Matthew 5:10-20 (New International Version)

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10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,1 for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.2 11 "Blessed are you when people insult you,3 persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.4 12 Rejoice and be glad,5 because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.6

Salt and Light

13 "You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men.7 14 "You are the light of the world.8 A city on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.9 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men,10 that they may see your good deeds11 and praise12 your Father in heaven.

The Fulfillment of the Law

17 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.13 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.14 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments15 and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.16
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