Murder Begins in the Heart

21 “You have heard that it was said to our ancestors,[a] Do not murder,(A)[b] and whoever murders will be subject to judgment.(B) 22 But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother[c] will be subject to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Fool!’[d] will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, ‘You moron!’ will be subject to hellfire.[e](C)

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  1. Matthew 5:21 Lit to the ancients
  2. Matthew 5:21 Ex 20:13; Dt 5:17
  3. Matthew 5:22 Other mss add without a cause
  4. Matthew 5:22 Lit Raca, an Aram term of abuse similar to “airhead”
  5. Matthew 5:22 Lit the gehenna of fire

44 You are of your father the Devil,(A) and you want to carry out your father’s desires. He was a murderer(B) from the beginning(C) and has not stood in the truth,(D) because there is no truth in him. When he tells a lie, he speaks from his own nature,[a] because he is a liar and the father of liars.[b]

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  1. John 8:44 Lit from his own things
  2. John 8:44 Lit of it

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