27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,28 bless those who curse you, andpray for those who spitefully use you.29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also.And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back.31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.35 Butlove your enemies,do good, andlend,[a]hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, andyou will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil.36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
43 “You have heard that it was said,‘You shall love your neighborand hate your enemy.’44 [a]But I say to you,love your enemies, bless those who curse you,do good to those who hate you, and prayfor those who spitefully use you and persecute you,45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; forHe makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?47 And if you greet your[b]brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the[c]tax collectors do so?48 Therefore you shall be perfect, justas your Father in heaven is perfect.
Matthew 5:44NU But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you
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