An Eye for an Eye
"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'
ButI tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the rightcheek, turn to him the other also.
And if someone wants to sue you andtake your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
If someone forces you togo one mile, go with him two miles.
Give to the one who asks you, anddo not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies
"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor
and hate yourenemy.'
But I tell you: Love your enemies
and pray for those whopersecute you,
that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. Hecauses his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on therighteous and the unrighteous.
If you love those who love you, whatreward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Donot even pagans do that?
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Fatheris perfect.
Giving to the Needy
"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seenby them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, asthe hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored bymen. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
But whenyou give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your righthand is doing,
so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father,who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to praystanding in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men.I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
But when youpray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who isunseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will rewardyou.
And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for theythink they will be heard because of their many words.
Do not be likethem, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
"This, then, is how you should pray:" 'Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,your will be done