Matthew 5:27-48 Darby’s Translation

Jesus' Attitude toward Adultery

27  Ye have heard that it has been said, Thou shalt not commit adultery. 28  But I say unto you, that every one who looks upon a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29  But if thy right eye be a snare to thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell. 30  And if thy right hand be a snare to thee, cut it off and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell.

Jesus' Attitude toward Divorce

31  It has been said too, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a letter of divorce. 32  But I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except for cause of fornication, makes her commit adultery, and whosoever marries one that is put away commits adultery.

Jesus' Attitude toward Oaths

33  Again, ye have heard that it has been said to the ancients, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt render to the Lord what thou hast sworn. 34  But I say unto you, Do not swear at all; neither by the heaven, because it is [the] throne of God; 35  nor by the earth, because it is [the] footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, because it is [the] city of the great King. 36  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37  But let your word be Yea, yea; Nay, nay; but what is more than these is from evil.

Love for Enemies

38  Ye have heard that it has been said, Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. 39  But I say unto you, not to resist evil; but whoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other; 40  and to him that would go to law with thee and take thy body coat, leave him thy cloak also. 41  And whoever will compel thee to go one mile, go with him two. 42  To him that asks of thee give, and from him that desires to borrow of thee turn not away.

43  Ye have heard that it has been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy. 44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, [bless those who curse you,] do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who [insult you and] persecute you, 45  that ye may be [the] sons of your Father who is in [the] heavens; for he makes his sun rise on evil and good, and sends rain on just and unjust. 46  For if ye should love those who love you, what reward have ye? Do not also the tax-gatherers the same? 47  And if ye should salute your brethren only, what do ye extraordinary? Do not also the Gentiles the same? 48  Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.


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