Matthew 6 ©

1 Christ teaches how men must give alms. 5 Pray. 16 Fast. 19 What treasure to lay up. 22 How the understanding must be disposed. 24 That one cannot serve two masters. 25 That we must commit the care of bodily necessity to God. 33 And seek the kingdom of God before all things.


TAKE heed that ye do not your 1alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father which is in heaven.


Therefore whena thou doest thine alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the 2hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, 3They have their reward.


But when thou doest alms, 4let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth:


That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee 5openly.b


¶And when thou 6prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the 7synagogues and in the corners of the streets, 8that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.


But thou, when thou prayest, enterc into thy 9closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.


But when ye pray, used not 10vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.


Be not ye therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.


11After this manner therefore pray ye: Oure Father which art 12in heaven, 13Hallowed be thy name.


14Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is 15in heaven.


Give us this day our 16daily 17bread.


And forgive us our 18debts, as we forgive our debtors.


And 19lead us not into 20temptation, but deliver us from evil:f For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. 21Amen.


Forg if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:


Buth if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your 22trespasses.


¶Moreoveri when ye 23fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they 24disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.


But thou, when thou fastest, 25anoint thine head, and wash thy face;


That thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father which is in secret: and thy Father, which seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.


26Lay notj up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and 27rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:


But layk up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:


For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.


28The light of the body is thel eye: if therefore thine eye be single,m thy whole body shall be full of light.


But if thine eye be 29evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness!


¶Non man can serve 30two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will 31hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and 32mammon.o


Thereforep I say unto you, 33Take no thoughtq for your 34life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?


Beholdr the fowls 35of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. 36Are ye not much better than they?


Which of you by taking thought can add 37one cubit unto his stature?


And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:


And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in 38all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.


Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and 39to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?


Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?


(For after all these things do the Gentiles 40seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.


Buts seek ye first the kingdom of God, and 41his righteousness; and all these things shall be 42added unto you.


Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is 43the evil thereof.