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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
But I say vnto you, Loue your enemies, blesse them that curse you, doe good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully vse you, and persecute you:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan
"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
- New American Standard Version (1995)
but I say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you;
- American Standard Version (1901)
But I say to you, Have love for those who are against you, and make prayer for those who are cruel to you;
- Basic English Bible
But *I* say unto you, Love your enemies, [bless those who curse you,] do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who [insult you and] persecute you,
- Darby Bible
But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you;
- Webster's Bible
But I command you all, love your enemies, and pray for your persecutors;
- Weymouth Bible
But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,
- World English Bible
But Y seie to you, loue ye youre enemyes, do ye wel to hem that hatiden you, and preye ye for hem that pursuen, and sclaundren you;
- Wycliffe Bible
but I -- I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those cursing you, do good to those hating you, and pray for those accusing you falsely, and persecuting you,
- Youngs Literal Bible
5:44 Bless them that curse you - Speak all the good you can to and of them, who speak all evil to and of you. Repay love in thought, word, and deed, to those who hate you, and show it both in word and deed. #Luke 6:27,35|.
Mt 5:44 I say unto you, Love your enemies. The fundamental law of Christ's kingdom. Henceforth love is to be boundless as the ocean. His own earthly life is its perfect application. The enemies are to be conquered by love. See Joh 3:16. Bless them that curse you. Love will return blessing for cursing, good will for hating, prayers for evil treatment and persecution. Christ on the cross prayed for his enemies (Lu 23:34); so did Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Ac 7:60).
Judy Macfarlane's comment on 2015-02-24 17:42:23:
Need encouragement and tips for rejoicing when Christians and non Christians despitefully use in return for Christ righteousness
Judy's comment on 2014-12-01 15:15:58:
My flesh is screaming with flight, my mind alive with reasoning and resistance, my emotions frozen. God deliver us from disobedience, in Jesus name We ask, and receive by Almighty graceto Almighty God 's glory. I need a prayer partner who is willing to pray to love God with all and to love onone another.
Samson's comment on 2014-11-07 00:59:47:
I thank God for his words .I believe his words also I believe that Jesus is the son of God.
Barbara Carter's comment on 2014-08-31 11:24:36:
I have been with this one person all or half of my life but they are disrespectful, mean cruel, and just right down low down I haven 't done anything to them but they just keep on mistreating me no matter what I do always insults, complaints, hateful words but I know that God sees this why is he still allowing this to happen to me . and what must I do and when and if God will ever change this situation
Sarah's comment on 2014-04-29 01:41:36:
Keep in mind all of those in 'mixed "families , Christ said there will be a mother inlaw against her daughter , a father against son. VERY TRYING !
Mocking Bird's comment on 2014-03-11 10:44:17:
Yes It is hard to love your enemies and to Bless those who curse you I like Alicia s comment Being Christ like is not a chore but a Privilege We can only do this through prayer and a willing heart to want to be as Christ We need to have a desire to be as He is while we are in this world The rewards are very pleasing when we submit to God It is also a joy I once heard a pastor say and it has stuck with me in these situations Forgive them for your own sake Glory to God God forgave us for His names sake
Toni's comment on 2014-03-11 06:45:35:
Jesus gives His people four commandments love bless do good and pray In spite of what others may do in hating cursing using or mistreating us we being followers of Christ must continually love bless do good and pray Do these things with the help and the grace of the Lord and with Christ s Spirit dwellin on the inside and life will be filled with joy and peace Those who are filled with the devil and his hate cursing persecution and misuse will be filled with anger strife and a miserable existence They will get their reward
George Ua's comment on 2014-01-24 17:12:55:
The act of loving one who hate you, bless them that curse you through powerful prayer is the best medicine to defeat Satan, but that all begins within your family, your roof first before you love outsiders.
Peter's comment on 2014-01-12 02:01:05:
many people say God's things are hard to follow and perfect. God knows our weakness and thst is why he sent us the holly spirit to guide us. With prayer it is posible to fulfil his command to love our enemies and pray for all that persecute us.
May God bless all of you.
Joseph Gakura's comment on 2013-12-04 18:45:12:
Thanks is for God in Jesus, cause this is a good way for defeating evils.
I take care.
Can God? God can.
Ng's comment on 2013-09-10 14:12:14:
Yes, hard to do but ALWAYS worth doing. I am in this predicament, but worst when its a Christian who display the qualities of "an enemy" described in this verse.
Alicia's comment on 2013-09-10 09:54:26:
We are always either scattering or gathering according to the Lord. By recieving God's Holy Ghost through the believing of Jesus Christ we now have the freedom to be righteous and loving and graceful as God is towards us. The thing is to remember that being Christ-like is a PRIVILEGE and NOT a chore.
KMcfarland#1's comment on 2013-07-29 08:41:46:
Praying for people who have hurt you can be difficult if you do not stay in the word of GOD! If we are not careful our prayers and motives for praying will become bitter or harsh. That is why we must put on the breastplate of righteousness and seek guidance from other Christians when praying. Stay prayed up for the world is full of people who are not saved and have no thoughts of getting saved.
Mary Simon's comment on 2013-07-21 03:17:47:
When people hate you outrightly and want to provoke you to anger,the best thing you should do is to love them. Pray for them and use kind words. By that,you will heap coal of fire on them.
Demetrius Heckard's comment on 2013-04-26 10:30:46:
I set forth to be what Jesus said unto us. Love is the way to thy heart in all experiences. For I love you anyway. It defeats!
Maureen Ndlouv's comment on 2013-03-25 23:12:03:
In all things we must first love ourselves and our families then we can be able to love outsiders.
Sandra's comment on 2012-10-01 15:42:21:
I work in education and the religious zeal of which some is sometimes overwhelming. I apply the word from an introspective standpoint. What else can I do to overcome the intensity that I sometimes feel coming from others who can be overly judgemental.
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