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For I say to you, that except your righteousness 20 shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Ye have heard that it was said to them of old 21 time: Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment. But I say to 22 you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, without cause, shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell-fire. There- 23 fore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother has aught against thee; leave there thy gift before the altar, and go, first be 24 reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou 25 art in the way with him ; lest haply the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say to thee, thou shalt uot come 26 out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing
Ye have heard that it was said : Thou shalt not 27 commit adultery. But I say to you, that whoever 28
V. 21. or, by them V. 22. without cause is omitted in many ancient copies. ib. Raca, a term of angry reproach.
looks on a woman to lust after her, has committed 29 adultery with her already in his heart. And if thy
right eye causes thee to offend, pluck it out and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of
thy members should perish, and not that thy whole 30 body should be cast into hell. And if thy right
hand causes thee to offend, cut it off and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body
should be cast into hell. 31 And it was said : Whosoever shall put away his
wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement. 32 But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his
wife, save for the cause of fornication, makes her commit adultery; and whosoever shall marry her
when put away, commits adultery. 33 Again ye have heard, that it was said to them of
old time: Thou shalt not swear falsely, but shalt 34 perform to the Lord thine oaths. But I
you, swear not at all ; neither by heaven, for it is God's 35 throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool ; nor
by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shalt thou swear by thy head; because thou 37 canst not make one hair white or black. But let
your word be, Yea, yea, Nay, nay; for whatsoever
is more than these comes of evil. 38 Ye have heard that it was said: An eye for an 39 eye, and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you,
that ye resist not evil; but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take thy 40 coat, let him have thy. cloak also. And whosoever 41 shall compel thee tn go one mile, go with him two. Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that 42 would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
Ye have heard that it was said: Thou shalt love 43 thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy. But I say 44 to you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you. That ye may be sons of your 45 Father who is in heaven; for he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For if ye love them that love 46 you, what reward have ye? Do not also the publicans the same? And if ye salute your brethren 47 only, what do ye that excels? Do not also the heathen thus? Be ye therefore perfect, even as your 48 Father who is in heaven is perfect.
VI. TAKE heed that ye do not your righteousness 1 before men, to be seen by them; otherwise ye have no reward of your Father who is in heaven. There- % fore when thou doest alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say to you, they have in full their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand 3 know what thy right hand doeth. That thine alms 4 may be in secret; and thy Father who seeth in se
cret will himself reward thee. 5 And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypo
crites ; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they
may be seen by men. Verily I say to you, they 6 have in full their reward. But thou, when thou
prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret;
and thy Father who seeth in secret will reward thee. 7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as
the heathen do; for they think that they shall be 8 heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore
like to them; for your Father knows what things 9 ye have need of, before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy
10 Thy kingdom come; thy will be done, as in
heaven, so also on the earth. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, as also we forgive our
debtors. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us
from evil. 14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heav15 enly Father will also forgive you'; but if ye forgive
V. 11. Or, our needful bread
not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
And when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of 16 a sad countenance; for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear to men to fast. Verily I say to you, they have in full their reward. But thou, 17 when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face; that thou appear not to men to fast, but to 18 thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret will reward thee.
Lay not up for yourselves treasures on the earth, 19 where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal. But lay up for yourselves 20 treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust. consumes, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will 21 your heart be also.
The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore 22 thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be light; but if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be 23 dark. If therefore the light that is in thee is darkness, how great the darkness! No man can serve 24 two masters ; for either he will hate the one, and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. Ye can not serve God and Mammon.
For this cause I say to you, take not thought for 25 your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the