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- King James Bible "Authorized Version", Cambridge Edition
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
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.
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.
Shay's comment on 2014-07-17 13:24:18:
It is possible to be perfect as our heavenly Father is perfect in a relative sense. Jesus was here discussing the subject of love, and he told listeners to imitate God and be perfect, or comlete in their love. How could this be done? By expanding it to include their enemies.
David Allen's comment on 2011-06-21 18:12:23:
I just twitted Matthew 5:48
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