"But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,1
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.2
If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic.
Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.3
Do to others as you would have them do to you.4
"If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you?5 Even 'sinners' love those who love them.
And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that.
And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you?6 Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting to be repaid in full.
But love your enemies, do good to them,7 and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons8 of the Most High,9 because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.
Be merciful,10 just as your Father11 is merciful.
"Do not judge, and you will not be judged.12 Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.13
Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.14 For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."15
He also told them this parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?16
A student is not above his teacher, but everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.17
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?
How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
"No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
Each tree is recognized by its own fruit.18 People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth speaks.19
"Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,'20 and do not do what I say?21
I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.22
He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete."