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Matthew 5:23-26

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5:23 So then, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 5:24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother and then come and present your gift. 5:25 Reach agreement 1  quickly with your accuser while on the way to court, 2  or he 3  may hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the warden, and you will be thrown into prison. 5:26 I tell you the truth, 4  you will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny! 5 

1 tn Grk “Make friends.”

2 tn The words “to court” are not in the Greek text but are implied.

3 tn Grk “the accuser.”

4 tn Grk “Truly (ἀμήν, amhn), I say to you.”

5 tn Here the English word “penny” is used as opposed to the parallel in Luke 12:59 where “cent” appears since the Greek word there is different and refers to a different but similar coin.

sn The penny here was a quadrans, a Roman copper coin worth 1/64 of a denarius (L&N 6.78). The parallel passage in Luke 12:59 mentions the lepton, equal to one-half of a quadrans and thus the smallest coin available.



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