The Word of the Lord

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Matthew 6

1 Take·​·heed that you do not do your alms in·​·front·​·of men, to be observed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in the heavens.
2 Therefore when thou1 doest alms, do not sound·​·a·​·trumpet in·​·front·​·of thee, just·​·as the hypocrites do, in the synagogues and in the lanes, so·​·that they may be glorified by men. Amen I say to you, They have their reward.
3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left·​·hand know what thy right·​·hand does,
4 so·​·that thine alms may be in secret, and thy Father who looks in secret shall repay thee Himself in what·​·is·​·manifest.
5 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be just·​·as the hypocrites; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues, and in the corners of the streets, so·​·that they may appear unto men. Amen I say unto you that they have their reward.
6 But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy bedroom, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who looks in secret shall repay thee in what·​·is·​·manifest.
7 And when you pray, do not speak·​·on·​·and·​·on, just·​·as the gentiles, for they think that they shall be heard by their many·​·words.
8 Therefore be· ye not ·like them; for your Father knows what things you need before you ask Him.
9 In·​·this·​·way, therefore, you should pray: Our Father, who art in the heavens, hallowed be Thy name;
10 Thy kingdom come; Thy will be·​·done, as in heaven so upon the earth.
11 Give us this·​·day our daily bread.
12 And forgive2 us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.
13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil3; for Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
16 And when you fast, be not just·​·as the hypocrites, of·​·a·​·sad·​·face, for they spoil their faces, so·​·that they may appear to men to fast. Amen I say to you, that they have their reward.
17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face,
18 so·​·that thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father who looks·​·on in secret shall repay thee in what·​·is·​·manifest.
19 Treasure· not ·up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust spoil, and where thieves dig·​·through and steal;
20 but treasure·​·up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust spoils, and where thieves do not dig·​·through nor steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
22 The lamp of the body is the eye; if therefore thine eye be single4, thy whole body shall be illuminated;
23 but if thine eye be wicked, thy whole body shall be dark; if therefore the light in thee is darkness, how·​·great is the darkness!
24 No·​·one can serve two lords, for either he will hate the one and love the·​·other, or he will hold·​·to the one and despise the·​·other. You cannot serve God and mammon5.
25 On·​·account·​·of this I say to you, Be· not ·anxious for your soul, what you shall eat and what you shall drink; nor for your body, what you shall put·​·on. Is not the soul more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look·​·intently at the birds of the sky6; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns, and your heavenly Father feeds them. Are· you not ·of· more ·value than they?
27 And which of you by being·​·anxious can add one cubit to his stature?
28 And why are· you ·anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they labor not, neither do they spin;
29 but I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed as one of these.
30 And if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall He not much more clothe you, O ye of·​·little·​·faith?
31 Be· not therefore ·anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be arrayed?
32 For all these·​·things do the nations seek; for your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these·​·things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His justice, and all these·​·things shall be added to you.
34 Therefore do not be·​·anxious for tomorrow; for tomorrow shall be·​·anxious for the·​·things of itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil of it.

1Here the Lord changes from “you” (plural) to “thou” (singular). The Heavenly Doctrine teaches that in the Sacred Scripture, the plural is used when “things of the understanding are treated of,” and the singular when “things of the will are treated of” (AC 712).

2literally, “remit to,” twice in this verse; also in verses 14 and 15

3In the Latin of the Heavenly Doctrine for this passage, the word for “evil” is clearly neuter, meaning “evil” or “what is evil.” Thus it is not “the evil one,” as many modern translations now render it (see AC 1875, 3605:2, SE 2207).

4“He alone is single-minded whose external thinks and speaks and wills and acts from the internal; and such are meant by the ‘simple’ or ‘single’ in the Word” (TCR 147).

5wealth personified

6The Greek word here translated “sky” is also often translated “heaven.”