Matthew 5-6 New Revised Standard Version

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The Beginning of the Sermon on the Mount

5 1  When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. 2  Then he began to speak, and taught 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 will be comforted. 5  "Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6  "Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. 7  "Blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy. 8  "Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 9  "Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God. 10  "Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11  "Blessed are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. 12  Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, 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 salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is thrown out and trampled under foot.

The Light of the World

14  "You are the light of the world. A city built on a hill cannot be hid. 15  No one after lighting a lamp puts it under the bushel basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16  In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

Jesus' Attitude toward the Law

17  "Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. 18  For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19  Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20  For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.

Jesus' Attitude toward Anger

21  "You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, "You shall not murder'; and "whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.' 22  But I say to you that if you are angry with a brother or sister, you will be liable to judgment; and if you insult a brother or sister, you will be liable to the council; and if you say, "You fool,' you will be liable to the hell of fire. 23  So when you are offering your gift at the altar, if you remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24  leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother or sister, and then come and offer your gift. 25  Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way to court with him, or your accuser may hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you will be thrown into prison. 26  Truly I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.

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 has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29  If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better for you to lose one of your members than for your whole body to go into hell.

Jesus' Attitude toward Divorce

31  "It was also said, "Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.' 32  But I say to you that anyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Jesus' Attitude toward Oaths

33  "Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, "You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the Lord.' 34  But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35  or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36  And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37  Let your word be "Yes, Yes' or "No, No'; anything more than this comes from the evil one.

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 evildoer. But if anyone strikes you on the right cheek, turn the other also; 40  and if anyone wants to sue you and take your coat, give your cloak as well; 41  and if anyone forces you to go one mile, go also the second mile. 42  Give to everyone who begs from you, and do not refuse anyone 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 children of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the righteous and on 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  And if you greet only your brothers and sisters, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48  Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Jesus' Teaching on Almsgiving

6 1  "Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven. 2  "So whenever you give alms, do not sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be praised by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 3  But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4  so that your alms may be done in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

5  "And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that they may be seen by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 6  But whenever you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you. 7  "When you are praying, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard because of their many words. 8  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9  "Pray then in this way: Our Father 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 bring us to the time of trial, but rescue us from the evil one. 14  For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you; 15  but if you do not forgive others, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Jesus' Teaching on Fasting

16  "And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward. 17  But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, 18  so that your fasting may be seen not by others but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Treasure in Heaven

19  "Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal; 20  but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and 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, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light; 23  but if your eye is unhealthy, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!

God and Mammon

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

Care and Anxiety

25  "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26  Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27  And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life? 28  And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, 29  yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed 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 oven, will he not much more clothe you-you of little faith? 31  Therefore do not worry, saying, "What will we eat?' or "What will we drink?' or "What will we wear?' 32  For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33  But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34  "So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today's trouble is enough for today.

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