36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.37 But let[a]your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
Go the Second Mile
38 “You have heard that it was said,‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’39 But I tell you not to resist an evil person.But whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.40 If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.41 And whoevercompels you to go one mile, go with him two.42 Give to him who asks you, andfrom him who wants to borrow from you do not turn away.
Love Your Enemies
43 “You have heard that it was said,‘You shall love your neighborand hate your enemy.’44 [b]But I say to you,love your enemies, bless those who curse you,do good to those who hate you, and prayfor those who spitefully use you and persecute you,45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven; forHe makes His sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust.46 For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?47 And if you greet your[c]brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the[d]tax collectors do so?48 Therefore you shall be perfect, justas your Father in heaven is perfect.
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