bnch. 19:21; 1 Cor. 2:6 (Gk.); Phil. 3:15 (Gk.); Col. 1:28; 4:12 (Gk.); James 1:4; 3:2; See Gen. 17:1
Christ Came to Fulfill the Law17 a “Do not think that I have come to abolish b the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but c to fulfill them. 18For truly, I say to you d until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 e Therefore whoever relaxes f one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least g in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great h in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds i that of the scribes and Pharisees, you j will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Anger21 k “You have heard that it was said to those of old l ‘You shall not murder; and whoever murders will be liable m to judgment.’ 22But I say to you that n everyone who is angry with his brother ▼
▼Some manuscripts insert without causewill be liable p to judgment; whoever insults ▼
▼Greek says Raca to (a term of abuse)his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to r the hell ▼
▼Greek Gehenna; also verses 29, 30of fire. 23 t So if u you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 v Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. 26Truly, I say to you w you will never get out until you have paid the last penny. ▼
▼Greek kodrantes, Roman copper coin (Latin quadrans) worth about 1/64 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)
Lust27 y “You have heard that it was said z ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ 28But I say to you that aa everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 ab If your right eye ac 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 ad hell. 30 ae And if your right hand af 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 ag hell.
Divorce31 ah “It was also said ai ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 aj But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and ak whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
Oaths33“Again al you have heard that it was said to those of old am ‘You shall not swear falsely, but an shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34But I say to you ao Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for ap it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is aq 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’; ar anything more than this comes from evil. ▼
▼Or the evil one
Retaliation38 at “You have heard that it was said au ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39But I say to you av Do not resist the one who is evil. But aw if anyone ax slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40And ay if anyone would sue you and take your tunic ▼
▼Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skinlet him have your cloak as well. 41And if anyone ba forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 bb Give to the one who begs from you, and bc do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.
Love Your Enemies43 bd “You have heard that it was said be ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you bf Love your enemies and bg pray for those who persecute you, 45 bh 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 bi sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 bj 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 sisterswhat more are you doing than others? Do not even bl the Gentiles do the same? 48 bm You therefore must be bn perfect bo as your heavenly Father is perfect.
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