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46 For if you love those who love you, what reward can you have? Do not even the tax collectors do that?

47 And if you greet only your brethren, what more than others are you doing? Do not even the Gentiles (the heathen) do that?

48 You, therefore, must be perfect [growing into complete [a]maturity of godliness in mind and character, [b]having reached the proper height of virtue and integrity], as your heavenly Father is perfect.(A)

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 5:48 Kenneth Wuest, Word Studies in the New Testament.
  2. Matthew 5:48 Joseph Thayer, A Greek-English Lexicon.

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