Matthew 6 New American Standard Bible

Jesus' Teaching on Almsgiving

6 1  "Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven . 2  "So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets , so that they may be honored by men . Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full . 3  "But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing , 4  so that your giving will be in secret ; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

5  "When you pray , you are not to be like the hypocrites ; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men . Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full . 6  "But you, when you pray , go into your inner room , close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret , and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. 7  "And when you are praying , do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words . 8  "So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

9  " Pray , then , in this way : 'Our Father who is in heaven , Hallowed be Your name . 10  ' Your kingdom come . Your will be done , On earth as it is in heaven . 11  ' Give us this day our daily bread . 12  'And forgive us our debts , as we also have forgiven our debtors . 13  'And do not lead us into temptation , but deliver us from evil . [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever . Amen .'] 14  " For if you forgive others for their transgressions , your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15  "But if you do not forgive others , then your Father will not forgive your transgressions .

Jesus' Teaching on Fasting

16  " Whenever you fast , do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting . Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full . 17  "But you, when you fast , anoint your head and wash your face 18  so that your fasting will not be noticed by men , but by your Father who is in secret ; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Treasure in Heaven

19  " Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth , where moth and rust destroy , and where thieves break in and steal . 20  "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven , where neither moth nor rust destroys , and where thieves do not break in or steal ; 21  for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also .

The Light of the Body

22  " The eye is the lamp of the body ; so then if your eye is clear , your whole body will be full of light . 23  "But if your eye is bad , your whole body will be full of darkness . If then the light that is in you is darkness , how great is the darkness !

God and Mammon

24  " No one can serve two masters ; for either he will hate the one and love the other , or he will be devoted to one and despise the other . You cannot e serve God and wealth .

Care and Anxiety

25  " For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life , as to what you will eat or what you will drink ; nor for your body , as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food , and the body more than clothing ? 26  " Look at the birds of the air , that they do not sow , nor reap nor gather into barns , and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27  "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life ? 28  "And why are you worried about clothing ? Observe how the lilies of the field grow ; they do not toil nor do they spin , 29  yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these . 30  "But if God so clothes the grass of the field , which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace , will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith ! 31  "Do not worry then , saying , 'What will we eat ?' or 'What will we drink ?' or 'What will we wear for clothing ?' 32  "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things ; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things . 33  "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness , and all these things will be added to you. 34  "So do not worry about tomorrow ; for tomorrow will care for itself . Each day has enough trouble of its own.


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