17 “Do not presume that I came to abolish the (A)Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill. 18 For truly I say to you, (B)until heaven and earth pass away, not [a]the smallest letter or stroke of a letter shall pass from the Law, until all is accomplished! 19 Therefore, whoever nullifies one of the least of these commandments, and teaches [b]others to do the same, shall be called least (C)in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever [c]keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20 “For I say to you that unless your (D)righteousness far surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

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21 (E)You have heard that [d]the ancients were told, ‘(F)You shall not murder,’ and ‘Whoever commits murder shall be answerable to (G)the court.’ 22 But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be answerable to (H)the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘[e]You good-for-nothing,’ shall be answerable to [f](I)the supreme court; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the [g](J)fiery hell.

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Footnotes

  1. Matthew 5:18 Lit one iota (Heb yodh) or one projection (serif)
  2. Matthew 5:19 Lit people
  3. Matthew 5:19 Lit does
  4. Matthew 5:21 Lit it was said to the ancients
  5. Matthew 5:22 Or You empty-head; Gr Raka (Raca) from Aramaic reqa
  6. Matthew 5:22 Lit the Sanhedrin; i.e., Jewish High Court
  7. Matthew 5:22 Lit Gehenna of fire

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