What It Means You Shall Not Murder

“You have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not murder, and whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.’ But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. But whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.”

Matthew 5:21-22

I’ve heard many people say they feel good people because they have never killed anyone. In Matthew 5:21-22, Jesus extends the coverage of the sixth commandment written in Exodus 20:13: You shall not murder. According to the Lord, you shall not murder is not just about taking the life of someone. We are killing our neighbor when we insult him or her, when we get angry with him or her, or when we curse him or her. I wonder how anyone can say he has never killed anyone considering what it says Matthew 5:21-22?

I do not think there is any human being that can say without lying that he or she has ever been angry with someone. Conflicts are inevitable when two or more persons are together. A saying indicates that every head is a world. Therefore, there will be differences in criteria. A simple discussion having different opinions, there may be anger. The Lord says that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment. That is, it has the same punishment as one who has killed someone.

The word “Raca” applies to a fool, the person who is foolish or clumsy or does things that lack logic or reason. A fool does not know what could or should know, it is ignorant and stubborn. The word also applies fool who runs things with ignorance, recklessness and presumption. Synonyms of fool are unable, silly, simple, stupid, idiot, ignorant, clumsy, bream, reckless, stubborn, and dancing.

According to Matthew 5:21-22: whoever says to his brother, ‘Raca!’ shall be in danger of the council. Many will say that never in his life been called “Raca”  someone accustomed they do not use that word. And probably they are right about that. But it is also likely to have told “Raca” many people in your life with other words unable, silly, simple, stupid, idiot, ignorant, clumsy, reckless or stubborn. For that matter, it’s the same if you have used such a synonym.

The word applies to fool the person who is cocky or behaves convinced of its superiority over others. Biblically, the word fool is related to the intellectual, while the word used to denote fatuous moral stigma. In this case, it could mean also fatuous scoundrel or rascal. In this regard, Matthew 5:21-22 says: whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be in danger of hell fire.

The question that anyone can do is: then I cannot get mad at anyone or say fatuous or fool who are they really? Clearly, the world has certainly ignorant and shameless. But notice that the Lord spoke not to get angry and say stupid or fatuous to your brother. And when he talks about brother it is not only blood, but also a brother in the faith. Let us be kind to one another. God bless you.

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