Matthew 6

Giving to the Needy

Be careful not to perform your righteous acts before men to be seen by them. If [you do] , you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. So when you give to the needy, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be praised by men. Truly I tell you, they already have their full reward. But [when] you give to the needy, {do} not {let} your left [hand] know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

The Lord's Prayer

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 men. Truly I tell you, they already have their full reward. But when you pray, go into your inner room, shut your door, [and] pray to your Father, who [is] unseen. And your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. And [when] you pray, do not babble on like pagans, for they think that by their many words they will be heard. [Do] not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him. So then, this is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name, 10  Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as [it is] in heaven. 11  Give us this day our daily bread. 12  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil [one] .’
Or from evil; BYZ and TR include For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.
14  For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15  But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither {will} your Father forgive yours.

Proper Fasting

16  When you fast, [do] not be somber like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces to show men they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they already have their full reward. 17  But [when] you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18  so that [your] fasting will not be obvious to men, 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 moth and rust
Or worm; also in verse 20
destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.
20  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth [and] rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in [and] steal. 21  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The Lamp of the Body

22  The eye is the lamp of the body. If your vision is clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23  But if your vision is poor, 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 he will hate the one and love the other, or he 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? 26  Look at the birds of the air: They do not sow [or] reap [or] gather into barns— and yet your Heavenly Father feeds them. {Are} you not much more valuable than they? 27  Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?
Or a single cubit to his height; a cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters.
28  And why do you worry about clothes? Consider how the lilies of the field grow: [They do] not labor [or] spin. 29  Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these. 30  If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is [here] today and tomorrow [is] thrown into the furnace, [will He] not much more [clothe] you, O [you] of little faith? 31  Therefore [do] not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32  For the pagans strive after all these things, [and] your Heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33  But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added unto you. 34  Therefore [do] not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today [has] enough trouble of its own.
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