Matthew 5:43-47

Love for Enemies

43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor[a]  and hate your enemy.’
44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
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.
46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
47 And if you greet only your own people, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?

Matthew 5:43 in Other Translations

KJV
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
ESV
43 "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
NLT
43 “You have heard the law that says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy.
MSG
43 "You're familiar with the old written law, 'Love your friend,' and its unwritten companion, 'Hate your enemy.'
CSB
43 "You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.

Matthew 5:43-47 In-Context

41 If anyone forces you to go one mile, go with them two miles.
42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43 “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor  and hate your enemy.’
44 But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
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.
46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
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.

Cross References 6

  • 1. Leviticus 19:18; Matthew 19:19; Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9; Galatians 5:14; James 2:8
  • 2. Deuteronomy 23:6; Psalms 139:21,22
  • 3. Luke 6:27,28; Luke 23:34; John 15:20; Acts 7:60; Romans 8:35; Romans 12:14; 1 Corinthians 4:12; 1 Peter 2:23
  • 4. ver 9; Luke 6:35; S Romans 8:14
  • 5. Job 25:3
  • 6. Luke 6:32

Footnotes 1

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