Matthew 5:20

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For I say vnto you, That except your righteousnesse shall exceede the righteousnesse of the Scribes and Pharisees, yee shall in no case enter into the kingdome of heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses {that} of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed `the righteousness' of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For I say to you, If your righteousness is not greater than the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never go into the kingdom of heaven.
- Basic English Bible

For I say unto you, that unless your righteousness surpass [that] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of the heavens.
- Darby Bible

For I say to you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
- Webster's Bible

For I assure you that unless your righteousness greatly surpasses that of the Scribes and the Pharisees, you will certainly not find entrance into the Kingdom of the Heavens.
- Weymouth Bible

For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
- World English Bible

And Y seie to you, that but your riytfulnesse be more plenteuouse than of scribis and of Farisees, ye schulen not entre into the kyngdom of heuenes.
- Wycliffe Bible

`For I say to you, that if your righteousness may not abound above that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye may not enter to the reign of the heavens.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:20


5:20 The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees - Described in the sequel of this discourse.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:20


Mt 5:20 Your righteousness shall exceed. The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees has just been referred to. See Mt 3:7. They claimed to be the teachers and examples of righteousness, but they lacked the humble spirit of true obedience.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Pam
    I noticed the are those who look at the beatitudes like commandments. Jesus compacted the commandments into 2; love the Lord with all your heart mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. The beatitudes are love in action as a result of being born again, following Him and bearing fruit.
  • Maria
    The law still stands. Christ said it in v.17. He came to fulfill what was written of him, that he should suffer and be crucified, not to do away with the law. Whosoever breaks one of the least commandments he mentioned in verses 1-16 and teaches others to do the same will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
  • Walter lee Dillard
    God is a good God and he always knows what we doing and about to do. The words say that what ever he have in store for us we shall receive it in the name of Jesus. We can always depends on God to do what he say he going to do for us all we have to do is believe in him and let him do his work Amen.
  • BSP
    God sees those who are persecuted for doing what is right in His eyes and He is going to bless such ones.
  • Katawanna legget
    god is good all the times he woke us up
  • Otis Dorsey
    If we work for the lord we will be reward

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