Matthew 5:44

But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But I say vnto you, Loue your enemies, blesse them that curse you, doe good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully vse you, and persecute you:
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
- New American Standard Version (1995)

but I say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you;
- American Standard Version (1901)

But I say to you, Have love for those who are against you, and make prayer for those who are cruel to you;
- Basic English Bible

But *I* say unto you, Love your enemies, [bless those who curse you,] do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who [insult you and] persecute you,
- Darby Bible

But I say to you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you, and persecute you;
- Webster's Bible

But I command you all, love your enemies, and pray for your persecutors;
- Weymouth Bible

But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,
- World English Bible

But Y seie to you, loue ye youre enemyes, do ye wel to hem that hatiden you, and preye ye for hem that pursuen, and sclaundren you;
- Wycliffe Bible

but I -- I say to you, Love your enemies, bless those cursing you, do good to those hating you, and pray for those accusing you falsely, and persecuting you,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:44


5:44 Bless them that curse you - Speak all the good you can to and of them, who speak all evil to and of you. Repay love in thought, word, and deed, to those who hate you, and show it both in word and deed. #Luke 6:27,35|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:44


Mt 5:44 I say unto you, Love your enemies. The fundamental law of Christ's kingdom. Henceforth love is to be boundless as the ocean. His own earthly life is its perfect application. The enemies are to be conquered by love. See Joh 3:16. Bless them that curse you. Love will return blessing for cursing, good will for hating, prayers for evil treatment and persecution. Christ on the cross prayed for his enemies (Lu 23:34); so did Stephen, the first Christian martyr (Ac 7:60).

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Jo Anne R
    If all people in the world would live by Matthew 5 Then the whole word could see and experience the power in the name of Jesus. Amen
  • A disciple
    The Sermon On The Mount is the FOUNDATION of all it means to walk with God, and be a Christian. All those things which He calls "Blessed" are the effects of His grace wrought in us and reflecting in our lives for men to see and glorify our Father. Good works, good character, good fruit, all comes from His goodness filled up and made perfect in us. If we don't do these things then we will perish!
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The is the mother of all teachings of Christ. May God give us the enabling to abide in total. The enabling, of course, is the Holy Spirit.
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 5:13 for everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness for he is a babe --5:14--but strong meat belongeth to them that are full of age --- even those who by reason of use --- have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil PROVERBS 8:8 all the words of -- MY MOUTH -- are in righteousness there is nothing forward or perverse in them PSALM 119:172 my tongue shall speak of thy word for all thy commandments --- ARE RIGHTEOUSNESS --- PSALM 119:138 thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are --- RIGHTEOUS AND VERY FAITHFUL --- REVELATION 19:10 and I fell at his feet to worship him and he said see thou do it not I am thy fellowservant and of thy brethren that have --- THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS --- worship GOD for the testimony of JESUS is the spirit of prophecy 2 CORINTHIANS 3:8 how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious --3:9-- for if the ministration of condemnation be glory ---MUCH MORE--- doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory
  • Alex
    God is no respector of persons he loves everybody thats y he sends his sun/son and rain/spirit on the good and the bad the just and unjust. His love and mercy is beyond OUR COMPREHENSION. IF I BELIFTED UP I WILL DRAW ALL ALL MEN UNTO ME, There was none righteous no not one but while we the world was yet sinners he died for all of us,that he might rise again in the hearts of EVERYMAN VIA HIS SEED.
  • A disciple
    "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your REWARD in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." The word in the original Greek Text indicates Payment, as in Wages or Hire for some work done. Our salvation depends on our finishing the course as overcomers, and enduring true and faithful to the end. Then truly by our fruits we shall be known, of what kind we are!