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Matthew 6:1 (Wuest - The New Testament: An Expanded Translation) 1 Moreover, be holding your mind on the matter of not practicing your correctness of thinking, feeling, and acting before men in order to be attentively viewed by them as a spectacular performer. Otherwise, a reward you do not have in the presence of your Father in heaven. 2 Therefore, whenever you are practicing the virtues of mercy or beneficence, do not sound a trumpet before you as the actors on the stage of life do in the synagogues and in the streets in order that they may be held in honor by men. Assuredly, I am saying to you, they have their reward and the receipt for the same in full. 3 But while you are practicing the virtues of mercy or beneficence, do not allow your left hand to know what your right hand is doing, 4 in order that your mercy or beneficence may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 5 And whenever you are praying you shall not be as the actors on the stage of life, because they are fond of praying in the synagogues and while standing at the corners of avenues in order that they may be seen by men. Assuredly, I am saying to you, They have their reward and the receipt for the same in full. 6 But, as for you, whenever you are praying, enter into your secret and well-guarded place, and having closed your door, pray to your Father in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7 Moreover, when praying, do not repeat the same thing over and over as the pagans do, for they think that they will be heard because of their multiplicity of words. 8 Therefore, do not be like them, for your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him for them. 9 Therefore, as for you, in this manner be praying: Our Father who is in heaven, let your Name be venerated, 10 let your kingdom come, let your will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. 11 Our bread, that for the coming day, give us today. 12 And forgive us the moral obligations we owe, even as also, as for us, we have forgiven those morally obligated to us. 13 And do not lead us into the place of testing where a solicitation to do evil would tempt us to sin, but deliver us from the Pernicious One. 14 For, if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. 16 Moreover, whenever you are fasting, stop being like the actors on the stage of life, of a sad and gloomy countenance, for they mask their faces in order that they may appear to men as those who are fasting. Assuredly, I am saying to you, they have their reward and the receipt for the same in full. 17 But as for you, when fasting, massage your head with olive oil and wash your face, 18 in order that you may not appear to men to be fasting but to your Father who observes in the sphere of the secret, and your Father who observes in the sphere of the secret will reward you. 19 Stop accumulating treasures upon the earth for your selves, where the clothes-moth and corrosion destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But be accumulating treasures in heaven where neither a clothes-moth nor corrosion destroys and where thieves do not break in nor steal, 21 for where your treasure is, there will also be your heart. 22 The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye be in single focus, pure, sound, your whole body will be well lighted. 23 But if your eye be diseased, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light which is in you is darkness, the darkness, how great. 24 No one is able to be habitually serving two masters, for either he will hate the one and the other one of a different kind he will love, or one he will hold to firmly as against the other, and the other one of a different kind he will disdain. You are not able to be rendering a slave's obedience to God and to a passion for accumulating wealth. 25 On this account I am saying to you, Stop worrying about your life, what you shall eat, or what you shall drink, and about your body, with what you will clothe yourself. Is not the life more than food and the body more than clothing? 26 Consider the birds of the heaven. They are not sowing seed, nor reaping, nor even are they collecting into granaries. And yet your heavenly Father is feeding them. As for you, do you not surpass them? 27 Moreover, who is there of you who by worrying is able to put to his stature eighteen inches? 28 And concerning clothing, why are you worrying? Consider well the lilies of the field, and learn thoroughly in what way they grow. They are not laboring to the point of exhaustion nor even are they spinning. 29 But I am saying to you, Not even Solomon in all of his glory clothed himself as one of these. 30 And in view of the fact that the herbage of the field, which is in existence today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, God thus clothes, will He not sooner clothe you, you of little faith? 31 Therefore, stop worrying, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or With what shall we clothe ourselves? 32 For all these things the pagan Gentiles are diligently seeking. For your heavenly Father knows that you are in constant need of all these things. 33 But be seeking first the kingdom and His righteousness, and these things, all of them, shall be added to you. 34 Therefore, do not begin to worry about tomorrow, for the next day will take care of its own interest. Sufficient to the day is its trouble.

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