The Teaching of Christ

The Gospel of Matthew  (Chapters 5,6,7)

 

 

Chapter 5

1

Seeing the multitudes, he went up into the mountain,

and when he had sat down, his disciples came to him.

2

And opening his mouth, he taught them, saying:

3

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4

Blessed are the meek,

for they shall inherit the earth.

5

Blessed are they that mourn,

for they shall be comforted.

6

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they shall be filled.

7

Blessed are the merciful,

for they shall obtain mercy.

8

Blessed are the pure of heart,

for they shall see God.

9

Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they shall be called children of God.

10

Blessed are they that suffer persecution

for the sake of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11

Blessed are you when they shall revile you and persecute you

and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake.

12

Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. 

For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.

13

You are the salt of the earth.

But if the salt lose its savor,

with what shall it be salted? 

It is good for nothing any more but to be cast out,

and to be trodden on by men.

14

You are the light of the world.

A city set on a mountain cannot be hid.

15

Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel basket,

but upon a candlestick,

that it may shine to all that are in the house.

16

So let your light shine before others,

that they may see your good works

and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

17

Do not think that I have come to destroy the law or the prophets. 

I have not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

18

For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass,

not one jot, not one dot, shall pass from the law,

until all be fulfilled.

19

He, therefore, that shall break one of these least commandments

and shall teach others to do so,

shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven.

But he that shall do and teach,

he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20

For I tell you, that unless your righteousness surpasses

that of the scribes and Pharisees,

you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21

You have heard that it was said to them of old,

‘You shall not kill;

and whoever does kill shall be in danger of the judgment.’

22

But I say to you, that whoever is angry with his brother

shall be in danger of the judgment;

and whoever shall say to his brother,

You good-for-nothing,

shall be in danger of the council;

and whoever shall say, You Fool!’

shall be in danger of hell fire.

23

If, therefore, you shall offer your gift at the altar,

and there you remember that your brother

has something against you,

24

leave your offering there before the altar

and go first to be reconciled to your brother,

and then coming you shall offer your gift.

25

Come to agreement with your adversary in time,

while you are in the way with him,

lest perhaps the adversary deliver you to the judge,

and the judge deliver you to the officer,

and you be cast into prison.

26

Truly, I say to you, you shall not go out from there

until you repay the last penny.

27

You have heard that it was said to them of old,

‘You shall not commit adultery.’

28

But I say to you, that whoever shall look on a woman

to lust after her,

has already committed adultery with her in his heart.

29

So if your right eye causes you to sin,

gouge it out and cast it from you. 

For it is better for you to lose one of your members,

than that your whole body be cast into hell.

30

And if your right hand causes you to sin,

cut it off and cast it from you.

For it is better for you to lose one of your members,

than that your whole body be cast into hell.

31

It has been said, ‘Whoever shall put away his wife,

let him give her a bill of divorce.’

32

But I say to you, that whoever shall divorce his wife,

except for the cause of fornication,

makes her to commit adultery;

and he that shall marry her that is divorced, commits adultery.

33

Again you have heard that it was said to them of old,

‘You shall not swear falsely,

but you shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’

34

But I say to you not to swear at all;

neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God,

35

nor by the earth, for it is his footstool,

nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king.

36

Neither shall you swear by your head,

because you can not make one hair white or black.

37

But let your speech be ‘yes, yes’ or ‘no, no’;

that which is over and above these is of evil.

38

You have heard that it has been said,

‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’

39

But I say to you, not to resist the evil;

but if one strike you on your right cheek,

turn to him also the other;

40

and if anyone will go to law with you to take away your tunic,

let your cloak also go to him;

41

and if anyone shall force you to go one mile,

go with him two.

42

Give to him that asks of you,

and from him that would borrow from you, turn not away.

43

You have heard that it has been said,

‘You shall love your neighbor, and hate your enemy.’

44

But I say to you, Love your enemies,

do good to them that hate you,

and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you,

45

that you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven,

for he makes his sun to rise upon the good and bad,

and rains upon the just and the unjust.

46

For if you love them that love you,

what reward shall you have?

Do not even the publicans do this?

47

And if you salute your brothers only,

what do you more than others? 

Do not also the heathens do this?

48

You, therefore, shall be perfect,

as also your heavenly Father is perfect.

 

Chapter 6

1

Take heed that you do not do your deeds of mercy before men,

to be seen by them;

otherwise you will not have a reward

from your Father who is in heaven.

2

Therefore, when you give to the needy,

sound not a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do

in the synagogues and in the streets

that they may be honored by men.

Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

3

But when you give charity,

let not your left hand know what your right hand is doing,

4

that your charity may be in secret,

and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

5

And when you pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites

that love to stand and pray

in the synagogues and corners of the streets

that they may be seen by men. 

Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

6

But you, when you shall pray, enter into your inner chamber,

and having shut the door, pray to your Father in secret;

and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

7

And when you are praying,

do not speak much, as the heathens do. 

For they think that in their much speaking they may be heard.

8

Do not you, therefore, be like them,

for your Father knows what you have need of before you ask him.

9

In this way, therefore, shall you pray:

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 supersubstantial bread.

12

And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.

13

And lead us not into temptation.  But deliver us from evil.  Amen.

14

For if you will forgive others their offences,

your heavenly Father will also forgive your offences.

15

But if you will not forgive others their trespasses,

neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

16

And when you fast, do not be as the hypocrites are,

of a sad countenance. 

For they disfigure their faces,

so that they may appear to others to be fasting. 

Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.

17

But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,

18

so that you may not appear to others to be fasting,

but to your Father who is in secret;

and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.

19

Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth,

where the rust and moth consume

and where thieves break through and steal.

20

But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven,

where neither the rust nor moth consume

and where thieves do not break through nor steal.

21

For where your treasure is,

there will your heart be also.

22

The lamp of the body is the eye.

If, therefore, your eye is single,

your whole body shall be filled with light.

23

But if your eye is evil,

your whole body shall be full of darkness. 

If then, the light that is in you be darkness,

how great shall that darkness be!

24

No man can serve two masters. 

For either he will hate the one and love the other,

or he will hold to the one and scorn the other. 

You cannot serve God and mammon.

25

That is why I say to you, do not be anxious about your life,

what you shall eat or drink, nor about your body,

what you shall put on. 

Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?

26

Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor do they reap,

nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. 

Are not you of much greater value than they?

27

And which of you, by being anxious,

can add one cubit to his span of life?

28

And about clothing, why are you anxious? 

Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. 

They labor not, neither do they spin,

29

and yet I tell you, that not even Solomon in all his glory

was arrayed as one of these.

30

But if the herb of the field,

which is here today and tommorow is thrown into the furnace,

God does so clothe, how much more you, O you of little faith?

31

Be not anxious, therefore, saying,

‘What shall we eat?’ or

‘What shall we drink?’ or

‘With what shall we be clothed?’

32

For after all these things do the heathens seek.

But your heavenly Father knows that you have need

of all these things.

33

You, therefore, seek first the kingdom of God

and his righteousness,

and all these things shall be added unto you.

34

Therefore, be not anxious about tomorrow,

for tomorrow will be concerned about things of its own.

The day has sufficient evil of its own.

 

Chapter 7

1

Judge not, that you may not be judged.

2

For as you judge others, you shall be judged,

and the measure you mete out,

shall be measured unto you.

3

Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye,

and do not see the beam that is in your own eye?

4

Or how can you say to your brother,

‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’

and behold a beam is in your own eye?

5

You hypocrite, first take the beam out of your own eye,

and then you will see clearly

to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

6

Give not that which is holy to dogs,

nor cast your pearls before the swine,

lest perhaps they trample them under their feet,

and turning upon you, they rend you.

7

Ask, and it shall be given to you;

seek, and you wil find;

knock, and it shall be opened to you.

8

For everyone that asks, receives;

and he that seeks, finds;

and to him that knocks, it shall be opened.

9

Or what man is there among you who,

if his son shall ask for bread,

will give to him a stone?

10

Or if he shall ask for a fish,

will give to him a serpent?

11

If you, then, being evil, know how to give good gifts

to your children,

how much more will your Father who is in heaven

give good things to them that ask him?

12

Therefore, whatever you would have others do unto you,

so also do unto them.

For this is the law and the prophets.

13

Enter in at the narrow gate;

for wide is the gate and broad the way that leads to destruction,

and many there are who go in thereat.

14

How narrow is the gate and strait the way that leads to life,

and few there are that find it!

15

Beware of false prophets who come to you in sheep's clothing,

but inwardly are ravenous wolves.

16

By their fruits you shall know them. 

Do men gather grapes from thorns, or figs from thistles?

17

Even so, every good tree brings forth good fruit,

and the evil tree brings forth evil fruit.

18

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit,

neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.

19

Every tree that does not bring forth good fruit shall be cut down,

and be cast into the fire.

20

Therefore, by their fruits you shall know them.

21

Not every one who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’

will enter into the kingdom of heaven;

but he that does the will of my Father who is in heaven,

he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.

22

Many will say to me in that day,

‘Lord, Lord, have we not prophesised in your name,

and cast out devils in your name,

and done many miracles in your name?’

23

And then I will profess unto them,

‘I never knew you; depart from me, you that work iniquity.

24

Every one, therefore, that hears these words of mine,

and does them,

shall be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock;

25

the rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew,

and they beat upon that house;

and yet, it fell not,

for it was founded on the rock.

26

And every one that hears these words of mine,

and does not do them,

shall be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand;

27

the rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew,

and they beat upon that house;

and it fell, and great was its fall.”

28

And it came to pass, when Jesus had fully ended these words,

the people were in admiration at his doctrine.

29

For he was teaching them as one having power,

and not as the scribes and Pharisees.

 

 

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