Matthew 5:1-26 New American Standard Bible

The Beginning of the Sermon on the Mount

5 1  When Jesus saw the crowds , He went up on the mountain ; and after He sat down , His disciples came to Him. 2  He opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying ,

The Beatitudes

3  " Blessed are the poor in spirit , for theirs is the kingdom of heaven . 4  "Blessed are those who mourn , for they shall be comforted . 5  "Blessed are the gentle , for they shall inherit the earth . 6  "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness , for they shall be satisfied . 7  "Blessed are the merciful , for they shall receive 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 those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness , for theirs is the kingdom of heaven . 11  "Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me. 12  "Rejoice and be glad , for your reward in heaven is great ; for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The Salt of the Earth

13  "You are the salt of the earth ; but if the salt has become tasteless , how e can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything , except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men .

The Light of the World

14  "You are the light of the world . A city set on a hill cannot e be hidden ; 15   nor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket , but on the lampstand , and it gives light to all who are in the house . 16  "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works , and glorify your Father who is in heaven .

Jesus' Attitude toward the Law

17  "Do not think that I came to abolish the Law or the Prophets ; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill . 18  "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away , not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished . 19  "Whoever e then annuls one of the least of these commandments , and teaches others to do the same , shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven ; but whoever e keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven . 20  "For I say to you that unless e your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees , you will not enter the kingdom of heaven .

Jesus' Attitude toward Anger

21  " You have heard that the ancients were told , ' YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER ' and 'Whoever e commits murder shall be liable to the court .' 22  "But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before the court ; and whoever e says to his brother , 'You good-for-nothing ,' shall be guilty before the supreme court ; and whoever e says , 'You fool ,' shall be guilty enough to go into the fiery hell . 23  "Therefore if you are presenting your offering at the altar , and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24  leave your offering there before the altar and go ; first be reconciled to your brother , and then come and present your offering . 25  " Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way , so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge , and the judge to the officer , and you be thrown into prison . 26  "Truly I say to you, you will not come out of there until you have paid up the last cent .

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