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Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Pay attention in your charity giving, that you do it not in front of people so that you may be seen by them, otherwise there is no reward for you with your Father in Heaven.
2When therefore you do your charity giving, you should not blast a trumpet before you like the pretenders in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be glorified by the children of men; truly I say to you, they have received their reward.
3But you, whenever you do charity giving, let not your left know what your right is doing.
4So that your charity may be in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you in public.
5And when you pray, be not like the pretenders who like to stand in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets to pray, that they may be seen by the children of men, and truly I say to you, they have received their reward.
6But you, when you pray, enter into your closet and lock your door, and pray to your father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you in public.
7And whenever you are praying, you shall not be verbose like the heathen, for they think that they are heard by speaking much
8Therefore you shall not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
9Therefore pray in this way: 'Our Father who are in Heaven, hallowed be your name,
10Let your Kingdom come, let your will be done also in the earth, just as it is in Heaven.
11Give us our necessary bread today.
12And forgive us our debts, just as we also forgive our debtors.
13And lead us not to temptation but deliver us from evil, for yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory, for the eternity of eternities.'
14For if you forgive the children of men their faults, your Father who is in Heaven will also forgive you your faults.
15But if you will not forgive the children of men, neither has your Father forgiven you your faults.
16And when you are fasting, do not be gloomy like the pretenders, for they disfigure their faces, so that they may appear to the children of men to fast, and truly I say to you, that they have received their reward.
17But you whenever you fast, wash your face and anoint your head.
18So that you may not appear to the children of men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
19Do not place treasures for yourselves on the earth, where moths and corrosion disfigure and where thieves break in and steal.
20But place treasures for yourselves in Heaven, where neither moths nor corrosion disfigure and where thieves neither break in nor steal.
21For where your treasure is, there is your heart also.
22But the lamp of the body is the eye; therefore if your eye shall be sound, your whole body also will be illuminated.
23But if your eye shall be bad, your entire body will be darkness; if therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great will be your darkness!
24No man can work for two masters, for either he will hate one and will love the other, or he will honor one and the other he will ignore. You cannot work for God and for money.
25Because of this I say to you, you shall not take pains for yourselves with what you will eat, or what you will drink, neither for your body, what you will put on; behold, is not the soul greater than food, and the body than clothing?
26Behold the birds of the sky, that they neither sow nor reap, neither do they gather into barns, and your Father who is in Heaven sustains them; behold, are you not better than they?
27But who of you, while taking pains, is able to add a foot and a half to his stature?
28And why are you taking pains about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow without laboring or weaving.
29But I say to you, not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these.
30But if God so clothes the grass of the field that is today and will fall into the oven tomorrow, does he not multiply more to you, Oh small of faith?
31Therefore do not be concerned or say, ''What will we eat?', or ''What will we drink?', or,''What will we wear'?
32For the Gentiles are seeking all these things, but your Father who is in Heaven knows that all these things are necessary for you.
33But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34Therefore you shall not be concerned about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be concerned for itself. A day's own trouble is sufficient for it.