Matthew 5-6 Revised Standard Version

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The Beginning of the Sermon on the Mount

5 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.

Jesus' Attitude toward Adultery

27  "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall not commit adultery.' 28  But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. 29  If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. 30  And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body 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 every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of unchastity, makes her an adulteress; and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.

Jesus' Attitude toward Oaths

33  "Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, 'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.' 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 what you say be simply 'Yes' or 'No'; anything more than this comes from 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 one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; 40  and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; 41  and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. 42  Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would 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 makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. 46  For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47  And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48  You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Jesus' Teaching on Almsgiving

6 "Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. 2  "Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by men. Truly, I say to 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 in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Jesus' Teaching on Prayer

5  "And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 6  But when 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  "And in praying do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do; for they think that they will be heard for their many words. 8  Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.

9  Pray then like this: Our Father who art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 10  Thy kingdom come. Thy 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 lead us not into temptation, But deliver us from evil. 14  For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you; 15  but if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Jesus' Teaching on Fasting

16  "And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. 17  But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, 18  that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

Treasure in Heaven

19  "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, 20  but lay 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 will your heart be also.

The Light of the Body

22  "The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; 23  but if your eye is not sound, 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 either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

Care and Anxiety

25  "Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. 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 which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his span of life? 28  And why are you anxious 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 arrayed like one of these. 30  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? 31  Therefore do not be anxious, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or'What shall we drink?' or 'What shall we wear?' 32  For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. 34  "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day's own trouble be sufficient for the day.

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