New Living Translation
But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.
King James Bible
Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
Darby Bible Translation
Be ye therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
World English Bible
Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
Young's Literal Translation
ye shall therefore be perfect, as your Father who is in the heavens is perfect.
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CommentaryWesley's Notes on the Bible
5:48 Therefore ye shall be perfect; as your Father who is in heaven is perfect - So the original runs, referring to all that holiness which is described in the foregoing verse s, which our Lord in the beginning of the chapter recommends as happiness, and in the close of it as perfection. And how wise and gracious is this, to sum up, and, as it were, seal all his commandments with a promise! Even the proper promise of the Gospel! That he will put those laws in our minds, and write them in our hearts! He well knew how ready our unbelief would be to cry out, this is impossible! And therefore stakes upon it all the power, truth, and faithfulness of him to whom all things are possible.
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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"Give the following instructions to the entire community of Israel. You must be holy because I, the LORD your God, am holy.
But you must be blameless before the LORD your God.
2 Samuel 22:31
"God's way is perfect. All the LORD's promises prove true. He is a shield for all who look to him for protection.
If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.
2 Corinthians 7:1
Because we have these promises, dear friends, let us cleanse ourselves from everything that can defile our body or spirit. And let us work toward complete holiness because we fear God.
Imitate God, therefore, in everything you do, because you are his dear children.
I don't mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection. But I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me.
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