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The Sermon On The Mount – by Jesus Christ

The Sermon on the Mount

 

1 8 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass one  jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till

all things be accomplished.

 

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the

kingdom of heaven : but whosoever shall do and teach them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

 

20 For I say unto you, that except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in

no wise enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 

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

 

22 But I say unto you, that every one who is angry with his brother shall be in danger of the judgement; and whosoever

shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council ; and whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of the

hell of fire.

 

23 If therefore thou art offering thy gift at the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath aught 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 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art with him in the way ; lest haply 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, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou have paid the last farthing.

 

27 U Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt not commit adultery :

 

28 But I say unto you, that every one that looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in

his heart.

 

29 And if thy right eye causeth thee to stumble, pluck it out, and cast it from thee : for it is profitable for thee that one of

 

 

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ancient sanctions, rather to unfold their deeper meaning.  Mark this ! the universe itself shall pass away, before

the smallest detail of God’s law revealed in Scripture comes to be out of date ; rather shall every part disclose

a larger truth. It follows that the man whose teaching lessens the force of what seem to be the least important

of God’s laws, has but a very humble place in the age which I proclaim ; on the other hand he whose practice

and teaching enhance their authority shall have wide influence there. All the same, your practice of the moral

law must go far beyond the code of conduct preached by professional moralists ; only a new way of life can qualify

you for the new world that is coming.

 

I will illustrate my meaning ; you know the old words of Scripture, ‘You are not to commit murder,’ your

teachers go on to say, ‘ Whoever kills must come up for trial.’  What I tell you is that every one who persists

in unreasonable anger with a brother-man, must account for his behaviour ; whoever treats another with contempt

shall be indicted for blasphemy ; whoever curses another brings down upon himself the doom he has invoked.

And more than this, until you are on good terms with your brother, you must not bring your gifts to God’s

altar ; if, when you have brought your gift you remember that he has anything against you, you

must leave the gift where it is, go and make friends with your brother, and then offer your gift. Never

lose a chance of making friends ; if you are involved in a law-suit, you must try to come to an understanding

with your opponent on the way to court. Remember, God is judge ; if you prolong the quarrel, it will be

you that He will condemn, whatever happens to the other man; the man who nurses ill-will always pays,

and to the last penny too.

 

Again the word of Scripture runs, ‘ You must not commit adultery.’ What I have to say on this subject

is : Every one who casts upon a woman a lustful look has already in his heart seduced her. If some passion

of this kind is your hindrance, you must tear yourself away from it at all costs ; better to live a maimed life,

than with all your bodily powers about you be plunged into a hell of unsatisfied desire.

 

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thy members should perish, and not thy whole body be cast into

hell.

 

30 And if thy right hand causeth thee to stumble, cut if off, and cast it from thee : for it is profitable for thee that one of

thy members should perish, and not thy whole body go into hell.

 

31 It was said also, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement :

 

32 But I say unto you, that every one that putteth away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, maketh her an

adulteress : and whosoever shall marry her when she is put away committeth adultery.

 

33 H Again, y e have heard that it was said to them of old

time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto

the Lord thine oaths :

 

34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all ; neither by the

heaven, for it is the throne of God ;

 

35 Nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet ; nor

by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

 

36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, for thou canst not

make one hair white or black.

 

37 But let your speech be, Yea, yea ; Nay, nay : and what-

soever is more than these is of the evil one.

 

38 ^ Ye have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and

a tooth for a tooth :

 

39 But I say unto you, Resist not him that is evil : but

whosoever smiteth thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other

also.

 

40 And if any man would go to law with thee, and take away

thy coat, let him have thy clokc also.

 

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with

him twain.

 

42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would

borrow of thee turn thou not away.

 

43 If Ye have heard that it was said, Thou shalt love thy

neighbour, and hate thine enemy :

 

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, and pray for them

that persecute you ;

 

 

 

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puts a hindrance in your way, be rid of it, whatever it

costs ; better to be a broken man, than in the full tide

of your well-being to find yourself in hell. The old law

ran : ‘ Whoever would be rid of his wife must make

proper provision for her ! ‘ I go a stage further and say

leaving on one side the question of misconduct you

are not to part company with your wives at all ; if

you do, you are to blame if they go wrong,

while the man who marries a woman already divorced

commits adultery himself. Another illustration: you

have all heard the law once given to your fathers

‘ You must not commit perjury, but must fulfil your

vows as in God’s sight.’ I tell you, you should not need

to swear by this and that at all. Heaven is God’s throne,

earth His footstool, Jerusalem the city of the King of

Kings ; your head for the matter of that is sacred too

you know you cannot make a single hair really white

or black. Great words like these are God’s gift to you,

and are not to be used as makeweights to your light

talk. ‘ Yes, yes ‘ ; ‘ No, no ‘ ; that is emphasis enough

for you ; when you go beyond such simple speech, you

are giving the devil his chance.

 

Once more ; you know the words, ‘ Eye for eye, tooth

for tooth ‘ ; your teachers explain them as meaning ‘ slap

for slap, or give as good as you get.’ I tell you, to

follow this line of action is to measure yourself with the

devil. Whoever slaps you on the right cheek* let

him do it again, if he wants to ; if some one takes

you into the law-courts, and to pay the damages

you have to forfeit your vest, make him a present

of your upper garment as well ; if you are pressed

to go one mile in the government service, of your

own accord accompany the officials who commandeer

your services the rest of the league. You are to be at the

service of every claimant, and are not to turn churlishly

away from any one that wants to borrow of you.

 

Again, you have heard the words of Scripture,

‘ Love your fellow-countrymen,’ and know the con-

clusion your teachers draw : ‘ Of course this means that

 

*That is, ‘ whoever insults you ‘ ; a blow on the left cheek is a

figure used for real injury, a slap on the right cheek for insult is

the idiom current in those days.

 

 

 

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45 That ye may be sons of your Father which is in heaven :

for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sendeth

rain on the just and the unjust.

 

46 For if ye love them that love you, what reward have ye ?

do not even the publicans the same ?

 

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more

than others ? do not even the Gentiles the same ?

 

48 Ye therefore shall be perfect, as your heavenly Father is

perfect.

 

 

 

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AKE heed that ye do not your righteousness before men,

to be seen of them : else ye have no reward with your

Father which is in heaven.

 

 

 

2 If When therefore thou doest alms, sound not a trumpet

before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the

streets, that they may have glory of men Verily I say unto

you, They have received their reward.

 

3 But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what

thy right hand doeth :

 

4 That thine alms may be in secret : and thy Father which

seeth in secret shall recompense thee.

 

5 f And when ye pray, ye shall not be as the hypocrites :

for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and in the

corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men. Verily

I say unto you, They have received their reward.

 

6 But thou, when tho;i prayest, enter into thinr- inner chamber,

and having shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret,

and thy Father which seeth in secret shall recompense thee

 

 

 

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you are to hate all foreigners.’ I tell you, you must

iove those whom you have learnt to think of as your

enemies, and, if they oppress you, must pray for them.

So shall you really be like God your Father ; you know

He makes His sun to shine down on bad and good alike,

and sends His rain upon all men, whether they obey

or disobey His will. Supposing that you love only those

that love you back, there is no special merit in that, is

there ? Quite disreputable people rival you there !

Or if you are friends only with the people of your own

set, that implies nothing more than average good-

nature ; the very heathen are equal to that ! No,

you are <to be God’s men ; your love is to be as catholic

as His.

 

 

 

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BE careful not to follow the way of life now laid

down for you with an eye to human appreciation ; if

you do so, you take all the virtue out of it from God’s

point of view. When you are practising your charities,

you are not to obtrude them upon public notice as self-

advertising philanthropists do in church or street, to

win the applause of men. Of course they get what they

want, and there is an end of the matter. But when

you are doing a brotherly action, your left hand is not

to know what your right hand is about ; you are not to

feel virtuous. Nor need you concern yourselves

about reward, for there are no secrets to which God our

Father is not a party, and He will make it up to you.

When you pray, you are not to go about it like the people

who air their piety ; you know how fond they are of

engaging in prayer for the edification of onlookers.

They get what they want admiration ; but God has

nothing to do with this kind of thing. When any one

of you is drawn to pray, he will do well to go apart and

retire into himself, there holding converse with God,

who dwells in secret places ; his Father, from

whom no secrets are hid. will Himself reward him.

 

 

 

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7 And in praying use not vain repetitions, as the Gentiles

do : for they think that they shall be heard for their much

speaking.

 

8 Be not therefore like unto them : for your Father knoweth

what things ye have need of, before ye ask Him.

 

g After this manner therefore pray ye : Our Father which

art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

 

10 Thy kingdom come. Thy -will be done, as in heaven, so

on earth.

 

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

 

12 And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our

debtors.

 

13 And bring us not into temptation, but deliver us from the

evil one.

 

14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly

Father will also forgive you.

 

15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will

your Father forgive your trespasses.

 

1 6 U Moreover when ye fast, be not, as the hypocrites, of

a sad countenance : for they disfigure their faces, that they

may be seen of men to fast. Verily I say unto you, They have

received their reward.

 

17 But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash

thy face ;

 

1 8 That thou be not seen of men to fast, but of thy Father

which is in secret : and thy Father, which seeth in secret,

shall recompense thee.

 

19 *[[ Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where

moth and rust doth consume, and where thieves break through

and steal :

 

20 But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where

neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not

break through nor steal :

 

21 For where thy treasure is, there will thy heart be also

 

22 The lamp of the body is the eye : if therefore thine eye

be single, thy whole body shall be full of light.

 

23 But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of

darkness If therefore the light that is in thee be darkness,

how great is the darkness !

 

 

 

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When you are praying in company with others, do not talk

for the sake of talking, as the heathen do in their endless

?ing-song prayers. They think that they can make

Heaven listen by sheer persistence. You must not be

like them, for you must remember that your Father

knows what you need before you begin to ask. I will

give you a model for your prayers : ‘ Our Father God,

be Thou our God indeed ; let Thy new world come, Thy

will be all men’s law, on earth, as in heaven ; give

us to-day our food for the day that is coming,*

and release us from our debts, as we too have

released our debtors ; and bring us not into trial,

but rescue us from the devil.’ You see, if you

have forgiven your fellow-men their offences against

you, your Father will also forgive your offences against

Him ; if you will not, neither will He forgive you. When

you are undergoing self-discipline, do not affect a sour

expression, as do those who fast for appearance’ sake.

You know they murder their natural good looks, that

everybody may see what martyrs they are. Of course

they get the reputation they desire. When any one

of you resolves upon a season of abstinence, he should

be better groomed and more sociable than usual ; the

attention of his friends is not to be drawn to his self-

denial. His Father who dwells in the hidden life of the

heart will see it ; his Father who reads all secrets will

reward him. Do not hoard material possessions ; the

moth will consume your finery, rust will tarnish your

gold, thieves may break into your strong-rooms and

carry all away. Your provision for future need is to be

laid up in God’s bank no moth, no rust, with Him ; no

one can rob you of that treasure. Moreover, a man’s

interest is sure to centre round the concerns in which

his savings are invested. Your soul looks out of your

eyes, and everything depends upon the clearness of your

vision. If a man look at others without suspicion or

prejudice, his social life will be all sweetness and light ;

if, on the other hand, his way of thinking about them

is churlish and grudging, the world he lives in will look

gloomy indeed ; he carries the outer darkness about

 

*0r perhaps ‘ our needful food ‘ : I cannot decide between these

two ultimate renderings.

 

 

 

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24 No man can serve two masters : for either he will hate

the one, and love the other ; or else he will hold to one, and

despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

 

25 Therefore I say unto you, Be not anxious for your life,

what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink ; nor yet for your body,

what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than the food, and

the body than the raiment ?

 

26 Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither

do they reap, nor gather into barns ; and your heavenly Father

feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value than they ?

 

27 And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit

unto his stature ?

 

28 And why are ye anxious concerning raiment ? Consider

the lilies of the field, how they grow ; they toil not, neither do

they spin :

 

29 Yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory

was not arrayed like one of these.

 

30 But if God doth so clothe the grass of the field, which

to-day is, and to-morrow is cast into the oven, shall He not

much more clothe you, O ye of little faith ?

 

31 Be not therefore anxious, saying, What shall we eat ? or

What shall we drink ? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed ?

 

32 For after all these things do the Gentiles seek ; for your

heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

 

33 But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness ; and

all these things shall be added unto you.

 

34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow : for the morrow

will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil

thereof.

 

 

 

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IUDGE not, that ye be not judged.

 

2 For with what judgement ye judge, ye shall be judged:

and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured unto

you.

 

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s

eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye ?

 

 

 

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with him ! You must make your choice between

devotion to God and absorption in this world’s business,

for no one can really bind himself to the service of more

than one master at a time ; he will either dislike the

one and love the other, or he will become attached to

the one and disparage the other. So I bid you not to

worry about yourselves, so far as food and clothes are

concerned. You are far more important than the food

you eat ; your bodies are more beautiful than the clothes

you wear. Study the wild birds ; they do not sow or

reap or lay up a store for the winter, yet God your

Father looks after them,- and you are more precious in

His sight than they ! Worry never makes you any

better-looking, does it ? What is the use of worrying

about clothes ? Learn a lesson from the wild flowers

they have no toilsome dressmaking to do, yet I tell

you Solomon in full dress was not so well clothed

as they ! If God dresses the very grass so well,

the grass which grows in the meadow to-day, and to-

morrow is dry and dead, surely He will take more pains

with you, you poor, mistrustful people ! You must

not let yourselves worry, or say, ‘ How are we

going to make ends meet ? ‘ or, ‘ What about the

clothes I want so badly ? ‘ The thoughts of worldly

people revolve round subjects like these ; surely

God your Father knows how many your needs are !

The bringing to birth of God’s new world, the practice of

His way of life, must be your first concern ; all other

needful things will come your way, if this be so. Live

a day at a time, and let to-morrow look after itself.

Every day brings its own burden of care, and one day’s

trouble at a time is as much as you can

 

 

 

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Do not indulge your critical faculties too much you

lay yourself open to criticism if you do ; in the long run

you will be done by as you did. Why do you take so

much notice of the splinter in your brother-man’s eye,

 

 

 

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4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me cast out the

mote out of thine eye ; and lo, the beam is in thine own eye ?

 

5 Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own

eye ; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of

thy brother’s eye.

 

6 f Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast

your pearls before the swine, lest haply they trample them under

their feet, and turn and rend you.

 

7 1f Ask, and it shall be given you : seek, and ye shall find ;

knock, and it shall bs opened unto you :

 

8 For every one that asketh receiveth ; and he that seeketh

findeth : and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.

 

9 Or what man is there of you, who, if his son shall ask him

for a loaf, will give him a stone ;

 

10 Or if he shall ask for a fish, will give him a serpent ?

 

n If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto

your children, how much more shall your Father which is in

heaven give good things to them that ask him ?

 

12 All things therefore whatsoever ye would that men should

do unto you, even so do ye also unto them : for this is the law

and the prophets.

 

1 3 T] Enter ye in by the narrow gate : for wide is the gate,

and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many be

they that enter in thereby.

 

14 For narrow is the gate, and straitened the way, that leadeti

unto life, and few be they that find it.

 

15 If Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s

clothing, but inwardly are ravening wolves.

 

1 6 By their fruits ye shall know them. Do men gather grapes

of thorns, or figs of thistles ?

 

17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit ; bat

the corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

 

1 8 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a

corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

 

19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down (

and cast into the fire.

 

20 Therefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

 

21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter

into the kingdom of heaven ; but he that doeth the will of my

Father which is in heaven.

 

22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, did we not

 

 

 

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without stopping to reflect that there is a whole log in

your own ? Why do you busy yourselves with other

men’s small faults so much, and forget your own big

ones ? Self-deluded man, first get rid of the log in your

own eye, then you can see straight to pick the splinter

out of your brother’s eye ! Your fellowship with Me

and one another is your signet-ring, your circlet of

pearls ; you are not to. expose this sacred bond to the

tender mercies of cynical outsiders or mere scandal-

mongers ; if you do, they trample your treasure in

the dirt, then turn upon you and take away your

character too. Ask, and you shall have ; seek, and you

shall find ; knock, and the door will fly open. Every one

who persists in asking gets something ; the seeker makes

discoveries ; to the man who keeps on knocking God’s door

does open. There is not a man among you who would give

his boy a stone when asked for a loaf, or a snake as a

substitute for a fish, is there? If, then, sinful men like

you know what is best to give your children, surely you

can trust your heavenly Father to give good things to

those who ask Him ! My rule of life is this : you are to

treat every one else as you would like people to treat

you ; this is the essence of God’s revealed law of con-

duct. The door I have now opened to you is narrow,

but you must enter it ; the road that leads to a wasted

life is broad and smooth, and there is always company

enough that way ; the gate is narrow and the road

toilsome which leads to life in God’s new world, and

few discover where it lies. Do not be misled by men

who beckon you another way they call themselves

‘ prophets/ and come to you, looking as harmless as

sheep really they are greedy wolves ; you can tell what

they really are by the mischief they cause. You do not

gather grapes on the thorn-bush, or figs on the thistle,

do you ? A healthy tree bears sound fruit, a decayed

tree rotten fruit. It is not in nature for a sound tree

to bear bad fruit, or for a rotten tree to produce fruit

that is good to eat. Every tree that does not bear good

fruit is fated to be cut down and burnt. This, then, is

the test you are to apply you can measure their

sincerity or otherwise by the kind of results they achieve.

It is not a question of words merely, for not every one

 

 

 

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prophesy by thy name, and by thy name cast out devils, and

by thy name do many mighty works ?

 

23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you

depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

 

24 Every one therefore which heareth these words of mine,

and doeth them, shall be likened unto a wise man, which built

his house upon the rock :

 

25 And the rain descended, and’ the floods came, and the

winds blew, and beat upon that house ; and it fell not : for it

was founded upon the rock.

 

26 And every one that heareth these words of mine, and doeth

them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his

house upon the sand

 

27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the

winds blew, and smote upon that house ; and it fell : and great

was the fall thereof.

 

 

 

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who calls Me ‘ Lord, Lord ‘ shall have a place in God’s

new world, but only those who carry out My Father

God’s will. In the day of My coming many shall say,

‘ Lord, Lord, have we not preached, saved men from

the sway of dark powers of evil, healed them body and

soul, and all in Thy name ? ‘ And after all I shall have

to tell them publicly, ‘ You were never Mine ; depart

from Me, you are rebels all of you.’ All depends, you

see, upon the reality of men’s relations with Me. The

man who listens to My words and carries them into

action is like a sensible builder, who builds his house

upon the solid rock. The rainy season comes, rivers

rise, fierce gusts of wind come sweeping down upon the

house, and yet it does not fall ; its foundation lies

secure upon the rock. As for the man, whoever he be,

who listens to My words and does not carry them into

practice, he is like a heedless builder, who builds his

house on loose sandy soil.- The rainy season comes,

rivers rise, fierce gusts of wind batter the house it

totters then down it comes in utter ruin !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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