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M AT T H E W 5 : 3 1
Teaching about Divorce
31 “You have heard the law that says, ‘A man can divorce his wife by merely
giving her a written notice of divorce.’* 32 But I say that a man who divorces
his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And
anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.
Teaching about Vows
33 “You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break
your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the Lord.’* 34 But I
say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s
throne. 35 And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool.
And do not say, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King.
36 Do not even say, ‘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.’ Anything beyond this is from
the evil one.
Teaching about Revenge
38 “You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury:
‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’* 39 But I say, do not resist an evil
person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.
40 If you are sued in 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. 42 Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want
Teaching about Love for Enemies
43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’* and hate your
enemy. 44 But I say, love your enemies!* Pray for those who persecute you!
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 the unjust alike. 46 If you love only those who love you, what
reward is there for 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. 48 But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in
heaven is perfect.
Teaching about Giving to the Needy
“Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others,
for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven. 2 When you give
to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the
synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the
truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get. 3 But when you
give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand
is doing. 4 Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything,
will reward you.
Teaching about Prayer and Fasting
5 “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on
street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell
you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get. 6 But when you pray,
go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in
private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
7 “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think
their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.
5:31 Deut 24:1. 5:33 Num 30:2. 5:38 Greek the law that says: ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth
for a tooth.’ Exod 21:24; Lev 24:20; Deut 19:21. 5:41 Greek milion [4,854 feet or 1,478 meters].
5:43 Lev 19:18. 5:44 Some manuscripts add Bless those who curse you. Do good to those who hate
you. Compare Luke 6:2728. 5:47 Greek your brothers.
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