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Matthew 5


        1Now having seen the crowds, He went up into the mountain, and after He had sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2And having opened His mouth, He began teaching them, saying: 

3“Happy [or, Blessed, and through verse 11] [are] the poor in spirit, because theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.

4Happy [are] the ones mourning, because they will be comforted.

5Happy [are] the gentle [or, considerate], because they will inherit the earth.

6Happy [are] the ones hungering and thirsting for righteousness, because they will be filled.

7Happy [are] the merciful, because they will be shown  mercy.

8Happy [are] the pure in heart [i.e., entire inner self, including the intellect, volition, and emotions, and elsewhere in book], because they will see God.

9Happy [are] the peacemakers, because they will be called sons [and daughters] of God.

10Happy [are] the ones having been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, because theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.

              11“Happy are you* whenever they insult you* and persecute [you*] and by lying say every evil word against you* because of Me. 12Be rejoicing and be continually glad, because your* reward [is] great in the heavens, for in this manner they persecuted the prophets, the [ones] before you*.

            13You* are the salt of the earth, but if the salt becomes tasteless, with what will it be salted? It is good for nothing anymore, except to be thrown out and to be trampled down by people.

            14You* are the light of the world; a city standing on a mountain is not able to be hid. 15Nor do they light a lamp and put it under the measuring basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all the [ones] in the house. 16In the same manner, let your* light shine before the people, in order that they shall see your* good works and glorify your* Father, the [One] in the heavens.

            17“Do not suppose that I came to tear down [fig., abolish] the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to tear down but to fulfill. 18For positively, I say to you*, until the heaven and the earth pass away, by no means shall one iota [i.e., the smallest letter of the Greek alphabet] or one tittle [i.e., a stroke of a letter] pass away from the Law, until all [things] happen. 19Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and thus teaches the people, he will be called least in the kingdom of the heavens, but whoever does and teaches [them], he will be called great in the kingdom of the heavens. 20For I say to you*, unless your* righteousness greatly exceeds [that] of the scribes and Pharisees, by no means shall you* enter into the kingdom of the heavens.

            21“You heard that it was said to the ancients: “You will not murder,” but whoever murders will be in danger of the judgment. [Exod 20:13; Deut 5:17] 22But I say to you*, every[one] being enraged at his brother [fig., friend, neighbor, or compatriot, and elsewhere in book] without cause will be in danger of the judgment, and whoever says to his brother, ‘Empty-headed fool!’ will be in danger of the high council, and whoever says, ‘You worthless fool!’ will be in danger of the hell [Gr., gehenna] of the fire [or, the fiery hell].

            23“Therefore, if you are bringing your gift to the altar, and there you are reminded that your brother has something against you, 24leave your gift there before the altar, and be going, first be reconciled to your brother, and then having come, continue bringing your gift. 25Be coming to terms with your opponent [in a lawsuit] quickly, during which [time] you are with him on the way, lest the opponent hands you over to the judge, and the judge hands you over to the [court] attendant, and you will be cast into prison. 26Positively, I say to you, by no means shall you get out of there until you pay the last kodrantes [i.e., a small, Roman copper coin worth about 1/500th of an ounce or 0.05 grams of silver].

            27“You heard that it was said: ‘You will not commit adultery.’ [Exod 20:14; Deut 5:18] 28But I say to you*, every[one] looking on a woman in order to lust after her already committed adultery [with] her in his heart. 29But if your right eye causes you to stumble [fig., to sin], pluck it out and cast [it] from you, for it is better for you that one of your body parts perish and not your whole body be cast into hell [Gr., gehenna]. 30And if your right hand causes you to stumble [fig., to sin], cut it off and cast [it] from you, for it is better for you that one of your body parts perish and not your whole body be cast into hell [Gr., gehenna].

            31“Now it was said, ‘Whoever sends away [or, divorces] his wife must give to her a written notice of divorce.’ [Deut 24:1,3] 32But I say to you*, whoever sends away [or, divorces] his wife, except for a matter of sexual sin [or, fornication], makes her to be committing adultery; and whoever marries the one having been sent away [or, having been divorced] commits adultery.

            33“Again, you heard that it was said to the ancients: ‘You will not swear falsely, but you will pay to the Lord your oaths.’ [Lev 19:12; Numb 30:2] 34But I say to you* not to take an oath at all; neither by heaven, because it is the throne of God, 35nor by the earth, because it is [the] footstool for His feet, nor by Jerusalem, because it is ‘[the] city of the great King,’ [cp. Isaiah 66:1; Psalm 48:2] 36nor shall you take an oath by your head, because you are not able to make one hair white or black. 37But let your* word be, ‘Yes, Yes’ [or] ‘No, No,’ but the [word which is] more [than] these is from the evil [one].

            38“You* heard that it was said: ‘Eye for eye and tooth for tooth,’ [Exod 21:24; Lev 24:20; Deut 19:21] 39but I say to you* not to resist the evil [one], but whoever will slap you on the right cheek, turn to him also the other. 40And the one wanting to sue you and to take your tunic, allow to him also the cloak. 41And whoever will compel you [to go] one mile, be going with him two. 42Be giving to the one asking of you, and you should not turn away the one wanting to borrow from you.

            43“You* heard that it was said, ‘You will love your neighbor,’ [Lev. 19:18] and you will hate your enemy, 44but I say to you*, be loving your* enemies; be blessing the ones cursing you*; be doing good to the ones hating you*, and be praying on behalf of the ones mistreating you* and persecuting you*, 45in order that you* shall become [or, prove to be] sons [and daughters] of your Father, the [One] in the heavens, because He causes His sun to rise on evil [ones] and good [ones], and He sends rain on righteous [ones] and unrighteous [ones]. 46For, if you* love the ones loving you*, what reward do you* have? Even the tax collectors do the same, do they not? 47And if you* greet [fig., are friendly towards] your* friends only, what more do you* do [than others]? Even the tax collectors do so, do they not? 48Therefore, you* will be perfect, just as your* Father, the [One] in the heavens, is perfect.

Scripture taken from the Analytical-Literal Translation of the New Testament of the Holy Bible: Third Edition.
Copyright 2007 by Gary F. Zeolla of Darkness to Light ministry (www.zeolla.org/christian).
Previously copyrighted 1999, 2001, 2005 by Gary F. Zeolla.

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