19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands(A) and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.(B)

Murder(C)

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a](D) and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry(E) with a brother or sister[b][c] will be subject to judgment.(F) Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’[d] is answerable to the court.(G) And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.(H)

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 5:21 Exodus 20:13
  2. Matthew 5:22 The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verse 23.
  3. Matthew 5:22 Some manuscripts brother or sister without cause
  4. Matthew 5:22 An Aramaic term of contempt

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