be kind to your friend, and hate your enemy.

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44  But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,

44  but I say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you;

44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

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45  so that you may prove to be sons of your Father in heaven; because He makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and He sends rain on the just and on the unjust.

45  that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust.

45  In this way, you shall be sons of your Father, who is in heaven. He causes his sun to rise upon the good and the bad, and he causes it to rain upon the just and the unjust.

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46  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?

46  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

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47  And if you greet your friends only, what more are you doing [than others]? Do not even the tax collectors do so?

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48  You therefore be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.

48  Therefore, be perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

48  Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.