Bible: Luke 6:17-49

The Sermon on the Plain

6:17 Then 1  he came down with them and stood on a level place. 2  And a large number 3  of his disciples had gathered 4  along with 5  a vast multitude from all over Judea, from 6  Jerusalem, 7  and from the seacoast of Tyre 8  and Sidon. 9  They came to hear him and to be healed 10  of their diseases, 6:18 and those who suffered from 11  unclean 12  spirits were cured. 6:19 The 13  whole crowd was trying to touch him, because power 14  was coming out from him and healing them all.

6:20 Then 15  he looked up 16  at his disciples and said:

“Blessed 17  are you who are poor, 18  for the kingdom of God belongs 19  to you.

6:21Blessed are you who hunger 20  now, for you will be satisfied. 21 

“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 22 

6:22Blessed are you when people 23  hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil 24  on account of the Son of Man! 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because 25  your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors 26  did the same things to the prophets. 27 

6:24But woe 28  to you who are rich, for you have received 29  your comfort 30  already.

6:25Woe to you who are well satisfied with food 31  now, for you will be hungry.

Woe to you 32  who laugh 33  now, for you will mourn and weep.

6:26Woe to you 34  when all people 35  speak well of you, for their ancestors 36  did the same things to the false prophets.

6:27But I say to you who are listening: Love your enemies, 37  do good to those who hate you, 6:28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat 38  you. 6:29 To the person who strikes you on the cheek, 39  offer the other as well, 40  and from the person who takes away your coat, 41  do not withhold your tunic 42  either. 43  6:30 Give to everyone who asks you, 44  and do not ask for your possessions 45  back 46  from the person who takes them away. 6:31 Treat others 47  in the same way that you would want them to treat you. 48 

6:32If 49  you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners 50  love those who love them. 51  6:33 And 52  if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 53  sinners 54  do the same. 6:34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to be repaid, 55  what credit is that to you? Even sinners 56  lend to sinners, so that they may be repaid in full. 57  6:35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing back. 58  Then 59  your reward will be great, and you will be sons 60  of the Most High, 61  because he is kind to ungrateful and evil people. 62  6:36 Be merciful, 63  just as your Father is merciful.

Do Not Judge Others

6:37Do 64  not judge, 65  and you will not be judged; 66  do not condemn, and you will not be condemned; forgive, 67  and you will be forgiven. 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you: A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, 68  will be poured 69  into your lap. For the measure you use will be the measure you receive.” 70 

6:39 He also told them a parable: “Someone who is blind cannot lead another who is blind, can he? 71  Won’t they both fall 72  into a pit? 6:40 A disciple 73  is not greater than 74  his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher. 6:41 Why 75  do you see the speck 76  in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 77  the beam of wood 78  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 79  no good tree bears bad 80  fruit, nor again 81  does a bad tree bear good fruit, 6:44 for each tree is known 82  by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered 83  from thorns, nor are grapes picked 84  from brambles. 85  6:45 The good person out of the good treasury of his 86  heart 87  produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasury 88  produces evil, for his mouth speaks 89  from what fills 90  his heart.

6:46Why 91  do you call me ‘Lord, Lord,’ 92  and don’t do what I tell you? 93 

6:47Everyone who comes to me and listens to my words and puts them into practice 94  – I will show you what he is like: 6:48 He is like a man 95  building a house, who dug down deep, 96  and laid the foundation on bedrock. When 97  a flood came, the river 98  burst against that house but 99  could not shake it, because it had been well built. 100  6:49 But the person who hears and does not put my words into practice 101  is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When 102  the river burst against that house, 103  it collapsed immediately, and was utterly destroyed! 104 

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