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Sermon on the Mount

Sermon on the Mount

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Timeless words of Jesus of Nazareth
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The Sermon on the Mount
The Beatitudes
 
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Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and satdown. His disciples came to him,
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and he began to teach them saying:
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"Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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Blessed are those who mourn,for they will be comforted.
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Blessed are the meek,for they will inherit the earth.
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Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be filled.
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Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.
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Blessed are the pure in heart,for they will see God.
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Blessed are the peacemakers,for they will be called sons of God.
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Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
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"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely sayall kinds of evil against you because of me.
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Rejoice and be glad, becausegreat is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted theprophets who were before you.
Salt and Light
 
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"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how canit be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to bethrown out and trampled by men. 
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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
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Neitherdo people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on itsstand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.
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In the same way, letyour light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds andpraise your Father in heaven.
The Fulfillment of the Law
 
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"Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; Ihave not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
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I tell you the truth,until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the leaststroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law untileverything is accomplished.
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Anyone who breaks one of the least of thesecommandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in
 
the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches thesecommands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
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For I tell youthat unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and theteachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.
Murder
 
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"You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do notmurder,
[a]
and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.'
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But I tellyou that anyone who is angry with his brother
[b]
will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother, 'Raca,
' is answerableto the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be in danger of thefire of hell. 
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"Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there rememberthat your brother has something against you,
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leave your gift there infront of the altar. First go and be reconciled to your brother; then comeand offer your gift. 
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"Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court.Do it while you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over tothe judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you maybe thrown into prison.
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I tell you the truth, you will not get out until youhave paid the last penny.
[d]
Adultery
 
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"You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.'
 
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But I tellyou that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committedadultery with her in his heart.
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If your right eye causes you to sin, gougeit out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your bodythan for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
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And if your right handcauses you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to loseone part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.
Divorce
 
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"It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her acertificate of divorce.'
 
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But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife,except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to become an adulteress,and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits adultery.
Oaths
 
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"Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do notbreak your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.'
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But Itell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne;
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orby the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of theGreat King.
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And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make evenone hair white or black.
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Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No';anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
 
An Eye for an Eye
 
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"You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.'
[g]
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ButI tell you, Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the rightcheek, turn to him the other also.
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And if someone wants to sue you andtake your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
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If someone forces you togo one mile, go with him two miles.
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Give to the one who asks you, anddo not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Love for Enemies
 
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"You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor
[h]
and hate yourenemy.'
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But I tell you: Love your enemies
[i]
and pray for those whopersecute you,
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that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. Hecauses his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on therighteous and the unrighteous.
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If you love those who love you, whatreward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that?
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And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Donot even pagans do that?
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Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Fatheris perfect.
Matthew 6
Giving to the Needy
 
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"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seenby them. If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven. 
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"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, asthe hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored bymen. I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
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But whenyou give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your righthand is doing,
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so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father,who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
Prayer
 
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"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to praystanding in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men.I tell you the truth, they have received their reward in full.
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But when youpray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who isunseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will rewardyou.
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And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for theythink they will be heard because of their many words.
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Do not be likethem, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him. 
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"This, then, is how you should pray:" 'Our Father in heaven,hallowed be your name,
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your kingdom come,your will be done

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