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

  • Alicia brown
    How great is our God
  • 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.
  • Pam b
    I would answer this with John1:1, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God anod the Word was God. this speaks of Jesus.
  • Devlin
    And i've read all in the Bible. There's no words or Jesus never said in the Bible "I AM GOD" or "WORSHIP ME". And Jesus followers in the Bible called Jesus as a Master, not Lord. Hope anyone can tell me about this. Tq
  • Karl
    responds to Shiyam; the LORD was, as I understand it, saying that if you walk in the path set forth through Jesus, that you may/will become children of the LORD. Jesus showed us the truth, the way and the life (John 14:6) - how's that sound to you?

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