|Book||Gospel of Matthew|
|Christian Bible part||New Testament|
|Order in the Christian part||1|
Some early manuscripts containing the text of this chapter are:[a]
- Codex Vaticanus (~325–350; complete)
- Codex Sinaiticus (~330–360; complete)
- Codex Washingtonianus (~400)
- Codex Bezae (~400; extant verses 1–19)
The first part of this chapter, Matthew 6:1–18, deals with the outward and inward expression of piety, referring to almsgiving, private prayer and fasting. New Testament scholar Dale Allison suggests that this section acts as "a sort of commentary" on Matthew 5:21-48, or a short "cult-didache": Matthew 5:21-48 details "what to do", whereas Matthew 6:1-18 teaches "how to do it". Sometimes called the "Discourse on Ostentation", these verses address the three most important outward expressions of Jewish piety, almsgiving, prayer, and fasting. Jesus endorses the standard teachings that these acts are important. Throughout this section he stresses that worship and piety should not be ostentatious, and ideally should be done in secret. He strongly contravenes those who make public displays of their piety, which can be understood as teaching that those who are pious to impress others will only impress people, and will do nothing to impress God.
Matthew 6:19–34 deals with possessions and the issues of priorities and trust. The first part in Matthew 6:19–24 has three elements about two treasures, two eyes and two masters. The second part in Matthew 6:25–34 deals with trust in God and also has three elements and provides reasons for not being anxious.
In John Wesley's analysis of the Sermon on the Mount, chapter five outlines "the sum of all true religion", allowing this chapter to detail "rules for that right intention which we are to preserve in all our outward actions, unmixed with worldly desires or anxious cares for even the necessaries of life" and the following chapter to provide "cautions against the main hinderances of religion". Wesley further analyses chapter 6 as follows:
- Verses 1–4: the right intention and manner of giving alms
- Verses 5–15: the right intention, manner, form, and prerequisites of prayer
- Verses 16–18: the right intention, and manner of fasting
- Verses 19–34: the necessity of a pure intention in all things, unmixed either with the desire of riches, or worldly care, and fear of want.
- Matthew 6:1
- Matthew 6:2
- Matthew 6:3
- Matthew 6:4
- Matthew 6:5
- Matthew 6:6
- Matthew 6:7
- Matthew 6:8
- Matthew 6:9
- Matthew 6:10
- Matthew 6:11
- Matthew 6:12
- Matthew 6:13
- Matthew 6:14
- Matthew 6:15
- Matthew 6:16
- Matthew 6:17
- Matthew 6:18
- Matthew 6:19
- Matthew 6:20
- Matthew 6:21
- Matthew 6:22
- Matthew 6:23
- Matthew 6:24
- Matthew 6:25
- Matthew 6:26
- Matthew 6:27
- Matthew 6:28
- Matthew 6:29
- Matthew 6:30
- Matthew 6:31
- Matthew 6:32
- Matthew 6:33
- Matthew 6:34
In the 2007 book Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling, it is written that the inscription on the tombstone of Ariana Dumbledore reads "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also". This is taken from the King James Version of Matthew 6:21 and/or Luke 12:34, which are identical.
- Turner, David L., Matthew 2008 ISBN 0-8010-2684-9 p. 210.
- Talbert, Charles H. 2010 Matthew ISBN 0-8010-3192-3 pp. 87–91.
- Allison, D., 56. Matthew, in Barton, J. and Muddiman, J. (2001), The Oxford Bible Commentary, p. 855
- Wesley, J., Sermon 21, Upon Our Lord's Sermon on the Mount: Discourse One, accessed 10 August 2019
- Wesley, J., Wesley's Notes on Matthew 6, accessed 15 August 2019
- Rowling, J. K. (2007). Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Vol. Book 7 (illustrated ed.). Arthur A. Levine Books. p. 326. ISBN 978-0-54501022-1.
- Garcia, Elena (19 October 2007). "Harry Potter author reveals books' Christian allegory, her struggling faith". Christian Today. Retrieved 6 February 2011.
- Egerton, Joe (26 November 2010). "From Harry Potter to Jesus Christ". Thinking Faith. Retrieved 7 April 2019.
- Matthew 6 King James Bible - Wikisource
- English Translation with Parallel Latin Vulgate
- Online Bible at GospelHall.org (ESV, KJV, Darby, American Standard Version, Bible in Basic English)
- Multiple bible versions at Bible Gateway (NKJV, NIV, NRSV etc.)
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Gospel of Matthew