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You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery;'                but I tell you that everyone who gazes at a woman to lust after her has committed adultery with her already in his heart.                If your right eye causes you to stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna.                If your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your members should perish, than for your whole body to be cast into Gehenna.                'It was also said, 'Whoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorce,'                but I tell you that whoever puts away his wife, except for the cause of sexual immorality, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries her when she is put away commits adultery.                'Again you have heard that it was said to them of old time, 'You shall not make false vows, but shall perform to the Lord your vows,'                but I tell you, don't swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God;                nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.                Neither shall you swear by your head, for you can't make one hair white or black.                But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes' and your 'No' be 'No.' Whatever is more than these is of the evil one.                'You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'*                But I tell you, don't resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also.                If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also.                Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.                Give to him who asks you, and don't turn away him who desires to borrow from you.                'You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor,* and hate your enemy.*'                But I tell you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who mistreat you and persecute you,                that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven.               
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The Prayer of Manasseh King of Judah, when he was held captive in Babylon

1 O LORD Almighty, that are in heaven, you God of our fathers, of Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and of their righteous seed; 2 who have made heaven and earth, with all the * ornament thereof; 3 who have bound the sea by the word of your commandment; who have shut up the deep, and sealed it by your terrible and glorious name; 4 whom all things fear, yes, tremble before your power; 5 for the majesty of your glory can’t be borne, and the anger of your threatening toward sinners is importable: 6 your merciful promise is unmeasurable and unsearchable; 7 for you are the Lord Most High, of great compassion, longsuffering and abundant in mercy, and repent † of bringing evils upon men. 8 ‡You, O Lord, according to your great goodness have promised repentance and forgiveness to those who have sinned against you: and of your infinite mercies have appointed repentance to sinners, that they may be saved. You therefore, O Lord, that are the God of the just, have not appointed repentance to the just, to Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, which have not sinned against you; but you have appointed repentance to me that am a sinner: 9 for I have sinned above the number of the sands of the sea. My transgressions are multiplied,§ O Lord: my transgressions are multiplied, and I am not worthy to behold and see the height of heaven for the multitude of my iniquities.10 I am bowed down with many iron bands, that I can’t lift up my head **by reason of my sins, neither have I any respite: for I have provoked your wrath, and done that which is evil before you: ††I did not your will, neither kept I your commandments: I have set up abominations, and have multiplied ‡‡detestable things. 11 Now therefore I bow the knee of my heart, beseeching you of grace. 12 I have sinned, O Lord, I have sinned, and I acknowledge my iniquities: 13 but, I humbly beseech you, forgive me, O Lord, forgive me, and destroy me not with my iniquities. Be not angry with me forever, by reserving evil for me; neither condemn me into the lower parts of the earth. For you, §§ O Lord, are the God of those who repent; 14 and in me you will show all your goodness: for you will save me, that am unworthy, according to your great mercy. 15 And I will praise the forever all the days of my life: for all the army of heaven does sing your praise, and your is the glory forever and ever. Amen.

*1:2 Or, order Or, array Genesis 2:1 (Sept.).

†1:7 Gr. of the evils of men.

‡1:8 The Alex. MS. omits You… saved.

§1:9 The Alex. MS. omits O Lord… multiplied.

**1:10 Some authorities omit by reason of my sins.

††1:10 The Alex. MS. omits I did… commandments.

‡‡1:10 Or, stumbling blocks

§§1:13 Another reading is, O God.


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Source: The World English Bible

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