Matthew 5:48

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Be yee therefore perfect, euen as your father, which is in heauen, is perfect.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Be then complete in righteousness, even as your Father in heaven is complete.
- Basic English Bible

Be *ye* therefore perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect.
- Darby Bible

Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father who is in heaven is perfect.
- Webster's Bible

You however are to be complete in goodness, as your Heavenly Father is complete.
- Weymouth Bible

Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
- World English Bible

Therfore be ye parfit, as youre heuenli fadir is parfit.
- Wycliffe Bible

ye shall therefore be perfect, as your Father who [is] in the heavens is perfect.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:48


5:48 Therefore ye shall be perfect; as your Father who is in heaven is perfect - So the original runs, referring to all that holiness which is described in the foregoing verses, which our Lord in the beginning of the chapter recommends as happiness, and in the close of it as perfection. And how wise and gracious is this, to sum up, and, as it were, seal all his commandments with a promise! Even the proper promise of the Gospel! That he will put those laws in our minds, and write them in our hearts! He well knew how ready our unbelief would be to cry out, this is impossible! And therefore stakes upon it all the power, truth, and faithfulness of him to whom all things are possible.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:48


Mt 5:48 Be ye therefore perfect. To carry out fully this great law of love would lift man to the Divine standard of perfection. This must be the aim of life. We have before us as a pattern for the perfect God; we have the Divine perfection embodied in Christ. It will require a constant struggle while in the flesh to come near so high an ideal, but it must be our continual aim. This does not teach such sanctification that we cannot sin, nor that we, here on earth, attain absolute perfection, but we have placed before us, as a model, the perfect ideal, and we will constantly ascend higher by striving to attain it.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • 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!
  • Servant
    If we can take anything from Matt. . Let it be that Christ is trying to teach us about the Royal Law of love .
  • Amelliea
    The lord said let there be light and there was light..... In the beginning god created the heaven and the earth.. For god so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son that who ever believed in him should not perish but have a everlasting life....
  • A disciple
    "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Some of the Blessed character traits in the Beatitudes are not just "nice suggestions" but absolutely essential character traits which must be present and working in us if we hope to receive those Blessings promised. THAT is the WORK which we MUST DO that will be the LIGHT shining!
  • Alex
    Sin is the trangression of the law and Jesus says he came not to do away with the law but to fulfill the law but by his death we will all get a seed an incorruptible seed resulting in a birth of Christ in us and them that are born of God cannot sin thus our new innerman cannot sin simply b/c he is born of GOD, Thats how he will destroy mans propsensity to sin thus fulfilling the law

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