Blessed are you when people hate you, when they have nothing to do with you and say bad things about you, and when they treat your name as something evil.
"Their people treated the prophets the same way long ago. When these things happen to you, be glad and jump for joy. You will receive many blessings in heaven.
"But how terrible it will be for you who are rich! You have already had your easy life.
How terrible for you who are well fed now! You will go hungry. How terrible for you who laugh now! You will cry and be sad.
How terrible for you when everyone says good things about you! Their people treated the false prophets the same way long ago.
"But here is what I tell you who hear me. Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.
Bless those who call down curses on you. And pray for those who treat you badly.
"Suppose someone hits you on one cheek. Turn your other cheek to him also. Suppose someone takes your coat. Don't stop him from taking your shirt.
"Give to everyone who asks you. And if anyone takes what belongs to you, don't ask to get it back.
Do to others as you want them to do to you.
"Suppose you love those who love you. Should anyone praise you for that? Even 'sinners' love those who love them.