Monday, April 11, 2022


Love Your Enemies

Counsels of Wisdom, lines 42-43, in Benjamin R. Foster, Before the Muses: An Anthology of Akkadian Literature, 3rd ed. (Bethesda: CDL Press, 2005), p. 413:
Do no evil to the man who disputes with you,
Requite with good the one who does evil to you.
Cf. Matthew 5:44 (King James Version, with Greek substantially from the Society of Biblical Literature edition):
But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you.

ἐγὼ δὲ λέγω ὑμῖν, ἀγαπᾶτε τοὺς ἐχθροὺς ὑμῶν καὶ προσεύχεσθε ὑπὲρ τῶν διωκόντων ὑμᾶς.

εὐλογεῖτε τοὺς καταρωμένους ὑμᾶς καλῶς ποιεῖτε τοῖς μισοῦσιν ὑμᾶς
post ὑμῶν add. RP
The parallel is noted in Hans Dieter Betz, The Sermon on the Mount (Minneapolis: Fortress Press, 1995), p. 309.

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