Matthew 6:1-18 New American Standard Bible

Jesus' Teaching on Almsgiving

6 "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.

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