Teaching about Giving to the Needy
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.
Teaching about Prayer and Fasting
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.
7“When you pray, don’t babble on and on as the Gentiles do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.
Our Father in heaven,
may your name be kept holy.
10May your Kingdom come soon.
May your will be done on earth,
as it is in heaven.
11Give us today the food we need,*6:11 Or Give us today our food for the day; or Give us today our food for tomorrow.
12and forgive us our sins,
as we have forgiven those who sin against us.
13And don’t let us yield to temptation,*6:13a Or And keep us from being tested.
but rescue us from the evil one.*6:13b Or from evil. Some manuscripts add For yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
14“If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.
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.
Teaching about Money and Possessions
19“Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.
22“Your eye is like a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is healthy, your whole body is filled with light.
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 God and be enslaved to money.
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?
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,
31“So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’
34“So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.