you have heard that it has been said, (M) You should love your neighbour, and (N) hate your enemy. But I say unto you, (O) Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for (P) them which despitefullly use you, and persecute you: That you may be the children of your Father, which is in heaven: for he makes his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. For, (Q) if you love them which love you, what reward have you? do not even the publicans the same? and if you salute your brothers only, what do you more than others? do not even the publicans so? Be (R) you therefore perfect, even as (S) your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
(M) Lev.19:18> “ ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the LORD.
(N) Deut.23:6> Do not seek a treaty of friendship with them as long as you live.
(O) Prov.25:21 Rom.12:14>If your enemy is hungry, give him food to eat; if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.I am obligated both to Greeks and non-Greeks, both to the wise and the foolish.
(P) Luke 23:34 Acts.7:60 1Cor.4:12 1Pet.2:23> Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.” And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it: Who, when he was reviled, reviled not again; when he suffered, he threatened not; but committed himself to him that judgeth righteously:
(Q) Luke 6:37> “Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
(S) Eph.5:1> Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children