1 Jesus saw the many people that were there. So Jesus went up on a hill and sat down. His followers came to him. 2 Jesus taught the people. He said: 3 ”What great blessings there are for the people that ˻know they˼ have spiritual needs! The kingdom of heaven belongs to them. 4 What great blessings there are for the people that are sad now! God will comfort them. 5 What great blessings there are for the people that are humble! They will have the land ˻God promised˼. 6 What great blessings there are for the people that want to do right more than anything else! God will fully satisfy them. 7 What great blessings there are for the people that give mercy to other people! Mercy will be given to them. 8 What great blessings there are for the people that are pure in their thinking! They will be with God. 9 What great blessings there are for the people that work to bring peace! God will call them his sons and daughters. 10 What great blessings there are for the people that are treated badly for doing good! The kingdom of heaven belongs to them. 11 ”People will say bad things against you and hurt you. They will lie and say all kinds of evil things against you because you follow me. But when people do those things to you, know that God will bless you. 12 Be happy and glad. You have a great reward waiting for you in heaven. People did those same bad things to the prophets that lived before you. 13 ”You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its taste, then it cannot be made salty again. Salt is good for nothing, if it loses its salty taste. It must be thrown out and people walk on it. 14 ”You are the light that gives light to the world. A city that is built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 And people don’t hide a light under a bowl. No. People put the light on a lamp table. Then the light shines for all the people in the house. 16 In the same way, you should be a light for other people. Live so that people will see the good things you do. Live so that people will praise your Father in heaven. 17 ”Don’t think that I have come to destroy the law ˻of Moses˼ or the ˻teaching of the˼ prophets. I have not come to destroy their teachings. I came to give full meaning to their teachings. 18 I tell you the truth. Nothing will disappear from the law until heaven and earth are gone. The law will not lose even the smallest letter or the smallest part of a letter until all has happened. 19 A person should obey every command, even a command that does not seem important. If a person refuses to obey any command and teaches other people not to obey that command, then that person will be the least important in the kingdom of heaven. But the person that obeys the law and teaches other people to obey the law will be great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 I tell you that you must do better than the teachers of the law and the Pharisees. If you are not better people, then you will not enter the kingdom of heaven. 21 ”You have heard that it was said to our people long ago, 'Don’t kill any person. And any person that kills will be judged.’ 22 But I tell you, don’t be angry with another person. Every person is your brother. If you are angry with other people, you will be judged. And if you say bad things to another person, you will be judged by the Jewish council. And if you call another person a fool, you will be in danger of the fire of hell. 23 ”So when you offer your gift to God, think about other people. If you are offering your gift before the altar, and you remember that your brother has something against you, 24 then leave your gift there at the altar. Go and make peace with that person. Then come and offer your gift. 25 ”If your enemy is taking you to court, then become friends with him quickly. You should do that before you go to court. If you don’t become his friend, then he might give you to the judge. And the judge might give you to a guard to put you in jail. 26 And I tell you that you will not leave that jail until you have paid everything you owe. 27 ”You have heard that it was said, 'Don’t do the sin of adultery.’ 28 But I tell you that if a person looks at a woman and wants to sin sexually with her, then that person has already done that sin with the woman in his mind. 29 If your right eye makes you sin, then take it out and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than to have your whole body thrown into hell. 30 If your right hand makes you sin, cut it off and throw it away. It is better to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell. 31 ”It was also said, 'Any person that divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.’ 32 But I tell you that any person that divorces his wife is causing his wife to be guilty of the sin of adultery. The only reason for a man to divorce his wife is if his wife had sexual relations with another man. And any man that marries that divorced woman is guilty of the sin of adultery. 33 ”You have heard that it was said to our people long ago, 'When you make a vow ˻(promise)˼, don’t break that promise. Keep the vows ˻(promises)˼ that you make to the Lord.’ 34 But I tell you, never make a vow. Don’t make a vow using the name of heaven, because heaven is God’s throne. 35 Don’t make a vow using the name of the earth, because the earth belongs to God. Don’t make a vow using the name of Jerusalem, because that is the city of the great King ˻(God)˼. 36 And don’t even say that your own head is proof that you will keep your vow. You cannot make one hair on your head become white or black. 37 Say only 'yes’ if you mean yes, and say only 'no’ if you mean no. If you must say more than 'yes’ or 'no,’ it is from the Evil One ˻(the devil)˼. 38 ”You have heard that it was said, 'An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.’ 39 But I tell you, don’t stand against an evil person. If someone hits you on the right cheek, then turn and let him hit the other cheek too. 40 If a person wants to sue you in court and take your shirt, then let him have your coat too. 41 If a soldier forces you to walk with him one mile, then go with him two miles. 42 If a person asks you for something, then give it to him. Don’t refuse to give to a person that wants to borrow from you. 43 ”You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I tell you, love your enemies. Pray for those people that do bad things to you. 45 If you do this, then you will be true sons of your Father in heaven. Your Father lets the sun rise for the good people and the bad people. Your Father sends rain to people that do good and to people that do wrong. 46 If you love only the people that love you, then you will get no reward. Even the tax collectors do that. 47 And if you are nice only to your friends, then you are no better than other people. Even the people without God are nice to their friends. 48 So you must be perfect, the same as your Father in heaven is perfect.