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Matthew 5:43-48 NIV

Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbora  and hate your enemy.’

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44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

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45 that you may be children 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.

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46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?

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47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

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Study tools for Matthew 5:43-48

  • a 5:21 - Exodus 20:13
  • b 5:22 - The Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verse 23.
  • c 5:22 - Some manuscripts "brother or sister without cause"
  • d 5:22 - An Aramaic term of contempt
  • e 5:27 - Exodus 20:14
  • f 5:31 - Deut. 24:1
  • g 5:37 - Or "from evil"
  • h 5:38 - Exodus 21:24; Lev. 24:20; Deut. 19:21
  • i 5:43 - Lev. 19:18