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Matthew 6 :: New Living Translation (NLT)

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Teaching about Giving to the Needy
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:1 - “Watch out! Don’t do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:2 - When you give to someone in need, don’t do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:3 - But when you give to someone in need, don’t let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:4 - Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Teaching about Prayer and Fasting
(Luk 11:2–4 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:5 - “When you pray, don’t be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:6 - But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:7 - “When you pray, don’t babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:8 - Don’t be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:9 - Pray like this:
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:10 - May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:11 - Give us today the food we need,[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:12 - and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:13 - And don’t let us yield to temptation,[fn]
but rescue us from the evil one.[fn]
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:14 - “If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:15 - But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:16 - “And when you fast, don’t make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:17 - But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:18 - Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.
Teaching about Money and Possessions
(Luk 12:33, 34 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:19 - “Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:20 - Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:21 - Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.
(Luk 11:34–36 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:22 - “Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:23 - But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:24 - “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.
(Luk 12:22–31 )
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:25 - “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:26 - Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren’t you far more valuable to him than they are?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:27 - Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:28 - “And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don’t work or make their clothing,
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:29 - yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:30 - And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:31 - “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:32 - These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:33 - Seek the Kingdom of God[fn] above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
Unchecked Copy BoxMat 6:34 - “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
NLT Footnotes
Or Give us today our food for the day; or Give us today our food for tomorrow.
Or And keep us from being tested.
Or from evil. Some manuscripts add For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Some manuscripts do not include of God.

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