Matthew 5:27-48

Lust

27 a  “You have heard that it was said b  ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28But I say to you that c  everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 d  If your right eye e  causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into f  hell. 30 g  And if your right hand h  causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into i  hell.

Divorce

31 j  “It was also said k  Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 l  But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and m  whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Oaths

33Again n  you have heard that it was said to those of old o  ‘You shall not swear falsely, but p  shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34But I say to you q  Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for r  it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is s  the city of the great King. 36And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; t  anything more than this comes from evil.
Or the evil one

Retaliation

38 v  “You have heard that it was said w  ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39But I say to you x  Do not resist the one who is evil. But y  if anyone z  slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And aa  if anyone would sue you and take your tunic
Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
let him have your cloak as well.
41And if anyone ac  forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 ad  Give to the one who begs from you, and ae  do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Love Your Enemies

43 af  “You have heard that it was said ag  ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you ah  Love your enemies and ai  pray for those who persecute you, 45 aj  so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and ak  sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 al  For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet only your brothers
Or  brothers and sisters. The plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) refers to siblings in a family. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, adelphoi may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters
what more are you doing than others? Do not even an  the Gentiles do the same?
48 ao  You therefore must be ap  perfect aq  as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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