Matthew 6

Giving to the Poor and Prayer

Beware of practicing your righteousness before men a to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.

So when you
Or give alms
give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they c may be honored by men. d Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
“But when you
Or give alms
give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
so that your
Or alms
giving will be in secret; and g your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to h stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners
Lit to be apparent to men
,
j so that they may be seen by men. k Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
But you, when you pray, l go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and m your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their n many words. So do not be like them; for o your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

p Pray, then, in this way: Our Father who is in heaven,
Hallowed be Your name.
10 q Your kingdom come.
r Your will be done,
On earth as it is in heaven.
11 s Give us this day
Or our bread for tomorrow
our daily bread.

12 ‘And u forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13 And do not lead us into temptation, but v deliver us from
Or the evil one
,
x evil.
This clause not found in early mss
[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.’
]

14  z For if you forgive
Gr anthropoi
others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 “But ab if you do not forgive
Gr anthropoi
others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.

Fasting; The True Treasure; Wealth (Mammon)

16  ad Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they
Lit distort their faces, i.e. discolor their faces with makeup
neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. af Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full.
17 But you, when you fast, ag anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your ah Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

19  ai Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves aj treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for ak where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

22  al The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is
Or healthy; or sincere
clear, your whole body will be full of light.
23 But if an your eye is
Or evil
bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

24  ap No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and
Gr mamonas, for Aram mamon (mammon); i.e. wealth, etc., personified as an object of worship
,
ar wealth.

The Cure for Anxiety

25  as For this reason I say to you,
Or stop being worried
do not be au worried about your
Lit soul
life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26  aw Look at the birds of the
Lit heaven
air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they?
27 And who of you by being ay worried can az add a single
Lit cubit (approx 18 in.)
hour to his
Or height
life?
28 And why are you bc worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even bd Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the be grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? bf You of little faith! 31 “Do not bg worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ orWhat will we drink?’ orWhat will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for bh your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 “But
Or continually seek
seek first
Or the kingdom
His kingdom and His righteousness, and bk all these things will be
Or provided
added to you.

34 So do not bm worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will
Lit worry about itself
care for itself.
Lit Sufficient for the day is its evils
Each day has enough trouble of its own.
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