Matthew 5-6 American Standard Version

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The Beginning of the Sermon on the Mount

5 1  And seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain: and when he had sat down, his disciples came unto him: 2  and he opened his mouth and taught them, saying,

The Beatitudes

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 that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. 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 sons of God. 10  Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11  Blessed are ye when [men] shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. 12  Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.

The Salt of the Earth

13  Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost its savor, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and trodden under foot of men.

The Light of the World

14  Ye are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. 15  Neither do [men] light a lamp, and put it under the bushel, but on the stand; and it shineth unto all that are in the house. 16  Even so let your light shine before men; that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Jesus' Attitude toward the Law

17  Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy, but to fulfil. 18  For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all things be accomplished. 19  Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20  For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed [the righteousness] of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus' Attitude toward Anger

21  Ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment: 22  but I say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgment; and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of the hell of fire. 23  If therefore thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught against thee, 24  leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25  Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art with him in the way; lest haply the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26  Verily I say unto thee, thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the last farthing.

Jesus' Attitude toward Adultery

27  Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt not commit adultery: 28  but I say unto you, that every one that looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. 29  And if thy right eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body be cast into hell. 30  And if thy right hand causeth thee to stumble, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body go into hell.

Jesus' Attitude toward Divorce

31  It was said also, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement: 32  but I say unto you, that every one that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an adulteress: and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery.

Jesus' Attitude toward Oaths

33  Again, ye have heard that it was said to them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths: 34  but I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by the 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  Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, for thou canst not make one hair white or black. 37  But let your speech be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: and whatsoever is more than these is of the evil [one].

Love for Enemies

38  Ye have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth: 39  but I say unto you, resist not him that is evil: but whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40  And if any man would go to law with thee, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also. 41  And whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him two. 42  Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43  Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy: 44  but I say unto you, love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you; 45  that ye may be sons of your Father who is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth rain on the just and the unjust. 46  For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47  And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more [than others?] do not even the Gentiles the same? 48  Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Jesus' Teaching on Almsgiving

6 1  Take heed that ye do not your righteousness before men, to be seen of them: else ye have no reward with your Father who is in heaven. 2  When therefore thou doest alms, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. 3  But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth: 4  that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee.

Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

5  And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites: for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. 6  But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thine inner chamber, and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret shall recompense thee. 7  And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8  Be not therefore like unto them: for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.

9  After this manner therefore pray ye. Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth. 11  Give us this day our daily bread. 12  And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. 13  And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil [one.] 14  For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15  But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Jesus' Teaching on Fasting

16  Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance: for they disfigure their faces, that they may be seen of men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have received their reward. 17  But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face; 18  that thou be not seen of men to fast, but of thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall recompense thee.

Treasure in Heaven

19  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal: 20  but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21  for where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also.

The Light of the Body

22  The lamp of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. 23  But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness, how great is the darkness!

God and Mammon

24  No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

Care and Anxiety

25  Therefore I say unto you, be not anxious for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and the body than the raiment? 26  Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value then they? 27  And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit unto the measure of his life? 28  And why are ye anxious concerning raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: 29  yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 30  But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, [shall he] not much more [clothe] you, O ye of little faith? 31  Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? 32  For after all these things do the Gentiles seek; for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. 33  But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34  Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

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