Testament of Matthew

Matthew 6

1. "However, scrutinize your charitable acts,
so you do not do them to show off before people.
Otherwise, you will have no recompense
from your heavenly Father.
2. "When you do charity,
do not blow your own horn,*
As do the hypocrites in synagogues and market places,
so as to be glorified before humanity.
And amen I am telling you,
they have received their recompense.
3. "You, however, when you do charity,
let not your left [hand] know
What your right [hand] is doing.
4.
"So that your charity is unseen,
And your Father, who sees the unseen,
shall compensate you in the open.

5. "And when you pray,
do not be like the hypocrites,
Who love to stand in the synagogues
and the market place corners to pray,
So as to be seen by humanity.
And, amen, I am telling you,
They have received their recompense.
6.
"You, however, when you pray,
Enter your home and shut your door,
and pray to your Father unseen.
And your Father who sees the unseen,
will repay you openly.
7. "And when you pray,
do not chant like the pagans,
For they expect through babbling,*
they will be heard.
8. "Thus do not imitate them,
for your Father knows what you need,
Before you ask for it.
9.
"Therefore, this is how you shall pray:
Our heavenly Father,
hallowed is your name.
10. "Your Kingdom is come.
Your will is done,
As in heaven so also on earth.
11.
"Give us the bread for our daily need.
12. "And leave us serene,
just as we also allowed others serenity.
13. "And do not pass us through trial,
except separate us from the evil one.
For yours is the Kingdom,
the Power and the Glory
To the end of the universe,
of all the universes." Amen!
14. "For if you forgive human beings their faults*,
your heavenly Father will also forgive you.
15. "But if you do not forgive human beings,
your Father will not forgive your faults also.

16. "However, when you fast,
do not look* sour like the hypocrites,
For they put on a different face for others,*
to look like they are fasting.
And amen I am telling you
they have received their recompense.
17. "But when you fast,
wash your face and anoint your head,
18. "To appear as if you are not fasting,
except to your Father in secret,
And your Father who sees in secret,
He will repay you.

19. "Do not set your treasures on earth,
where rust and pestilence destroy,
and where thieves dig and steal.
20. "Except, set your treasures in heaven,
where neither rust nor pestilence destroy,
And where thieves do not dig or steal.
21.
"For where your treasure is,
There your heart will also be.
22.
"The beacon* of the body is the eye;
If your eye is thus pure*
your whole body is bright.
23. "But if your eye is wicked,
your whole body is in darkness.
If your light is thus murky,
how much more your darkness!

24. "No human being can work for two masters.
Either he hates the one or is kind to the other one,
Either he respects the one or criticizes the other one.
You cannot work for God and Mamounah*
25. "Therefore, I am telling you, do not concern yourself
about what you will eat or what you will drink,
Or upon your body, what you will wear.
Is the being not more precious than food,*
And the body more than clothing?
26.
"Look at the birds of the sky,
That do not sow or reap, and they possess no riches,*
And your Father in Heaven satiates them.
Are you not, behold, greater than them?
27.
"Which one of you, by worrying,
can raise his stature one level?
28. "And why do you concern yourself about clothing?
Observe the shushanneh* of the field, where they grow,
That do not toil and do not weave.
29.
"I tell you, however, not even Solomon, in all his glory,
Was arrayed like one of them.
30.
"Then if that which grows one day in the field
and is cast into the fire at once,
God has thus arrayed,
would [He] then not [do] more for you, O little of faith?
31. "Thus do not worry or say,
'What will we eat or what will we drink or what will we wear?'
32. "For all these things the people of the world want.
Your Father in heaven knows, however,
That all these things are sought by you also.
33.
"Seek first, however,
the Kingdom of God and his righteousness,
and all these things will be granted to you.
34. "Do not worry then that morning is approaching,
for the morning will have its own worries,
There is enough evil in each day.
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*6:1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "You have no...."
*6:2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "Do not sound the horn before you."
*6:7 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Through much words."
*6:14 Lit. Ar. id.: "Foolishness."
*6:16.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Become."
*6:16.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "To appear to humanity."
*6:22.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Lamp."
*6:22.2 Lit. Ar. id.: "Simple."
*6:24 Lit. Ar. idiom retained: "Uncle" or: the establishment, the social structure, government, security or wealth.
*6:25 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Was not the Soul greater than nourishment?"
*6:26 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "And they do not delight in bundles [of harvest]" or: their contentment is not in having bushels of wheat.
*6:28 Lit. Ar. name retained: "Susans." Name of a wild flower.

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