Oaths

33 “Again (A)you have heard that it was said to those of old, (B)‘You shall not swear falsely, but (C)shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ 34 But I say to you, (D)Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for (E)it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is (F)the city of the great King. 36 And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; (G)anything more than this comes from evil.[a]

Retaliation

38 (H)“You have heard that it was said, (I)‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I say to you, (J)Do not resist the one who is evil. But (K)if anyone (L)slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And (M)if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,[b] let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone (N)forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 (O)Give to the one who begs from you, and (P)do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Love Your Enemies

43 (Q)“You have heard that it was said, (R)‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, (S)Love your enemies and (T)pray for those who persecute you, 45 (U)so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and (V)sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 (W)For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,[c] what more are you doing than others? Do not even (X)the Gentiles do the same? 48 (Y)You therefore must be (Z)perfect, (AA)as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 5:37 Or the evil one
  2. Matthew 5:40 Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
  3. Matthew 5:47 Or brothers and sisters. In New Testament usage, depending on the context, the plural Greek word adelphoi (translated “brothers”) may refer either to brothers or to brothers and sisters

How Long, O Lord?

To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

13 (A)How long, O Lord? Will you (B)forget me forever?
    How long will you (C)hide your face from me?
How long must I take (D)counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

(E)Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
    (F)light up my eyes, lest (G)I sleep the sleep of death,
(H)lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am (I)shaken.

But I have (J)trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall (K)rejoice in your salvation.
I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

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