Matthew 5:47

And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

And if yee salute your brethren only, what do you more then others? Doe not euen the Publicanes so?
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing {than others?} Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
- New American Standard Version (1995)

And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more `than others?' do not even the Gentiles the same?
- American Standard Version (1901)

And if you say, Good day, to your brothers only, what do you do more than others? do not even the Gentiles the same?
- Basic English Bible

And if ye should salute your brethren only, what do ye extraordinary? Do not also the Gentiles the same?
- Darby Bible

And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
- Webster's Bible

And if you salute only your near relatives, what praise is due to you? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
- Weymouth Bible

If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
- World English Bible

And if ye greten youre britheren oonli, what schulen ye do more? ne doon not hethene men this?
- Wycliffe Bible

and if ye may salute your brethren only, what do ye abundant? do not also the tax-gatherers so?
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:47


5:47 And if ye salute your friends only - Our Lord probably glances at those prejudices, which different sects had against each other, and intimates, that he would not have his followers imbibe that narrow spirit. Would to God this had been more attended to among the unhappy divisions and subdivisions, into which his Church has been crumbled! And that we might at least advance so far, as cordially to embrace our brethren in Christ, of whatever party or denomination they are!


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:47


Mt 5:47 Salute your brethren only. The Jews usually disdained to speak to a Gentile, a publican, or a "sinner", but would salute orthodox Jews. Even the Gentiles, the heathen nations, had enough of love for this. Unless the disciples could love better than the Jews, they would be on a level with publicans and heathen.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Nicholas worrell NACM
    John 19:28 "i thirst"
  • Irene123
    It's interesting that in this whole chapter - Jesus was teaching only His disciples, and not the multitudes as He usually was in a monologue this long.
  • Irene123
    Pro. 18:24 - song, "Just to walk with Him" - "My steps had led me far away, Sometimes I wondered why, They had taken me down lonely roads, Beneath the darkened sky, But every time I lost my way, He sought me out, He took my hand and said He'd walk with me." Throughout the scriptures, God demonstrates His willingness to compensate for our lack; Ps. 23.
  • Irene123
    Jn. 16:33; Matt. 5:45; Acts 7:59; 16:23; These refer to tribulation (trials) in this life. There will be 'some' saints in Rev.13:7 who will go thru the GREAT tribulation; I haven't r'cvd. clarification on that yet. I KNOW tho' that I will not be one of them because they become saints DURING the GREAT tribulation; how? I don't know; I just take it by faith. A saint NOW will be raptured.
  • Bruce
    The darkness of this world is getting darker! You can feel the darkness, in the news and the towns and cities, in the neighborhood and the Churches are turning dark. We,who are cleansed by The Blood (Revelation1:5) are "THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD". (V:14) If they don't see The Light in us!??? WE: THE LIGHT OF THE World are the only LIGHT they will see. Stay trimmed, keep full of oil. Preach the gospel
  • MISSIONERY PASTOR TIMOTHY MUSAU
    THIS ARE THE GOOD WORKS OF CHARITY, DO YOU REMEMBER THE GOOD SAMARITAN?, THE SERMON ON THE MOUNTAIN SAYS BLESSED ARE THE MERCIFULL who delights in doing good to those in need , PEOPLE SHOULD SEE IT AND PRAISE GOD.

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