Life of Jesus
Jesusí Sermon on the Mount
Mat 5-7; Lk 6:20-49
- And seeing the multitudes, He went up on a mountain, and when He was seated
His disciples came to Him.
- Then He opened His mouth and taught them, saying:
- "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
- Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
- Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is
the kingdom of heaven.
- "Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil
against you falsely for My sake.
- "Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so
they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
- "You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt loses its flavor, how shall it
be seasoned? It is then good for nothing but to be thrown out and trampled
underfoot by men.
- "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden.
- "Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and
it gives light to all who are in the house.
- "Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and
glorify your Father in heaven.
- "Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come
to destroy but to fulfill.
- "For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one
tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.
- "Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches
men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and
teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
- "For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of
the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
- "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not murder,' and
whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment.
- "But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall
be in danger of the judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Raca!' shall
be in danger of the council. But whoever says, 'You fool!' shall be in danger of
- "Therefore if you bring your gift to the altar, and there remember that your
brother has something against you,
- "leave your gift there before the altar, and go your way. First be reconciled
to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
- "Agree with your adversary quickly, while you are on the way with him, lest
your adversary deliver you to the judge, the judge hand you over to the officer,
and you are thrown into prison.
- "Assuredly, I say to you, you will by no means get out of there till you have
paid the last penny.
- "You have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not commit
- "But I say to you that whoever looks at a woman to lust for her has already
committed adultery with her in his heart.
- "If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and cast it from you; for
it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your
whole body to be cast into hell.
- "And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and cast it from you;
for it is more profitable for you that one of your members perish, than for your
whole body to be cast into hell.
- "Furthermore it has been said, 'Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a
certificate of divorce.'
- "But I say to you that whoever divorces his wife for any reason except sexual
immorality causes her to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is
divorced commits adultery.
- "Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, 'You shall not swear
falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.'
- "But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's
- "nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the
city of the great King.
- "Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or
- "But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than
these is from the evil one.
- "You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
- "But I tell you not to resist an evil person. But whoever slaps you on your
right cheek, turn the other to him also.
- "If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak
- "And whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.
- "Give to him who asks you, and from him who wants to borrow from you do not
- "You have heard that it was said, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your
- "But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to
those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you,
- "that you may be sons of your Father 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.
- "For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax
collectors do the same?
- "And if you greet your brethren only, what do you do more than others? Do not
even the tax collectors do so?
- "Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.
- "Take heed that you do not do your charitable deeds before men, to be seen by
them. Otherwise you have no reward from your Father in heaven.
- "Therefore, when you do a charitable deed, do not sound a trumpet before you
as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may have
glory from men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
- "But when you do a charitable deed, do not let your left hand know what your
right hand is doing,
- "that your charitable deed may be in secret; and your Father who sees in
secret will Himself reward you openly.
- "And when you pray, you shall not be like the hypocrites. For they love to
pray standing in the synagogues and on the corners of the streets, that they may
be seen by men. Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
- "But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door,
pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in
secret will reward you openly.
- "And when you pray, do not use vain repetitions as the heathen do. For they
think that they will be heard for their many words.
- "Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need
of before you ask Him.
- "In this manner, therefore, pray: our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name.
- Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
- Give us this day our daily bread.
- And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.
- And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For
Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
- "For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also
- "But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father
forgive your trespasses.
- "Moreover, when you fast, do not be like the hypocrites, with a sad
countenance. For they disfigure their faces that they may appear to men to be fasting.
Assuredly, I say to you, they have their reward.
- "But you, when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face,
- "so that you do not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in
the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.
- "Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy
and where thieves break in and steal;
- "but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust
destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.
- "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
- "The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole
body will be full of light.
- "But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If
therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
- "No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the
other, or else he will be loyal to the one and despise the other. You cannot
serve God and mammon.
- "Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or
what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more
than food and the body more than clothing?
- "Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into
barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
- "Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
- "So why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how
they grow: they neither toil nor spin;
- "and yet I say to you that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like
one of these.
- "Now if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is
thrown into the oven, will He not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
- "Therefore do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' or 'What shall we
drink?' or 'What shall we wear?'
- "For after all these things the Gentiles seek. For your heavenly Father knows
that you need all these things.
- "But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things
shall be added to you.
- "Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own
things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.
- "Judge not, that you be not judged.
- "For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the measure
you use, it will be measured back to you.
- "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not consider
the plank in your own eye?
- "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Let me remove the speck from your eye';
and look, a plank is in your own eye?
- "Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see
clearly to remove the speck out of your brother's eye.
- "Do not give what is holy to the dogs; nor cast your pearls before swine, lest
they trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you in pieces.
- "Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will
be opened to you.
- "For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks
it will be opened.
- "Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him
- "Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent?
- "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 those who ask Him!
- "Therefore, whatever you want men to do to you, do also to them, for this is
the Law and the Prophets.
- "Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that
leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it.
- "Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and
there are few who find it.
- "Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly
they are ravenous wolves.
- "You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thorn bushes or
figs from thistles?
- "Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit.
- "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit.
- "Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire.
- "Therefore by their fruits you will know them.
- "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' shall enter the kingdom of heaven,
but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.
- "Many will say to Me in that day, 'Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your
name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?'
- "And then I will declare to them, 'I never knew you; depart from Me, you who
- "Therefore whoever hears these sayings of Mine, and does them, I will liken
him to a wise man who built his house on the rock:
- "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that
house; and it did not fall, for it was founded on the rock.
- "Now everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be
like a foolish man who built his house on the sand:
- "and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that
house; and it fell. And great was its fall."
- And so it was, when Jesus had ended these sayings, that the people were
astonished at His teaching,
- for He taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.
20 Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said: "Blessed are you
poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be filled. Blessed are you who
weep now, for you shall laugh.
22 Blessed are you when men hate you, and when they exclude you, and revile you,
and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of Man's sake.
23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in
heaven, for in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.
24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
25 Woe to you who are full, for you shall hunger. Woe to you who laugh now, for
you shall mourn and weep.
26 Woe toyou when all men speak well of you, for so did their fathers to the
27 "But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 "bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.
29 "To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him
who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either.
- "Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do
not ask them back.
- "And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
- "But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even
sinners love those who love them.
- "And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you?
For even sinners do the same.
- "And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is
that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back.
- "But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and
your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind
to the unthankful and evil.
- "Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.
- "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be
condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
- "Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken
together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that
you use, it will be measured back to you."
- And He spoke a parable to them: "Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not
both fall into the ditch?
- "A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained
will be like his teacher.
- "And why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but do not perceive
the plank in your own eye?
- "Or how can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me remove the speck that is
in your eye,' when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye?
Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see
clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother's eye.
- "For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit.
- "For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from
thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush.
- "A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an
evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the
abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
- "But why do you call Me 'Lord, Lord,' and do not do the things which I say?
- "Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom
he is like:
- "He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on
the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that
house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock.
- "But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth
without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and
immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great."