Matthew 5:1-26 Bible in Basic English

The Beginning of the Sermon on the Mount

5 1  And seeing great masses of people he went up into the mountain; and when he was seated his disciples came to him. 2  And with these words he gave them teaching, saying,

The Beatitudes

3  Happy are the poor in spirit: for the kingdom of heaven is theirs. 4  Happy are those who are sad: for they will be comforted. 5  Happy are the gentle: for the earth will be their heritage. 6  Happy are those whose heart's desire is for righteousness: for they will have their desire. 7  Happy are those who have mercy: for they will be given mercy. 8  Happy are the clean in heart: for they will see God. 9  Happy are the peacemakers: for they will be named sons of God. 10  Happy are those who are attacked on account of righteousness: for the kingdom of heaven will be theirs. 11  Happy are you when men give you a bad name, and are cruel to you, and say all evil things against you falsely, because of me. 12  Be glad and full of joy; for great is your reward in heaven: for so were the prophets attacked who were before you.

The Salt of the Earth

13  You are the salt of the earth; but if its taste goes from the salt, how will you make it salt again? it is then good for nothing but to be put out and crushed under foot by men.

The Light of the World

14  You are the light of the world. A town put on a hill may be seen by all. 15  And a burning light is not put under a vessel, but on its table; so that its rays may be shining on all who are in the house. 16  Even so let your light be shining before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Jesus' Attitude toward the Law

17  Let there be no thought that I have come to put an end to the law or the prophets. I have not come for destruction, but to make complete. 18  Truly I say to you, Till heaven and earth come to an end, not the smallest letter or part of a letter will in any way be taken from the law, till all things are done. 19  Whoever then goes against the smallest of these laws, teaching men to do the same, will be named least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who keeps the laws, teaching others to keep them, will be named great in the kingdom of heaven. 20  For I say to you, If your righteousness is not greater than the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never go into the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus' Attitude toward Anger

21  You have knowledge that it was said in old times, You may not put to death; and, Whoever puts to death will be in danger of being judged: 22  But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be in danger of being judged; and he who says to his brother, Raca, will be in danger from the Sanhedrin; and whoever says, You foolish one, will be in danger of the hell of fire. 23  If then you are making an offering at the altar and there it comes to your mind that your brother has something against you, 24  While your offering is still before the altar, first go and make peace with your brother, then come and make your offering. 25  Come to an agreement quickly with him who has a cause against you at law, while you are with him on the way, for fear that he may give you up to the judge and the judge may give you to the police and you may be put into prison. 26  Truly I say to you, You will not come out from there till you have made payment of the very last farthing.

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