Comparing Matthew 5:43-44

Matthew 5:43-44

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you this: Love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you.”
GOD’S WORD Translation (GW)
Meaning-for-Meaning (Closest Natural Equivalence)

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor’ and ‘hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, love your enemy and pray for those who persecute you,”
New English Translation (NET)
Word-for-Word (Formal Equivalence)

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“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemies.’ But I say to you, love your enemies. Pray for those who hurt you.”
New Century Version (NCV)
Thought-for-Thought (Functional Equivalence)

You have heard people say, “Love your neighbors and hate your enemies.” But I tell you to love your enemies and pray for anyone who mistreats you.
Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Paraphrase (Retelling)

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