Matthew 5:47

“And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And if yee salute your brethren only, what do you more then others? Doe not euen the Publicanes so?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing {than others?} Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more `than others?' do not even the Gentiles the same?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if you say, Good day, to your brothers only, what do you do more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same?
- Basic English Bible

And if ye should salute your brethren only, what do ye extraordinary? Do not also the Gentiles the same?
- Darby Bible

And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
- Webster's Bible

And if you salute only your near relatives, what praise is due to you? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
- Weymouth Bible

If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
- World English Bible

And if ye greten youre britheren oonli, what schulen ye do more? ne doon not hethene men this?
- Wycliffe Bible

and if ye may salute your brethren only, what do ye abundant? do not also the tax-gatherers so?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:47


5:47 And if ye salute your friends only - Our Lord probably glances at those prejudices, which different sects had against each other, and intimates, that he would not have his followers imbibe that narrow spirit. Would to God this had been more attended to among the unhappy divisions and subdivisions, into which his Church has been crumbled! And that we might at least advance so far, as cordially to embrace our brethren in Christ, of whatever party or denomination they are!


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:47


Mt 5:47 Salute your brethren only. The Jews usually disdained to speak to a Gentile, a publican, or a "sinner", but would salute orthodox Jews. Even the Gentiles, the heathen nations, had enough of love for this. Unless the disciples could love better than the Jews, they would be on a level with publicans and heathen.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Olawale
    It Gives Clear Understanding On How To Live A Life Acceptable Before God
  • O'Shen Robinson-Barefield
    This is amazing, after being baptized, tempted by the devil while fasting, this is the first thing he had to say after coming out of the wilderness. These are all commandments and revelation of the kingdom of heaven to men. We see here that righteousness is more than being good and treating other good people well. But righteousness is loving, forgiving, and serving those we feel don't deserve it.
  • Patsarks7460@yahoo.com
    I Believe the word of God over anything or anyone Be blessed and saved through our savior who has washed me in the Blood of the Lamb .I would be going to hell if not forgiven of my sins
  • Ray Carver
    Great teaching from our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • Geraldine cole
    Let get this understanding John 10 verse 30 tells us what Jesus said about what Jesus Said about. His Father he said he and his Father was one they are one because Jesus is God son.and it goes like this God the Father Jesus the Son and the Holy Ghost now the holy Ghost is what Jesus said he left here for those that are his if U have received the holy Ghost which he left as a gift so pray received
  • Fred fiore
    What beautiful teachings of holiness Christ revealed to the crowd and the boldness he proclaimed to the Scribes and Pharisees about the life of a follower of Christ. It is holiness or hell regardless of our thoughts and we can live perfect through obedience to His Word. Rightly dividing what being perfect is has always been controversial. Yes we can be overcome but we do not continue in sin.

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