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

  • 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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