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M AT T H E W 5 : 1 1
11 “God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie
about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my
followers. 12 Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you
in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted in the
Teaching about Salt and Light
13 “You are the salt of the earth. But what good is salt if it has lost its flavor?
Can you make it salty again? It will be thrown out and trampled underfoot
14 “You are the light of the world—like a city on a hilltop that cannot be
hidden. 15 No one lights a lamp and then puts it under a basket. Instead, a
lamp is placed on a stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In
the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone
will praise your heavenly Father.
Teaching about the Law
17 “Don’t misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law
of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to accomplish their
purpose. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even
the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.
19 So if you ignore the least commandment and teach others to do the same,
you will be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But anyone who obeys
God’s laws and teaches them will be called great in the Kingdom of Heaven.
20 “But I warn you—unless your righteousness is better than the righteousness of the teachers of religious law and the Pharisees, you will never
enter the Kingdom of Heaven!
Teaching about Anger
21 “You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If
you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’* 22 But I say, if you are
even angry with someone,* you are subject to judgment! If you call someone an idiot,* you are in danger of being brought before the court. And if
you curse someone,* you are in danger of the fires of hell.*
23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice* at the altar in the Temple and you
suddenly remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your
sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be reconciled to that person. Then come
and offer your sacrifice to God.
25 “When you are on the way to court with your adversary, settle your
differences quickly. Otherwise, your accuser may hand you over to the judge,
who will hand you over to an officer, and you will be thrown into prison.
26 And if that happens, you surely won’t be free again until you have paid
the last penny.*
Teaching about Adultery
27 “You have heard the commandment that says, ‘You must not commit adultery.’* 28 But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust has already
committed adultery with her in his heart. 29 So if your eye—even your good
eye*—causes you to lust, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you
to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into
hell. 30 And if your hand—even your stronger hand*—causes you to sin,
cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body
than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
5:21 Exod 20:13; Deut 5:17. 5:22a Some manuscripts add without cause. 5:22b Greek uses
an Aramaic term of contempt: If you say to your brother, ‘Raca.’ 5:22c Greek if you say, ‘You
fool.’ 5:22d Greek Gehenna; also in 5:29, 30. 5:23 Greek gift; also in 5:24. 5:26 Greek the last
kodrantes [i.e., quadrans]. 5:27 Exod 20:14; Deut 5:18. 5:29 Greek your right eye. 5:30 Greek
your right hand.
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