Matthew 5:48

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Be yee therefore perfect, euen as your father, which is in heauen, is perfect.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Be then complete in righteousness, even as your Father in heaven is complete.
- Basic English Bible

Be *ye* therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
- Darby Bible

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
- Webster's Bible

You however are to be complete in goodness, as your Heavenly Father is complete.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
- World English Bible

Therfore be ye parfit, as youre heuenli fadir is parfit.
- Wycliffe Bible

ye shall therefore be perfect, as your Father who [is] in the heavens is perfect.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:48


5:48 Therefore ye shall be perfect; as your Father who is in heaven is perfect - So the original runs, referring to all that holiness which is described in the foregoing verses, which our Lord in the beginning of the chapter recommends as happiness, and in the close of it as perfection. And how wise and gracious is this, to sum up, and, as it were, seal all his commandments with a promise! Even the proper promise of the Gospel! That he will put those laws in our minds, and write them in our hearts! He well knew how ready our unbelief would be to cry out, this is impossible! And therefore stakes upon it all the power, truth, and faithfulness of him to whom all things are possible.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:48


Mt 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect. To carry out fully this great law of love would lift man to the Divine standard of perfection. This must be the aim of life. We have before us as a pattern for the perfect God; we have the Divine perfection embodied in Christ. It will require a constant struggle while in the flesh to come near so high an ideal, but it must be our continual aim. This does not teach such sanctification that we cannot sin, nor that we, here on earth, attain absolute perfection, but we have placed before us, as a model, the perfect ideal, and we will constantly ascend higher by striving to attain it.

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
  • Roy Gilcrease
    Christ is different he is not a sinner , it is by Christ Acts 4 and 12 are we saved (we must in order to be saved be one with him (Married) he leads we follow even when I preach the Gospel it is the mind of Christ that is preached (holy and acceptable unto God) he suffered and conquering death (the second death) Hell and the Grave Christians are buried by baptism in him 1 resurrection His I am in.
  • 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?

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