Modern Literal Version
[Matthew 6]

     {Mat 6:1-34; no parallel.}

     6:1Take-heed* not to do* your* charity before men, in order to be seen by them, but otherwise you*have no reward from your* Father, the one in the heavens.

     6:2Therefore, whenever you are doing* charity, do not sound a trumpet before you just-like the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the lanes, *that they may be glorified by men. Assuredly I am saying to you*, They are fully having their reward.6:3But when you are doing* charity, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing*,6:4*that your charity may be in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will be repaying you openly himself.

     6:5And whenever you* pray, do not be just-like the hypocrites, because they love to pray, standing in the synagogues and at the corners of the streets, *that they may appear devout to men. Assuredly I am saying to you*, that they are fully having their reward.6:6But you, whenever you pray, enter into your storeroom, and after you have locked your door, pray to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will be repaying you openly. 6:7And while praying, do* not be repetitious just-like the Gentiles; for* they think that they will be heard in their many words.6:8Therefore, do*not be similar to them, for* your* Father knows what things you* have need of before you* ask him.

    {The example prayer. The Lord's prayer is for unity in John 17. Also see 6:11 note.}

     6:9Therefore you*, pray* thus: our Father, the one in the heavens, let your name be made holy. 6:10Let your kingdom come. Let your will happen as in heaven, also upon the earth. 6:11Give our{F}needful breadto us today. 6:12And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.6:13And do not bring us into temptation, but rescue us from the evil one, because it is your kingdom and the power and the glory, forever. Amen.6:14For* if you* forgive men their trespasses, your* heavenly Father will also be forgiving you*.6:15But if you* do* not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your* Father be forgiving your* trespasses.

     {Footnotes: Mat 6:11, no one knows for sure what the original word means. It is only in the N.T. twice and no where else.}

     6:16Now whenever you* fast, do* not become just-like the hypocrites, with a gloomy face; for* they disfigure their faces, *that they may appear to men to be fasting. Assuredly I am saying to you*, They are fully having their reward.6:17But as for you, when you are fasting, anoint your head and wash your face 6:18*that you should not appear to be fasting to men, but to your Father who is in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will be repaying you.

     6:19Do* not store up treasures for yourselves upon the earth, where moth and rust ingest, and where thieves burrow through your* wall and steal.6:20But store* up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust ingest, and where thieves do not burrow through nor steal.6:21For* where your* treasure is, your* heart will also be there.

     6:22The lamp of the body is the eye, therefore if your eye is clear, your whole body will be radiant.6:23But if your eye is evil, your whole body will be dark. Therefore, if the light which is in you is darkness, how-much greater is the darkness!

     6:24No one is able to serve* two lords, for* either he will hate the one and will love* the other; or he will hold to one and will despise the other. You* are not able to serve* God andmoney {Money as in God of Money,' aka 'The Almighty Dollar.'}

     6:25Because of this, I am saying to you*, Do* not be anxious for your* life, what you* may eat and what you* may drink; nor for what you* may clothe your* body with. Is not the life worth more-than the nourishment and the body worth more-than the clothing?6:26Look* at the birds of the heaven, that they do not sow, nor reap, nor gather into barns, and your* heavenly Father is nourishing them. Are you* not rather carrying much more-value-than them? 6:27Now who out of you* is able to add one cubit upon his stature by being anxious? 6:28And why are you* anxious concerning clothing? Learn* from the lilies of the field, somehow they are growing; they are not laboring, nor spinning.6:29But I am saying to you*, that even Solomon in all his glory was not dressed like one of these. 6:30But if God so dresses-up the grass of the field, which is here today and the next-day is cast into the oven, will he not much more clothe you*? You* of small faith!

     6:31Therefore do* not be anxious, saying, What should we eat? or, What should we drink? or, What should we dress ourselves with?6:32For* the Gentiles are seeking after all these things; for*your* heavenly Father knows that you* have needs of all these things.6:33But first seek* the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you*.6:34Therefore do* not be anxious *for the next-day; for* the next-day will be anxious enough for the things of itself. Its evil is enough for the one day.

Modern Literal Version Preface & Appendix , copyright 1987, 1999, 2013 by G. Allen Walker for the MLV New Testament Committee.
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