THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
B. The Decree of the Kingdom's Constitution
1. Concerning the Nature of the Kingdom People
1 And when He saw the acrowds, He 1went up to the bmountain. And after He sat down, His 2disciples came to Him.
2 And aopening His mouth, He taught them, saying,
3 1Blessed are the 2apoor in 3spirit, for theirs is the 4bkingdom of the heavens.
4 Blessed are those who 1amourn, for they shall be 2bcomforted.
5 Blessed are the 1ameek, for they shall 2binherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and athirst for 1brighteousness, for they shall be 2csatisfied.
7 Blessed are the 1amerciful, for they shall be 2shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the 1apure in heart, for they shall 2bsee God.
9 Blessed are the 1apeacemakers, for they shall be called the 2bsons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are 1apersecuted for the sake of brighteousness, for 2theirs is the ckingdom of the heavens.
11 Blessed are you when they 1areproach and bpersecute you, and while speaking lies, say every cevil thing against you 2because of Me.
12 aRejoice and exult, for your 1breward is great in the heavens; for so they cpersecuted the 2prophets who were before you.
2. Concerning the Influence of the Kingdom People
13 1You are the 2asalt of the earth. But if the salt has become 3btasteless, with what shall it be salted? It is cno longer good for anything except to be 4dcast out and 5trampled underfoot by men.
14 You are the 1alight of the world. It is impossible for a 2bcity situated upon a mountain to be hidden.
15 Nor do men light a alamp and place it under the 1bushel, but on the 2blampstand; and it shines to all who are in the house.
16 In the same way, let your light ashine before men, so that they may see your 1bgood works and 2cglorify your 3Father who is in the heavens.
3. Concerning the Law of the Kingdom People
17 1Do not think that I have come to abolish the alaw or the prophets; I have not come to abolish, but to 2bfulfill.
18 For truly I say to you, Until 1aheaven and earth pass away, one 2iota or one 3serif shall by no means pass away from the law until all come to pass.
19 Therefore whoever annuls one of the aleast of these 1commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called the bleast in the ckingdom of the heavens; but whoever practices and teaches them, he shall be called dgreat in the kingdom of the heavens.
20 For I say to you that unless your 1arighteousness surpasses that of the 2scribes and Pharisees, you shall by no means 3benter into the kingdom of the heavens.
21 You have heard that it was said to the ancients, a"You shall not murder, and whoever murders shall be liable to the bjudgment.''
22 But 1I say to you that every one who is 2aangry with his 3brother shall be liable to the 4bjudgment. And whoever says to his 3brother, 5Raca, shall be liable to the judgment of the 6cSanhedrin; and whoever says, 7Moreh, shall be liable to the 8dGehenna of fire.
23 Therefore if you are offering your 1agift at the 2baltar and there you remember that your cbrother has 3something against you,
24 Leave your gift there before the altar, and 1first go and 2be areconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
25 Be well disposed 1quickly toward your 2aopponent at law, while you are with him 3on the way, lest the opponent 4deliver you to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.
26 Truly I say to you, You shall by no means 1come out from there until you apay the last 2quadrans.
27 You have heard that it was said, a"You shall not commit adultery.''
28 But I say to you that every one who alooks at a woman in order to lust after her has already committed badultery with her in his 1cheart.
29 So if your right aeye stumbles you, 1pluck 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 2bGehenna.
30 And if your right ahand stumbles you, 1cut 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 pass away into bGehenna.
31 And it was said, aWhoever 1divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.
32 But I say to you that 1every one who adivorces his wife, except for the cause of 2fornication, causes her to commit adultery, and whoever marries her who has been divorced commits adultery.
33 Again, you have heard that it was said to the ancients, 1a"You shall not break an oath, but you shall 2brender to the Lord your oaths.''
34 But I tell you anot to swear at all; neither by 1bheaven, because it is the throne of God;
35 Nor by the aearth, because it is the footstool of His feet; nor unto Jerusalem, because it is the bcity of the great King;
36 Neither shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.
37 But let your word be, 1aYes, yes; No, no; for anything more than these is 2of 3the bevil one.
38 You have heard that it was said, a"An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.''
39 But I tell you anot to resist him who is evil; rather whoever bslaps you on your right cheek, 1turn to him the other also.
40 And to him who wishes to asue you and take your 1tunic, yield to him your cloak also;
41 And whoever compels you to go one 1mile, go with him two.
42 To him who asks of you, 1agive; and from him who wants to bborrow from you, do not turn away.
43 You have heard that it was said, a"You shall love your neighbor and hate your benemy.''
44 But I say to you, aLove your enemies, and bpray for those who cpersecute you,
45 So that you may become 1asons of your Father who is in the heavens, because He causes His sun to brise on the evil and the good and 2sends crain on the just and the unjust.
46 For if you alove those who love you, what 1reward do you have? Do not even the 2tax collectors do the same?
47 And if you greet only your brothers, what better thing are you doing? Do not even the aGentiles do the same?
48 You therefore shall be 1aperfect bas your heavenly Father is perfect.