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The Oxford Study Bible Study Bible supplemented with commentary from scholars of various religions.

Chapter 6

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1‘BE careful not to parade your religion before others; if you do, no reward awaits you with your Father in heaven.

2‘So, when you give alms, do not announce it with a flourish of trumpets, as the hypocrites do in synagogues and in the streets to win the praise of others. Truly I tell you: they have their reward already. 3But when you give alms, 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.

5‘Again, when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; they love to say their prayers standing up in synagogues and at street corners for everyone to see them. Truly I tell you: 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 in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

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, for your Father knows what your needs are before you ask him.

9‘This is how you should pray:

Our Father in heaven, may your name be hallowed; 10your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as in heaven. 11Give us today our daily bread a 6:11 our … bread: or our bread for the morrow. . 12Forgive us the wrong we have done, as we have forgiven those who have wronged us. 13And do not put us to the test, but save us from the evil one b 6:13 from the evil one: or from evil. Some witnesses add For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, for ever. Amen. .

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

16‘So too when you fast, do not look gloomy like the hypocrites: they make their faces unsightly so that everybody may see that they are fasting. Truly I tell you: they have their reward already. 17But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18so that no one sees that you are fasting, but only your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will give you your reward.

19‘DO NOT store up for yourselves treasure on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and thieves break in and steal; 20but store up treasure in heaven, where neither moth nor rust will destroy, nor thieves break in and steal. 21For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

22‘The lamp of the body is the eye. If your eyes are sound, you will have light for your whole body; 23if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be in darkness. If then the only light you have is darkness, how great a darkness that will be.

24‘No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the first and love the second, or he will be devoted to the first and despise the second. You cannot serve God and Money.

25‘This is why I tell you not to be anxious about food and drink to keep you alive and about clothes to cover your body. Surely life is more than food, the body more than clothes. 26Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow and reap and store in barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth more than the birds? 27Can anxious thought add a single day to your life c 6:27 add…life: or add one foot to your height. ? 28And why be anxious about clothes? Consider how the lilies grow in the fields; they do not work, they do not spin d 6:28 Consider…spin: one witness reads Consider the lilies: they neither card, nor spin, nor work. ; 29yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his splendour was not attired like one of them. 30If 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? How little faith you have! 31Do not ask anxiously, “What are we to eat? What are we to drink? What shall we wear?” 32These are the things that occupy the minds of the heathen, but 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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a 6:11 our … bread: or our bread for the morrow.

b 6:13 from the evil one: or from evil. Some witnesses add For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory, for ever. Amen.

c 6:27 add…life: or add one foot to your height.

d 6:28 Consider…spin: one witness reads Consider the lilies: they neither card, nor spin, nor work.

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