Matthew 5-7 New American Standard Bible

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The Beginning of the Sermon on the Mount

5 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 .

Jesus' Attitude toward Adultery

27  " You have heard that it was said , ' YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY '; 28  but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart . 29  " If your right eye makes you stumble , tear it out and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than e for your whole body to be thrown into hell . 30  " If your right hand makes you stumble , cut it off and throw it from you; for it is better for you to lose one of the parts of your body, than e for your whole body to go into hell .

Jesus' Attitude toward Divorce

31  "It was said , ' WHOEVER e SENDS HIS WIFE AWAY , LET HIM GIVE HER A CERTIFICATE OF DIVORCE '; 32   but I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife , except for the reason of unchastity , makes her commit adultery ; and whoever e marries a divorced woman commits adultery .

Jesus' Attitude toward Oaths

33  "Again , you have heard that the ancients were told , ' YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS , BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE Lord .' 34  "But I say to you, make no oath at all , either by heaven , for it is the throne of God , 35  or by the earth , for it is the footstool of His feet , or by Jerusalem , for it is THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING . 36  "Nor shall you make an oath by your head , for you cannot e make one hair white or black . 37  "But let your statement be, 'Yes , yes ' or 'No , no '; anything beyond these is of evil .

Love for Enemies

38  " You have heard that it was said , ' AN EYE FOR AN EYE , AND A TOOTH FOR A TOOTH .' 39  "But I say to you, do not resist an evil person; but whoever slaps you on your right cheek , turn the other to him also . 40  "If anyone wants to sue you and take your shirt , let him have your coat also . 41  "Whoever forces you to go one mile , go with him two . 42  " Give to him who asks of you, and do not turn away from him who wants to borrow from you.

43  " You have heard that it was said , ' YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR and hate your enemy .' 44  "But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45  so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven ; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good , and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous . 46  "For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have ? Do not even the tax collectors do the same ? 47  "If you greet only your brothers , what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same ? 48  "Therefore you are to be perfect , as your heavenly Father is perfect .

Jesus' Teaching on Almsgiving

6 "Beware of practicing your righteousness before men to be noticed by them; otherwise you have no reward with your Father who is in heaven . 2  "So when you give to the poor, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets , so that they may be honored by men . Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full . 3  "But when you give to the poor, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing , 4  so that your giving will be in secret ; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

5  "When you pray , you are not to be like the hypocrites ; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen by men . Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full . 6  "But you, when you pray , go into your inner room , close your door and pray to your Father who is in secret , and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you. 7  "And when you are praying , do not use meaningless repetition as the Gentiles do, for they suppose that they will be heard for their many words . 8  "So do not be like them; for your Father knows what you need before you ask Him.

9  " Pray , then , in this way : 'Our Father who is in heaven , Hallowed be Your name . 10  ' Your kingdom come . Your will be done , On earth as it is in heaven . 11  ' Give us this day our daily bread . 12  'And forgive us our debts , as we also have forgiven our debtors . 13  'And do not lead us into temptation , but deliver us from evil . [For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever . Amen .'] 14  " For if you forgive others for their transgressions , your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15  "But if you do not forgive others , then your Father will not forgive your transgressions .

Jesus' Teaching on Fasting

16  " Whenever you fast , do not put on a gloomy face as the hypocrites do, for they neglect their appearance so that they will be noticed by men when they are fasting . Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full . 17  "But you, when you fast , anoint your head and wash your face 18  so that your fasting will not be noticed by men , but by your Father who is in secret ; and your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.

Treasure in Heaven

19  " Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth , where moth and rust destroy , and where thieves break in and steal . 20  "But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven , where neither moth nor rust destroys , and where thieves do not break in or steal ; 21  for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also .

The Light of the Body

22  " The eye is the lamp of the body ; so then if your eye is clear , your whole body will be full of light . 23  "But if your eye is bad , your whole body will be full of darkness . If then the light that is in you is darkness , how great is the darkness !

God and Mammon

24  " No one can serve two masters ; for either he will hate the one and love the other , or he will be devoted to one and despise the other . You cannot e serve God and wealth .

Care and Anxiety

25  " For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life , as to what you will eat or what you will drink ; nor for your body , as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food , and the body more than clothing ? 26  " Look at the birds of the air , that they do not sow , nor reap nor gather into barns , and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not worth much more than they? 27  "And who of you by being worried can add a single hour to his life ? 28  "And why are you worried about clothing ? Observe how the lilies of the field grow ; they do not toil nor do they spin , 29  yet I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these . 30  "But if God so clothes the grass of the field , which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace , will He not much more clothe you? You of little faith ! 31  "Do not worry then , saying , 'What will we eat ?' or 'What will we drink ?' or 'What will we wear for clothing ?' 32  "For the Gentiles eagerly seek all these things ; for your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things . 33  "But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness , and all these things will be added to you. 34  "So do not worry about tomorrow ; for tomorrow will care for itself . Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Judging Others

7 " Do not judge so that you will not be judged . 2  "For in the way you judge , you will be judged ; and by your standard of measure , it will be measured to you. 3  "Why do you look at the speck that is in your brother's eye , but do not notice the log that is in your own eye ? 4  " Or how can you say to your brother , 'Let me take the speck out of your eye ,' and behold , the log is in your own eye ? 5  "You hypocrite , first take the log out of your own eye , and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye . 6  " Do not give what is holy to dogs , and do not throw your pearls before swine , or they will trample them under their feet , and turn and tear you to pieces .

Ask, Seek, Knock

7  " Ask , and it will be given to you; seek , and you will find ; knock , and it will be opened to you. 8  "For everyone who asks receives , and he who seeks finds , and to him who knocks it will be opened . 9  "Or what man is there among you who , when his son asks for a loaf , will give him a stone ? 10  "Or if he asks for a fish , he will not give him a snake , will he? 11  "If you then , being evil , know how to give good gifts to your children , how much more will your Father who is in heaven give what is good to those who ask Him!

12  "In everything , therefore , treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets .

The Narrow Gate

13  " Enter through the narrow gate ; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction , and there are many who enter through it. 14  "For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life , and there are few who find it.

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

15  "Beware of the false prophets , who come to you in sheep's clothing , but inwardly are ravenous wolves . 16  "You will know them by their fruits . Grapes are not gathered from thorn bushes nor figs from thistles , are they? 17  "So every good tree bears good fruit , but the bad tree bears bad fruit . 18  "A good tree cannot e produce bad fruit , nor can a bad tree produce good fruit . 19  " Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire . 20  "So then , you will know them by their fruits .

I Never Knew You

21  " Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord , Lord ,' will enter the kingdom of heaven , but he who does the will of My Father who is in heaven will enter. 22  " Many will say to Me on that day , 'Lord , Lord , did we not prophesy in Your name , and in Your name cast out demons , and in Your name perform many miracles ?' 23  "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; DEPART FROM ME, YOU WHO PRACTICE LAWLESSNESS .'

The Two Foundations

24  "Therefore everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts on them, may be compared to a wise man who built his house on the rock . 25  "And the rain fell , and the floods came , and the winds blew and slammed against that house ; and yet it did not fall , for it had been founded on the rock . 26  "Everyone who hears these words of Mine and does not act on them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand . 27  "The rain fell , and the floods came , and the winds blew and slammed against that house ; and it fell -and great was its fall ." 28  When Jesus had finished these words , the crowds were amazed at His teaching ; 29  for He was teaching them as one having authority , and not as their scribes .

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