New Living Translation
If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.
King James Bible
For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Darby Bible Translation
For if ye should love those who love you, what reward have ye? Do not also the tax-gatherers the same?
World English Bible
For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
Young's Literal Translation
'For, if ye may love those loving you, what reward have ye? do not also the tax-gatherers the same?
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:46 The publicans - were officers of the revenue, farmers, or receivers of the public money: men employed by the Romans to gather the taxes and customs, which they exacted of the nations they had conquered. These were generally odious for their extortion and oppression, and were reckoned by the Jews as the very scum of the earth.
LibraryThe Fourth Beatitude
'Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.'--MATT. v. 6. Two preliminary remarks will give us the point of view from which I desire to consider these words now. First, we have seen, in previous sermons, that these paradoxes of the Christian life which we call the Beatitudes are a linked chain, or, rather, an outgrowth from a common root. Each presupposes all the preceding. Now, of course, it is a mistake to expect uniformity in the process of building …
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If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.
Later, Matthew invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners.
But when the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, "Why does your teacher eat with such scum?"
The Son of Man, on the other hand, feasts and drinks, and you say, 'He's a glutton and a drunkard, and a friend of tax collectors and other sinners!' But wisdom is shown to be right by its results."
"Which of the two obeyed his father?" They replied, "The first." Then Jesus explained his meaning: "I tell you the truth, corrupt tax collectors and prostitutes will get into the Kingdom of God before you do.
For John the Baptist came and showed you the right way to live, but you didn't believe him, while tax collectors and prostitutes did. And even when you saw this happening, you refused to believe him and repent of your sins.
Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus' followers.)
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