5 When Jesus saw the multitudes, He went up into the mountain; and, when He had sat down, His disciples came to Him; 2 and He opened His mouth and began teaching them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn; for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they who hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be satisfied.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who have been persecuted on account of righteousness: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Blessed are you when men shall revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you, speaking falsely, because of me. 12 Keep on rejoicing and keep on exulting: for your reward in heaven is great: for in like manner they persecuted the prophets who were before you. 13 You are the salt of the earth; but, if the salt has become tasteless, with what shall it be made salty again? It is good for nothing still, except to be cast away to be trodden under foot by men. 14 You are the light of the world. A city built upon a hill cannot be hid. 15 Neither do men light a lamp and place it under the bushel, but upon the lamp stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16 In like manner let your light shine before men in order that they may see your good works and praise your Father who is in heaven.
17 Do not begin to think that I came to destroy the law or the prophets; I did not come to destroy, but to fill them to the full. 18 For in solemn truth I am telling you, Until the heaven and the earth shall pass away, one jot or one tittle by no means shall pass away from the law until all comes to pass. 19 Whoever, therefore, breaks one of these, the least commandments, and teaches men thus, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, this one shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I am telling you, that except your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, by no means shall you enter into the kingdom of heaven.
21 You have heard that it was said to men of old, You shall not murder, and whoever murders is liable to court action. 22 But I am telling you that everyone who is angry with his brother is liable to court action; and whoever says to his brother, Empty head, is liable to the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, You stupid one,¹ shall be liable to the Gehenna of fire. 23 If, therefore, you are offering your gift at the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you, 24 leave there your gift before the altar, and go and first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25 Be favorably disposed toward your adversary quickly while you are with him in the way, lest perchance the adversary deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the attendant, and you be cast into prison; 26 in solemn truth I am telling you that by no means will you come out therefrom until you pay the last farthing.
¹ Greek is Moreh, a Hebrew word of condemnation.
27 You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery. 28 But I am telling you that every one looking upon a woman to lust after her has already committed adultery in his heart with her. 29 But if your right eye cause you to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it away from you, for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish and not your whole body be cast into Gehenna. 30 And if your right hand cause you to stumble, cut it off and cast it from you, for it is profitable for you that one of your members should perish, and not that your whole body should go away into Gehenna.
31 And it has been said, Whoever divorces his wife, let him give to her a certificate of divorce. 32 But I am telling you that everyone who divorces his wife, except for the matter of fornication, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries her who has been divorced commits adultery.
33 Again, you have heard that it was said to the men of old, You shall not swear falsely, but shall fulfill your oath to the Lord. 34 But I am telling you not to swear at all; neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God; 35 nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King; 36 nor shall you swear by your head, for you are not able to make one hair white or black. 37 Let your word be, Yes, yes, and No, no; but that which is more than these is of the evil one.
38 You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth. 39 But I am saying to you not to oppose the evil doer, but whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him also the other; 40 and to the one who wishes to go to law and to take your undergarment, give to him also the outer garment; 41 and whoever forces you to go a mile, go with him two. 42 To him who asks you, give; and the one who wishes to borrow from you, do not turn away.
43 You have heard that it has been said, You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy. 44 But I am saying to you, keep on loving your enemies, and pray in behalf of those who persecute you, 45 in order that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven, for He makes His sun to rise upon the evil and the good, and He sends the rain upon the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not the tax collectors do the same thing? 47 And if you salute your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not even the heathen do the same thing? 48 You shall, therefore, be perfect as your Father in heaven is perfect.
6 Keep on taking heed not to do your acts of righteousness in the presence of men, to be seen by them; but, if you do, you have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2 When, therefore, you perform a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you, just as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, in order that they may be praised of men; in solemn truth I am telling you, they already have their reward. 3 But when you perform an act of mercy, do not let your left hand, know what your right does, 4 in order that your charitable deed may be in secret, and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 5 And whenever you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites; for they love to pray, having taken their stand in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, in order that they may be seen of men. In solemn truth I am telling you, They already have their reward. 6 But when you pray, enter into your inner chamber; and, after you have locked the door, pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7 And as you are praying, do not start repeating idly the same words as the heathen do, for they think that in their much speaking they shall be heard. 8 Be not, therefore, like them; for God your Father knows of what you have need before you ask Him. 9 In this way, therefore, always pray: Our Father who art in heaven, may Thy name be revered. 10 Let thy kingdom come; let Thy will be done as in heaven, also upon earth. 11 Give us our daily bread today. 12 And forgive us our debts as also we have forgiven those indebted to us. 13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. 14 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your Father, who is in heaven, will forgive you; 15 but, if you do not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive your transgressions.
16 And when you fast, be not as the hypocritesof a gloomy countenance; for they disfigure their faces in order that they may be seen of men to be fasting; in solemn truth I am telling you, They already have their reward. 17 But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18 in order that you may not appear to men as fasting, but to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
19 Stop laying up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; 20 but keep on laying up for yourselves treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust consume, and where thieves do not break through or steal; 21 for where your treasure is, there will also be your heart. 22 The light of the body is the eye. If then your eye is single, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is diseased, your whole body will be full of darkness. If, therefore, the light that is in you is darkness, how great is the darkness. 24 No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and will love the other, or he will cleave to the one and will despise the other. You are unable to serve God and money. 25 Therefore I am telling you, Stop being anxious for your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or for your body, what you will wear. Is not the life more than the food and the body more than the raiment? 26 Look at the birds of the heaven, for they do not sow or reap or gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds these. Are you not of more value than they? 27 Which one of you by being anxious is able to add to his stature one cubit? 28 And concerning clothing, why are you anxious? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they do not labor neither spin; 29 but I tell you that Solomon in all his glory was not robed as one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is green today and tomorrow is cast into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? 31 Do not then start being anxious and say, What shall we eat or what shall we drink, or with what shall we be clothed? 32 for all these things the heathen constantly seek; for your heavenly Father knows that you are in need of all these things. 33 But seek first the kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. 34 Do not then start to be anxious for tomorrow, for the morrow will take care of its own things; to have a sufficient supply of the necessities of life for the day is the occasion of the evil thereof.
7 Stop criticizing, in order that you may not be criticized; 2 for with what criticism you criticize, you shall be criticized; and with what measure you measure, it shall be measured to you. 3 Why do you keep looking at the speck which is in your brother's eye, but never consider the beam that is in your own eye? 4 Or how will you say to your brother, Permit me to cast the speck out of your eye; and, behold, a beam is in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite first cast the beam out of your eye, and then you will see clearly to cast the speck out of the eye of your brother.
6 Do not start giving that which is holy to the dogs, nor cast your pearls before swine, lest perchance they trample them with their feet, turn, and tear you to pieces.
7 Keep on asking, and it shall be given to you; keep on seeking, and you shall find; keep on knocking, and the door shall be opened to you. 8 For everyone who keeps on asking receives; and the one who keeps on seeking finds; and to him who keeps on knocking, the door shall be opened. 9 Or what man of you is there who, if his son asks for a loaf, will give to him a stone; 10 or, if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? 11 If, therefore, you who are evil know to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him? 12 All things, therefore, whatsoever you will that men do to you in like manner also keep on doing to them; for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter through the narrow gate; for broad is the gate, and wide is the road leading to destruction, and there are many who are entering in through it; 14 for narrow is the gate, and difficult the way leading to life, and few are they who find it.
15 Constantly watch, out for false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but within they are devouring wolves. 16 By their fruits you will know them. Men do not gather grapes of thorns or figs of thistles; do they? 17 In like manner, every good tree produces good fruit, but the worthless tree produces bad fruit. 18 A good tree is unable to bear bad fruit; neither does a worthless tree produce good fruit. 19 Every tree not bearing good fruit is to be cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Indeed, therefore, by their fruits you shall know them. 21 Not every one saying to Me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but the one doing the will of My Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to Me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Thy name, and in Thy name cast out demons, and in Thy name do many mighty works? 23 And then will I confess to them, I never knew you; depart from me, workers of lawlessness.
24 Every one, then, who listens to these My words and does them will be like the wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; but it did not fall, for it was founded upon the rock. 26 But everyone who listens to these My words and does them not will be like the foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain descended, and the rivers came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass when Jesus had finished these words, the multitudes were astounded at His teaching, 29 for He was teaching them as one having authority, and not as their scribes.