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46 What reward do you deserve if you only love the loveable? Don’t even the tax collectors[a] do that? 47 How are you any different from others if you limit your kindness[b] only to your friends? Don’t even the ungodly[c] do that? 48 Since you are children of a perfect Father in heaven, you are to be perfect[d] like him.”

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 5:46 The Hebrew Matthew is “transgressors.”
  2. Matthew 5:47 Or “ask for the peace of your brothers” (Hebrew Matthew and Aramaic).
  3. Matthew 5:47 Or “gentiles” (who worship other gods).
  4. Matthew 5:48 The Greek and Aramaic words for “perfect” can also mean “whole, complete, fully mature, lacking nothing, all-inclusive, well rounded.”

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