Matthew 5:27-48 Bible in Basic English

Jesus' Attitude toward Adultery

27  You have knowledge that it was said, You may not have connection with another man's wife: 28  But I say to you that everyone whose eyes are turned on a woman with desire has had connection with her in his heart. 29  And if your right eye is a cause of trouble to you, take it out and put it away from you; because it is better to undergo the loss of one part, than for all your body to go into hell. 30  And if your right hand is a cause of trouble to you, let it be cut off and put it away from you; because it is better to undergo the loss of one part, than for all your body to go into hell.

Jesus' Attitude toward Divorce

31  Again, it was said, Whoever puts away his wife has to give her a statement in writing for this purpose: 32  But I say to you that everyone who puts away his wife for any other cause but the loss of her virtue, makes her false to her husband; and whoever takes her as his wife after she is put away, is no true husband to her.

Jesus' Attitude toward Oaths

33  Again, you have knowledge that it was said in old times, Do not take false oaths, but give effect to your oaths to the Lord: 34  But I say to you, Take no oaths at all: not by the heaven, because it is the seat of God; 35  Or by the earth, because it is the resting-place for his foot; or by Jerusalem, because it is the town of the great King. 36  You may not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. 37  But let your words be simply, Yes or No: and whatever is more than these is of the Evil One.

Love for Enemies

38  You have knowledge that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39  But I say to you, Do not make use of force against an evil man; but to him who gives you a blow on the right side of your face let the left be turned. 40  And if any man goes to law with you and takes away your coat, do not keep back your robe from him. 41  And whoever makes you go one mile, go with him two. 42  Give to him who comes with a request, and keep not your property from him who would for a time make use of it.

43  You have knowledge that it was said, Have love for your neighbour, and hate for him who is against you: 44  But I say to you, Have love for those who are against you, and make prayer for those who are cruel to you; 45  So that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven; for his sun gives light to the evil and to the good, and he sends rain on the upright man and on the sinner. 46  For if you have love for those who have love for you, what credit is it to you? do not the tax-farmers the same? 47  And if you say, Good day, to your brothers only, what do you do more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same? 48  Be then complete in righteousness, even as your Father in heaven is complete.


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