1Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was seated his disciples came to him. 2Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them: 3How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 4Blessed are the gentle: they shal have the earth as inheritance. 5Blessed are those who mourn: they shal be comforted. 6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shal have their fil . 7Blessed are the merciful: they shal have mercy shown them. 8Blessed are the pure in heart: they shal see God. 9Blessed are the peacemakers: they shal be recognised as children of God. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs. 11'Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak al kinds of calumny againstyou falsely on my account. 12Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophetsbefore you. 13'You are salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can make it salty again? It is good fornothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled under people's feet. 14'You are light for the world. A city built on a hil -top cannot be hidden. 15No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone inthe house. 16In the same way your light must shine in people's sight, so that, seeing your good works, they maygive praise to your Father in heaven. 17'Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but tocomplete them. 18In truth I tell you, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, is to disappear fromthe Law until al its purpose is achieved. 19Therefore, anyone who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others todo the same wil be considered the least in the kingdom of Heaven; but the person who keeps them and teachesthem wil be considered great in the kingdom of Heaven. 20'For I tell you, if your uprightness does not surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees, you wil neverget into the kingdom of Heaven. 21'You have heard how it was said to our ancestors, You shal not kil ; and if anyone does kil he mustanswer for it before the court. 22But I say this to you, anyone who is angry with a brother wil answer for it before the court; anyone whocal s a brother "Fool" wil answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and anyone who cal s him "Traitor" wil answer for it in hel fire. 23So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother hassomething against you, 24leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then comeback and present your offering. 25Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are stil on the way to the court with him, orhe may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you wil be thrown into prison. 26In truth I tell you, you wil not get out til you have paid the last penny. 27'You have heard how it was said, You shall not commit adultery. 28But I say this to you, if a man looks at a woman lustfully, he has already committed adultery with her inhis heart. 29If your right eye should be your downfal , tear it out and throw it away; for it wil do you less harm tolose one part of yourself than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 30And if your right hand should be your downfall, cut it off and throw it away; for it wil do you less harmto lose one part of yourself than to have your whole body go to hel . 31'It has also been said, Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a writ of dismissal. 32But I say this to you, everyone who divorces his wife, except for the case of an il icit marriage, makesher an adulteress; and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. 33'Again, you have heard how it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but must fulfilyour oaths to the Lord. 34But I say this to you, do not swear at al , either by heaven, since that is God's throne; 35or by earth, since that is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, since that is the city of the great King. 36Do not swear by your own head either, since you cannot turn a single hair white or black. 37All you need say is "Yes" if you mean yes, "No" if you mean no; anything more than this comes from the Evil One. 38'You have heard how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth. 39But I say this to you: offer no resistance to the wicked. On the contrary, if anyone hits you on the rightcheek, offer him the other as wel ; 40if someone wishes to go to law with you to get your tunic, let him have your cloak as well. 41And if anyone requires you to go one mile, go two miles with him. 42Give to anyone who asks you, and if anyone wants to borrow, do not turn away. 43'You have heard how it was said, You wil love your neighbour and hate your enemy. 44But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you; 45so that you may be children of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on the bad as wellas the good, and sends down rain to fal on the upright and the wicked alike. 46For if you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even the tax col ectors do asmuch? 47And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional? 48Do not even the gentiles do as much? You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly Father isperfect.'
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