5 But seeing the multitudes he went up into a mountain,—and when he had taken a seat his disciples came unto him;
2 and opening his mouth he began teaching them, saying:—
3 Happy the destitute in spirit; For theirs is the kingdom of the heavens;
4 Happy they who mourn; For they shall be comforted:
5 Happy the meek; For they shall inherit the earth:
6 Happy they who hunger and thirst for righteousness; For they shall be filled:
7 Happy the merciful; For they shall receive mercy:
8 Happy the pure in heart; For they shall see God:
9 Happy the peacemakers; For they shall be called sons of God:
10 Happy they who have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake; For theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.
11 Happy are ye, whensoever they may reproach you and persecute you and say every evil thing against you falsely for my sake:
12 Rejoice and exult, because your reward is great in the heavens; for so persecuted they the prophets who were before you.
13 Ye are the salt of the earth; but if the salt become tasteless wherewith shall it be salted? it is good for nothing any more, save being cast out to be trampled on by men.
14 Ye are the light of the world: it is impossible for a city to be hid on the top of a mountain lying.
15 Neither light they a lamp and place it under the measure; but upon the lampstand, and it giveth light to all that are in the house.
16 In like manner let your light shine before men,—that they may see your good works,—and glorify your Father who is in the heavens.
17 Do not think that I came to pull down the law, or the prophets,—I came not to pull down, but to fulfil.
18 For verily I say unto you, until the heaven and the earth shall pass away one least letter or one point may in nowise pass away from the law till all be accomplished.
19 Whosoever therefore shall relax one of these commandments the least, and teach men so shall be called least in the kingdom of the heavens; but whosoever shall do and teach the same shall be called great in the kingdom of the heavens.
20 For I say unto you, that unless your righteousness exceed that of the Scribes and Pharisees in nowise may ye enter into the kingdom of the heavens.
21 Ye have heard that it was said, to them of olden time,—Thou shalt not commit murder, and whosoever shall commit murder shall be liable to judgment.
22 But I say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment,—and whosoever shall say to his brother, Worthless one! shall be liable to the high council; and whosoever shall say, Rebel! shall be liable unto the fiery gehenna.
23 If therefore thou be bearing thy gift towards the altar, and there shouldst remember that thy brother hath aught against thee
24 leave there thy gift before the altar, and withdraw,—first be reconciled unto thy brother, and then coming be offering thy gift.
25 Be making agreement with thine adversary quickly, while thou art with him in the way,—lest once thine adversary deliver thee up unto the judge, and the judge unto the officer, and into prison thou be cast.
26 Verily I say unto thee, In nowise mayest thou come out from thence, until thou pay the last halfpenny.
27 Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, that Every one who looketh on a woman so as to covet her already hath committed adultery with her in his heart.
29 And if thy right eye is causing thee to stumble pluck it out and cast it from thee,—for it profiteth thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body be cast into gehenna.
30 And if thy right hand is causing thee to stumble cut it off and cast it from thee,—for it profiteth thee that one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body into gehenna depart.
31 It was said moreover, Whosoever shall divorce his wife let him give her a writing of divorcement;
32 But I say unto you, that Everyone who divorceth his wife—saving for unfaithfulness causeth her to be made an adulteress,—[and whosoever shall marry a divorced woman committeth adultery].
33 Again ye have heard that it was said to them of olden time, Thou shalt not swear falsely,—But shalt render unto the Lord thine oaths.
34 But I tell you—not to swear at all: Neither by heaven, because it is the throne of God,—
35 Nor by the earth because it is his footstool; Nor by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the Great King;
36 Nor by thine own head mayest thou swear, because thou art not able to make one hair white or black.
37 But let your word be Yea, yea,—Nay, nay; And what goeth beyond these is of evil.
38 Ye have heard that it was said,—Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.
39 But I tell you, not to resist evil,—Nay whoever is smiting thee on the right cheek turn to him the other also;
40 And him who is desiring thee to be judged and to take thy tunic let him have thy mantle also.
41 And whoever shall impress thee one mile go with him two:
42 To him who is asking thee give; And him who is desiring from thee to borrow do not thou turn away.
43 Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour and hate thine enemy.
44 But I say unto you, Be loving your enemies, And praying for them who are persecuting you:
45 That ye may become sons of your Father who is in the heavens: Because his sun he maketh arise on evil and good, And sendeth rain on just and unjust.
46 For if ye love them that love you what reward have ye? are not even the tax-collectors the same thing doing?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only what more than common are ye doing? are not even the nations the same thing doing?
48 Ye therefore shall become perfect: As your heavenly Father is—perfect.