|Ward Green Version, 2003||American Standard Version, 1901|
© 2008 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
1Be very cautious not to try to justify your faith in the sight of men to impress them, because you will get absolutely no credit for that from your heavenly Father.
2When you give alms, therefore, don't blow a trumpet ahead of yourselves like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets that they may be glorious by human standards. Truly I tell you, they are receiving their reward in full.
3When you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing 4that your alms may be in secret and your Father who sees inside you may then repay you.
5Also, when you pray, do not be as the hypocrites, for they love making a public show of prayer in the synagogues and in the public squares in order to be seen by men. Truly I tell you, they are receiving their reward in full.
6But you, when you are praying, go into your inner room, close the door, and pray to God in secret, and your Father who sees inside you may then repay you.
7When praying, don't give a long prayer as other nations do, thinking they will be heard better if they say a lot.
8So do not be like them, for your Father knows the things you are needing before ever you ask him.
9So this is how you are to pray:
``Our Father in the heavens, sanctify your own name.
14Because if you forgive men their sins, your heavenly Father also forgives you.
15But if you do not forgive men their sins, neither does your Father forgive your sins.
16Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites who mourn and put on long faces that they may appear to be fasting to men. Truly, I tell you, they are receiving their reward in full.
17But you, when you fast, anoint the hair of your head and wash your face, 18that you not be seen as fasting to men yet to your Father who sees the inside of you, that your Father who sees inside you may pay you back.
19Don't gather treasure for yourself on the earth where moths and decay eat things up or where thieves may break in wanting to steal them.
20On the other hand, gather treasure for yourself in the heavens-- there moths and decay don't eat away at things and thieves don't break in to steal them.
21Where your treasure is, your heart will be.
22The body's light is the eye, so if the eye is of one intent the whole body is bright.
23But when your eye is ponderous the whole body is dark. If the light inside you is dark O how great that darkness is.
24Nobody can serve two masters-- you will either hate the one and love the other, or you will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and covetousness.
25So I say to you, do not be anxious about your means of living, what you will eat, what you will drink, nor what you will wear as clothing. Isn't life worth more than food, and the body worth more than clothing?
26Look at the birds in the sky. They don't sow seed and they don't gather a harvest into a barn, but your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you worth a lot more than they are?
27Now who of you by worrying is able to add the slightest bit to his life span or to his height for that matter?
28So why be anxious about clothing-- don't the lilies in the meadow grow without toiling or spinning yarn to make clothing?
29But I am telling you, even Solomon in all of his glory wasn't dressed as one of these.
30So if God in this way clothes this vegetation of the meadow which is here for one more day and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, won't God instead clothe you more especially, you who doubt?
31So don't be anxious saying, ``What are we to eat?'', or, ``What are we to drink?'', or ``What are we to wear?''
32These are all in fact things which other nations crave, so your Father certainly knows that you need these things.
33But first seek the kingdom and his righteousness, and every other thing will be yours.
34So don't worry about tomorrow-- it will have its own worries. One day at a time is bad enough as it is.
© 2008 Ward Green. All rights reserved.
Matthew 6 1
Take heed that ye do not your righteousness before men, to be seen of them: else ye have no reward with your Father who is in heaven.
Matthew 6 2
When therefore thou doest alms, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.
Matthew 6 3
But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:
Matthew 6 4
that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee.
Matthew 6 5
And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites: for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.
Matthew 6 6
But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee.
Matthew 6 7
And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.
Matthew 6 8
Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.
Matthew 6 9
After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
Matthew 6 10
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth.
Matthew 6 11
Give us this day our daily bread.
Matthew 6 12
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
Matthew 6 13
And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil [one.]
Matthew 6 14
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
Matthew 6 15
But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Matthew 6 16
Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen of men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward.
Matthew 6 17
But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face;
Matthew 6 18
that thou be not seen of men to fast, but of thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall recompense thee.
Matthew 6 19
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal:
Matthew 6 20
but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:
Matthew 6 21
for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also.
Matthew 6 22
The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
Matthew 6 23
But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness!
Matthew 6 24
No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 6 25
Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment?
Matthew 6 26
Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value then they?
Matthew 6 27
And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life?
Matthew 6 28
And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Matthew 6 29
yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Matthew 6 30
But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith?
Matthew 6 31
Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Matthew 6 32
For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Matthew 6 33
But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6 34
Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.