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

  • Nature
    Others have a chance to offer compassion to those in pain. What if our suffering is Their test. Is a chance for them to choose to show kindness. Then a opportunity for us to say and show to them that our strength and comfort in those troubling times comes from the Lord. He does not think as we mere humans do but as the mighty Alpha and Omega. The Great I AM. Lean not on our own understanding.
  • Cybrat
    To Devlin if your still reading this, yes it does state in the bible that Jesus is God. Please read, John 1:1 in the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. I don't know you, your age, earthly age or Christian age. You made baby Christian for a season one. I won't make an assumption. I was a Christian for many years before I realized "Word" is capitalized! Word is Christ!!! Just replace "Word" with"Christ". I think bc not only was Christ sent here to die for our sins but, also to be the earthly voice of God. If we were to hear the voice of God I believe it would be to much for a human to handle.
  • 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.

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