38 “You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. p q 39 But I tell you, don’t resist r an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. s 40 As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, t let him have your coat u as well. 41 And if anyone forces v 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. w
43 “You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor x y and hate your enemy. 44 But I tell you, love your enemies z and pray for those who a persecute you, b 45 so that you may be c sons 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. d 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, what are you doing out of the ordinary? e f Don’t even the Gentiles g do the same? 48 Be perfect, h therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
5:39 Or don’t set yourself against, or don’t retaliate against
5:40 * tunic; = inner garment
5:40 Or garment; * robe; = outer garment
5:41 Roman soldiers could require people to carry loads for them.
5:44 Other * add bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you,
5:44 Other * add mistreat you and
5:45 Or may become, or may show yourselves to be
5:47 Or doing that is superior; * doing more
5:47 Other * read tax collectors
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