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Matthew 5:17–48

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17 uThink not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18 For verily I say unto you, xTill heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19 yWhosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed zthe righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21 Ye have heard that it was said ||by them of old time, aThou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22 But I say unto you, That bwhosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, ||Raca, shall be in danger of cthe council: but whosoever shall say, Thou dfool, shall be in danger of ehell fire. 23 Therefore if thou bring fthy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; 24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25 gAgree with thine adversary quickly, hwhiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the iofficer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing. 27 Ye have heard that it was said jby them of old time, kThou shalt not commit adultery: 28 But I say unto you, That whosoever llooketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29 mAnd if thy right eye ||offend thee, npluck 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 body should be cast into ehell. 30 oAnd if thy right hand offend thee, 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 ehell. 31 It hath been said, pWhosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32 But I say unto you, That qwhosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said jby them of old time, rThou shalt not forswear thyself, but sshalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34 But I say unto you, tSwear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is uGod’s throne: 35 Nor by the earth; for it is xhis footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is ythe city of the great King. 36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37 zBut let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, aAn eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39 bBut I say unto you, cThat ye resist not evil: but dwhosoever shall ddsmite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also. 41 And whosoever shall ecompel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. 42 fGive to him that asketh thee, and gfrom him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, hThou shalt love thy neighbour, and ihate thine enemy. 44 But I say unto you, jLove your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and kpray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; 45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for lhe maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 mFor if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even mmthe publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even mmthe publicans so? 48 nBe ye therefore perfect, even oas your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

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Or, to them. ver. 27, 33. Comp. ch. 22:31. Rom. 9:12, 26. Gal. 3:16 (Gk.). Rev. 6:11. & 9:4 (Gk.).

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Cited from Ex. 20:13. Deut. 5:17.

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[That is, Vain fellow, 2 Sam. 6:20]. See Judg. 9:4. Comp. James 2:20.

c

ch. 10:17. & 26:59. Mark 13:9. & 14:55. & 15:1. Luke 22:66. John 11:47. Acts 4:15 & 5:21, 27, 34, 41. & 6:12, 15. & 22:30. & 23:1, 6, 15, 20, 28. & 24:20. So 2 Macc. 14:5 (Gk.).

d

Comp. ch. 7:26 (Gk.). & 23:17, 19. & 25:2, 3, 8 (Gk.).

e

ver. 29, 30. ch. 10:28. & 18:9. & 23:15, 33. Mark 9:43, 45, 47. Luke 12:5. James 3:6.

f

Comp. ch. 8:4. & 23:19.

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See ch. 26:58.

j

ver. 21 marg.

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Cited from Ex. 20:14. Deut. 5:18.

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ch. 18:9. Mark 9:47. See Job 31:7.

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Or, do cause thee to offend. ver. 30. ch. 17:27. & 18:6, 8, 9. Mark 9:43, 45, 47. 1 Cor. 8:13.

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ver. 29, 30. ch. 10:28. & 18:9. & 23:15, 33. Mark 9:43, 45, 47. Luke 12:5. James 3:6.

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ver. 29, 30. ch. 10:28. & 18:9. & 23:15, 33. Mark 9:43, 45, 47. Luke 12:5. James 3:6.

p

Cited Deut. 24:1. So Jer. 3:1.

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ver. 21 marg.

r

Perhaps cited from Lev. 19:12. So Ex. 20:7. Num. 30:2. Deut. 5:11.

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ver. 37. James 5:12. Comp. ch. 23:16–18.

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ch. 23:22. See Ps. 11:4.

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So Col. 4:6. See ver. 33.

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To ver. 12, Luke 6:29, 30.

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See ch. 26:67 marg.

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ch. 27:32. Mark 15:21 only, in the Gk.

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Cited from Lev. 19:18.

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Comp. Deut. 23:6.

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See ch. 18:17.

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See ch. 18:17.

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See Eph. 5:1.