New American Standard Bible
"If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?
King James Bible
And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Darby Bible Translation
And if ye should salute your brethren only, what do ye extraordinary? Do not also the Gentiles the same?
World English Bible
If you only greet your friends, what more do you do than others? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
Young's Literal Translation
and if ye may salute your brethren only, what do ye abundant? do not also the tax-gatherers so?
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
And if you salute your brethren ... - The word "salute" here means to show the customary tokens of civility, or to treat with the common marks of friendship. See the notes at Luke 10:4. The Saviour says that the worst men, the very publicans, would do this. Christians should do more; they should show that they have a different spirit; they should treat their "enemies" as well as wicked people do their "friends." This should be done:
1. Because it is "right;" it is the only really amiable spirit; and,
2. We should show that religion is not selfish, and is superior to all other principles of action.
LibraryThe Eighth Beatitude
'Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'--MATT. v. 10. We have seen the description of the true subjects of the kingdom growing into form and completeness before our eyes in the preceding verses, which tell us what they are in their own consciousness, what they are in their longings, what they become in inward nature by God's gift of purity, how they move among men as angels of God, meek, merciful, peace-bringing. Is anything more needed …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Second Beatitude
The Law of Love
"For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same?
"Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
Luke, the beloved physician, sends you his greetings, and also Demas.
Greet the brethren who are in Laodicea and also Nympha and the church that is in her house.
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