Matthew 6

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The Holy Scriptures (Jubilee Bible 2000)
 

1Take heed not to do your alms {lit. acts of mercy} before men, to be seen of them; otherwise, ye have no reward of your Father who is in the heavens. 2Therefore, when thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They already have their reward. 3But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth 4that thine alms may be in secret; and thy Father who sees in secret, he shall reward thee openly.

5And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are, for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They already have their reward. 6But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy chamber, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who sees in secret shall reward thee openly. 7But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions as the worldly do, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knows what things ye have need of before ye ask him.

9Ye, therefore, are to pray like this: Our Father who art in the heavens, Hallowed be thy name. 10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 11Give us this day our daily bread. 12And set us free from our debts, as we set free our debtors. 13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil, for thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen. 14For if ye set men free from their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also set you free; 15but if ye do not set men free from their trespasses, neither will your Father set you free from your trespasses.

16Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance, for they disfigure their faces that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They already have their reward. 17But thou, when thou dost fast, anoint thine head, and wash thy face 18that thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father, who sees in secret, shall reward thee openly.

19Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal; 20but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust corrupt and where thieves do not break through nor steal; 21for where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. 22The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye is sincere, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23But if thine eye is evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If, therefore, the light that is in thee is darkness, how great is that darkness! 24No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and riches.

25Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than food, and the body than raiment? 26Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they? 27Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? 28And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; 29and yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30Therefore, if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? 31Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed? 32For the Gentiles seek after all these things.) For your heavenly Father knows that ye have need of all these things. 33But seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. 34Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the affliction thereof.