The New King James Version

Matthew 5:17–39

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Jesus Fulfills the Law

17 v“Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. 18 For assuredly, I say to you, wtill heaven and earth pass away, one 2jot or one 3tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. 19 xWhoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds ythe righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.

Murder

21 “You have heard that it was said to those 4of old, zYou shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that awhoever is angry with his brother 5without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, b‘Raca!’ 6shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 7‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of 8hell fire. 23 Therefore cif you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 dleave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 eAgree with your adversary quickly, fwhile you are on the way with him, lest your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26 Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have paid the last penny.

Adultery

27 “You have heard that it was said 9to those of old, gYou shall not commit adultery.’ 28 But I say to you that whoever hlooks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 iIf your right eye causes you to 1sin, jpluck it out and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to 2sin, cut it off and cast it from you; for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your whole body to be cast into hell.

Divorce

31 “Furthermore it has been said, k‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ 32 But I say to you that lwhoever divorces his wife for any reason except 3sexual immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is divorced commits adultery.

Oaths

33 “Again you have heard that mit was said to those of 4old, n‘You shall not swear falsely, but oshall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, pdo not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is qGod’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of rthe great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 sBut let 5your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Retaliation

38 “You have heard that it was said, tAn eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 uBut I tell you not to resist an evil person. vBut whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.

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Gr. iota, Heb. yod, the smallest letter

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The smallest stroke in a Heb. letter

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in ancient times

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Lit., in Aram., Empty head

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Gr. More

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Gr. Gehenna

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