Knijga O Kristu

Matej 6:1-34

O pomaganju onima koji su u potrebi

1“Pazite! Nemojte svoja dobra djela činiti javno da vam se drugi dive jer onda nećete primiti plaću od svojega nebeskog Oca.

2Zato kada daješ milodar, ne trubi pred sobom kao što to u sinagogama i na ulicama čine licemjeri da ih ljudi hvale. Zaista vam kažem, drugu nagradu osim te neće dobiti.6:2, 5 i 16 U grčkome: oni su već primili svoju plaću. 3Naprotiv, kada daješ milodar, neka tvoja ljevica ne zna što radi desnica. 4Udijeli svoj milodar potajno pa će te tvoj Otac, koji vidi i u tajnosti, nagraditi.”

O molitvi

(Mk 11:25; Lk 11:2-4)

5“I kada se molite, ne budite poput licemjera koji se vole moliti u sinagogama i po uličnim raskrižjima da ih ljudi vide. Zaista vam kažem, drugu nagradu osim te neće dobiti. 6Ti, naprotiv, kada se moliš, uđi nekamo gdje ćeš biti sam, zatvori za sobom vrata te se pomoli Ocu u tajnosti, a tvoj će te Otac, koji vidi u tajnosti, nagraditi. 7Kad se molite, ne nabrajajte isprazne riječi kao pogani, koji misle da će biti uslišani zbog svojega nabrajanja. 8Ne činite kao oni jer vaš Otac dobro zna što vam je potrebno i prije nego što ga zamolite. 9Zato se vi molite ovako:

‘Oče naš na nebu, neka se štuje tvoje sveto ime.

10Neka dođe tvoje kraljevstvo.

Neka se tvoja volja provodi

na zemlji kao i na nebu.

11Kruh naš svagdašnji daj nam danas

12i oprosti nam naše grijehe kao što i mi opraštamo onima koji griješe protiv nas.

13I ne dopusti da podlegnemo kušnji,

nego nas izbavi od Zloga.’6:13 U nekim rukopisima stoji još: Jer tvoji su kraljevstvo, sila i slava zauvijek. Amen.

14Jer ako oprostite ljudima njihove pogreške, i vaš će nebeski Otac vama oprostiti. 15Ali ne oprostite li vi drugima njihovih pogrešaka, ni vaš Otac neće vama oprostiti vaše grijehe.

O postu

16Kad postite, ne mrštite se kao licemjeri, koji izobliče lice kako bi ljudi opazili da poste. Zaista vam kažem, drugu nagradu osim te neće dobiti. 17Ali ti se, kada postiš, lijepo uredi 18da tvoj post ne zapaze ljudi, nego samo tvoj Otac koji je u tajnosti. I tvoj će ti Otac, koji vidi u tajnosti, uzvratiti.”

O novcu i imetku

(Lk 11:34-36; 12:33-34; 16:13)

19“Ne zgrćite sebi blago ovdje na zemlji, gdje ga mogu izgristi moljci ili može zahrđati, gdje lopovi provaljuju i kradu. 20Stječite sebi blago na nebu, gdje ga ne mogu izgristi moljci ni hrđa, gdje lopovi ne provaljuju i ne kradu. 21Jer gdje ti je blago, ondje će ti biti i srce.

22Oko je poput svjetiljke tijelu. Ne budete li odviše brinuli za materijalna dobra jasno ćete vidjeti u životu, 23ali ako za njih budete previše brinuli vid će vam biti zasjenjen i duboka će vam tama ispuniti život.

Ne može se služiti Bogu i bogatstvu

24Nitko ne može služiti dvojici gospodara. Ili će jednoga mrziti, a drugoga voljeti ili će jednome biti odan, a drugoga prezirati. Ne možete služiti i Bogu i bogatstvu.

Ne brinite se!

(Lk 12:22-31)

25Zato vam kažem: Ne brinite se tjeskobno kako ćete preživjeti, što ćete jesti ili piti, ni u što ćete obući svoje tijelo! Nije li život vredniji od hrane, a tijelo od odjeće? 26Pogledajte ptice nebeske! Niti siju, niti žanju, niti sabiru u žitnice jer ih hrani vaš nebeski Otac. A niste li vi mnogo vredniji od njih? 27Može li tko od vas sebi brigama produžiti život barem i za jedan dan?

28Zašto se onda brinuti za odjeću? Pogledajte samo poljske ljiljane! Niti se muče niti predu. 29A kažem vam da se ni kralj Salomon u svoj svojoj raskoši nije zaodjenuo kao jedan od njih. 30Pa ako Bog tako odijeva poljsku travu koja danas jest, a već se sutra baca u peć, zar se neće još i više brinuti za vas, malovjerni? 31Ne brinite se tjeskobno i ne govorite: ‘Što ćemo jesti?’, ‘Što ćemo piti?’ ili ‘U što ćemo se obući?’ 32jer tako čine nevjernici. Vaš nebeski Otac zna da vam je sve to potrebno. 33Stoga najprije tražite Božje kraljevstvo i njegovu pravednost, pa će vam se i to nadodati.

34Ne brinite se zato tjeskobno za sutra jer će ono donijeti nove brige. Današnja vam je muka dovoljna za danas.”

New International Version

Matthew 6:1-34

Giving to the Needy

1“Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of others to be seen by them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.

2“So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Prayer

5“And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 6But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. 8Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9“This, then, is how you should pray:

“ ‘Our Father in heaven,

hallowed be your name,

10your kingdom come,

your will be done,

on earth as it is in heaven.

11Give us today our daily bread.

12And forgive us our debts,

as we also have forgiven our debtors.

13And lead us not into temptation,6:13 The Greek for temptation can also mean testing.

but deliver us from the evil one.6:13 Or from evil; some late manuscripts one, / for yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

14For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Fasting

16“When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 17But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

Treasures in Heaven

19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22“The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are healthy,6:22 The Greek for healthy here implies generous. your whole body will be full of light. 23But if your eyes are unhealthy,6:23 The Greek for unhealthy here implies stingy. your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!

24“No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.

Do Not Worry

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. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life6:27 Or single cubit to your height?

28“And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.