And He came down with them, and stood on a level place, with a large crowd of His disciples, and a great multitude of the people, who came from all Judea and Jerusalem and the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, to hear Him and to be healed of their diseases. And those troubled with unclean spirits were healed: and all the multitude sought to touch Him, because power came forth from Him and healed them all.
But seeing the multitude, He went up into the mountain; and when He had sat down, His disciples came to Him. And He lifted up His eyes upon them, and opened His mouth and taught them, saying,
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are ye poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now, for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now, for ye shall laugh. Blessed are ye when men shall hate you, and when they shall excommunicate you, and shall reproach you and persecute you, and cast out your name as evil, and shall say every evil thing against you falsely for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice in that day, and be exceeding glad and leap for joy: for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for after the same manner did their fathers to the prophets who were before you.
"But woe to you that are rich, for ye are receiving your consolation. Woe to you that are full now, for ye shall hunger. Woe to you that laugh now, for ye shall mourn and weep. Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for after the same manner did their fathers to the false prophets.
"Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt have become tasteless, with what shall it be salted? It is good for nothing thenceforth, but, when cast out, to be trampled upon by men. Ye are the light of the world. A city set upon a hill cannot be hid. Neither do they light a lamp and put it under a measure, but upon the lampstand, and it gives light to all that are in the house. So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.
"Do not think that I came to abolish the law or the prophets. I came not to abolish, but to fulfill them. For verily I say to you, Until heaven and earth shall pass away, one iota or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, until all things come to pass.
Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whosoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, unless your righteousness shall exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.
"Ye have heard that it was said to them of old, 'Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be liable to the judgment,' but I say to you, that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to the judgment; also whosoever shall say to his brother, 'Raca' shall be liable to the Sanhedrin; but whosoever shall say, 'Thou impious fool' shall be liable to hell-fire.
"If, therefore, thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath anything against thee, leave there thy gift before the altar and go, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then return and offer thy gift.
"Agree with thy adversary quickly, while thou art with him in the way; lest perhaps the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. Verily I say to thee, that shalt in no wise come out until thou has paid the last farthing.
"Ye have heard that it was said, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery." But I say to you, that every one that looketh upon a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. "Therefore if thy right eye tempts thee to sin, pluck it out and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell. And if thy right hand tempts thee to sin, cut it off and cast it from thee; for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body go away into hell.
"Also it was said, 'Whosoever would put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce." But I say to you, that every one that putteth away his wife, except for the reason of fornication, maketh her commit adultery; and whosoever shall marry her that hath been put away, committeth adultery.
"Again, ye have heard that it was said to them of old, 'Thou shalt not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord thy oaths.' But I say to you, 'Swear not at all,' neither by the heaven, for it is the throne of God; nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the Great King's city.' Nor shalt thou swear by thy head, for thou art not able to make one hair white or black. But let your word be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay. Now what is more than these is of the evil one.
"Ye have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth." But I say to you, 'Resist not him that is evil'; but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also; and to him that would go to law with thee and take away thy coat, give up to him thy cloak also; and whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him two. Give to every one that asketh thee; and turn not away from him that would borrow from thee; and of him who taketh away what is thine, ask it not back.
"Ye have heard that it was said, 'Thou shalt love thy neighbor and hate thy enemy." But I say to you that hear, 'Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them that abuse you and persecute you'; that ye may be sons of your Father Who is in heaven; for He causeth His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the righteous and on the unrighteous. For if ye love those who love you, what reward or benefit have ye? Do not even the tax-collectors the same? For sinners also love those who love them. And if ye do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is it to you? For even sinners do the same. And if ye lend to those from whom ye hope to receive, what benefit is it to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, that they may receive back as much. And if ye salute your brethren only, what more do ye than others do? Do not even the heathen the same? Nevertheless love your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be sons of the Highest; for He is kind to the unthankful and evil. Be ye merciful, even as your Father is merciful. Then shall ye be perfect, as your Heavenly Father is perfect.
"Take heed that ye do not your righteousness before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise ye have no reward with your Father Who is in heaven. Therefore when thou doest alms, do not sound a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Verily I say to you, they have received their reward. But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand is doing, so that thy alms may be in secret; and thy Father Who seeth in secret shall recompense thee.
"And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites; for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, so that they may be seen by men. Verily I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy private chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father Who is in secret; and thy Father Who seeth in secret, will recompense thee.
"But when ye pray, do not use vain repetitions, like the heathen; for they think that by their much speaking they shall be heard. Therefore be not like them; for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him. In this manner, therefore, pray ye:
"Our Father Who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done, as in heaven so also on earth. Give us today our needful bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, unto the ages. Amen.
"For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your Heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
"Moreover when ye fast, be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance; for they disfigure their faces so that they may appear to men to be fasting. Verily I say to you, they have received their reward. But thou, when fasting, anoint thy head and wash thy face, so that thou mayest not appear to men to be fasting, but to thy Father Who is in secret; and thy Father, Who seeth in secret, shall recompense thee.
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumeth, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also.
"The lamp of the body is the eye. If, therefore, thy eye be sound, thy whole body will be full of light; but if thy eye be bad, thy whole body will be dark. If, therefore, the light that is in thee is darkness, how great the darkness !
"No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. On this account I say to you. Be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? But who of you, by being anxious, can add one cubit to his life-span? And why are ye anxious about raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they toil not, neither do they spin; but I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these. Now if God thus clothe the herbage of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into an oven, shall He not much rather clothe you, O ye of little faith?
"Be not anxious, therefore, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or, 'What shall we drink?' or, 'What shall we wear?' for after all these things do the heathen seek. For your Heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Be not anxious, therefore, for the morrow; for the morrow will have anxiety of its own. Sufficient for the day is its own evil.
"Judge not, and ye shall not be judged; condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned; pardon and ye shall be pardoned; give, and it shall be given to you; good measure pressed down, shaken together, running over, shall they give into your bosom. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again."
Then He spake also a parable to them: "Can a blind man guide a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit? A disciple is not above the teacher; but every one, when perfected, shall be as his teacher.
"But why gazest thou at the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thy own eye? Or how canst thou say to thy brother, 'Brother suffer me to cast out the mote that is in thy eye,' and behold, the beam is in thy own eye and thou thyself seest it not? Hypocrite! First cast out the beam that is in thy own eye, and thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.
"Give not that which is holy to the dogs, nor cast pearls before the swine; lest they trample upon them with their feet, and, turning, rend you.
"Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened to you: for every one that asketh receiveth, and he that seeketh findeth, and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Or what man is there of you, who, if his son shall ask of him bread, will give him a stone? Or if he shall ask a fish, will give him a serpent? If, therefore, ye, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him. Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, so also do ye likewise to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
"Enter ye in through the narrow gate; because wide is the gate and broad the way that leadeth to destruction, and many are they who enter in through it; because narrow is the gate and straitened the way that leadeth to life, and few are they who find it.
"Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but within are ravening wolves. By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles? So every good tree beareth good fruit, but the corrupt tree beareth bad fruit. For there is not a good tree bearing bad fruit, nor a corrupt tree bearing good fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor a corrupt tree bear good fruit: therefore, each tree is known by its own fruit: for from thorns men do not gather figs, nor from a bramble-bush do they harvest clusters of grapes. Every tree that doth not bear good fruit is cut down and cast into the fire. So then by their fruits ye shall know them. The good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; " and the evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth that which is evil; for out of the abundance of the heart, his mouth speaketh.
"But why do ye call me, 'Lord, Lord,' and do not the things which I say? Not every one that saith to me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of My Father Who isin heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy by Thy name, and by Thy name cast out demons, and by Thy name perform many mighty works?' And then will I profess to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, ye that work iniquity."
"Every one, therefore, that cometh to Me and heareth these words of Mine and doeth them, I will show you to whom he is like. He is like a wise man building a house, who dug and went deep and laid a foundation and built his house upon the rock. And the rain descended, and the winds blew, and beat against that house; then a flood coming, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it: it fell not, because it was well built and was founded upon the rock.
"But every one that heareth these words of Mine and doeth them not, is like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand, without a foundation: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house, and the stream broke against it, and immediately it fell in; and the fall and ruin of that house was great."
And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were astonished at His teaching; for He was teaching them as One having authority, and not as their scribes.