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Matthew: 6

Teaching about Almsgiving  Mt.6.1-4 (Galilee)

1'BE CAREFUL not to make a show of your religion before men; if you do, no reward awaits you in your Father's house in heaven.

2'Thus, when you do some act of charity, do not announce it with a flourish of trumpets, as the hypocrites do in synagogue and in the streets to win admiration from men. I tell you this: they have their reward already. 3No; when you do some act of charity, do not let your left hand know what your right is doing; 4your good deed must be secret, and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. [Some winesses add: openly.]

Teaching about Prayer  Mt.6.5-15 (Galilee)[ Mt.6.5-15 → ] - Lk.11.2-4

5'Again, when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; they love to say their prayers standing up in synagogue and at the street-corners, for everyone to see them. I tell you this: they have their reward already. 6But when you pray, go into a room by yourself, shut the door, and pray to your Father who is there in the secret place; and your Father who sees what is secret will reward you. [Some witnesses add: openly.]

7'In your prayers do not go babbling on like the heathen, who imagine that the more they say the more likely they are to be heard. 8Do not imitate them. Your Father knows what your needs are before you ask him.

9'This is how you should pray:

14For if you forgive others the wrongs they have done, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15but if you do not forgive others, then the wrongs you have done will not be forgiven by your Father.

Teaching about Fasting  Mt.6.16-18 (Galilee)

16'So too when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites: they make their faces unsightly so that other people may see that they are fasting. I tell you this: they have their reward already. 17But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18so that men may not see that you are fasting, but only your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees what is secret will give you your reward.

Treasure in Heaven  Mt.6.19-21 (Galilee)[ Mt.6.19-21 → ] - Lk.12.33-34

19'DO NOT STORE UP for yourselves treasure on earth, where it grows rusty and moth-eaten, and thieves break in to steal it. 20Store up treasure in heaven, where there is no moth and no rust to spoil it, no thieves to break in and steal. 21For where your wealth is, there will your heart be also.

The Light of the Body  Mt.6.22-23 (Galilee)[ Mt.6.22-23 → ] - Lk.11.34-36

22'The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eyes are sound, you will have light for your whole body; 23if the eyes are bad, your whole body will be in darkness. If then the only light you have is darkness, the darkness is doubly dark.

God and Mammon  Mt.6.24 (Galilee)[ Mt.6.24 → ] - Lk.16.13

24'No servant can be slave to two masters; for either he will hate the first and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and think nothing of the second. You cannot serve God and Money.

Care and Anxiety  Mt.6.25-34 (Galilee)[ Mt.6.25-34 → ] - Lk.12.22-34

25'Therefore I bid you put away anxious thoughts about food and drink to keep you alive, and clothes to cover your body. Surely life is more than food, the body more than clothes. 26Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow and reap and store in barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. You are worth more than the birds! 27Is there a man of you who by anxious thought can add a foot to his height? [Or: a day to his life.] 28And why be anxious about clothes? Consider how the lilies grow in the fields; they do not work, they do not spin; [One witness reads: Consider the lilies: they neither card nor spin, nor labour.] 29and yet, I tell you, even Solomon in all his splendour was not attired like one of these.
30But if that is how God clothes the grass in the fields, which is there today, and tomorrow is thrown on the stove, will he not all the more clothe you? 31No, do not ask anxiously, "What are we to eat? What are we to drink? What shall we wear?" 32All these are things for the heathen to run after, not for you, because your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33Set your mind on God's kingdom and his justice before everything else, and all the rest will come to you as well. 34So do not be anxious about tomorrow; tomorrow will look after itself. Each day has troubles enough of its own.


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