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.
4. Concerning the Righteous Deeds of the Kingdom People
1 1But take care not to do your 2righteousness 3before men in order to be agazed at by them; otherwise, you have no reward with your 4Father who is in the heavens.
2 Therefore when you agive alms, do not 1sound a trumpet before you as the 2bhypocrites do in the 3synagogues and in the streets, so that they may be cglorified by men. Truly I say to you, They have their reward in full.
3 But you, when you give alms, do not let your 1left hand know what your right hand is doing,
4 So that your alms may be in 1asecret; and your Father who 2sees in secret will 3brepay you.
5 And when you pray, you shall not be like the ahypocrites, because they love to bpray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners, so that they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you, They have 1their reward in full.
6 But you, when you pray, enter into your 1private room, and ashut your door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in bsecret will repay you.
7 And in praying do 1not babble empty words as the Gentiles do; for they suppose that in their amultiplicity of words they will be heard.
8 Therefore do not be like them, for your Father aknows the things that you have need of before you 1ask Him.
9 aYou then pray 1in this way: Our bFather who is in the heavens, 2Your name be csanctified;
10 Your akingdom come; Your bwill be done, as in heaven, so also on 1earth.
11 1Give us 2today our 3daily bread.
12 And 1aforgive us our debts, as we also have 1forgiven our debtors.
13 And do 1not bring us into atemptation, but bdeliver us from 2the cevil one. 3For Yours is the 4dkingdom and the epower and the fglory forever. 5gAmen.
14 1For if you aforgive men their offenses, your heavenly Father will forgive you also;
15 But if you do anot forgive men their offenses, neither will your Father forgive your offenses.
16 And when you 1afast, do not be like the sullen-faced hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so that they may bappear to men to be fasting. Truly I say to you, They have their reward in full.
17 But you, when you fast, aanoint your head and wash your face,
18 So that you may not appear to men to be fasting, but to your Father who is in asecret; and your Father who sees in secret will repay you.
5. Concerning the Material Riches of the Kingdom People
19 1Do anot store up for yourselves treasures on the earth, where bmoth and rust consume and where thieves dig through and steal.
20 But 1store up for yourselves atreasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not bdig through nor steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there will your 1aheart be also.
22 The alamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is 1single, your whole body will be full of light;
23 But if your eye is 1evil, your whole body will be dark. If then the 2light that is in you is adarkness, how great is the darkness!
24 No one can 1serve atwo masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will 2hold to one and despise the other. You cannot 1serve God and 3bmammon.
25 Because of this, I say to you, aDo not be banxious for your 1life, what you should eat or what you should drink; nor for your body, what you should put on. Is not the 1life 2more than food, and the body than clothing?
26 Look at the abirds of heaven. They do not sow nor reap nor gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father nourishes them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 Who among you by being anxious can add one cubit to 1his stature?
28 And why are you aanxious concerning bclothing? Consider well the 1clilies of the field, how they grow. They do not toil, neither do they spin thread.
29 But I tell you that not even aSolomon in all his glory was clothed like one of these.
30 And if God so arrays the agrass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is cast into the furnace, will He not much more bclothe you, you of clittle faith?
31 Therefore do not be aanxious, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, With what shall we be clothed?
32 For all these things the Gentiles are anxiously seeking. For your 1heavenly Father knows that you aneed all these things.
33 But seek first His 1akingdom and His 1brighteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
34 Therefore do not be aanxious for 1btomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself; sufficient for the day is its own 2evil.
6. Concerning the Principles of the Kingdom People
in Dealing with Others
1 1aDo 2not judge, that you be not judged.
2 For 1with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged; and with what ameasure you measure, it shall be measured to you.
3 And why do you look at the asplinter which is in your brother's eye, but the beam in your eye you do not 1consider?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, Let me remove the splinter from your eye, and behold, the beam is in your eye?
5 1aHypocrite, first remove the beam from your eye, and then you will 2see clearly to remove the splinter from your brother's eye.
6 Do not give 1that which is aholy to the 2bdogs, neither cast your 1cpearls before the 2dhogs, lest they trample them with their feet, and turn and tear you.
7 1aAsk and it shall be given to you; bseek and you shall find; knock and it shall be opened to you.
8 For every one who 1asks receives, and he who 2seeks finds, and to him who 3knocks it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there among you who, when his son asks him for a aloaf, will give him a stone?
10 Or also when he asks for a afish, will give him a serpent?
11 If you then being aevil know how to give good gifts to your children, 1how much more will your Father who is in the heavens give 2bgood things to those who ask Him!
12 Therefore all that you wish men would ado to you, so also you do to them; for this is the 1blaw and the prophets.
7. Concerning the Ground of the Kingdom People's
Living and Work
13 1Enter in through the anarrow gate, for wide is the gate and broad is the way that 2leads to 3bdestruction, and many are those who enter through it.
14 Because 1anarrow is the bgate and constricted is the cway that leads to 2life, and dfew are those who find it.
15 Beware of afalse prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are 1ravenous bwolves.
16 By their afruits you will recognize them. Do men gather grapes from thorns, or bfigs from thistles?
17 Even so every agood tree produces bgood fruit, but the corrupt tree produces cbad fruit.
18 A good tree cannot produce bad fruit, neither can a corrupt tree produce good fruit.
19 Every tree that does not produce good fruit is cut down and acast into the fire.