Luke 6:20-49

The Beatitudes

20 And 1he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, 2and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for 3yours is the kingdom of God.
21 4"Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. 5"Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
22 "Blessed are you when 6people hate you and when they 7exclude you and revile you and 8spurn your name as evil, 9on account of the Son of Man!
23 10Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for 11so their fathers did to the prophets.

Jesus Pronounces Woes

24 12"But woe to you who are rich, 13for you 14have received your consolation.
25 "Woe to you who are full now, for 15you shall be hungry. "Woe to 16you who laugh now, 17for you shall mourn and weep.
26 "Woe to you, 18when all people speak well of you, for 19so their fathers did to 20the false prophets.

Love Your Enemies

27 "But I say to you who hear, 21Love your enemies, 22do good to those who hate you,
28 23bless those who curse you, 24pray for those who abuse you.
29 25To one who 26strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic[a] either.
30 27Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.
31 And 28as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
32 29"If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
34 And 30if you 31lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount.
35 But 32love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and 33you will be sons of 34the Most High, for 35he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
36 36Be merciful, even as 37your Father is merciful.

Judging Others

37 "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; 38forgive, and you will be forgiven;
38 39give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put 40into your lap. For 41with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."
39 He also told them a parable: 42"Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
40 43A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is 44fully trained will be like his teacher.
41 45Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but 46do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
42 How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.

A Tree and Its Fruit

43 "For 47no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit,
44 for 48each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.
45 49The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces 50evil, 51for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Build Your House on the Rock

46 52"Why 53do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?
47 54Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:
48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.[b]
49 55But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and 56the ruin of that house was great."

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Luke 6:20-49 In-Context

18 who came to hear him and to be healed of their diseases. And those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured.
19 And all the crowd sought to touch him, for power came out from him and healed them all.
20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 "Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you shall be satisfied. "Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
22 "Blessed are you when people hate you and when they exclude you and revile you and spurn your name as evil, on account of the Son of Man!
23 Rejoice in that day, and leap for joy, for behold, your reward is great in heaven; for so their fathers did to the prophets.
24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25 "Woe to you who are full now, for you shall be hungry. "Woe to you who laugh now, for you shall mourn and weep.
26 "Woe to you, when all people speak well of you, for so their fathers did to the false prophets.
27 "But I say to you who hear, Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.
29 To one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also, and from one who takes away your cloak do not withhold your tunic either.
30 Give to everyone who begs from you, and from one who takes away your goods do not demand them back.
31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.
32 "If you love those who love you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what benefit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect to receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount.
35 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend, expecting nothing in return, and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, for he is kind to the ungrateful and the evil.
36 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
37 "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
38 give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you."
39 He also told them a parable: "Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.
41 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother's eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye?
42 How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me take out the speck that is in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the log that is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take out the speck that is in your brother's eye.
43 "For no good tree bears bad fruit, nor again does a bad tree bear good fruit,
44 for each tree is known by its own fruit. For figs are not gathered from thornbushes, nor are grapes picked from a bramble bush.
45 The good person out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil person out of his evil treasure produces evil, for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
46 "Why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' and not do what I tell you?
47 Everyone who comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show you what he is like:
48 he is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when a flood arose, the stream broke against that house and could not shake it, because it had been well built.
49 But the one who hears and does not do them is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation. When the stream broke against it, immediately it fell, and the ruin of that house was great."

Cross References 56

  • 1. John 6:5
  • 2. For ver. 20-23, [Matthew 5:3-12]
  • 3. [Luke 12:32]
  • 4. [Luke 1:53]
  • 5. Isaiah 25:8; Isaiah 57:18; See Matthew 5:4
  • 6. See Matthew 10:22
  • 7. [John 9:22; John 12:42; John 16:2]
  • 8. Hebrews 11:26; 1 Peter 4:14
  • 9. John 15:21
  • 10. See Matthew 5:12
  • 11. See Matthew 21:35
  • 12. Amos 6:1; James 5:1; [Luke 12:21]
  • 13. [Luke 16:25]
  • 14. Matthew 6:2
  • 15. Isaiah 65:13
  • 16. Isaiah 65:14; [Proverbs 14:13; James 4:9]
  • 17. Isaiah 65:14; [Proverbs 14:13; James 4:9]
  • 18. [John 15:19; John 17:14; James 4:4; 1 John 4:5]
  • 19. Jeremiah 5:31; [Isaiah 30:10; Micah 2:11]
  • 20. See Matthew 7:15
  • 21. See Matthew 5:44
  • 22. Proverbs 25:21, 22; Romans 12:20, 21
  • 23. 1 Peter 3:9
  • 24. [See ver. 27 above]
  • 25. For ver. 29, 30, see Matthew 5:39-42; [Romans 12:17]
  • 26. Isaiah 50:6; Lamentations 3:30; Matthew 26:67
  • 27. Psalms 37:21; Proverbs 21:26
  • 28. Matthew 7:12
  • 29. Matthew 5:46
  • 30. [Luke 14:12-14; Proverbs 19:17; Matthew 5:42]
  • 31. Psalms 37:26
  • 32. ver. 27
  • 33. Matthew 5:45
  • 34. Luke 1:32; See Mark 5:7
  • 35. [James 1:5]
  • 36. [Matthew 5:7, 48; Ephesians 5:1, 2; James 3:17]
  • 37. James 5:11
  • 38. [Matthew 6:14; Matthew 18:23-35]
  • 39. 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
  • 40. Psalms 79:12; Isaiah 65:6, 7
  • 41. Mark 4:24; [Judges 1:7]
  • 42. Matthew 15:14
  • 43. See Matthew 10:24
  • 44. 2 Corinthians 13:11; Hebrews 13:21; 1 Peter 5:10; [1 Corinthians 1:10; 2 Timothy 3:17]
  • 45. [See ver. 37 above]
  • 46. [John 8:7-9]
  • 47. For ver. 43, 44, see Matthew 7:16, 20
  • 48. Matthew 12:33
  • 49. Matthew 12:35; Matthew 15:18, 19; [Matthew 13:52; Ephesians 4:29]
  • 50. [Matthew 5:37]
  • 51. Matthew 12:34
  • 52. [Malachi 1:6]; See Matthew 7:21
  • 53. John 13:13
  • 54. For ver. 47-49, see Matthew 7:24-27
  • 55. [Ezekiel 13:10-16]
  • 56. Amos 6:11

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Greek chiton, a long garment worn under the cloak next to the skin
  • [b]. Some manuscripts founded upon the rock
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