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Matthew 5:35 Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

Matthew 5:36 Neither shalt you swear by your head, because you cannot not make one hair white or black.

Matthew 5:37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay. For whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Matthew 5:38 You have heard that it has been said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.(*).

Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That you resist not evil, but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.

Matthew 5:39 But I say unto you, That you resist.(original is 'to set one's self against, withstand, oppose, resist'; war with; but if we do that would not evil proliferate? and how can we be of the mind to avoid resisting evil? and what does it actually mean in the light of 'an eye for an eye', etc.?).not evil.(original 'hardships' {things that seem bad to you; things that bring pressure upon you; things that cause desire for relief; things that cause you to only be able to see one day's food at a time, like as war causes for so many}; why resist not evil?), but whosoever shall smite you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.(doesn't mean we're doormats, but also doesn't mean that other cheek won't be smitten also; does mean that, instead of fighting, we acknowledge our darker side and this dissipates it; stop blaming others for the world the way it is, it has been all of us that have caused it by how we are which has fed this information into the collective consciousness to affect all and just as it has caused the evil, so it can also cause the good)..(Proverbs 20:22; 24:29; Romans 12:17-19; Lamentations 3:30).

Matthew 5:40 And if any man will sue you at the law.(here it's talking of being before a judge; compare with verses 42-48 just below).and take away your coat, let him have your cloke also.

All true Christians should be preferring the ways of peace {Romans 12:18} in relationships and all interactions with others; remain excluded from the mass mind angers that spill over into personal contentious issues and be contrary minded to temporary selfish advantages.

Matthew 5:41 And whosoever shall compel.(force, constrain; talking of those who may have authority over you for some reason).you to go a mile, go with him twain.

Original means to be forced to do that which is in good purpose for the king in his service to the nation; in this case it was delivering mail to another carrier on the king's mail route {important to get the message out} and they could ask for anyone along the route to help them out in taking the mail another thousand paces; a Roman mille was a thousand paces.

Matthew 5:42 Give to him that asks you and from him that would borrow of you turn not you away..(compare with verses 40,41 just above).

Matthew 5:43 You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy.

Comprised with Barnes Notes: the law about loving one's neighbor is in Leviticus 19:18. That we must, therefore, hate our enemy, was an inference drawn from it by the corrupt teachers of religion Emmanuel castigated in Matthew 23rd chapter. They supposed that if we loved one, we must, of course, hate the other. They were total strangers to that great, peculiar law of religion, which requires us to love both. A neighbour is literally one that lives near to us; after that, one that is near to us by acts of kindness and friendship. More on it.

Matthew 5:44 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.

Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you and pray.(the original Greek word for 'pray' here, means 'to be all for wanting another's best'; and, if you're all for another's best, ask the Creator for these things for others as well as for yourself; which others? you decide that!).for them which despitefully use you.(take advantage of you in some way; they don't love or even like you, you are only for them to get something from you and at your expense; speaking metaphorically, the low consciousness way of uncaring is to step on you and walk away, to 'use you till you bruise', you know the feeling).and persecute.(to harass enough to make another want to flee away or to keep them at bay).you.

Matthew 5:45 That you may be the children of your Father which is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and on the unjust..(word 'sends' not in original, just means God is responsible for creating the system that brings weather)

Matthew 5:46 For if you love them which love you, what reward have you? Do not even the publicans the same?

Matthew 5:47 And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more than others? Do not even the publicans so?

Matthew 5:48 Be you therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.


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