Matthew 5:46

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

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For if yee loue them which loue you, what reward haue yee? Doe not euen the Publicanes the same?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
- American Standard Version (1901)

For if you have love for those who have love for you, what credit is it to you? do not the tax-farmers the same?
- Basic English Bible

For if ye should love those who love you, what reward have ye? Do not also the tax-gatherers the same?
- Darby Bible

For if ye love them who love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
- Webster's Bible

For if you love only those who love you, what reward have you earned? Do not even the tax-gatherers do that?
- Weymouth Bible

For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
- World English Bible

For if ye louen hem that louen you, what mede schulen ye han? whether pupplicans doon not this?
- Wycliffe Bible

`For, if ye may love those loving you, what reward have ye? do not also the tax-gatherers the same?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:46


5:46 The publicans - were officers of the revenue, farmers, or receivers of the public money: men employed by the Romans to gather the taxes and customs, which they exacted of the nations they had conquered. These were generally odious for their extortion and oppression, and were reckoned by the Jews as the very scum of the earth.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:46


Mt 5:46 Do not even the publicans the same? The tax collectors, the gatherers of the Roman tribute, were generally odious, and deemed the scum of the earth, but even they loved those who loved them.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Wayne
    Devlin, read John chapters 5,8,10. Your answers are there.
  • Tony balogna
    Love this scripture. Our Lord Jesus really lets us know how to please the Father while living in harmony one with another. Among my favorite chapters of Matthew. God bless
  • MockingBird
    Jesus was persecuted , He was reviled ,and all manner was spoken against Him falsely : The religious leaders did it in thinking they were upholding God in their accusations toward Jesus : Jesus was walking in God's will : and so for us who walk in God's will : religious people will do the same toward us . We are a Blessed people : even though we get knocked down for it.
  • Jermontez Jackson
    It doesn't because jesus already knew what was coming.
  • Roddy Williams
    I must say I thank god for the affliction that may come my way. My afflictions makes my walk with the Lord much stronger. The lord never said this walk would be easy. If they persecuted Jesus what makes us any different?
  • Lu2677
    C-Dub, You make a very broad statement by saying "we" forget about what Jesus says. And "we"go straight to what Paul teaches. How do you know that "we" do this?
    Furthermore, Paul was saved, he preached the cross, he lived and died for Jesus, he encourages all in the faith in his letters that scripture gives us, and pointed out their errors. Paul gives us wholesome words.

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