Matthew 5:21-42

Personal Relationships

“You have heard that [a]the ancients were told, ‘You shall not commit murder’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be [b]liable to the court.’ But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be [c]guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘[d]You good-for-nothing,’ shall be [e]guilty before [f]the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be [g]guilty enough to go into the [h]fiery hell. Therefore if you are presenting your [i]offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your [j]offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your [k]offering. Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last [l]cent.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery’; but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye makes you [m]stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you [n]to lose one of the parts of your body, [o]than for your whole body to be thrown into [p]hell. If your right hand makes you [q]stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you [r]to lose one of the parts of your body, [s]than for your whole body to go into [t]hell.

“It was said, ‘Whoever sends his wife away, let him give her a certificate of divorce’; but I say to you that everyone who [u]divorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a [v]divorced woman commits adultery.

“Again, you have heard that [w]the ancients were told, ‘[x]You shall not [y]make false vows, but shall fulfill your [z]vows to the Lord.’ But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or [aa]by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is [ab]of evil.

“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. If anyone wants to sue you and take your [ac]shirt, let him have your [ad]coat also. Whoever [ae]forces you to go one mile, go with him two. Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.


Footnotes
  1. Matthew 5:21 Lit it was said to the ancients
  2. Matthew 5:21 Or guilty before
  3. Matthew 5:22 Or liable to
  4. Matthew 5:22 Or empty-head; Gr Raka (Raca) fr Aram reqa
  5. Matthew 5:22 Or liable to
  6. Matthew 5:22 Lit the Sanhedrin
  7. Matthew 5:22 Or liable to
  8. Matthew 5:22 Lit Gehenna of fire
  9. Matthew 5:23 Or gift
  10. Matthew 5:24 Or gift
  11. Matthew 5:24 Or gift
  12. Matthew 5:26 Lit quadrans (equaling two mites); i.e. 1/64 of a daily wage
  13. Matthew 5:29 I.e. sin
  14. Matthew 5:29 Lit that one...be lost
  15. Matthew 5:29 Lit not your whole body
  16. Matthew 5:29 Gr Gehenna
  17. Matthew 5:30 I.e. sin
  18. Matthew 5:30 Lit that one...be lost
  19. Matthew 5:30 Lit not your whole body
  20. Matthew 5:30 Gr Gehenna
  21. Matthew 5:32 Or sends away
  22. Matthew 5:32 Or sent away
  23. Matthew 5:33 Lit it was said to the ancients
  24. Matthew 5:33 you and your are singular here
  25. Matthew 5:33 Or break your vows
  26. Matthew 5:33 Lit oaths
  27. Matthew 5:35 Or toward
  28. Matthew 5:37 Or from the evil one
  29. Matthew 5:40 Lit tunic; i.e. a garment worn next to the body
  30. Matthew 5:40 Lit cloak; i.e. an outer garment
  31. Matthew 5:41 Lit will force

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