1. Seeing the crowds, he went onto the mountain. And when he was seated his disciples came to him.
2. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:
3. How blessed are the poor in spirit: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
4. Blessed are the gentle: they shall have the earth as inheritance.
5. Blessed are those who mourn: they shall be comforted.
6. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for uprightness: they shall have their fill.
7. Blessed are the merciful: they shall have mercy shown them.
8. Blessed are the pure in heart: they shall see God.
9. Blessed are the peacemakers: they shall be recognised as children of God.
10. Blessed are those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness: the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.
11. 'Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you falsely on my account.
12. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven; this is how they persecuted the prophets before you.
13. 'You are salt for the earth. But if salt loses its taste, what can make it salty again? It is good for nothing, and can only be thrown out to be trampled under people's feet.
14. 'You are light for the world. A city built on a hill-top cannot be hidden.
15. No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house.
16. In the same way your light must shine in people's sight, so that, seeing your good works, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.
17. 'Do not imagine that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets. I have come not to abolish but to complete them.
18. In truth I tell you, till heaven and earth disappear, not one dot, not one little stroke, is to disappear from the Law until all its purpose is achieved.
19. Therefore, anyone who infringes even one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be considered the least in the kingdom of Heaven; but the person who keeps them and teaches them will be considered great in the kingdom of Heaven.
20. 'For I tell you, if your uprightness does not surpass that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never get into the kingdom of Heaven.
21. 'You have heard how it was said to our ancestors, You shall not kill; and if anyone does kill he must answer for it before the court.
22. But I say this to you, anyone who is angry with a brother will answer for it before the court; anyone who calls a brother "Fool" will answer for it before the Sanhedrin; and anyone who calls him "Traitor" will answer for it in hell fire.
23. So then, if you are bringing your offering to the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you,
24. leave your offering there before the altar, go and be reconciled with your brother first, and then come back and present your offering.
25. Come to terms with your opponent in good time while you are still on the way to the court with him, or he may hand you over to the judge and the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison.
26. In truth I tell you, you will not get out till you have paid the last penny.
27. 'You have heard how it was said, You shall not commit adultery.
28. But I say this to you, if a man looks at a woman lustfully, he has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
29. If your right eye should be your downfall, tear it out and throw it away; for it will do you less harm to lose one part of yourself than to have your whole body thrown into hell.
30. And if your right hand should be your downfall, cut it off and throw it away; for it will do you less harm to lose one part of yourself than to have your whole body go to hell.
31. 'It has also been said, Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a writ of dismissal.
32. But I say this to you, everyone who divorces his wife, except for the case of an illicit marriage, makes her an adulteress; and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
33. 'Again, you have heard how it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but must fulfil your oaths to the Lord.
34. But I say this to you, do not swear at all, either by heaven, since that is God's throne;
35. or by earth, since that is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, since that is the city of the great King.
36. Do not swear by your own head either, since you cannot turn a single hair white or black.
37. All you need say is "Yes" if you mean yes, "No" if you mean no; anything more than this comes from the Evil One.
38. 'You have heard how it was said: Eye for eye and tooth for tooth.
39. But I say this to you: offer no resistance to the wicked. On the contrary, if anyone hits you on the right cheek, offer him the other as well;
40. if someone wishes to go to law with you to get your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.
41. And if anyone requires you to go one mile, go two miles with him.
42. Give to anyone who asks you, and if anyone wants to borrow, do not turn away.
43. 'You have heard how it was said, You will love your neighbour and hate your enemy.
44. But I say this to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you;
45. so that you may be children of your Father in heaven, for he causes his sun to rise on the bad as well as the good, and sends down rain to fall on the upright and the wicked alike.
46. For if you love those who love you, what reward will you get? Do not even the tax collectors do as much?
47. And if you save your greetings for your brothers, are you doing anything exceptional?
48. Do not even the gentiles do as much? You must therefore be perfect, just as your heavenly Father is perfect.'