Aramaic Bible in Plain English
1But when Yeshua saw the crowds, he went up into a mountain and when he sat down his disciples came near to him. 2And he opened his mouth and he was teaching them and he said:
3"Blessed by The Spirit* are the poor, because theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
4Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are they who are meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.
7Blessed are they who show mercy, for mercies will be upon them.
8Blessed are those who are pure in their hearts, for they shall see God.
9Blessed are they who make peace, for they will be called the children of God.
10Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the cause of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
11Blessed are you whenever they revile you and persecute you and they say every evil word against you for my sake, in falsehood. 12Then rejoice and triumph, because your reward is great in Heaven, for just so they persecuted The Prophets who were before you.
13You are the salt of the earth, but if salt becomes insipid, with what will it be salted? It is good for nothing except to be thrown outside and to be trodden upon by people.
14You are the light of the world. You cannot hide a city that has been built upon a mountain. 15And they do not light a lamp and set it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all those who are in the house. 16Thus your light will shine before the children of men that they may see your good works, and may glorify your Father who is in Heaven.
17Do not think that I have come to revoke The Written Law or The Prophets; I am not come to revoke but to fulfill. 18Amen, I say to you that until Heaven and earth will pass away, one Yodh or one Taag will not pass away from The Written Law until everything will happen. 19Everyone therefore who violates one of these small commandments and will teach thus to the children of men will be called small in the Kingdom of Heaven, but everyone who will do and will teach the same will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
20For I say to you, that unless your goodness will exceed that of the Scribes and the Pharisees, you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
21You have heard that it was said to the ancients, 'Do not murder, and whoever murders is condemned to judgment.' 22But I am saying to you, that everyone who will be angry against his brother without cause is condemned before the judge, and everyone who will say to his brother, 'I spit on you', is condemned before the assembly, and whoever will say 'You fool' is condemned to the Gehenna of fire. 23If therefore you bring your offering to the altar, and there you remember that your brother holds any grudge against you, 24Leave your offering there before the altar and go, first be reconciled with your brother, and then come, bring your offering. 25Be allied with your plaintiff quickly, while you are with him in the street, lest the plaintiff delivers you to the judge and the judge delivers you to the Tax Collector and you fall into prison. 26And truly I say to you, you will not come out from there until you give the last quarter cent.
27You have heard that it was spoken, 'You shall not commit adultery.' 28But I am saying to you, everyone who looks at a woman so as to lust for her, immediately commits adultery with her in his heart. 29But if your right eye subverts you, pluck it out and cast it from you, for it is profitable for you that your one member be lost, and not that your whole body should fall into Gehenna. 30And if your right hand causes you to stumble, cut it off, cast it from you, for it is profitable for you that one of your members be lost, and not that your whole body fall into Gehenna.
31It has been said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a writing of divorce.' 32But I am saying to you that everyone who divorces his wife, apart from the report of fornication, he causes her to commit adultery, and whoever takes her who is divorced is committing adultery.
33Again you have heard that it was said to the ancients, "Do not lie in your oath, but you will fulfill to THE LORD JEHOVAH your oath." 34But I say to you, Do not swear at all, not by Heaven, for it is the throne of God 35Neither by the earth, for it is his stool for his feet, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36Neither shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make in it a certain hair black or white. 37But your statement shall be, "Yes, yes" and, "No, no"; anything more than these is from The Evil One.
38You have heard that it was said, "An eye in exchange for an eye, and a tooth in exchange for a tooth." 39But I am saying to you, you shall not rise up against an evil person, but whoever strikes you on your right cheek, turn to him also the other. 40And whoever wants to sue you and take your coat, leave for him also your cloak. 41Whoever compels you to go one mile with him, go with him two miles. 42Whoever asks you, give to him, and whoever wants to borrow from you, do not refuse him.
43You have heard that it was said, "Show kindness to your neighbor and hate your enemy." 44But I say to you, love your enemies and bless the one who curses you, and do what is beautiful to the one who hates you, and pray over those who take you by force and persecute you. 45So that you will become the children of your Father who is in Heaven, for his sun rises on the good and upon the evil and his rain descends on the just and on the unjust. 46For if you love those who love you, what benefit is it to you? Behold, do not even the Tax Collectors the same thing? 47And if you pray for the peace of your brethren only, what excellent thing are you doing? Behold, are not even the Tax Collectors doing the same thing? 48Be therefore perfect, just as your Father who is in Heaven is perfect.