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You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect (Leviticus 19:1-2, Leviticus 19:9-18, Matthew 5:38-48)

Pauline MainPauline Main, Sunday, 19th February 2017

Leviticus 19:1-2

1Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, 2"Speak to all the congregation of the children of Israel, and tell them, 'You shall be holy; for I Yahweh your God am holy. (WEB)

Leviticus 19:9-18

9"'When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not wholly reap the corners of your field, neither shall you gather the gleanings of your harvest. 10You shall not glean your vineyard, neither shall you gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and for the foreigner. I am Yahweh your God. 11"'You shall not steal. "'You shall not lie. "'You shall not deceive one another. 12"'You shall not swear by my name falsely, and profane the name of your God. I am Yahweh. 13"'You shall not oppress your neighbor, nor rob him. "'The wages of a hired servant shall not remain with you all night until the morning. 14"'You shall not curse the deaf, nor put a stumbling block before the blind; but you shall fear your God. I am Yahweh. 15"'You shall do no injustice in judgment: you shall not be partial to the poor, nor show favoritism to the great; but you shall judge your neighbor in righteousness. 16"'You shall not go up and down as a slanderer among your people. "'You shall not endanger the life of your neighbor. I am Yahweh. 17"'You shall not hate your brother in your heart. You shall surely rebuke your neighbor, and not bear sin because of him. 18"'You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people; but you shall love your neighbor as yourself. I am Yahweh. (WEB)

Matthew 5:38-48

38"You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' 39But I tell you, don't resist him who is evil; but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40If anyone sues you to take away your coat, let him have your cloak also. 41Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two. 42Give to him who asks you, and don't turn away him who desires to borrow from you. 43"You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.' 44But 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, 45that you may be children of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the just and the unjust. 46For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same? 47If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don't even the tax collectors do the same? 48Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect. (WEB)


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