Luke 6:32
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New International Version
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.

New Living Translation
"If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them!

English Standard Version
“If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

Berean Study Bible
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.

Berean Literal Bible
And if you love those loving you, what credit is it to you? For even sinners love those loving them.

New American Standard Bible
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

King James Bible
For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them.

International Standard Version
"If you love those who love you, what thanks do you deserve? Why, even sinners love those who love them.

NET Bible
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

New Heart English Bible
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
“For if you love those who love you, what goodness do you have? Even sinners love those who love them.”

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"If you love those who love you, do you deserve any thanks for that? Even sinners love those who love them.

New American Standard 1977
“And if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For if ye love those who love you, what grace shall ye have? for sinners also love those that love them.

King James 2000 Bible
For if you love them who love you, what thanks have you? for sinners also love those that love them.

American King James Version
For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? for sinners also love those that love them.

American Standard Version
And if ye love them that love you, what thank have ye? for even sinners love those that love them.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if you love them that love you, what thanks are to you? for sinners also love those that love them.

Darby Bible Translation
And if ye love those that love you, what thank is it to you? for even sinners love those that love them.

English Revised Version
And if ye love them that love you, what thank have ye? for even sinners love those that love them.

Webster's Bible Translation
For if ye love them who love you, what thanks have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

Weymouth New Testament
"If you love those who love you, what credit is it to you? Why, even bad men love those who love them.

World English Bible
If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.

Young's Literal Translation
and -- if ye love those loving you, what grace have ye? for also the sinful love those loving them;
Study Bible
Love Your Enemies
31Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same.…
Cross References
Matthew 5:46
If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even tax collectors do the same?

Luke 6:33
If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do the same.
Treasury of Scripture

For if you love them which love you, what thank have you? for sinners also love those that love them.

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Matthew 5:46,47 For if you love them which love you, what reward have you? do not …

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1 Peter 2:19,20 For this is thank worthy, if a man for conscience toward God endure …

(32) For if ye love them which love you.--See Note on Matthew 5:46, and note St. Luke's use, as writing for Gentiles, of the wider term "sinners," instead of the more specific "publicans," which pointed the maxim, perhaps, for those who originally heard it, and certainly for St. Matthew's Jewish readers. There is also a slight variation in the form of the closing questions--St. Luke's "what thank have ye" pointing to the expectation of gratitude in return for good offices, St. Matthew's "what reward" to a more concrete and solid payment.

Verses 32, 33. - For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. There are three manners of return, as Augustine - quoted by Archbishop Trench in his 'Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount' - observes, which men may make one to another: the returning good for good and evil for evil, - this is the ordinary rule of man; then beneath this there is the returning of evil for good, which is devilish; while above it there is the returning of good for evil, which is Divine, - and this is what is commanded for the followers of Jesus here. On the words, "sinners also love those that love them," Augustine's words are singularly terse and quaint: "Amas amantes te filios et parentes. Amat et latro, amat et draco, amant et lupi, amant et ursi" (quoted by Archbishop Trench, 'Exposition of the Sermon on the Mount,' p. 234, note). For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye?.... Or, "what grace have ye?" this is no fruit, nor evidence of grace, nor any exercise of the true grace of love; nor is it any favour conferred upon the object loved, which deserves the respect shown, nor can any reward be expected for such treatment: and thus it is expressed in Matthew, "what reward have ye?" and the Arabic version renders it so here:

for sinners also love those who love them: men that are destitute of the grace of God, profligate sinners, even the worst of them, such as publicans, do this; See Gill on Matthew 5:46. 6:27-36 These are hard lessons to flesh and blood. But if we are thoroughly grounded in the faith of Christ's love, this will make his commands easy to us. Every one that comes to him for washing in his blood, and knows the greatness of the mercy and the love there is in him, can say, in truth and sincerity, Lord, what wilt thou have me to do? Let us then aim to be merciful, even according to the mercy of our heavenly Father to us.
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