Matthew 5
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The Sermon on the Mount; The Beatitudes

1Now when Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on the [†]mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2And He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,

3[†]Blessed are the [†]poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

5Blessed are the [†]lowly, for they shall inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

7Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

10Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11“Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Salt and Light

13“You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how will it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out to be trampled under foot by men.

14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a [†]hill cannot be hidden; 15nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a [†]basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

17“Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not [†]the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches [†]others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20“For I say to you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Personal Relationships

21“You have heard that [†]the ancients were told, ‘YOU SHALL NOT MURDER’ and ‘Whoever murders shall be guilty before the court.’ 22But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court; and whoever says to his brother, ‘[†]Raca,’ shall be guilty before the [†]Sanhedrin; and whoever says, ‘You fool,’ shall be guilty enough to go into the [†]fiery hell. 23Therefore if you are presenting your [†]offering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24leave your [†]offering there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your [†]offering. 25Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison. 26Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last [†]quadrans.

27“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’; 28but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29But if your right eye makes you [†]stumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you [†]to lose one of the parts of your body, [†]than for your whole body to be thrown into [†]hell. 30And if your right hand makes you [†]stumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you [†]to lose one of the parts of your body, [†]than for your whole body to go into [†]hell.

31“Now it was said, ‘WHOEVER SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY, LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE’; 32but I say to you that everyone who [†]divorces his wife, except for the reason of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a [†]divorced woman commits adultery.

33“Again, you have heard that [†]the ancients were told, ‘[†]YOU SHALL NOT [†]MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR [†]VOWS TO THE [†]LORD.’ 34But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or [†]by Jerusalem, for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. 36Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is [†]of the evil one.

38“You have heard that it was said, ‘AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.’ 39But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40And if anyone wants to sue you and take your [†]tunic, let him have your [†]garment also. 41And whoever [†]forces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

43“You have heard that it was said, ‘YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy.’ 44But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45so that you may [†]be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48Therefore [†]you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

1 Or hill
3 Fortunate or prosperous, so through v 11
3 Those who are not spiritually arrogant
5 Or humble, meek
14 Or mountain
15 Or peck-measure
18 Or one projection of a letter (serif); lit one iota (Heb yodh)
19 Gr anthropoi
21 Lit it was said to the ancients
22 Or empty-head; from Aram reqa
22 Or Council
22 Lit Gehenna of fire
23 Or gift
24 Or gift
24 Or gift
26 A Roman copper coin, approx. 1/64 of a laborer’s daily wage
29 Sin
29 Lit that lost
29 Lit not your whole body
29 Gr Gehenna
30 Sin
30 Lit that lost
30 Lit not your whole body
30 Gr Gehenna
32 Or sends away
32 Or sent away
33 Lit it was said to the ancients
33 you and your are singular here
33 Or break your vows
33 Lit oaths
33 In OT, Yahweh, cf. Deut 23:21
35 Or toward
37 Or from evil
40 A garment worn next to the body
40 An outer garment
41 Lit will force
45 Or show yourselves to be
48 Lit you shall be

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