Bible: Lk 6

Lord of the Sabbath

6:1 Jesus 1  was going through the grain fields on 2  a Sabbath, 3  and his disciples picked some heads of wheat, 4  rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. 5  6:2 But some of the Pharisees 6  said, “Why are you 7  doing what is against the law 8  on the Sabbath? 6:3 Jesus 9  answered them, 10 Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry 6:4 how he entered the house of God, took 11  and ate the sacred bread, 12  which is not lawful 13  for any to eat but the priests alone, and 14  gave it to his companions? 15  6:5 Then 16  he said to them, “The Son of Man is lord 17  of the Sabbath.”

Healing a Withered Hand

6:6 On 18  another Sabbath, Jesus 19  entered the synagogue 20  and was teaching. Now 21  a man was there whose right hand was withered. 22  6:7 The experts in the law 23  and the Pharisees 24  watched 25  Jesus 26  closely to see if 27  he would heal on the Sabbath, 28  so that they could find a reason to accuse him. 6:8 But 29  he knew 30  their thoughts, 31  and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” 32  So 33  he rose and stood there. 6:9 Then 34  Jesus said to them, “I ask you, 35  is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it? 6:10 After 36  looking around 37  at them all, he said to the man, 38 Stretch out your hand.” The man 39  did so, and his hand was restored. 40  6:11 But they were filled with mindless rage 41  and began debating with one another what they would do 42  to Jesus.

Choosing the Twelve Apostles

6:12 Now 43  it was during this time that Jesus 44  went out to the mountain 45  to pray, and he spent all night 46  in prayer to God. 47  6:13 When 48  morning came, he called his disciples and chose twelve of them, whom he also named apostles: 49  6:14 Simon 50  (whom he named Peter), and his brother Andrew; and James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 51  6:15 Matthew, Thomas, 52  James the son of Alphaeus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 53  6:16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, 54  who became a traitor.

The Sermon on the Plain

6:17 Then 55  he came down with them and stood on a level place. 56  And a large number 57  of his disciples had gathered 58  along with 59  a vast multitude from all over Judea, from 60  Jerusalem, 61  and from the seacoast of Tyre 62  and Sidon. 63  They came to hear him and to be healed 64  of their diseases, 6:18 and those who suffered from 65  unclean 66  spirits were cured. 6:19 The 67  whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power 68  was coming out from him and healing them all.

6:20 Then 69  he looked up 70  at his disciples and said:

“Blessed 71  are you who are poor, 72  for the kingdom of God belongs 73  to you.

6:21Blessed are you who hunger 74  now, for you will be satisfied. 75 

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 76 

6:22Blessed are you when people 77  hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil 78  on account of the Son of Man! 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because 79  your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors 80  did the same things to the prophets. 81 

6:24But woe 82  to you who are rich, for you have received 83  your comfort 84  already.

6:25Woe to you who are well satisfied with food 85  now, for you will be hungry.

Woe to you 86  who laugh 87  now, for you will mourn and weep.

6:26Woe to you 88  when all people 89  speak well of you, for their ancestors 90  did the same things to the false prophets.

6:27But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, 91  do good to those who hate you, 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat 92  you. 6:29 To the person who strikes you on the cheek, 93  offer the other as well, 94  and from the person who takes away your coat, 95  do not withhold your tunic 96  either. 97  6:30 Give to everyone who asks you, 98  and do not ask for your possessions 99  back 100  from the person who takes them away. 6:31 Treat others 101  in the same way that you would want them to treat you. 102 

6:32If 103  you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners 104  love those who love them. 105  6:33 And 106  if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 107  sinners 108  do the same. 6:34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to be repaid, 109  what credit is that to you? Even sinners 110  lend to sinners, so that they may be repaid in full. 111  6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. 112  Then 113  your reward will be great, and you will be sons 114  of the Most High, 115  because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 116  6:36 Be merciful, 117  just as your Father is merciful.

Do Not Judge Others

6:37Do 118  not judge, 119  and you will not be judged; 120  do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, 121  and you will be forgiven. 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, 122  will be poured 123  into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” 124 

6:39 He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? 125  Won’t they both fall 126  into a pit? 6:40 A disciple 127  is not greater than 128  his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. 6:41 Why 129  do you see the speck 130  in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 131  the beam of wood 132  in your own? 6:42 How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while you yourself don’t see the beam in your own? You hypocrite! First remove the beam from your own eye, and then you can see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

6:43For 133  no good tree bears bad 134  fruit, nor again 135  does a bad tree bear good fruit, 6:44 for each tree is known 136  by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered 137  from thorns, nor are grapes picked 138  from brambles. 139  6:45 The good person out of the good treasury of his 140  heart 141  produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury 142  produces evil, for his mouth speaks 143  from what fills 144  his heart.

6:46Why 145  do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ 146  and don’t do what I tell you? 147 

6:47Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice 148  – I will show you what he is like: 6:48 He is like a man 149  building a house, who dug down deep, 150  and laid the foundation on bedrock. When 151  a flood came, the river 152  burst against that house but 153  could not shake it, because it had been well built. 154  6:49 But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice 155  is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When 156  the river burst against that house, 157  it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed! 158 

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