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Matthew 5 (New American Standard)

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The Sermon on the Mount; The Beatitudes

1 1When Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on 2the amountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 3He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying, 3 "b4Blessed are the cpoor in spirit, for 5theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 "Blessed are 6those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5 "Blessed are 7the dgentle, for they shall inherit the earth. 6 "Blessed are 8those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7 "Blessed are 9the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8 "Blessed are 10the pure in heart, for 11they shall see God. 9 "Blessed are the peacemakers, for 12they shall be called sons of God. 10 "Blessed are those who have been 13persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for 14theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 "Blessed are you when people 15insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12 "Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for 16in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Disciples and the World

13 "You are the salt of the earth; but 17if the salt has become tasteless, how ecan it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men. 14 "You are 18the light of the world. A city set on a fhill cannot be hidden; 15 19nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a gbasket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may 20see your good works, and 21glorify your Father who is in heaven. 17 "Do not think that I came to abolish the 22Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill. 18 "For truly I say to you, 23until heaven and earth pass away, not hthe smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 19 "Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches iothers to do the same, shall be called least 24in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever jkeeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 "For I say to you that unless your 25righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Personal Relationships

21 "26You have heard that kthe ancients were told, '27YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER ' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be lliable to 28the court.' 22 "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be mguilty before 29the court; and whoever says to his brother, 'nYou good-for-nothing,' shall be oguilty before p30the supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be qguilty enough to go into the r31fiery hell. 23 "Therefore if you are 32presenting your soffering at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave your toffering there before the altar and go; first be 33reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your uoffering. 25 "34Make 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. 26 "Truly I say to you, 35you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last vcent. 27 "36You have heard that it was said, '37YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY '; 28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman 38with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 "39If your right eye makes you wstumble, tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you xto lose one of the parts of your body, ythan for your whole body to be thrown into z40hell. 30 "41If your right hand makes you aastumble, cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you bbto lose one of the parts of your body, ccthan for your whole body to go into dd42hell. 31 "It was said, '43WHOEVER SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY, LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE '; 32 44but I say to you that everyone who eedivorces his wife, except for the reason of unchastity, makes her commit adultery; and whoever marries a ffdivorced woman commits adultery. 33 "Again, 45you have heard that ggthe ancients were told, 'hh46YOU SHALL NOT iiMAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR jjVOWS TO THE LORD.' 34 "But I say to you, 47make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is 48the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is the 49footstool of His feet, or kkby Jerusalem, for it is 50THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING. 36 "Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 "But let your statement be, 'Yes, yes ' or 'No, no '; anything beyond these is llof 51evil. 38 "52You have heard that it was said, '53AN EYE FOR AN EYE, AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH.' 39 "But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but 54whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also. 40 "If anyone wants to sue you and take your mmshirt, let him have your nncoat also. 41 "Whoever ooforces you to go one mile, go with him two. 42 "55Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you. 43 "56You have heard that it was said, '57YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR 58and hate your enemy.' 44 "But I say to you, 59love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may ppbe 60sons 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. 46 "For 61if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 "If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 "Therefore qq62you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
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