Matthew 6:1-7 (New International Version)

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Giving to the Needy

1 "Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them.1 If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2 "So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.2

Prayer

6:9-13pp -- Lk 11:2-4

5 "And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing3 in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full. 6 But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father,4 who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. 7 And when you pray, do not keep on babbling5 like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.6
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