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

  • Steve morrow
    --- DOES A FALSE WITNESS SIN --- MATTHEW 5:27 YOU HAVE HEARD THAT IT WAS SAID BY THEM OF OLD TIME THOU SHALT NOT COMMIT ADULTERY --5:28-- BIT I SAY UNTO YOU THAT WHOSOEVER LOOKETH ON A WOMAN TO LUST AFTER HER HATH COMMITTED ADULTERY WITH HER ALREADY IN HIS HEART ----- PHILIPPIANS 2:21 FOR ALL SEEK THEIR OWN NOT THE THINGS WHICH ARE JESUS CHRISTS
  • A disciple
    Insight; the history of the "City of the Great KING" is on account of her inhabitants, who have consistently rejected with contempt any and all of God's servants that He sent to her; "How often would I have gathered your children together...and YOU WOULD NOT!" But one thing we always find in the Bible around these things is that in the end God WILL have His way with Israel and they WILL convert!
  • Insight777
    V35, Jesus is teaching an important lesson. He does not say Jerusalem is Gods city but the city of a great king. A king that defines what is religion and law. Jerusalem has been destroyed twice, besieged 23 times, attacked 52 times, captured and recaptured 44 times.
    All of earth is Gods real estate. What is holy to God is the LIFE God placed on a lifeless planet. Kings kill the life God creates.
  • Brother carl
    The desire of the Holy Ghost is to deny the flesh with the mind of Christ to always please the Father. Even though the flesh considers perfection impossible it is Christ Jesus who reminds us that salvation itself is impossible and it is only made a reality by God. Who leads us to repentance, and by his word we receive faith to obey his will to be born again so then our morals can be very good.
  • A disciple
    "...so the whole world can see it and want to know what is it that we have that they don't have and they will want to be delivered..." My experience, I'm sorry to say, has never been like that. It was never because I wanted what some Church-people had, that I didn't; that I came to repentance! It was because my real danger was my sins, and my [imagined] life without God, and the Word which I heard
  • Geraldine cole
    Bruce u are so right we the True Believer of God we are the light of the World we Cannot hide our light we must let it shine so the whole world can see it and want to know what is it that we have that they don't have and they will want to be delivered from their sins because of the love that we have shown to them and the way we live our lives thats how God want his Children to live here.