Matthew 5:1-26 Revised Standard Version

The Beginning of the Sermon on the Mount

5 1  Seeing the crowds, he went up on the mountain, and when he sat down his disciples came to 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 those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. 5  "Blessed are the meek, 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 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 those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11  "Blessed are you when men 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 so men 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 shall its saltness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trodden under foot by men.

The Light of the World

14  "You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. 15  Nor do men light a lamp and put it under a bushel, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. 16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.

Jesus' Attitude toward the Law

17  "Think not that I have come to abolish the law and the prophets; I have come not to abolish them but to fulfil them. 18  For truly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. 19  Whoever then relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but he who does them and teaches them shall 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 the men of old, 'You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.' 22  But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be liable to the hell of fire. 23  So if you are offering your gift at the altar, and there remember that your brother has something against you, 24  leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. 25  Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; 26  truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny.

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