Matthew 5:21-30


21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,[a] and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’
22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister[b][c] will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca ,’[d] is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,
24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; 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 together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.
26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.


27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’[e]
28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 If your right eye causes you to stumble, 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.
30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble, 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.

Cross References 9

  • 1. Exodus 20:13; Exodus 21:12; Deuteronomy 5:17
  • 2. Ecclesiastes 7:9; 1 Corinthians 13:5; Ephesians 4:26; James 1:19,20
  • 3. 1 John 3:15
  • 4. Matthew 26:59; John 11:47; Ac 5:21,27,34,41; Acts 6:12
  • 5. Matthew 18:9; Mark 9:43,48; Luke 16:24; James 3:6
  • 6. Exodus 20:14; Deuteronomy 5:18
  • 7. Proverbs 6:25; 2 Peter 2:14
  • 8. ver 30; Mt 18:6,8,9; Mark 9:42-47; Luke 17:2; Romans 14:21; 1 Corinthians 8:13; S 2 Corinthians 6:3; 2 Corinthians 11:29
  • 9. S ver 29

Footnotes 5

  • [a]. Exodus 20:13
  • [b]. The Greek word for "brother or sister" ("adelphos" ) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verse 23.
  • [c]. Some manuscripts "brother or sister without cause"
  • [d]. An Aramaic term of contempt
  • [e]. Exodus 20:14
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