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Come Follow Me 2023: Matthew 6–7

Matthew 6–7

February 20–26
“He Taught Them as One Having Authority”

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Explore Joseph Smith's inspired translation of the bible by comparing his changes to the King James Version of the New Testament. To learn more, see Joseph Smith's Translation of the Bible: The Joseph Smith Translation and the King James Translation in Parallel Columns.

Matthew 6 JST Variants

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

(1) And it came to pass as Jesus taught his disciples, he said unto them, Take heed that you do not your alms before men, to be seen of them: otherwise ye have no reward of your Father who is in heaven.

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

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

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

(3) But when thou doest alms, let it be unto thee as thy left hand not knowing what thy right hand doeth:

(4) That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father which seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

(4) That thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret himself shall reward thee openly.

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

(5) And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites, are for they they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. For verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

(6) But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, 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.

(6) But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut the door, pray to thy Father who seeth in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly.

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

(7) But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the hypocrites, for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.

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

(8) Therefore, be ye not like them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

(9) After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

(9) Therefore, after this manner ye shall pray, saying, Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

(10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

(10) Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.

(12) And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

(12) And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive them who trespass against us.

(13) And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

(13) And suffer us not to be led into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.

(14) For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you:

(14) For if ye forgive men their trespasses who trespass against you, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you:

(15) But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

(15) But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Heavenly Father forgive you your trespasses.

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

(16) Moreover, when you fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.

(17) But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thine head, and wash thy face;

(17) But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face;

(18) 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.

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

(22) The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

(22) The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single to the glory of God, thy whole body shall be full of light.

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

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

(25) Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, 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?

(25) And again I say unto you, go ye into the world and care not for the world. For the world will hate you and persecute you and will turn you out of their synagogues. Nevertheless ye shall go forth from house to house teaching the people. And I will go before you, and your Heavenly Father will provide for you—whatsoever things ye need for food, and what you shall eat and for raiment, what ye shall wear or put on. Therefore, I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your bodies, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

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

(26) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? How much more will he feed you! Wherefore, take no thought for these things, but keep my commandments wherewith I have commanded you.

(27) Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

(27) For which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

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

(30) Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he not provide for you if ye are not of little faith!

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

(32) Why is it that ye murmur among yourselves, saying, We cannot obey thy word, because ye have not all these things and seek to excuse yourselves, saying that after all these things do the Gentiles seek? Behold, I say unto you that your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

(33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

(33) Wherefore seek not the things of this world, but seek ye first to build up the kingdom of God and to establish his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you.

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

(34) Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day shall be the evil thereof.

Matthew 7 JST Variants

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(1) Judge not, that ye be not judged.

(1) Now these are the words which Jesus taught his disciples that they should say unto the people: Judge not unrighteously, that ye be not judged. But judge righteous judgement.

(3) And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

(3) And again ye shall say unto them: Why is it that thou beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

(4) Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

(4) Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye, and canst thou not behold a bean is in thine own eye?

(5) Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

(5) And Jesus said unto his disciples, Beholdest thou the scribes and the Pharisees and the priests and the Levites? They teach in their synagogues but do not observe the law nor the commandments, and all have gone out of the way and are under sin. Go thou and say unto them, Why teach ye men the law and the commandments when ye yourselves are the children of corruption? Say unto them, Ye hypocrites, first cast out the beam out of thine own eyes, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

(6) Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.

(6) Go ye into the world saying unto all, Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come nigh unto you. And the mysteries of the kingdom ye shall keep within yourselves, for it is not meet to give that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls unto swine, lest they trample them under their feet. For the world cannot receive that which ye yourselves are not able to bear, wherefore ye shall not give your pearls unto them lest they turn again and rend you.

(7) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

(7) Say unto them, Ask of God. Ask and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:

(8) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

(8) For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and unto him that knocketh it shall be opened.

(9) Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

(9) And then said his disciples unto him, They will say unto us, We ourselves are righteous and need not that any man should teach us. God, we know, heard Moses and some of the prophets, but us he will not hear. And they will say, We have the law for our salvation, and that is sufficient for us.

Then Jesus answered and said unto his disciples, Thus shall ye say unto them: What man among you having a son and he shall be standing out and shall say, Father, open thy house that I may come in and sup with thee — will he not say, Come in, my son, for mine is thine and thine is mine? Or what man is there among you who if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?

(11) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

(11) If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?

(13) Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:

(13) Repent therefore and enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat.

(14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

(14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way that leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

(15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

(15) And again, beware of false prophets that come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

(16) Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

(16) Ye shall know them by their fruits. For do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

(18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

(18) A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

(21) Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

(21) Verily, I say unto you, it is not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, that shall enter… into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. For the day soon cometh that men shall come before me to judgement, to be judged according to their works.

(22) Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

(22) And many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

(23) And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

(23) And then will I say unto them, Ye never knew me. Depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

(24) Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:

(24) Therefore, whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, who built his house upon a rock:

(26) And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:

(26) And everyone that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, who built his house upon the sand:

(28) And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

(28) And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings with his disciples, the people were astonished at his doctrine:

(29) For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.

(29) For he taught them as one having authority from God and not as having authority from the scribes.

 

Reading Resources

Matthew 6

Lynne Hilton Wilson, “Matthew 6–7,” Come Follow Me Commentary: The New Testament, 2019

John W. Welch, "The Temple, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Gospel of Matthew," in Mormonism and the Temple: Examining an Ancient Religious Tradition, ed. Gary Anderson (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University, 2013), 61–108.

Prayer,” Gospel Topics, lds.org

David L. Clark, “If I Pray Not Amiss,” Interpreter: A Journal of Mormon Scripture 30 (2018): 63–76.

W. Jeffrey Marsh, “Prophetic Enlightenment on the Sermon on Mount,” Ensign, January 1999, lds.org

Robert T. Updegraff, “Sermon on the Mount,” Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Edited by Daniel H. Ludlow. Macmillian Library Reference, 1992.

Sue Bergin. “Lord’s Prayer,” Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Edited Daniel H. Ludlow. Macmillian Library Reference, 1992.

John W. Welch, “The Lord’s Prayers,” Ensign, January 1976.

John W. Welch, Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple and Sermon on the Mount. FARMS, 1999.

Jennifer C. Lane, “The Kingdom of God: God's Vision for Society in the Sermon on the Mount,” in The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture, ed. Gaye Strathearn, Thomas A. Wayment, and Daniel L. Belnap (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2010), 157–172.

Gaye Strathearn, Thomas A. Wayment, and Daniel L. Belnap, eds. The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture. BYU Religious Studies Center, 2010.

Matthew 7

Lynne Hilton Wilson, “Matthew 6–7,” Come Follow Me Commentary: The New Testament, 2019

John W. Welch, "The Temple, the Sermon on the Mount, and the Gospel of Matthew," in Mormonism and the Temple: Examining an Ancient Religious Tradition, ed. Gary Anderson (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University, 2013), 61–108.

W. Jeffrey Marsh, “Prophetic Enlightenment on the Sermon on Mount,” Ensign, January 1999, lds.org

Robert T. Updegraff, “Sermon on the Mount,” Encyclopedia of Mormonism. Edited by Daniel H. Ludlow. Macmillian Library Reference, 1992.

John W. Welch, Illuminating the Sermon at the Temple and Sermon on the Mount. FARMS, 1999.

John Gee, “Not Just Sour Grapes: Jesus’s Interpretation of Isaiah’s Song of the Vineyard,” Interpreter: A Journal of Latter-day Saint Faith and Scholarship 28 (2018): 21-36.

Amy B. Hardison, “The Sociocultural Context of the Sermon on the Mount,” in The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture, ed. Gaye Strathearn, Thomas A. Wayment, and Daniel L. Belnap (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2010), 24–41.

Jar ed W. Ludlow, “The Father in the Sermon on the Mount,” in The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture, ed. Gaye Strathearn, Thomas A. Wayment, and Daniel L. Belnap (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University; Salt Lake City: Deseret Book, 2010), 140–156.

Matthew O. Richardson, “Jesus: The Unorthodox Teacher,” in Jesus Christ: Son of God, Savior, ed. Paul H. Peterson, Gary L. Hatch, and Laura D. Card (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2002), 225–247.

Gaye Strathearn, Thomas A. Wayment, and Daniel L. Belnap, eds. The Sermon on the Mount in Latter-day Scripture. BYU Religious Studies Center, 2010.