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Matthew 5:21-26 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Concerning Anger

21 “You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’ 22 But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister,[a] you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult[b] a brother or sister,[c] you will be liable to the council; and if you say, ‘You fool,’ you will be liable to the hell[d] of fire. 23 So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister[e] has something against you, 24 leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister,[f] and then come and offer your gift. 25 Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court[g] with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.


  1. Matthew 5:22 Gk a brother; other ancient authorities add without cause
  2. Matthew 5:22 Gk say Raca to (an obscure term of abuse)
  3. Matthew 5:22 Gk a brother
  4. Matthew 5:22 Gk Gehenna
  5. Matthew 5:23 Gk your brother
  6. Matthew 5:24 Gk your brother
  7. Matthew 5:25 Gk lacks to court
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