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Matthew 5:33–48

TELL THE TRUTH

33 Again, you have heard that it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but you must keep your oaths to the Lord.C,h 34 But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all: either by heaven, because it is God’s throne; 35 or by the earth, because it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King.i 36 Do not swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. 37 But let youryesmeanyes,’ and yournomeanno.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.j

GO THE SECOND MILE

38 You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.D,k 39 But I tell you, don’t resistE an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.l 40 As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and don’t turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.m

LOVE YOUR ENEMIES

43 You have heard that it was said, Love your neighborF,n and hate your enemy. 44 But I tell you, love your enemiesG and pray for those whoH persecute you,o 45 so that you may beI children of your Father in heaven. For he causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.p 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don’t even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what are you doing out of the ordinary?J,q Don’t even the GentilesK do the same? 48 Be perfect,r therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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