Giving to the Poor and Prayer
1 “Beware of practicing your righteousness before men (A)to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
2 “So when you (a)give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they (B)may be honored by men. (C)Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 3 But when you (b)give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your (c)giving will be in secret; and (D)your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
5 “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to (E)stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners (d)(F)so that they may be seen by men. (G)Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 6 But you, when you pray, (H)go into your inner room, close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret, and (I)your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
7 “And when you are praying, do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their (J)many words. 8 So do not be like them; for (K)your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.
9 “(L)Pray, then, in this way:
‘Our Father who is in heaven,10 11 12
Hallowed be Your name.
Hallowed be Your name.
‘And (P)forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.13
14 (S)For if you forgive (h)others for their transgressions, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But (T)if you do not forgive (i)others, then your Father will not forgive your transgressions.
Fasting; The True Treasure; Wealth (Mammon)
16 “(U)Whenever you fast, do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they (j)neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting. (V)Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. 17 But you, when you fast, (W)anoint your head and wash your face 18 so that your fasting will not be noticed by men, but by your Father who is in secret; and your (X)Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.
19 “(Y)Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves (Z)treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; 21 for (AA)where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
22 “(AB)The eye is the lamp of the body; so then if your eye is (k)clear, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if (AC)your eye is (l)bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
24 “(AD)No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and (m)(AE)wealth.
The Cure for Anxiety
25 “(AF)For this reason I say to you, (n)do not be (AG)worried about your (o)life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 (AH)Look at the birds of the (p)air, that they do not sow, nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27 And who of you by being (AI)worried can (AJ)add a single (q)hour to his (r)life? 28 And why are you (AK)worried about clothing? Observe how the lilies of the field grow; they do not toil nor do they spin, 29 yet I say to you that not even (AL)Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the (AM)grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, will He not much more clothe you? (AN)You of little faith! 31 Do not (AO)worry then, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear for clothing?’ 32 For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things; for (AP)your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But (s)seek first (t)His kingdom and His righteousness, and (AQ)all these things will be (u)added to you.
a. Matthew 6:2: ['Or ', give alms]
b. Matthew 6:3: ['Or ', give alms]
c. Matthew 6:4: ['Or ', alms]
d. Matthew 6:5: ['Lit ', to be apparent to men]
e. Matthew 6:11: ['Or ', our bread for tomorrow]
f. Matthew 6:13: ['Or ', the evil one]
g. Matthew 6:13: ['This clause not found in early mss']
h. Matthew 6:14: ['Gr ', anthropoi]
i. Matthew 6:15: ['Gr ', anthropoi]
j. Matthew 6:16: ['Lit ', distort their faces, ', i.e. discolor their faces with makeup']
k. Matthew 6:22: ['Or ', healthy, '; or ', sincere]
l. Matthew 6:23: ['Or ', evil]
m. Matthew 6:24: ['Gr ', mamonas, ', for Aram ', mamon, ' (mammon); i.e. wealth, etc., personified as an object of worship']
n. Matthew 6:25: ['Or ', stop being worried]
o. Matthew 6:25: ['Lit ', soul]
p. Matthew 6:26: ['Lit ', heaven]
q. Matthew 6:27: ['Lit ', cubit, ' (approx 18 in.)']
r. Matthew 6:27: ['Or ', height]
s. Matthew 6:33: ['Or ', continually seek]
t. Matthew 6:33: ['Or ', the kingdom]
u. Matthew 6:33: ['Or ', provided]
v. Matthew 6:34: ['Lit ', worry about itself]
w. Matthew 6:34: ['Lit ', Sufficient for the day is its evils]
P. Matthew 6:12: Exodus 34:7; Psalm 32:1; Psalm 130:4; Matthew 9:2; Matthew 26:28; Ephesians 1:7; 1 John 1:7-9
Q. Matthew 6:13: John 17:15; 1 Corinthians 10:13; 2 Thessalonians 3:3; 2 Timothy 4:18; 2 Peter 2:9; 1 John 5:18
Y. Matthew 6:19: Proverbs 23:4; Matthew 19:21; Luke 12:21; Luke 12:33; Luke 18:22; 1 Timothy 6:9; 1 Timothy 6:10; Hebrews 13:5; James 5:2
AG. Matthew 6:25: Matthew 6:27; Matthew 6:28; Matthew 6:31; Matthew 6:34; Luke 10:41; Luke 12:11; Luke 12:22; Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7
AI. Matthew 6:27: Matthew 6:25; Matthew 6:28; Matthew 6:31; Matthew 6:34; Luke 10:41; Luke 12:11; Luke 12:22; Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7
AK. Matthew 6:28: Matthew 6:25; Matthew 6:27; Matthew 6:31; Matthew 6:34; Luke 10:41; Luke 12:11; Luke 12:22; Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7
AO. Matthew 6:31: Matthew 6:25; Matthew 6:27; Matthew 6:28; Matthew 6:34; Luke 10:41; Luke 12:11; Luke 12:22; Philippians 4:6; 1 Peter 5:7