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Matthew 5:21-37 Evangelical Heritage Version (EHV)

Sinful Anger

21 “You have heard that it was said to people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and whoever murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that everyone who is angry with his brother without a cause[b] will be subject to judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca,’[c] will have to answer to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of hell[d] fire.

23 “So if you are about to offer your gift at the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother. Then come and offer your gift.

25 “If someone accuses you, reach an agreement with him quickly, while you are with him on the way. Otherwise your accuser may bring you to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison. 26 Amen I tell you: You will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

Lust

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery,’[e] 28 but I tell you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 If your right eye causes you to fall into sin, pluck it out and throw it away from you. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand causes you to fall into sin, cut it off and throw it away from you. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.

Divorce

31 “It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’[f] 32 But I tell you that whoever divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, causes her to be regarded as an adulteress. And whoever marries the divorced woman is regarded as an adulterer.

Oaths

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to people long ago, ‘Do not break your oaths, but fulfill your vows to the Lord.’[g] 34 But I tell you, do not swear at all: not by heaven, because it is God’s throne; 35 and not by earth, because it is his footstool; and not by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. 36 And do not swear by your own head, since you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Instead, let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes,’ or ‘No, no.’ Whatever goes beyond these is from the Evil One.

Footnotes:

  1. Matthew 5:21 Exodus 20:13; Deuteronomy 5:17
  2. Matthew 5:22 Some witnesses to the text omit without a cause.
  3. Matthew 5:22 Raca was an insulting name in Aramaic which meant something like numbskull or empty-head.
  4. Matthew 5:22 Gehenna
  5. Matthew 5:27 Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18
  6. Matthew 5:31 Deuteronomy 24:1
  7. Matthew 5:33 Leviticus 19:12; Numbers 30:2
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