Matthew 5:20

For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

For I say vnto you, That except your righteousnesse shall exceede the righteousnesse of the Scribes and Pharisees, yee shall in no case enter into the kingdome of heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses {that} of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed `the righteousness' of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

For I say to you, If your righteousness is not greater than the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never go into the kingdom of heaven.
- Basic English Bible

For I say unto you, that unless your righteousness surpass [that] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of the heavens.
- Darby Bible

For I say to you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.
- Webster's Bible

For I assure you that unless your righteousness greatly surpasses that of the Scribes and the Pharisees, you will certainly not find entrance into the Kingdom of the Heavens.
- Weymouth Bible

For I tell you that unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, there is no way you will enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
- World English Bible

And Y seie to you, that but your riytfulnesse be more plenteuouse than of scribis and of Farisees, ye schulen not entre into the kyngdom of heuenes.
- Wycliffe Bible

`For I say to you, that if your righteousness may not abound above that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye may not enter to the reign of the heavens.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:20


5:20 The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees - Described in the sequel of this discourse.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:20


Mt 5:20 Your righteousness shall exceed. The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees has just been referred to. See Mt 3:7. They claimed to be the teachers and examples of righteousness, but they lacked the humble spirit of true obedience.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Tracy
    Amen and that is true, we need to keep spreading his word around the world.. Amen and God bless you
  • Terry
    Read what john said about a new heaven and a new earth and the new holy city Jerusalem in revelation
  • A disciple
    Matthew 5:11 (cont.); Alongside knowing and feeling how much we fall short, and how utterly needy we are continually of the Lord's mercy and guidance in the way we walk through our days; the contemplation that we are suffering for Jesus' sake is most convicting and shines His Light into our innermost self. We are weak and faulty, and so its hard to always say that we suffer for being a Christian.
  • A disciple
    Matthew 5:11 "Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake." It has been well observed by some, that the Beatitudes are largely our discipleship training and the course which the Holy Spirit leads us in, of our growth in grace and the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. While many of these may come natural to some degree to some they are not all filled up complete in any of us, except the Lord Jesus and we all need to undergo the hard lessons in life to get them. But even with the most of these somewhat real in us no doubt the hardest one is to bear up cheerfully and patiently under hatred and abuse and false accusation and persecution, FOR BEING GOOD!
  • Cephas
    In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him. In God will I praise his word: in the LORD will I praise his word. The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times.
  • Steve morrow
    2 TIMOTHY 2:12 IF WE SUFFER WE SHALL ALSO REIGN WITH HIM IF WE DENY HIM HE ALSO WILL DENY US 2 TIMOTHY 3:12 YEA AND ALL THAT WILL LIVE GODLY IN CHRIST JESUS SHALL SUFFER PERSECUTION ROMANS 12:14 BLESS THEM WHICH PERSECUTE YOU --BLESS--AND CURSE NOT 2 THESSALONIANS 1:4 SO THAT WE OURSELVES GLORY IN YOU IN THE CHURCHES OF GOD FOR YOUR PATIENCE AND FAITH IN ALL YOUR PERSECUTIONS AND TRIBULATIONS THAT YOU ENDURE --1:5--WHICH IS A MANIFEST TOKEN OF THE RIGHTEOUS JUDGEMENT OF GOD THAT YOU MAY --- BE COUNTED WORTHY --- OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD FOR WHICH YOU ALSO SUFFER PHILIPPIANS 1:29 FOR UNTO YOU IT IS GIVEN IN THE BEHALF OF CHRIST --- NOT ONLY TO BELIEVE --- ON HIM BUT ALSO TO SUFFER FOR HIS SAKE MATTHEW 10:22 AND YOU SHALL BE HATED OF ALL MEN FOR MY NAMES SAKE --- BUT HE THAT ENDURETH --- UNTO THE END SHALL BE SAVED

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