Matthew 5:23
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New International Version
"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,

King James Bible
Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

Darby Bible Translation
If therefore thou shouldest offer thy gift at the altar, and there shouldest remember that thy brother has something against thee,

World English Bible
"If therefore you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has anything against you,

Young's Literal Translation
'If, therefore, thou mayest bring thy gift to the altar, and there mayest remember that thy brother hath anything against thee,

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Clarke's Commentary on the Bible

Therefore if thou bring thy gift - Evil must be nipped in the bud. An unkind thought of another may be the foundation of that which leads to actual murder. A Christian, properly speaking, cannot be an enemy to any man; nor is he to consider any man his enemy, without the fullest evidence: for surmises to the prejudice of another can never rest in the bosom of him who has the love of God in his heart, for to him all men are brethren. He sees all men as children of God, and members of Christ, or at least capable of becoming such. If a tender forgiving spirit was required, even in a Jew, when he approached God's altar with a bullock or a lamb, how much more necessary is this in a man who professes to be a follower of the Lamb of God; especially when he receives the symbols of that Sacrifice which was offered for the life of the world, in what is commonly called the sacrament of the Lord's supper!

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

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Matthew 8:4 And Jesus said to him, See you tell no man; but go your way, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded...

Matthew 23:19 You fools and blind: for whether is greater, the gift, or the altar that sanctifies the gift?

Deuteronomy 16:16,17 Three times in a year shall all your males appear before the LORD your God in the place which he shall choose...

1 Samuel 15:22 And Samuel said, Has the LORD as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the LORD? Behold...

Isaiah 1:10-17 Hear the word of the LORD, you rulers of Sodom; give ear to the law of our God, you people of Gomorrah...

Hosea 6:6 For I desired mercy, and not sacrifice; and the knowledge of God more than burnt offerings.

Amos 5:21-24 I hate, I despise your feast days, and I will not smell in your solemn assemblies...

rememberest.

Genesis 41:9 Then spoke the chief butler to Pharaoh, saying, I do remember my faults this day:

Genesis 42:21,22 And they said one to another, We are truly guilty concerning our brother, in that we saw the anguish of his soul, when he sought us...

Genesis 50:15-17 And when Joseph's brothers saw that their father was dead, they said, Joseph will peradventure hate us...

Leviticus 6:2-6 If a soul sin, and commit a trespass against the LORD, and lie to his neighbor in that which was delivered him to keep...

1 Kings 2:44 The king said moreover to Shimei, You know all the wickedness which your heart is privy to, that you did to David my father...

Lamentations 3:20 My soul has them still in remembrance, and is humbled in me.

Ezekiel 16:63 That you may remember, and be confounded, and never open your mouth any more because of your shame...

Luke 19:8 And Zacchaeus stood, and said to the Lord: Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor...

Library
Agree with Thine Adversary
Eversley, 1861. Windsor Castle, 1867. St. Matthew v. 25, 26. "Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing." This parable our Lord seems to have spoken at least twice, as He did several others. For we find it also in the 12th
Charles Kingsley—All Saints' Day and Other Sermons

Salt Without Savour
'Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.'--MATT. v. 13. These words must have seemed ridiculously presumptuous when they were first spoken, and they have too often seemed mere mockery and irony in the ages since. A Galilean peasant, with a few of his rude countrymen who had gathered round him, stands up there on the mountain, and says to them, 'You,
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The Lamp and the Bushel
'Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.'--Matt. v. 14-16. The conception of the office of Christ's disciples contained in these words is a still bolder one than that expressed by the preceding metaphor, which
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

The New Form of the Old Law
'Think not that I am come to destroy the law or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. 18. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. 19. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20. For I say
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture

Cross References
Matthew 5:24
leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

Mark 11:25
And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins."

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