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

  • Pam
    I noticed the are those who look at the beatitudes like commandments. Jesus compacted the commandments into 2; love the Lord with all your heart mind and soul, and love your neighbor as yourself. The beatitudes are love in action as a result of being born again, following Him and bearing fruit.
  • Maria
    The law still stands. Christ said it in v.17. He came to fulfill what was written of him, that he should suffer and be crucified, not to do away with the law. Whosoever breaks one of the least commandments he mentioned in verses 1-16 and teaches others to do the same will not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
  • Walter lee Dillard
    God is a good God and he always knows what we doing and about to do. The words say that what ever he have in store for us we shall receive it in the name of Jesus. We can always depends on God to do what he say he going to do for us all we have to do is believe in him and let him do his work Amen.
  • BSP
    God sees those who are persecuted for doing what is right in His eyes and He is going to bless such ones.
  • Katawanna legget
    god is good all the times he woke us up
  • Otis Dorsey
    If we work for the lord we will be reward

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