Matthew 5:27-48 Revised Standard Version

Jesus' Attitude toward Adultery

27  "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' 28  But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29  If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

Jesus' Attitude toward Divorce

31  "It was also said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.' 32  But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Jesus' Attitude toward Oaths

33  "Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.' 34  But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35  or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37  Let what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from evil.

Love for Enemies

38  "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' 39  But I say to you, Do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40  and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; 41  and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42  Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.

43  "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44  But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45  so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47  And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48  You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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