Jesus Database logo
working together for the future of faith


Better Than Sinners


(1a) 1Q: Luke 6:32-35 = Matt 5:45-47
(1b) 2 Clem. 13:4a [from Luke 6:32]
(1c) Did. 1:3b
(2) Ign. Pol. 2:1



(1a) 1Q: Luke 6:32-35

6:32 "If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 6:33 If you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 6:34 If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to receive as much again. 6:35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return. Your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and the wicked.

= Matt 5:45-47
5:45 so that you may be children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. 5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 5:47 And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same?


(1b) 2Clem 13:4a [from Luke 6:32]

For when they hear from us that God says: ”It is no credit to you, if ye love them that love you, but it is a credit to you, if ye love your enemies, and those that hate you;”—when they hear this they wonder at this extraordinary goodness; but when they see that we not only do not love those that hate us, but not even those who love us, they laugh us to scorn, and the name is blasphemed. [Sayings Parallels]


(1c) Did 1:3b

/3b/ Bless those who curse you, and pray for your enemies, and fast for those who persecute you. For what grace do you expect if you (only) love those who love you? Do not even the nations do that? As for you, love those who hate you, and you will not have any enemy. [Hermeneia]


(2) IgnPol 2:1

If thou lovest the good disciples, no thanks are due to thee on that account; but rather seek by meekness to subdue the more troublesome. Every kind of wound is not healed with the same plaster. Mitigate violent attacks [of disease] by gentle applications. [ANF]



John Dominic Crossan

Item: 117
Stratum: I (30-60 CE)
Attestation: Double
Historicity: -
Common Sayings Tradition: No



Abbreviations | Bibliography | Copyright | FFF Home | Get Involved | JDB Home | Search | Email FFF