Matthew 6:1-18 Bible in Basic English

Jesus' Teaching on Almsgiving

6 1  Take care not to do your good works before men, to be seen by them; or you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2  When then you give money to the poor, do not make a noise about it, as the false-hearted men do in the Synagogues and in the streets, so that they may have glory from men. Truly, I say to you, They have their reward. 3  But when you give money, let not your left hand see what your right hand does: 4  So that your giving may be in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.

Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

5  And when you make your prayers, be not like the false-hearted men, who take pleasure in getting up and saying their prayers in the Synagogues and at the street turnings so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward. 6  But when you make your prayer, go into your private room, and, shutting the door, say a prayer to your Father in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward. 7  And in your prayer do not make use of the same words again and again, as the Gentiles do: for they have the idea that God will give attention to them because of the number of their words. 8  So be not like them; because your Father has knowledge of your needs even before you make your requests to him.

9  Let this then be your prayer: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy. 10  Let your kingdom come. Let your pleasure be done, as in heaven, so on earth. 11  Give us this day bread for our needs. 12  And make us free of our debts, as we have made those free who are in debt to us. 13  And let us not be put to the test, but keep us safe from the Evil One. 14  For if you let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will have forgiveness from your Father in heaven. 15  But if you do not let men have forgiveness for their sins, you will not have forgiveness from your Father for your sins.

Jesus' Teaching on Fasting

16  And when you go without food, be not sad-faced as the false-hearted are. For they go about with changed looks, so that men may see that they are going without food. Truly I say to you, They have their reward. 17  But when you go without food, put oil on your head and make your face clean; 18  So that no one may see that you are going without food, but your Father in secret; and your Father, who sees in secret, will give you your reward.


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