3 Nephi 13: 5-6

3 Nephi 13: 5-6

 3 Nephi 13: 5-6: “And when thou prayest thou shalt not do as the hypocrites, 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 reward.  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet,
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3 Nephi 13: 1-4

3 Nephi 13: 1-4

3 Nephi 13: 1-4:   “Verily, verily, I say that I would that ye should do alms unto the poor; but take heed that ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them; otherwise ye have no reward of your Father who is in heaven.  Therefore, when ye shall do your alms
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3 Nephi 12: 48

3 Nephi 12: 48

3 Nephi 12: 48: “Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.” In the Matthew text Christ unequivocally limited this to His Father. (Matt. 5: 48.) Here “perfection” is achieved by both Christ and His Father. Assuming the Matthew text is correct, the
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3 Nephi 12: 46-47

3 Nephi 12: 46-47

3 Nephi 12: 46-47: “Therefore those things which were of old time, which were under the law, in me are all fulfilled. Old things are done away, and all things have become new.”   Christ will elaborate on this later as the audience puzzles over what is removed and what remains. But here Christ introduces the
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3 Nephi 12: 43-45

3 Nephi 12: 43-45

3 Nephi 12: 43-45: “And behold it is written also, that thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thine enemy;  But behold I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you; That ye may
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3 Nephi 12: 40-42

3 Nephi 12: 40-42

3 Nephi 12: 40-42: “And if any man will sue thee at the law and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also;  And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn thou not
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3 Nephi 12: 38-39

3 Nephi 12: 38-39

3 Nephi 12: 38-39: “And behold, it is written, an eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth;  But I say unto you, that ye shall not resist evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also;”This is reforming the law of retaliation or lex talionis. When
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3 Nephi 12: 33-37

3 Nephi 12: 33-37

3 Nephi 12: 33-37: “And again it is written, thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths;  But verily, verily, I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;  Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool;  Neither shalt thou swear by
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3 Nephi 12: 31-32

3 Nephi 12: 31-32

3 Nephi 12: 31-32: “It hath been written, that whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement.  Verily, verily, I say unto you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery; and whoso shall marry her who is divorced
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3 Nephi 12: 30

3 Nephi 12: 30

3 Nephi 12: 30: “For it is better that ye should deny yourselves of these things, wherein ye will take up your cross, than that ye should be cast into hell.” Each person’s cross is individual. Carrying “your cross” is not the same as carrying mine. Therefore, when you “deny yourself of these things” what
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