So if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God.
"If someone brings a lawsuit against you and takes you to court, settle the dispute while there is time, before you get to court. Once you are there, you will be turned over to the judge, who will hand you over to the police, and you will be put in jail.
There you will stay, I tell you, until you pay the last penny of your fine.
"You have heard that it was said, "Do not commit adultery.' 1
References for Matthew 5:27
5.27 Ex 20.14; Dt 5.18.
But now I tell you: anyone who looks at a woman and wants to possess her is guilty of committing adultery with her in his heart.
So if your right eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose a part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 2
References for Matthew 5:29
5.29 Mt 18.9; Mk 9.47.
If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose one of your limbs than to have your whole body go off to hell. 3
References for Matthew 5:30
5.30 Mt 18.8; Mk 9.43.
"It was also said, "Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.' 4
References for Matthew 5:31
5.31 Dt 24.1-4; Mt 19.7; Mk 10.4.
But now I tell you: if a man divorces his wife for any cause other than her unfaithfulness, then he is guilty of making her commit adultery if she marries again; and the man who marries her commits adultery also. 5
References for Matthew 5:32
5.32 Mt 19.9; Mk 10.11, 12; Lk 16.18; 1 Co 7.10, 11.
"You have also heard that people were told in the past, "Do not break your promise, but do what you have vowed to the Lord to do.' 6
References for Matthew 5:33
5.33 a Lv 19.12; b Nu 30.2; Dt 23.21.