Bible: Matthew 5:1-8:1

The Beatitudes

5:1 When 1  he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain. 2  After he sat down his disciples came to him. 5:2 Then 3  he began to teach 4  them by saying:

5:3Blessed 5  are the poor in spirit, 6  for the kingdom of heaven belongs 7  to them.

5:4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 8 

5:5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

5:6Blessed are those who hunger 9  and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied.

5:7Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

5:8Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

5:9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called the children 10  of God.

5:10Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

5:11Blessed are you when people 11  insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely 12  on account of me. 5:12 Rejoice and be glad because your reward is great in heaven, for they persecuted the prophets before you in the same way.

Salt and Light

5:13You are the salt 13  of the earth. But if salt loses its flavor, 14  how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled on by people. 5:14 You are the light of the world. A city located on a hill cannot be hidden. 5:15 People 15  do not light a lamp and put it under a basket 16  but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 5:16 In the same way, let your light shine before people, so that they can see your good deeds and give honor to your Father in heaven.

Fulfillment of the Law and Prophets

5:17Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets. I have not come to abolish these things but to fulfill them. 17  5:18 I 18  tell you the truth, 19  until heaven and earth pass away not the smallest letter or stroke of a letter 20  will pass from the law until everything takes place. 5:19 So anyone who breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches others 21  to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever obeys them and teaches others to do so will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 5:20 For I tell you, unless your righteousness goes beyond that of the experts in the law 22  and the Pharisees, 23  you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Anger and Murder

5:21You have heard that it was said to an older generation, 24 Do not murder,’ 25  and ‘whoever murders will be subjected to judgment.’ 5:22 But I say to you that anyone who is angry with a brother 26  will be subjected to judgment. And whoever insults 27  a brother will be brought before 28  the council, 29  and whoever says ‘Fool 30  will be sent 31  to fiery hell. 32  5:23 So then, if you bring your gift to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, 5:24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother and then come and present your gift. 5:25 Reach agreement 33  quickly with your accuser while on the way to court, 34  or he 35  may hand you over to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the warden, and you will be thrown into prison. 5:26 I tell you the truth, 36  you will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny! 37 

Adultery

5:27You have heard that it was said, ‘Do not commit adultery.’ 38  5:28 But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to desire her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 5:29 If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 39  5:30 If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is better to lose one of your members than to have your whole body go into hell.

Divorce

5:31It was said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife must give her a legal document.’ 40  5:32 But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Oaths

5:33Again, you have heard that it was said to an older generation, 41 Do not break an oath, but fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ 42  5:34 But I say to you, do not take oaths at all – not by heaven, because it is the throne of God, 5:35 not by earth, because it is his footstool, and not by Jerusalem, 43  because it is the city of the great King. 5:36 Do not take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. 5:37 Let your word be ‘Yes, yesor ‘No, no.’ More than this is from the evil one. 44 

Retaliation

5:38You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’ 45  5:39 But I say to you, do not resist the evildoer. 46  But whoever strikes you on the 47  right cheek, turn the other to him as well. 5:40 And if someone wants to sue you and to take your tunic, 48  give him your coat also. 5:41 And if anyone forces you to go one mile, 49  go with him two. 5:42 Give to the one who asks you, 50  and do not reject 51  the one who wants to borrow from you.

Love for Enemies

5:43You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor 52  and ‘hate your enemy.’ 5:44 But I say to you, love your enemy and 53  pray for those who persecute you, 5:45 so that you may be like 54  your Father in heaven, since he causes the sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 5:46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Even the tax collectors 55  do the same, don’t they? 5:47 And if you only greet your brothers, what more do you do? Even the Gentiles do the same, don’t they? 5:48 So then, be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect. 56 

Pure-hearted Giving

6:1Be 57  careful not to display your righteousness merely to be seen by people. 58  Otherwise you have no reward with your Father in heaven. 6:2 Thus whenever you do charitable giving, 59  do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in synagogues 60  and on streets so that people will praise them. I tell you the truth, 61  they have their reward. 6:3 But when you do your giving, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 6:4 so that your gift may be in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 62 

Private Prayer

6:5Whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray while standing in synagogues 63  and on street corners so that people can see them. Truly I say to you, they have their reward. 6:6 But whenever you pray, go into your room, 64  close the door, and pray to your Father in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you. 65  6:7 When 66  you pray, do not babble repetitiously like the Gentiles, because they think that by their many words they will be heard. 6:8 Do 67  not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 6:9 So pray this way: 68 

Our Father 69  in heaven, may your name be honored, 70 

6:10 may your kingdom come, 71 

may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

6:11 Give us today our daily bread, 72 

6:12 and forgive us our debts, as we ourselves 73  have forgiven our debtors.

6:13 And do not lead us into temptation, 74  but deliver us from the evil one. 75 

6:14For if you forgive others 76  their sins, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 6:15 But if you do not forgive others, your Father will not forgive you your sins.

Proper Fasting

6:16When 77  you fast, do not look sullen like the hypocrites, for they make their faces unattractive 78  so that people will see them fasting. I tell you the truth, 79  they have their reward. 6:17 When 80  you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 6:18 so that it will not be obvious to others when you are fasting, but only to your Father who is in secret. And your Father, who sees in secret, will reward you.

Lasting Treasure

6:19Do not accumulate for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth 81  and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 6:20 But accumulate for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal. 6:21 For where your 82  treasure 83  is, there your heart will be also.

6:22The eye is the lamp of the body. If then your eye is healthy, 84  your whole body will be full of light. 6:23 But if your eye is diseased, 85  your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

6:24No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate 86  the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise 87  the other. You cannot serve God and money. 88 

Do Not Worry

6:25Therefore I tell you, do not worry 89  about your life, what you will eat or drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Isn’t there more to life than food and more to the body than clothing? 6:26 Look at the birds in the sky: 90  They do not sow, or reap, or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds 91  them. Aren’t you more valuable 92  than they are? 6:27 And which of you by worrying can add even one hour to his life? 93  6:28 Why do you worry about clothing? Think about how the flowers 94  of the field grow; they do not work 95  or spin. 6:29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these! 6:30 And if this is how God clothes the wild grass, 96  which is here today and tomorrow is tossed into the fire to heat the oven, 97  won’t he clothe you even more, 98  you people of little faith? 6:31 So then, don’t worry saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 6:32 For the unconverted 99  pursue these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 6:33 But above all pursue his kingdom 100  and righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 6:34 So then, do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Today has enough trouble of its own. 101 

Do Not Judge

7:1Do not judge so that you will not be judged. 102  7:2 For by the standard you judge you will be judged, and the measure you use will be the measure you receive. 103  7:3 Why 104  do you see the speck 105  in your brother’s eye, but fail to see 106  the beam of wood 107  in your own? 7:4 Or how can you say 108  to your brother, ‘Let me remove the speck from your eye,’ while there is a beam in your own? 7:5 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. 7:6 Do not give what is holy to dogs or throw your pearls before pigs; otherwise they will trample them under their feet and turn around and tear you to pieces. 109 

Ask, Seek, Knock

7:7Ask 110  and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door 111  will be opened for you. 7:8 For everyone who asks 112  receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened. 7:9 Is 113  there anyone among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? 7:10 Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? 114  7:11 If you then, although you are evil, 115  know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts 116  to those who ask him! 7:12 In 117  everything, treat others as you would want them 118  to treat you, 119  for this fulfills 120  the law and the prophets.

The Narrow Gate

7:13Enter through the narrow gate, because the gate is wide and the way is spacious that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. 7:14 But the gate is narrow and the way is difficult that leads to life, and there are few who find it.

A Tree and Its Fruit

7:15Watch out for false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are voracious wolves. 121  7:16 You will recognize them by their fruit. Grapes are not gathered 122  from thorns or figs from thistles, are they? 123  7:17 In the same way, every good tree bears good fruit, but the bad 124  tree bears bad fruit. 7:18 A good tree is not able to bear bad fruit, nor a bad tree to bear good fruit. 7:19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 7:20 So then, you will recognize them by their fruit.

Judgment of Pretenders

7:21Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ 125  will enter into the kingdom of heaven – only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. 7:22 On that day, many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in your name, and in your name cast out demons and do 126  many powerful deeds?’ 7:23 Then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you. Go away from me, you lawbreakers!’ 127 

Hearing and Doing

7:24Everyone 128  who hears these words of mine and does them is like 129  a wise man 130  who built his house on rock. 7:25 The rain fell, the flood 131  came, and the winds beat against that house, but it did not collapse because it had been founded on rock. 7:26 Everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 7:27 The rain fell, the flood came, and the winds beat against that house, and it collapsed; it was utterly destroyed! 132 

7:28 When 133  Jesus finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed by his teaching, 7:29 because he taught them like one who had authority, 134  not like their experts in the law. 135 

Cleansing a Leper

8:1 After he came down from the mountain, large crowds followed him.

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