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The Golden Rule Matthew 7:12 Luke 6:31
The Golden Rule

7:12 'So always treat others as you would like them to treat you; that is the meaning of the Law and the Prophets. (Jerusalem Bible Mt 7:12)

Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. (King James Mt 7:12)

Love Of Enemies

6:31 Treat others as you would like them to treat you. (JB Luke 6:31)

And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. (KJ Luke 6:31)


19:18 You must not exact vengeance, nor must you bear a grudge against the children of your people. You must love your neighbour as yourself. I am Yahweh. (JB Lv 19:18)

19:34 You must count him as one of your own countrymen and love him as yourself - for you were once strangers yourselves in Egypt. I am Yahweh your God. (JB Lv 19:34)


Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself: I am the LORD. (King James, Leviticus 19:18)

But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God. (King James Leviticus 19:34)


The Golden Rule or ethic of reciprocity is a maxim, ethical code, or morality that essentially states either of the following:

  1. One should treat others as one would like others to treat oneself (positive form)
  2. One should not treat others in ways that one would not like to be treated (negative/prohibitive form, also called the Silver Rule)

Ancient Greece

The Golden Rule in its prohibitive form was a common principle in ancient Greek philosophy. Examples of the general concept include:

Ancient China

The Golden Rule existed among all the major philosophical schools of Ancient China: Mohism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Examples of the concept include:




Putting oneself in the place of another, one should not kill nor cause another to kill.

One who, while himself seeking happiness, oppresses with violence other beings who also desire happiness, will not attain happiness hereafter. —Dhammapada 10. Violence





Always treat others as you would like them to treat you. (Mt 7:12)


You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against your kinsfolk. Love your neighbor as yourself: I am the LORD. —Leviticus 19:18[51], the "Great Commandment"


Never impose on others what you would not choose for yourself. (己所不欲,勿施于人—Confucius, Analects XV.24


One should never do that to another which one regards as injurious to one’s own self. This, in brief, is the rule of dharma. Other behavior is due to selfish desires. —Brihaspati, Mahabharata (Anusasana Parva, Section CXIII, Verse 8)


Hurt no one so that no one may hurt you. —Muhammad, The Farewell Sermon




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