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Matthew 5:38-48 (English Standard Version)

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Retaliation

38 1"You have heard that it was said, 2'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' 39 But I say to you, 3Do not resist the one who is evil. But 4if anyone 5slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And 6if anyone would sue you and take your tunic,a let him have your cloak as well. 41 And if anyone 7forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42 8Give to the one who begs from you, and 9do not refuse the one who would borrow from you.

Love Your Enemies

43 10"You have heard that it was said, 11'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' 44 But I say to you, 12Love your enemies and 13pray for those who persecute you, 45 14so 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 15sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46 16For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 And if you greet only your brothers,b what more are you doing than others? Do not even 17the Gentiles do the same? 48 18You therefore must be 19perfect, 20as your heavenly Father is perfect.
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