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 5:44

  • God\'s Woman\'s- for verse 44
    Hi Judy, if it will help, know that you are not alone. They that live Godly shall suffer persecution. I was persecuted and threatened by a stalker. Do you really think it 's easy to love him? "Love your enemies " rolls off of the tongue very smoothly, but it takes the power of the Holy Ghost and work. Take comfort though in knowing that your brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus are going through, but serving God will pay in GREAT dividends. Your name is written in the Lamb 's book of life, and satan does not like it. It 's not the people that come against you. It 's the demons in them.Look up for your redemption draws near, and try to avoid people who try to harm you. Jesus did. Who are we more than he?
  • Judy Macfarlane for verse 44
    Need encouragement and tips for rejoicing when Christians and non Christians despitefully use in return for Christ righteousness
  • My flesh is screaming with flight, my mind alive with reasoning and resistance, my emotions frozen. God deliver us from disobedience, in Jesus name We ask, and receive by Almighty graceto Almighty God 's glory. I need a prayer partner who is willing to pray to love God with all and to love onone another.
  • I thank God for his words .I believe his words also I believe that Jesus is the son of God.
  • Barbara Carter for verse 44
    I have been with this one person all or half of my life but they are disrespectful, mean cruel, and just right down low down I haven 't done anything to them but they just keep on mistreating me no matter what I do always insults, complaints, hateful words but I know that God sees this why is he still allowing this to happen to me . and what must I do and when and if God will ever change this situation
  • Keep in mind all of those in 'mixed "families , Christ said there will be a mother inlaw against her daughter , a father against son. VERY TRYING !