6:1 Take heed that ye do not your 1 alms before men, to be
seen of them: otherwise ye have no a reward of your Father
which is in heaven.
(1) Ambition makes alms vain.
(a) This word "reward" is always taken in the scriptures for
a free recompense, and therefore the schoolmen fondly
set it to be answerable to a deserving, which they call
6:2 Therefore when thou doest [thine] alms, do not sound a
trumpet before thee, as the b hypocrites do in the
synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of
men. Verily I say unto you, They have their reward.
(b) Counterfeits, for hypocrites were players that played a
part in a play.
6:52 And when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the
hypocrites [are]: for they love to pray standing in the
synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may
be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have their
(2) He rebukes two revolting faults in prayer, ambition, and
6:7 But when ye pray, use not c vain repetitions, as the
heathen [do]: for they think that they shall be heard for
their much speaking.
(c) Long prayers are not condemned, but vain, needless, and
6:93 After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which
art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.
(3) A true sum and form of all christian prayers.
6:11 Give us this day our (d) daily bread.
(d) That which is suitable for our nature for our daily
food, or such as may suffice our nature and complexion.
6:13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from e
evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the
glory, for ever. Amen.
(e) From the devil, or from all adversity.
6:144 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly
Father will also forgive you:
(4) They that forgive wrongs, to them sins are forgiven, but
revenge is prepared for them that take revenge.
6:165 Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a
sad countenance: for they f disfigure their faces, that
they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you,
They have their reward.
(5) That is, those that desire a name of holiness by fasting.
(f) They do not let their original pallor to be seen, that
is to say, they mar the natural colour of their faces,
that they may seem lean and palefaced.
6:196 Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where
moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through
(6) The labours of those men are shown to be vain, which pass
not for the assured treasure of everlasting life, but spend
their lives in scraping together stale and vain riches.
6:227 The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine
g eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.
(7) Men maliciously and wickedly put out even the little light
of nature that is in them.
(g) The judgment of the mind: that as the body is with the
eyes, so our whole life may be ruled with right reason,
that is to say, with the Spirit of God who gives light
6:248 No man can serve h two masters: for either he will
hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to
the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and i
(8) God will be worshipped by the whole man.
(h) Who are at odds with one another, for if two agree they
are as one.
(i) This word is a Syrian word, and signifies all things
that belong to money.
6:259 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your
life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet
for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more
than meat, and the body than raiment?
(9) The perverse burdensome carefulness for things of this
life, is corrected in the children of God by an earnest
thinking upon the providence of God.
6:26 Behold the fowls of the k air: for they sow not, neither
do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly
Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
(k) Of the air, or that line in the air: in almost all
languages the word "heaven" is taken for the air.
6:27 Which of you by l taking thought can add one cubit unto
(l) He speaks of care which is joined with thought of mind,
and has for the most part distrust yoked with it.
6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of
the field, how they grow; they m toil not, neither do