|Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.|
|Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. |
|Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you,leave your offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering. |
|Matthew 5:23-24 |
If a person offends another, whether by anger or any other cause, there is no use in his bringing a gift to God. The Lord will not be pleased with it. The offender should first go and make the wrong right. Only then will the gift be acceptable.
Bringing a gift to the temple altar was a special form of prayer: thanksgiving. The worshiper who wanted to express his or her thanks could bring an animal sacrifice. Even the poor could express thanks to God by bringing two doves, which cost only a penny. But in Matthew 5, Jesus tells His listeners that, if a person who comes to thank God is aware that a brother "has something against you," something more important than prayer has priority!