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The Gospel according to Matthew, chapter 5

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The Sermon on the Mount: Speaking of true righteousness: 5.1 - 7.29

Mt 5.1When Jesus saw the crowd, he climbed a mountain. He sat down and his disciples came up to him.Mt 5.2Then he started talking and teaching them..

The Beatitudes

Mt 5.3He said: Blessed are the poor before God; / for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Mt 5.4Blessed are the mourners; / for they will be comforted.Mt 5.5Blessed are they who do not use violence; / for they will inherit the land.Mt 5.6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; / for they will be full.Mt 5.7Blessed are the merciful; / for they will find mercy.Mt 5.8Blessed are the pure in heart; / for they will see God.Mt 5.9Blessed are the peacemakers; / for they will be called sons of God.Mt 5.10Blessed are those persecuted for the sake of righteousness; / for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.Mt 5.11Blessed are you when you are insulted and persecuted and slandered in all possible ways for my sake.Mt 5.12Rejoice and rejoice: your reward in heaven will be great. For this is how the prophets were persecuted before you..

From the salt of the earth and from the light of the world

Mt 5:13You are the salt of the earth. If the salt loses its taste, what can you use to make it salty again? It is no longer good for anything; it is thrown away and trampled on by the people.Mt 5:14You are the light of the world. A city on a mountain cannot be hidden.Mt 5.15You don't light a light and put a vessel over it, you put it on the candlestick; then it lights up everyone in the house.Mt 5.16Let your light shine before people so that they can see your good works and praise your Father in heaven..

From the law and from the prophets

Mt 5:17Do not think I came to abolish the law and the prophets. I did not come to pick up, but to fulfill.Mt 5.18Amen, I tell you: until heaven and earth pass away, not even the smallest letter of the law will pass away until all has happened.Mt 5:19Whoever cancels even one of the smallest commandments and teaches people accordingly will be the smallest in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever keeps them and teaches them to keep them will be great in the kingdom of heaven.Mt 5.20That is why I say to you: If your righteousness is not far greater than that of the scribes and the Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven..

About killing and reconciliation

Mt 5.21You have heard that it was said to the ancients: You shall not kill; but whoever kills anyone shall be subject to judgment.Mt 5.22But I say to you: Anyone who is even angry with his brother should be subject to judgment; and whoever says to his brother, "You fool!" is said to have fallen for the verdict of the council; but whoever says to him: You (godless) fool! is said to have fallen under the fire of hell.Mt 5.23When you bring your offering to the altar and it occurs to you that your brother has something against you,Mt 5.24leave your gift there before the altar; go and be reconciled with your brother first, then come and offer your gift.Mt 5.25Make peace with your opponent without hesitation while you are still on your way to judgment with him. Otherwise your opponent will take you before the judge and the judge will hand you over to the bailiff and you will be thrown in jail.Mt 5.26Amen, I tell you: you won't get out of there until you've paid the last penny..

From adultery

Mt 5.27You have heard that it was said: You shall not commit adultery.Mt 5.28But I tell you: whoever looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.Mt 5.29If your right eye causes you to evil, tear it out and throw it away! Because it is better for you to lose one of your limbs than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.Mt 5.30And if your right hand causes you to evil, cut it off and throw it away! Because it is better for you to lose one of your limbs than for your whole body to go to hell..

About the divorce

Mt 5.31It has also been said that anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.Mt 5.32But I say to you: Whoever dismisses his wife, although there is no case of fornication, hands her over to adultery; and whoever marries a woman who has been divorced is committing adultery..

From swearing

Mt 5.33You have heard that it was said to the ancients: You shall not swear perjury and: You shall keep what you have sworn to the Lord.Mt 5.34But I say to you: Do not swear at all, not by heaven, for it is God's throne,Mt 5.35nor by the earth, for it is the footstool for his feet, nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king.Mt 5.36You shall not swear by your head either; 'Cause you can't make a single hair white or blackMt 5.37Your yes is a yes, your no is a no; everything else comes from evil..

From retribution

Mt 5.38You have heard that it was said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.Mt 5.39But I say to you: do not resist anyone who harms you, but if someone hits you on the right cheek, then turn the other towards him as well.Mt 5.40And if someone wants to take you to court to take your shirt away, leave them your coat too.Mt 5.41And if one wants to force you to walk a mile with him, go two with him.Mt 5.42Give to anyone who asks you, and do not refuse anyone who wants to borrow from you..

From love to enemies

Mt 5.43You have heard that it was said: You must love your neighbor and hate your enemy.Mt 5.44But I say to you: love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,Mt 5.45that you may become the sons of your Heavenly Father; for he makes his sun rise on the wicked and the good, and he makes rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.Mt 5.46For if you only love those who love you, what reward can you expect for it? Don't the customs officers do that too?Mt 5.47And if you just greet your brothers, what are you doing special with it? Do not the heathen do the same?Mt 5.48So you are to be perfect, just as your Heavenly Father is.