Matthew 5:17-27 NLT

17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.
18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.
19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’a

References for Matthew 5:21

    • 5:21 - Exod 20:13; Deut 5:17 .
      22 But I say, if you are even angry with someone,b you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot,c you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone,d you are in danger of the fires of hell.e

      References for Matthew 5:22

        • 5:22 - Some manuscripts add without cause.
        • 5:22 - Greek uses an Aramaic term of contempt: If you say to your brother, ‘Raca.’
        • 5:22 - Greek if you say, ‘You fool.’
        • 5:22 - Greek Gehenna; also in 5:29, 30 .
          23 “So if you are presenting a sacrificef at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you,

          References for Matthew 5:23

            • 5:23 - Greek gift; also in 5:24 .
              24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.
              25 “When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison.
              26 And if that happens, you surely won’t be free again until you have paid the last penny.g

              References for Matthew 5:26

                • 5:26 - Greek the last kodrantes [i.e., quadrans].
                  27 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’h

                  References for Matthew 5:27

                    • 5:27 - Exod 20:14; Deut 5:18 .