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Matthew 5-7
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The Sermon on the Mount

5One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him,G1161G1492G3793G305G1519G3735G2532G846G2523G846G3101G4334G8462and he began to teach them.G2532G455G846G4750G1321G846G3004

The Beatitudes

3"God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for himc, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.G3107G4434G4151G3754G846G2076G932G37724God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.G3107G3996G3754G846G38705God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.G3107G4239G3754G846G2816G10936God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justicec, for they will be satisfied.G3107G3588G3983G2532G1372G1343G3754G846G55267God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.G3107G1655G3754G846G16538God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God.G3107G2513G2588G3754G846G3700G23169God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God.G3107G1518G3754G846G2564G5207G231610God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.G3107G1377G1752G1343G3754G846G2076G932G377211"God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about youc and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers.G3107G2075G3752G3679G5209G2532G1377G2532G2036G3956G4190G4487G2596G5216G5574G1752G170012Be 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

Teaching about Salt and Light

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.G5210G2075G217G1093G1161G1437G217G3471G1722G5101G233G2089G2480G1519G3762G1508G906G1854G2532G2662G5259G44414"You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden.G5210G2075G5457G2889G4172G2749G1883G3735G3756G1410G292815No 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.G3761G2545G3088G2532G5087G846G5259G3426G235G1909G3087G2532G2989G3956G1722G361416In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.G5216G5457G3779G2989G1715G444G3704G1492G5216G2570G2041G2532G1392G5216G3962G3588G1722G3772

Teaching about the Law

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.G3543G3361G3754G2064G2647G3551G2228G4396G2064G3756G2064G2647G235G413718I 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.G1063G281G3004G5213G2193G302G3772G2532G1093G3928G1520G2503G2228G3391G2762G3364G3928G575G3551G2193G302G3956G109619So 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.G3739G1437G3767G3089G3391G5130G1646G1785G2532G1321G444G3779G2564G1646G1722G932G3772G1161G3739G302G4160G2532G1321G3778G2564G3173G1722G932G377220"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

Teaching about Anger

21"You have heard that our ancestors were told, 'You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.'cG191G3754G4483G744G5407G3756G5407G1161G3739G302G5407G2071G1777G292022But I say, if you are even angry with someonec, 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.G1161G1473G3004G5213G3754G3956G3710G846G80G1500G2071G1777G2920G1161G3739G302G2036G846G80G4469G2071G1777G4892G1161G3739G302G2036G3474G2071G1777G1519G1067G444223"So if you are presenting a sacrificec at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly remember that someone has something against you,G3767G1437G4374G4675G1435G1909G2379G2546G3415G3754G4675G80G2192G5100G2596G467524leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God.G863G1563G4675G1435G1715G2379G2532G5217G4412G1259G4675G80G2532G5119G2064G4374G4675G143525"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.G2468G2132G4675G476G5035G2193G3755G1488G1722G3598G3326G846G3379G476G3860G4571G2923G2532G2923G3860G4571G5257G2532G906G1519G543826And if that happens, you surely won't be free again until you have paid the last pennyc.G281G3004G4671G1831G3364G1831G1564G2193G302G591G2078G2835

Teaching about Adultery

27"You have heard the commandment that says, 'You must not commit adultery.'cG191G3754G4483G744G3431G3756G343128But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already committed adultery with her in his heart.G1161G1473G3004G5213G3754G3956G991G1135G4314G1937G846G3431G846G2235G1722G846G258829So if your eye—even your good eyec—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.G1161G1487G4675G1188G3788G4624G4571G1807G846G1807G2532G906G575G4675G1063G4851G4671G2443G1520G4675G3196G622G2532G3361G4675G3650G4983G906G1519G106730And if your hand—even your stronger handc—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

Teaching about Divorce

31"You have heard the law that says, 'A man can divorce his wife by merely giving her a written notice of divorce.'cG1161G4483G3754G3739G302G630G846G1135G1325G846G64732But 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

Teaching about Vows

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.'cG3825G191G3754G4483G744G1964G3756G1964G1161G591G2962G4675G372734But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, 'By heaven!' because heaven is God's throne.G1161G1473G3004G5213G3660G3361G3654G3383G1722G3772G3754G2076G2316G236235And 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.G3383G1722G1093G3754G2076G846G4228G5286G3383G1519G2414G3754G2076G4172G3173G93536Do not even say, 'By my head!' for you can't turn one hair white or black.G3383G3660G1722G4675G2776G3754G1410G3756G4160G3391G2359G3022G2228G318937Just say a simple, 'Yes, I will,' or 'No, I won't.' Anything beyond this is from the evil one.G1161G2077G5216G3056G2077G3483G3483G3756G3756G1161G4053G5130G2076G1537G4190

Teaching about Revenge

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.'cG191G3754G4483G3788G473G3788G2532G3599G473G359939But I say, do not resist an evil person! If someone slaps you on the right cheek, offer the other cheek also.G1161G1473G3004G5213G436G3361G4190G235G3748G4474G4571G1909G4675G1188G4600G4762G846G243G253240If you are sued in court and your shirt is taken from you, give your coat, too.G2532G2309G2919G4671G2919G2532G2983G4675G5509G863G846G863G2440G253241If a soldier demands that you carry his gear for a milec, carry it two miles.G2532G3748G29G4571G29G1520G3400G5217G3326G846G141742Give to those who ask, and don't turn away from those who want to borrow.G1325G154G4571G2532G2309G1155G575G4675G654G3361G654

Teaching about Love for Enemies

43"You have heard the law that says, 'Love your neighbor'c and hate your enemy.G191G3754G4483G25G4675G4139G2532G3404G4675G219044But I say, love your enemies!c Pray for those who persecute you!G1161G1473G3004G5213G25G5216G2190G2127G2672G5209G4160G2573G3404G5209G2532G4336G5228G3588G1908G5209G2532G1377G520945In 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.G3704G1096G5207G5216G3962G3588G1722G3772G3754G393G846G2246G393G1909G4190G2532G18G2532G1026G1909G1342G2532G9446If you love only those who love you, what reward is there for that? Even corrupt tax collectors do that much.G1063G1437G25G3588G25G5209G5101G3408G2192G4160G3780G2532G5057G84647If you are kind only to your friendsc, how are you different from anyone else? Even pagans do that.G2532G1437G782G5216G80G3440G5101G4160G4053G4160G3780G2532G5057G377948But you are to be perfect, even as your Father in heaven is perfect.G2071G5210G3767G5046G5618G5216G3962G3588G1722G3772G2076G5046

Teaching about Giving to the Needy

6"Watch out! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven.G4337G4160G3361G5216G1654G1715G444G4314G2300G846G1490G2192G3756G3408G3844G5216G3962G3588G1722G37722When you give to someone in need, don't do as the hypocrites do—blowing trumpets in the synagogues and streets to call attention to their acts of charity! I tell you the truth, they have received all the reward they will ever get.G3767G3752G4160G1654G4537G3361G4537G1715G4675G5618G5273G4160G1722G4864G2532G1722G4505G3704G1392G5259G444G281G3004G5213G568G846G34083But when you give to someone in need, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing.G1161G4675G4160G1654G1097G3361G4675G710G1097G5101G4675G1188G41604Give your gifts in private, and your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.G3704G4675G1654G5600G1722G2927G2532G4675G3962G3588G991G1722G2927G846G591G4671G1722G5318

Teaching about Prayer and Fasting

5"When you pray, don't be like the hypocrites who love to pray publicly on street corners and in the synagogues where everyone can see them. I tell you the truth, that is all the reward they will ever get.G2532G3752G4336G2071G3756G2071G5618G5273G3754G5368G4336G2476G1722G4864G2532G1722G1137G4113G3704G302G5316G444G281G3004G5213G3754G568G846G34086But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.G1161G4771G3752G4336G1525G1519G4675G5009G2532G2808G4675G2374G4336G4675G3962G3588G1722G2927G2532G4675G3962G3588G991G1722G2927G591G4671G1722G53187"When you pray, don't babble on and on as people of other religions do. They think their prayers are answered merely by repeating their words again and again.G1161G4336G945G3361G945G5618G1482G1063G1380G3754G1522G1722G846G41808Don't be like them, for your Father knows exactly what you need even before you ask him!G3666G3361G3666G3767G3666G846G1063G5216G3962G1492G3739G2192G5532G4253G5209G154G8469Pray like this: Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.G3779G3767G4336G5210G2257G3962G3588G1722G3772G37G4675G368610May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.G4675G932G2064G4675G2307G1096G1909G1093G2532G5613G1722G377211Give us today the food we needc,G1325G2254G4594G2257G1967G74012and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us.G2532G863G2254G2257G3783G2532G5613G2249G863G2257G378113And don't let us yield to temptationc, but rescue us from the evil one.G2532G1533G2248G3361G1519G3986G235G4506G2248G575G4190G3754G4675G2076G932G2532G1411G2532G1391G1519G165G28114"If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.G1063G1437G863G444G846G3900G5216G3770G3962G2532G863G521315But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins.G1161G3362G863G3362G444G846G3900G3761G5216G3962G863G5216G390016"And when you fast, don't make it obvious, as the hypocrites do, for they try to look miserable and disheveled so people will admire them for their fasting. I tell you the truth, that is the only reward they will ever get.G1161G3752G3522G1096G3361G5618G5273G4659G1063G853G846G4383G3704G5316G444G3522G281G3004G5213G3754G568G846G340817But when you fast, comb your hair and wash your face.G1161G4771G3522G218G4675G2776G2532G3538G4675G438318Then no one will notice that you are fasting, except your Father, who knows what you do in private. And your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.G3704G5316G3361G444G3522G235G4675G3962G3588G1722G2927G2532G4675G3962G3588G991G1722G2927G591G4671G1722G5318

Teaching about Money and Possessions

19"Don't store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal.G2343G3361G2343G5213G2344G1909G1093G3699G4597G2532G1035G853G2532G3699G2812G1358G2532G281320Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.G1161G2343G5213G2344G1722G3772G3699G3777G4597G3777G1035G853G2532G3699G2812G1358G3756G1358G3761G281321Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.G1063G3699G5216G2344G2076G1563G2071G5216G2588G2071G253222"Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light.G3088G4983G2076G3788G1437G3767G4675G3788G5600G573G4675G3650G4983G2071G546023But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!G1161G1437G4675G3788G5600G4190G4675G3650G4983G2071G4652G1487G3767G5457G2076G1722G4671G4655G4214G465524"No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.G3762G1410G1398G1417G2962G1063G2228G3404G1520G2532G25G2087G2228G472G1520G2532G2706G2087G3756G1410G1398G2316G2532G312625"That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn't life more than food, and your body more than clothing?G1223G5124G3004G5213G3361G3309G5216G5590G5101G5315G2532G5101G4095G3366G5216G4983G5101G1746G2076G3780G5590G4119G5160G2532G4983G174226Look at the birds. They don't plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And aren't you far more valuable to him than they are?G1689G1519G4071G3772G3754G4687G3756G3761G2325G3761G4863G1519G596G2532G5216G3770G3962G5142G846G1308G5210G3756G3123G1308G84627Can all your worries add a single moment to your life?G1161G1537G5101G5216G3309G1410G4369G1520G4083G1909G846G224428"And why worry about your clothing? Look at the lilies of the field and how they grow. They don't work or make their clothing,G2532G5101G3309G4012G1742G2648G2918G68G4459G837G2872G3756G3761G351429yet Solomon in all his glory was not dressed as beautifully as they are.G1161G3004G5213G3754G3761G4672G1722G3956G846G1391G4016G3761G4016G5613G1520G513030And if God cares so wonderfully for wildflowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you. Why do you have so little faith?G1161G1487G2316G3779G294G5528G68G4594G5607G2532G839G906G1519G2823G3756G4183G3123G5209G364031"So don't worry about these things, saying, 'What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?'G3767G3361G3309G3004G5101G5315G2228G5101G4095G2228G5101G401632These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs.G1063G1934G3956G5023G1484G1934G1063G5216G3770G3962G1492G3754G5535G537G513033Seek the Kingdom of Godc above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.G1161G2212G4412G932G2316G2532G846G1343G2532G3956G5023G4369G521334"So don't worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today's trouble is enough for today.G3309G3767G3361G3309G1519G839G1063G839G3309G3588G1438G713G2250G2549G846

Do Not Judge Others

7"Do not judge others, and you will not be judged.G2919G3361G3363G2919G3363G2919 2For you will be treated as you treat othersc. The standard you use in judging is the standard by which you will be judged.G1722G3739G1063G2917G2919G2919G2532G1722G3739G3358G3354G488G5213G488 3"And why worry about a speck in your friend's eyec when you have a log in your own?G1161G5101G991G2595G1722G4675G80G3788G1161G2657G3756G1385G1722G4674G3788 4How can you think of saying to your friendc, 'Let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,' when you can't see past the log in your own eye?G2228G4459G2046G4675G80G863G1544G2595G575G4675G3788G2532G2400G1385G1722G4675G3788 5Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend's eye.G5273G4412G1544G1385G1537G4675G3788G2532G5119G1227G1544G2595G1537G4675G80G3788 6"Don't waste what is holy on people who are unholyc. Don't throw your pearls to pigs! They will trample the pearls, then turn and attack you.G1325G3361G3588G40G2965G3366G906G5216G3135G1715G5519G3379G2662G846G1722G846G4228G2532G4762G4486G5209

Effective Prayer

7"Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.G154G2532G1325G5213G2212G2532G2147G2925G2532G455G5213 8For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.G1063G3956G154G2983G2532G2212G2147G2532G2925G455 9"You parents—if your children ask for a loaf of bread, do you give them a stone instead?G2228G5101G444G2076G1537G5216G3739G1437G846G5207G154G740G3361G1929G846G3037 10Or if they ask for a fish, do you give them a snake? Of course not!G2532G1437G154G2486G3361G1929G846G3789 11So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good gifts to those who ask him.G1487G5210G3767G5607G4190G1492G1325G18G1390G5216G5043G4214G3123G5216G3962G3588G1722G3772G1325G18G154G846

The Golden Rule

12"Do to others whatever you would like them to do to you. This is the essence of all that is taught in the law and the prophets.G3767G3956G302G3745G2309G2443G444G4160G5213G4160G5210G2532G3779G846G1063G3778G2076G3551G2532G4396

The Narrow Gate

13"You can enter God's Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hellc is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way.G1525G1223G4728G4439G3754G4116G4439G2532G2149G3598G520G1519G684G2532G4183G1526G3588G1525G1223G846 14But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.G3754G4728G4439G2532G2346G3598G3588G520G1519G2222G2532G3641G1526G2147G846

The Tree and Its Fruit

15"Beware of false prophets who come disguised as harmless sheep but are really vicious wolves.G1161G4337G575G5578G3748G2064G4314G5209G1722G4263G1742G1161G2081G1526G727G3074 16You can identify them by their fruit, that is, by the way they act. Can you pick grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles?G1921G846G575G846G2590G3385G4816G4718G575G173G2228G4810G575G5146 17A good tree produces good fruit, and a bad tree produces bad fruit.G3779G3956G18G1186G4160G2570G2590G1161G4550G1186G4160G4190G2590 18A good tree can't produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can't produce good fruit.G18G1186G3756G1410G4160G4190G2590G3761G4550G1186G4160G2570G2590 19So every tree that does not produce good fruit is chopped down and thrown into the fire.G3956G1186G4160G3361G4160G2570G2590G1581G2532G906G1519G4442 20Yes, just as you can identify a tree by its fruit, so you can identify people by their actions.G686G575G846G2590G1921G846

True Disciples

21"Not everyone who calls out to me, 'Lord! Lord!' will enter the Kingdom of Heaven. Only those who actually do the will of my Father in heaven will enter.G3756G3956G3004G3427G2962G2962G1525G1519G932G3772G235G4160G2307G3450G3962G1722G3772 22On judgment day many will say to me, 'Lord! Lord! We prophesied in your name and cast out demons in your name and performed many miracles in your name.'G4183G2046G3427G1722G1565G2250G2962G2962G4395G3756G4395G4674G3686G2532G4674G3686G1544G1140G2532G4674G3686G4160G4183G1411 23But I will reply, 'I never knew you. Get away from me, you who break God's laws.'G2532G5119G3670G846G3754G3763G1097G5209G672G575G1700G2038G458

Building on a Solid Foundation

24"Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock.G3767G3956G3748G191G5128G3056G3450G2532G4160G846G3666G846G5429G435G3748G3618G846G3614G1909G4073 25Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse because it is built on bedrock.G2532G1028G2597G2532G4215G2064G2532G417G4154G2532G4363G1565G3614G2532G4098G3756G1063G2311G1909G4073 26But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn't obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand.G2532G3956G191G5128G3056G3450G2532G4160G846G3361G3666G3474G435G3748G3618G846G3614G1909G285 27When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash."G2532G1028G2597G2532G4215G2064G2532G417G4154G2532G4350G1565G3614G2532G4098G2532G3173G2258G4431G846 28When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,G2532G1096G3753G2424G4931G5128G3056G3793G1605G1909G846G1322 29for he taught with real authority—quite unlike their teachers of religious law.G1063G1321G2258G846G5613G2192G1849G2532G3756G5613G1122


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