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1 Jesus saw the crowds and went up a hill, where he sat down. His disciples gathered around him, 1 Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,
2 and he began to teach them: 2 and he began to teach them, saying:
3 "Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 "Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them! 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
5 "Happy are those who are humble; they will receive what God has promised! 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
6 "Happy are those whose greatest desire is to do what God requires; God will satisfy them fully! 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
7 "Happy are those who are merciful to others; God will be merciful to them! 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
8 "Happy are the pure in heart; they will see God! 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
9 "Happy are those who work for peace; God will call them his children! 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
10 "Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them! 10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 "Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers. 11 "Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
12 Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
13 "You are like salt for the whole human race. But if salt loses its saltiness, there is no way to make it salty again. It has become worthless, so it is thrown out and people trample on it. 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.
14 "You are like light for the whole world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 14 "You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
15 No one lights a lamp and puts it under a bowl; instead it is put on the lampstand, where it gives light for everyone in the house. 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.
16 In the same way your light must shine before people, so that they will see the good things you do and praise your Father in heaven. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
17 "Do not think that I have come to do away with the Law of Moses and the teachings of the prophets. I have not come to do away with them, but to make their teachings come true. 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.
18 Remember that as long as heaven and earth last, not the least point nor the smallest detail of the Law will be done away with - not until the end of all things. 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.
19 So then, whoever disobeys even the least important of the commandments and teaches others to do the same, will be least in the Kingdom of heaven. On the other hand, whoever obeys the Law and teaches others to do the same, will be great in the Kingdom of heaven. 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments 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 I tell you, then, that you will be able to enter the Kingdom of heaven only if you are more faithful than the teachers of the Law and the Pharisees in doing what God requires. 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.
21 "You have heard that people were told in the past, "Do not commit murder; anyone who does will be brought to trial.' 21 "You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.'
22 But now I tell you: if you are angry with your brother you will be brought to trial, if you call your brother "You good-for-nothing!' you will be brought before the Council, and if you call your brother a worthless fool you will be in danger of going to the fire of hell. 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca, ' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of the fire of hell.
23 So if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, 23 "Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
24 leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God. 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
25 "If someone brings a lawsuit against you and takes you to court, settle the dispute while there is time, before you get to court. Once you are there, you will be turned over to the judge, who will hand you over to the police, and you will be put in jail. 25 "Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison.
26 There you will stay, I tell you, until you pay the last penny of your fine. 26 I tell you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
27 "You have heard that it was said, "Do not commit adultery.' 27 "You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.'
28 But now I tell you: anyone who looks at a woman and wants to possess her is guilty of committing adultery with her in his heart. 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 So if your right eye causes you to sin, take it out and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose a part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 29 If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
30 If your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away! It is much better for you to lose one of your limbs than to have your whole body go off to hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
31 "It was also said, "Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.' 31 "It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.'
32 But now I tell you: if a man divorces his wife for any cause other than her unfaithfulness, then he is guilty of making her commit adultery if she marries again; and the man who marries her commits adultery also. 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.
33 "You have also heard that people were told in the past, "Do not break your promise, but do what you have vowed to the Lord to do.' 33 "Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.'
34 But now I tell you: do not use any vow when you make a promise. Do not swear by heaven, for it is God's throne; 34 But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne;
35 nor by earth, for it is the resting place for his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.
36 Do not even swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. 36 And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black.
37 Just say "Yes' or "No' - anything else you say comes from the Evil One. 37 Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
38 "You have heard that it was said, "An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.' 38 "You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'
39 But now I tell you: do not take revenge on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on the right cheek, let him slap your left cheek too. 39 But I tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if someone takes you to court to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well. 40 And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
41 And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his pack one mile, carry it two miles. 41 If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
42 When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone wants to borrow something, lend it to him. 42 Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
43 "You have heard that it was said, "Love your friends, hate your enemies.' 43 "You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
44 But now I tell you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
45 so that you may become the children of your Father in heaven. For he makes his sun to shine on bad and good people alike, and gives rain to those who do good and to those who do evil. 45 that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
46 Why should God reward you if you love only the people who love you? Even the tax collectors do that! 46 If you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
47 And if you speak only to your friends, have you done anything out of the ordinary? Even the pagans do that! 47 And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans do that?
48 You must be perfect - just as your Father in heaven is perfect. 48 Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.