Matthew 5

1Christ beginneth his sermon upon the mount, declaring who are blessed: 13he calleth his disciples the salt of the earth, the light of the world, and urgeth upon them the necessity of setting a good example. 17He came not to destroy, but to fulfil, the law. 21He extendeth the precepts against murder, 27adultery, 33and false swearing: 38exhorteth to suffer wrong patiently, 43to love our enemies, 48and to aim at perfection.

1 And seeing the multitudes, 1he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, 2his disciples came unto him:

2 And he 1opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 1Blessed are the poor in spirit: for 2theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 1Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 1Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 1Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 1Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 1Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 1Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 1Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 1Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you afalsely, for my sake.

12 1Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for 2so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

131Ye are the salt of the earth: 2but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 1Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men 1light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, 1that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

17 ¶ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, 1but to fulfil.

18 For verily I say unto you, 1Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

19 1Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the 2kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be 3called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed 1the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye 2shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21 ¶ Ye have heard that it was said aby them of old time, 1Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22 But 1I say unto you, That 2whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, aRaca, shall be in danger of 3the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

23 1Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

25 1Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

26 Verily I say unto thee, 1Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

27 ¶ Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, 1Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, 1That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 1And if thy right eye aoffend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 1And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

31 It hath been said, 1Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That 1whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

33 ¶ Again, ye have heard that it hath been said 1by them of old time, 2Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

34 But I say unto you, 1Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's 2throne:

35 Nor by the earth; for it is 1his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is 2the city of the great King.

36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

37 1But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these 2cometh of evil.

38 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, 1An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

39 But I say unto you, 1That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40 And 1if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42 1Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 ¶ Ye have heard that it hath been said, 1Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, 1Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and 2pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: 1for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 1For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even 2the publicans the same?

47 And 1if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 1Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.