21"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder,a1 and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.'22But I tell you that anyone who is angry2 with his brotherb will be subject to judgment.3 Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,c ' is answerable to the Sanhedrin.4 But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.523"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,24leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.25"Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.26I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.d
27"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.'e628But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.729If your right eye causes you to sin,8 gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.30And if your right hand causes you to sin,9 cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
31"It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.'f1032But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.11
33"Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath,12 but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.'1334But I tell you, Do not swear at all:14 either by heaven, for it is God's throne;1535or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.1636And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.37Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No';17 anything beyond this comes from the evil one.18
38"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'g1939But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.2040And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.41If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.42Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.21
43"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighborh22 and hate your enemy.'2344But I tell you: Love your enemiesi and pray for those who persecute you,2445that you may be sons25 of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.2646If you love those who love you, what reward will you get?27 Are not even the tax collectors doing that?47And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?48Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.28