MATTHEW 5:44

Love your enemies

KING JAMES VERSION (KJV)

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In the Sermon on the Mount Jesus tells us to love, in a social and moral sense, our adversaries. Speak and hope well for those who may curse us. Do well for those who detest or love us less. And pray to God for those who insult, slander or trouble you in any way.

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But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

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Matthew 5:44 Translation & Meaning

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But δὲ But, and, etc But
I ἐγὼ I, me I
say λέγω Properly, to "lay" forth, i.e., (figuratively) relate (in words (usually of systematic or set discourse; whereas G2036 and G5346 generally refer to an individual expression or speech respectively; while G4483 is properly to break silence merely, and G2980 means an extended or random harangue)); by implication, to mean say
unto you, ὑμῖν To (with or by) you unto you
Love ἀγαπᾶτε To love (in a social or moral sense) Love
your ὑμῶν Of (from or concerning) you your
enemies, ἐχθροὺς Hateful (passively, odious, or actively, hostile); usually as a noun, an adversary (especially Satan) enemies
bless εὐλογεῖτε To speak well of, i.e., (religiously) to bless (thank or invoke a benediction upon, prosper) bless
them that curse καταρωμένους To execrate; by analogy, to doom curse
you, ὑμᾶς You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) you
do ποιεῖτε To make or do (in a very wide application, more or less direct) do
good καλῶς Well (usually morally) good
to them that hate μισοῦντας To detest (especially to persecute); by extension, to love less hate
you, ὑμᾶς, You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) you
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
pray προσεύχεσθε To pray to God, i.e., supplicate, worship pray
for ὑπὲρ "over", i.e., (with the genitive case) of place, above, beyond, across, or causal, for the sake of, instead, regarding; with the accusative case superior to, more than for
them which despitefully use ἐπηρεαζόντων To insult, slander despitefully use
you, ὑμᾶς, You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) you
and καὶ And, also, even, so then, too, etc.; often used in connection (or composition) with other particles or small words and
persecute διωκόντων To pursue (literally or figuratively); by implication, to persecute persecute
you; ὑμᾶς, You (as the objective of a verb or preposition) you

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  • 42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

  • 43  Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

  • 44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

  • 45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

  • 46  For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?




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