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The Sermon on the Mount
- When Jesus had seated himself and his disciples had joined him, he
lifted up his eyes, fixing them on his disciples and began to speak.
Teaching them he said:
- Happy are you who are poor, for yours' is the Kingdom of God.
Happy are the poor in spirit, for theirs' is the Kingdom of Heaven.
Happy are you that are hungry now, for you will be filled.
Happy are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they
will be filled.
Happy are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
Happy are those who mourn now, for they will be comforted.
Happy are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Happy are the merciful, for they will obtain mercy.
Happy are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Happy are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children of God.
Happy are they who are persecuted for righteousness sake, for their's
is the Kingdom of Heaven.
- Happy are you, when men abuse you and persecute you and falsely speak
all kinds of evil against you for my sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly
glad, for your reward in heaven is great. For in this manner is how they
persecuted the prophets before you.
- Happy are you when people hate you, stop associating with you, abuse
you and denounce your name as evil on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice
when that day comes and leap for joy, for then your reward will be great
in heaven. For in a similar manner their forefathers treated the
- But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation
Woe for you who have your fill now, for you will go hungry.
Woe for you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
Woe for you when the world speaks well of you, for this was the way
their forefathers treated the false prophets.
- You are the salt of the earth, but if the salt becomes tasteless,
what can make it salty again? It is not usable for anything and can only
be thrown out to be trampled under foot by men.
- You are the light of the world. A city that is built on a hilltop
cannot be hidden. Neither do men light a candle only to cover it with a
measuring basket. They put it on a lamp-stand where it can give light
for all that are in the house. In the same way, let your light shine
before men so that they may see your good works and glorify your Father
who is in heaven.
- Do not think that I have come to do away with the law or the
prophets, I have not come to abolish but to fulfil. I tell you most
sincerely, until heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little
stroke shall disappear from the law until all is fulfilled. Therefore,
anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches
others to do the same will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven.
But anyone who does keep them and teaches them will be called great in
the Kingdom of Heaven. For I tell you, if your righteousness does not go
beyond the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no
means enter into the Kingdom of Heaven.
- You have heard that it was said by the ancients: 'You are not allowed
to murder' and anyone who does commit murder must answer for it before
the court. But I say to you, that anyone who is angry with his brother
without a cause will answer for it before the court. And anyone who
shall say to his brother 'fool' will have to answer for it before the
council [Sanhedrin]. But anyone who says 'you impious fool' will be in
danger of the fires of Gehenna. Therefore, if you are bringing your gift
to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against
you, leave your gift there before the altar, go your way and resolve the
problems with your brother first. Then, come back and present your gift.
- Come to an agreement with your opponent quickly while you are still
on the way to the court with him or he may at any time hand you over to
the judge and the judge hand you over to the bailiff and you will be
thrown into prison. I tell you most sincerely, you will by no means get
out until you have paid the last penny.
- You have heard that is was said by the ancients, you are not allowed
to commit adultery. But I say to you, that anyone who looks at a woman
with the intent of having sex with her has already committed adultery
with her in his heart. If your right eye should cause you to sin, poke
it out and throw it away from you. For it is more profitable that one of
your body members be destroyed then to have your whole body thrown into
Gehenna. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw
it away form you. For it is more profitable for you that one of your
body members should be destroyed then to have your whole body thrown
- It has also been said, that anyone who wants to get rid of his wife
can divorce her by merely giving her a letter of dismissal. But I say to
you, that anyone who divorces his wife, except in the case of
fornication, causes her to commit adultery and anyone who marries a
woman divorced in this manner commits adultery.
- Again you have heard that it has been said by the ancients, you must
not break your promises, but must fulfil your promises to the Lord. But
I say to you, do not swear at all, either by heaven for it is God's
throne or by the earth for it is His footstool, or by Jerusalem for it
is the city of the great king. Do not swear by your own head either,
because you cannot make one hair white or black. But say only this, yes,
if you mean yes; no, if you mean no. For anything more than this comes
- You have heard that it has been said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth
for a tooth. But I say to you, offer no resistance to the wicked man.
But anyone who hits you on your right cheek, turn to him the other as
- And if any man sues you in court to take away your tunic for surety,
let him have your cloak as well.
- And if anyone orders you to go one mile, go two miles with him.
- Give to anyone who asks of you and do not ask for your property back
from the man who robs you.
- Treat others as you would like them to treat you. If you love those
who love you, what thanks can you expect? For sinners also love those
who love them and if you do good to those who do good to you, what
thanks can you have? For even sinners do as much.
- And if you lend to those of whom you hope to be repaid, what thanks
can you expect? Even sinners lend to sinners to receive back the same
amount. If anyone wants to borrow from you, do not turn yourself away.
Lend, without the hope of being repaid again and your reward will be
great and you will be the children of the Highest. For He is kind to the
ungrateful and the wicked. Therefore, be merciful, as your Father is
- You have heard that it has been said, 'You must love your neighbor
and hate your enemy'. But I say to you who are listening, love your
enemies and do good to them that hate you. Bless them that curse you and
pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you, in order that
you may be children of your Father who is in Heaven. For he causes his
sun to rise on the evil and on the good and sends rain on the just and
on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you
have? Do not even the tax collectors do as much? You must be perfect,
even as your Father who is in Heaven is perfect.
- Be careful not to parade your good deeds before men to be seen of
them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father who is in
Heaven. Therefore, when you do good deeds, do not sound a trumpet before
yourself as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets that
they may get the admiration of men. I tell you, they have their reward.
But when you do good deeds, don't let your left hand know what your
right hand is doing in order that your good deeds may be in secret and
your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you openly.
- And when you pray, you must not be as the hypocrites are; for they
love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners in
order to be seen by men. I tell you, they have their reward. But you,
when you pray, go into your private room and when you have shut the
door, pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees all
that is done in secret shall reward you openly. When you pray, do not
use vain repetitions as the pagans do. For they think that by using many
words they will make themselves heard. Don't be like them! For your
Father knows what you need before you ask Him. Use this as an example
when you pray;
- Our Father who is in Heaven, may your name be held Holy. Your Kingdom
come, your will be done, on earth as it is in Heaven. Give us this day
our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who
trespass against us. And do not put us to the test, but deliver us from
evil. [For yours is the Kingdom and the power and the glory forever.
- Because if you forgive men their failings, your Heavenly Father will
also forgive you. But if you don't forgive men their failings, neither
will you Father forgive your failings.
- When you fast, do not put on a gloomy appearance as the hypocrites
do. For they disfigure their faces to let men know that they are
fasting. I tell you most sincerely, they have had their reward. But you,
when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face so that no one
will know that you're fasting except your Father who is in secret. And
your Father, who sees all that is done in secret, will reward you
- Do not store up treasures for yourselves on earth, where moths and
[rust] woodworms can destroy them and where thieves can break in and
steal. But store up treasures for yourselves in heaven, where neither
moth nor woodworms can destroy them and where thieves cannot break in
and steal. For where you treasure is, there will your heart be also.
- The light of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is sound,
your whole body will be filled with light. But if your eye is diseased,
your whole body will be filled with darkness. If then the light that is
inside you is darkness, how great that darkness will be.
- No one can [serve] slave for two masters. He will either hate the
first and love the second or else he will hold to the one and despise
the other. You cannot serve God and money.
- That's why I'm telling you not to worry about your life; what you
will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body and what you will
wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing? Observe
the birds of the air, they do not sow or reap or gather into barns, yet
your Heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you worth more than they are?
Which of you by worrying can add one single cubit to his life span? And
why worry about clothing! Consider the lilies of the field, how they
grow; they do not work and they don't spin. And yet I say to you, that
even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
- Now if that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here
today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe
you, you men of little faith?
- So don't worry and say, 'What are we going to eat or what are we
going to drink or how are we to be clothed?' It is after all these
things that the people who don't know God [pagans] strive after.
- Your Heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. But you,
seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things
will be added to you. So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will
take care of itself. [for the morrow shall take thought for the things
of itself-KJ]. Each day has enough trouble of it's own.
- Do not judge and you will not be judged. For with the type of
judgment you use to judge, you will be judged. Do not condemn and you
will not be condemned; forgive and you will be forgiven.
- Give and it will be given you, a full measure, pressed down, shaken
together and running over will be poured into your lap. For the same
measure that you use to measure out is the same that will used to
measure back to you again.
- He also spoke a parable to them:
- Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a ditch?
- The disciple is not above his teacher, but every one that is perfect,
will be like his teacher.
- Why do you observe the splinter that's in your brother's eye, and yet
don't consider the beam that's in your own eye? How can you say to your
brother, 'Let me pull the splinter out of your eye', when look, a beam
is in your own eye. You hypocrite, remove the beam from your own eye
first and then you will see clearly enough to remove the splinter from
your bother's eye.
- Do not give what is Holy to the dogs, neither throw your pearls in
front of pigs or they may trample them under their feet and then turn on
you and tear you to pieces.
- Ask and it will be given you; seek and you will find, knock and the
door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives; the one who
seeks, will find; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened to
- Is there a man among you who would give his son a stone if he asked
for bread; or if he asked for a fish, would you give him a snake? If you
then who are evil, know how to give your children what is good, how much
more will your Father who is in Heaven give good things to those who ask
him. Therefore, anything that you would want men to do to you, you do
the same to them; for this is the Law and the Prophets.
- You, enter in at the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road
is broad that leads to destruction and there are many who enter in by
that gate. But, because the gate is narrow and the road is narrow which
leads to life, there are few who find it.
- Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing, but
underneath, they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their
fruits, for every tree can be identified by the fruit it produces. Do
men pick grapes from thorns or figs from thistles? In the same manner, a
good tree produces good fruit. But a rotten tree produces diseased
fruit. Neither can a rotten tree produce good fruit. Every tree that
does not produce good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
Therefore, by their fruits you will know them.
- A good man out of the good treasures of his heart produces that which
is good and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart produces
that which is evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth
- Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord.' and not do the things I say? Not
everyone that says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter into the Kingdom of
Heaven, but he that does the will of my Father who is in Heaven.
- Many will say to me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, didn't we prophesy in
your name, cast out demons in your name and work many miracles in your
name?' Then I will profess to them, 'I never knew you, get away from me
you workers of iniquity.' Therefore, everyone who comes to me and hears
these words of mine and does them, I will show you what he is like:
- I will compare him to a wise man who built a house, dug deep and laid
the foundation on a rock. The rain fell, the waters rose, the winds blew
and the flooded river beat violently against the house, but could not
shake it, for it's foundation was laid on rock.
- And everyone that hears these sayings of mine and does not do them
shall be compared to a foolish man who built his house on the sand
without a foundation. And the rain fell, the waters rose, the winds blew
and the flooded river beat violently against the house and it
immediately fell and the damage to that house was great.
- When Jesus had finished these sayings and had come to the end of all
he wanted the people to hear, the people were astonished at his
instructing, for He taught as one having authority and not as the
Matthew 5:...1-48, 6:1-34, 7:1-29; Luke 6:20-49,
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