Matthew 5:44
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New International Version
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

New Living Translation
But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!

English Standard Version
But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Berean Study Bible
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

Berean Literal Bible
But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those persecuting you,

New American Standard Bible
"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

King James Bible
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,

International Standard Version
But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,

NET Bible
But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you,

New Heart English Bible
But I tell you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But I say to you, love your enemies and bless the one who curses you, and do what is beautiful to the one who hates you, and pray over those who take you by force and persecute you.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
But I tell you this: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.

New American Standard 1977
“But I say to you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you

Jubilee Bible 2000
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless those that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for those who speak evil about you, and persecute you;

King James 2000 Bible
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you;

American King James Version
But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you;

American Standard Version
but I say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you;

Douay-Rheims Bible
But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you:

Darby Bible Translation
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, [bless those who curse you,] do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who [insult you and] persecute you,

English Revised Version
but I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you;

Webster's Bible Translation
But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you;

Weymouth New Testament
But I command you all, love your enemies, and pray for your persecutors;

World English Bible
But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,

Young's Literal Translation
but I -- I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those cursing you, do good to those hating you, and pray for those accusing you falsely, and persecuting you,
Commentary
Matthew Henry Commentary
5:43-48 The Jewish teachers by neighbour understood only those who were of their own country, nation, and religion, whom they were pleased to look upon as their friends. The Lord Jesus teaches that we must do all the real kindness we can to all, especially to their souls. We must pray for them. While many will render good for good, we must render good for evil; and this will speak a nobler principle than most men act by. Others salute their brethren, and embrace those of their own party, and way, and opinion, but we must not so confine our respect. It is the duty of Christians to desire, and aim at, and press towards perfection in grace and holiness. And therein we must study to conform ourselves to the example of our heavenly Father, 1Pe 1:15,16. Surely more is to be expected from the followers of Christ than from others; surely more will be found in them than in others. Let us beg of God to enable us to prove ourselves his children.
Study Bible
Love Your Enemies
43You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45that you may be sons 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.…
Cross References
1 Samuel 24:17
He said to David, "You are more righteous than I; for you have dealt well with me, while I have dealt wickedly with you.

Proverbs 19:11
A man's discretion makes him slow to anger, And it is his glory to overlook a transgression.

Proverbs 25:21
If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink;

Luke 6:27
But to those of you who will listen, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,

Luke 6:28
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.

Luke 23:34
Then Jesus said, "Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing." And they divided up His garments by casting lots.

John 13:34
A new commandment I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so also you must love one another.

Acts 7:60
Falling on his knees, he cried out in a loud voice, "Lord, do not hold this sin against them." And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

Romans 12:14
Bless those who persecute you. Bless and do not curse.

Romans 12:20
On the contrary, "If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him a drink. For in so doing, you will heap burning coals on his head."
Treasury of Scripture

But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which spitefully use you, and persecute you;

Exodus 23:4,5 If you meet your enemy's ox or his donkey going astray, you shall …

2 Kings 6:22 And he answered, You shall not smite them: would you smite those …

2 Chronicles 28:9-15 But a prophet of the LORD was there, whose name was Oded: and he …

Psalm 7:4 If I have rewarded evil to him that was at peace with me; (yes, I …

Psalm 35:13,14 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth: I …

Proverbs 25:21,22 If your enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat; and if he be thirsty, …

Luke 6:27,28,34,35 But I say to you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which …

Luke 23:34 Then said Jesus, Father, forgive them; for they know not what they …

Acts 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this …

Romans 12:14,20,21 Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not…

1 Corinthians 4:12,13 And labor, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being …

1 Corinthians 13:4-8 Charity suffers long, and is kind; charity envies not; charity braggs …

1 Peter 2:23 Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he …

1 Peter 3:9 Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing: but contrariwise …

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