5One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him,G1161G1492G3793G305G1519G3735G2532G846G2523G846G3101G4334G846 2and he began to teach them.G2532G455G846G4750G1321G846G3004 3"God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.G3107G4434G4151G3754G846G2076G932G3772 4God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.G3107G3996G3754G846G3870 5God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.G3107G4239G3754G846G2816G1093 6God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.G3107G3588G3983G2532G1372G1343G3754G846G5526 7God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.G3107G1655G3754G846G1653 8God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.G3107G2513G2588G3754G846G3700G2316 9God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.G3107G1518G3754G846G2564G5207G2316 10God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.G3107G1377G1752G1343G3754G846G2076G932G3772 11"God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.G3107G2075G3752G3679G5209G2532G1377G2532G2036G3956G4190G4487G2596G5216G5574G1752G1700 12Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way.G5463G2532G21G3754G4183G5216G3408G1722G3772G1063G3779G1377G4396G3588G4253G5216 13"You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor? Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot as worthless.G5210G2075G217G1093G1161G1437G217G3471G1722G5101G233G2089G2480G1519G3762G1508G906G1854G2532G2662G5259G444 14"You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.G5210G2075G5457G2889G4172G2749G1883G3735G3756G1410G2928 15No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house.G3761G2545G3088G2532G5087G846G5259G3426G235G1909G3087G2532G2989G3956G1722G3614 16In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.G5216G5457G3779G2989G1715G444G3704G1492G5216G2570G2041G2532G1392G5216G3962G3588G1722G3772 17"Don't misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their purpose.G3543G3361G3754G2064G2647G3551G2228G4396G2064G3756G2064G2647G235G4137 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God's law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.G1063G281G3004G5213G2193G302G3772G2532G1093G3928G1520G2503G2228G3391G2762G3364G3928G575G3551G2193G302G3956G1096 19So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same, you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys God's laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.G3739G1437G3767G3089G3391G5130G1646G1785G2532G1321G444G3779G2564G1646G1722G932G3772G1161G3739G302G4160G2532G1321G3778G2564G3173G1722G932G3772 20"But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven!G1063G3004G5213G3754G3362G5216G1343G4052G4119G1122G2532G5330G3364G1525G1519G932G3772 21"You have heard that our ancestors were told, 'You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.'G191G3754G4483G744G5407G3756G5407G1161G3739G302G5407G2071G1777G2920 22But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot, you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if you curse someone, you are in danger of the fires of hell.G1161G1473G3004G5213G3754G3956G3710G846G80G1500G2071G1777G2920G1161G3739G302G2036G846G80G4469G2071G1777G4892G1161G3739G302G2036G3474G2071G1777G1519G1067G4442 23"So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you,G3767G1437G4374G4675G1435G1909G2379G2546G3415G3754G4675G80G2192G5100G2596G4675 24leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.G863G1563G4675G1435G1715G2379G2532G5217G4412G1259G4675G80G2532G5119G2064G4374G4675G1435 25"When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge, who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison.G2468G2132G4675G476G5035G2193G3755G1488G1722G3598G3326G846G3379G476G3860G4571G2923G2532G2923G3860G4571G5257G2532G906G1519G5438 26And if that happens, you surely won't be free again until you have paid the last penny.G281G3004G4671G1831G3364G1831G1564G2193G302G591G2078G2835 27"You have heard the commandment that says, 'You must not commit adultery.'G191G3754G4483G744G3431G3756G3431 28But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.G1161G1473G3004G5213G3754G3956G991G1135G4314G1937G846G3431G846G2235G1722G846G2588 29So if your eye—even your good eye—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.G1161G1487G4675G1188G3788G4624G4571G1807G846G1807G2532G906G575G4675G1063G4851G4671G2443G1520G4675G3196G622G2532G3361G4675G3650G4983G906G1519G1067 30And if your hand—even your stronger hand—causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.G2532G1487G4675G1188G5495G4624G4571G1581G846G1581G2532G906G575G4675G1063G4851G4671G2443G1520G4675G3196G622G2532G3361G4675G3650G4983G906G1519G1067 31"You have heard the law that says, 'A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.'G1161G4483G3754G3739G302G630G846G1135G1325G846G647 32But I say that a man who divorces his wife, unless she has been unfaithful, causes her to commit adultery. And anyone who marries a divorced woman also commits adultery.G1161G1473G3004G5213G3754G3739G302G630G846G1135G3924G3056G4202G4160G846G3429G2532G3739G1437G1060G630G3429 33"You have also heard that our ancestors were told, 'You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the LORD.'G3825G191G3754G4483G744G1964G3756G1964G1161G591G2962G4675G3727 34But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, 'By heaven!' because heaven is God's throne.G1161G1473G3004G5213G3660G3361G3654G3383G1722G3772G3754G2076G2316G2362 35And do not say, 'By the earth!' because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, 'By Jerusalem!' for Jerusalem is the city of the great King.G3383G1722G1093G3754G2076G846G4228G5286G3383G1519G2414G3754G2076G4172G3173G935 36Do not even say, 'By my head!' for you can't turn one hair white or black.G3383G3660G1722G4675G2776G3754G1410G3756G4160G3391G2359G3022G2228G3189 37Just say a simple, 'Yes, I will,' or 'No, I won't.' Anything beyond this is from the evil one.G1161G2077G5216G3056G2077G3483G3483G3756G3756G1161G4053G5130G2076G1537G4190 38"You have heard the law that says the punishment must match the injury: 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.'G191G3754G4483G3788G473G3788G2532G3599G473G3599 39But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.G1161G1473G3004G5213G436G3361G4190G235G3748G4474G4571G1909G4675G1188G4600G4762G846G243G2532 40If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.G2532G2309G2919G4671G2919G2532G2983G4675G5509G863G846G863G2440G2532 41If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a mile, carry it two miles.G2532G3748G29G4571G29G1520G3400G5217G3326G846G1417 42Give to those who ask, and don't turn away from those who want to borrow.G1325G154G4571G2532G2309G1155G575G4675G654G3361G654 43"You have heard the law that says, 'Love your neighbor' and hate your enemy.G191G3754G4483G25G4675G4139G2532G3404G4675G2190 44But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!G1161G1473G3004G5213G25G5216G2190G2127G2672G5209G4160G2573G3404G5209G2532G4336G5228G3588G1908G5209G2532G1377G5209 45In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven. For he gives his sunlight to both the evil and the good, and he sends rain on the just and the unjust alike.G3704G1096G5207G5216G3962G3588G1722G3772G3754G393G846G2246G393G1909G4190G2532G18G2532G1026G1909G1342G2532G94 46If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.G1063G1437G25G3588G25G5209G5101G3408G2192G4160G3780G2532G5057G846 47If you are kind only to your friends, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.G2532G1437G782G5216G80G3440G5101G4160G4053G4160G3780G2532G5057G3779 48But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.G2071G5210G3767G5046G5618G5216G3962G3588G1722G3772G2076G5046
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