The words of Jesus taken from the Gospel of Matthew
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"Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness."
It is written: 'Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from
the mouth of God.
It is also written: 'Do not put the Lord your God to the test.
Away from me, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve him
Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.
Come, follow me, .. and I will make you fishers of men.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are
those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they will
inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for
they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed
are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they
will be called sons of God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds
of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward
in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be
made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and
trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.
Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its
stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light
shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come
to abolish them but to fulfill them. I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth
disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means
disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. Anyone who breaks one of
the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called
least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands
will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you that unless your righteousness
surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not
enter the kingdom of heaven.
You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not murder, and anyone
who murders will be subject to judgment.' But I tell you that anyone who is angry
with his brother will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to his brother,
'Raca,' is answerable to the Sanhedrin. But anyone who says, 'You fool!' will be
in danger of the fire of hell.
Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your
brother has something against you, l eave your gift there in front of the altar.
First go and be reconciled to your brother; then come and offer your gift.
Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while
you are still with him on the way, or he may hand you over to the judge, and the
judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. I tell
you the truth, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.
You have heard that it was said, 'Do not commit adultery.' But I tell you that anyone
who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better
for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into
hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. It
is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into
It has been said, 'Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.'
But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness,
causes her to become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced woman commits
Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your
oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' But I tell you, Do not swear
at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; or by the earth, for it is his
footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear
by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your 'Yes'
be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
You have heard that it was said, 'Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth.' But I tell you,
Do not resist an evil person. If someone strikes you on the right cheek, turn to
him the other also. And if someone wants to sue you and take your tunic, let him
have your cloak as well. If someone forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles.
Give to the one who asks you, and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow
You have heard that it was said, 'Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I
tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be
sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good,
and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. If you love those who love you,
what reward will you get? Are not even the tax collectors doing that? And if you
greet only your brothers, what are you doing more than others? Do not even pagans
do that? Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
"Be careful not to do your 'acts of righteousness' before men, to be seen by them.
If you do, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
"So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites
do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by men. I tell you the truth,
they have received their reward in full.
But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand
is doing, so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is
done in secret, will reward you.
"And when you pray, do not be like the hypocrites, for they love to pray standing
in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by men. I tell you the truth,
they have received their reward in full. But when you pray, go into your room, close
the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what
is done in secret, will reward you. And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like
pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words. Do not be
like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.
"This, then, is how you should pray, " 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our
daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead
us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For if you forgive men
when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you
do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.
"When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their
faces to show men they are fasting. I tell you the truth, they have received their
reward in full. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that
it will not be obvious to men that you are fasting, but only to your Father, who
is unseen; and your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.
"Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy,
and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven,
where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eyes are good, your whole body will be
full of light. But if your eyes are bad, your whole body will be full of darkness.
If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
"No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or
he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and
"Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink;
or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and
the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow
or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you
not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to
"And why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do
not labor or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed
like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here
today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you, O you
of little faith? So do not worry, saying, 'What shall we eat?' Or 'What shall we
drink?' Or 'What shall we wear?' For the pagans run after all these things, and
your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his
righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not
worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble
of its own.
"Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For in the same way you judge others, you
will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.
"Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother's eye and pay no attention
to the plank in your own eye? How can you say to your brother, 'Let me take the speck
out of your eye,' when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? You hypocrite,
first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove
the speck from your brother's eye.
"Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they
may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces.
"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will
be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him
who knocks, the door will be opened.
"Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for
a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give
good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts
to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do
to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.
"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads
to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the road
that leads to life, and only a few find it.
"Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly
they are ferocious wolves. By their fruit you will recognize them. Do people pick
grapes from thornbushes, or figs from thistles? Likewise every good tree bears good
fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad
tree cannot bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down
and thrown into the fire. Thus, by their fruit you will recognize them.
"Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of heaven, but
only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that
day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and in your name drive out demons
and perform many miracles?' Then I will tell them plainly, 'I never knew you. Away
from me, you evildoers!'
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is
like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams
rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because
it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and
does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.
The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house,
and it fell with a great crash."
When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching,
because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.
"I am willing,"
"See that you don't tell anyone. But go, show yourself to the priest and offer the
gift Moses commanded, as a testimony to them."
"I will go and heal him."
"I tell you the truth, I have not found anyone in Israel with such great faith. I
say to you that many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places
at the feast with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. But the subjects
of the kingdom will be thrown outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping
and gnashing of teeth."
"Go! It will be done just as you believed it would."
"Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has no place
to lay his head."
"Follow me, and let the dead bury their own dead."
"You of little faith, why are you so afraid?"
"Take heart, son; your sins are forgiven."
"Why do you entertain evil thoughts in your hearts? Which is easier: to say, 'Your
sins are forgiven,' or to say, 'Get up and walk'? But so that you may know that the
Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins...."
"Get up, take your mat and go home."
"It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. But go and learn what this
means: 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice. For I have not come to call the righteous,
"How can the guests of the bridegroom mourn while he is with them? The time will
come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; then they will fast.
"No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull
away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do men pour new wine into old
wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst, the wine will run out and the wineskins
will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved."
"Take heart, daughter," "your faith has healed you."
"Go away. The girl is not dead but asleep."
"Do you believe that I am able to do this?"
"According to your faith will it be done to you";
"See that no one knows about this."
"The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore,
to send out workers into his harvest field."
As you go, preach this message: 'The kingdom of heaven is near.' Heal the sick, raise
the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received,
freely give. Do not take along any gold or silver or copper in your belts; take no
bag for the journey, or extra tunic, or sandals or a staff; for the worker is worth
"Whatever town or village you enter, search for some worthy person there and stay
at his house until you leave. As you enter the home, give it your greeting. If the
home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return
to you. If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, shake the dust off
your feet when you leave that home or town. I tell you the truth, it will be more
bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town. I am sending
you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent
"Be on your guard against men; they will hand you over to the local councils and
flog you in their synagogues. On my account you will be brought before governors
and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles. But when they arrest you, do
not worry about what to say or how to say it. At that time you will be given what
to say, for it will not be you speaking, but the Spirit of your Father speaking through
"Brother will betray brother to death, and a father his child; children will rebel
against their parents and have them put to death. All men will hate you because of
me, but he who stands firm to the end will be saved. When you are persecuted in one
place, flee to another. I tell you the truth, you will not finish going through the
cities of Israel before the Son of Man comes.
"A student is not above his teacher, nor a servant above his master. It is enough
for the student to be like his teacher, and the servant like his master. If the head
of the house has been called Beelzebub, how much more the members of his household!
"So do not be afraid of them. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed,
or hidden that will not be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the
daylight; what is whispered in your ear, proclaim from the roofs. Do not be afraid
of those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather, be afraid of the One
who can destroy both soul and body in hell. Are not two sparrows sold for a penny?
Yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from the will of your Father. And
even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth
more than many sparrows.
"Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father
in heaven. But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father
"Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring
peace, but a sword. For I have come to turn " 'a man against his father, a daughter
against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law - a man's enemies
will be the members of his own household.'
"Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who
loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; and anyone who does not
take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. Whoever finds his life will lose
it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.
"He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent
me. Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet's
reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will
receive a righteous man's reward. And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to
one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will
certainly not lose his reward."
Go back and report to John what you hear and see: The blind receive sight, the lame
walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the
good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account
What did you go out into the desert to see? A reed swayed by the wind? If not, what
did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes
are in kings' palaces. Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you,
and more than a prophet. This is the one about whom it is written: 'I will send
my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.' I tell you the
truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the
Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the
days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing,
and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until
John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come. He who
has ears, let him hear.
To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the market-places
and calling out to others:
'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did
For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon.' The Son
of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Here is a glutton and a drunkard,
a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is proved right by her actions.
Woe to you, Korazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles that were performed in
you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth
and ashes. But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day
of judgment than for you. And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted up to the skies?
No, you will go down to the depths. If the miracles that were performed in you had
been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day. But I tell you that
it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.
At that time Jesus said, I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because
you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little
Yes, Father, for this was your good pleasure.
All things have been committed to me by my Father. No-one knows the Son except the
Father, and no-one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses
to reveal him.
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.
Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and
you will find rest for your souls.
For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
Haven't you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He entered
the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread— which was
not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. Or haven't you read in the Law
that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple desecrate the day and yet are innocent?
I tell you that one greater than the temple is here. If you had known what these
words mean, 'I desire mercy, not sacrifice,' you would not have condemned the innocent.
For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.
If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take
hold of it and lift it out? How much more valuable is a man than a sheep! Therefore
it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath. Then he said to the man, Stretch out your
hand. So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the
Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will
put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations. He will not quarrel
or cry out; no-one will hear his voice in the streets. A bruised reed he will not
break, and a smouldering wick he will not snuff out, till he leads justice to victory.
In his name the nations will put their hope.
Every kingdom divided against itself will be ruined, and every city or household
divided against itself will not stand. If Satan drives out Satan, he is divided against
himself. How then can his kingdom stand? And if I drive out demons by Beelzebub,
by whom do your people drive them out? So then, they will be your judges. But if
I drive out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Or again, how can anyone enter a strong man's house and carry off his possessions
unless he first ties up the strong man? Then he can rob his house. He who is not
with me is against me, and he who does not gather with me scatters. And so I tell
you, every sin and blasphemy will be forgiven men, but the blasphemy against the
Spirit will not be forgiven. Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will
be forgiven, but anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven,
either in this age or in the age to come.
Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will
be bad, for a tree is recognised by its fruit.
You brood of vipers, how can you who are evil say anything good? For out of the overflow
of the heart the mouth speaks.
The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him, and the evil man
brings evil things out of the evil stored up in him. But I tell you that men will
have to give account on the day of judgment for every careless word they have spoken.
For by your words you will be acquitted, and by your words you will be condemned.
A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a miraculous sign! But none will be given
it except the sign of the prophet Jonah. For as Jonah was three days and three nights
in the belly of a huge fish, so the Son of Man will be three days and three nights
in the heart of the earth. The men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with
this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and
now one greater than Jonah is here. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment
with this generation and condemn it; for she came from the ends of the earth to listen
to Solomon's wisdom, and now one greater than Solomon is here.
When an evil spirit comes out of a man, it goes through arid places seeking rest
and does not find it. Then it says, 'I will return to the house I left.' When it
arrives, it finds the house unoccupied, swept clean and put in order. Then it goes
and takes with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and
live there. And the final condition of that man is worse than the first. That is
how it will be with this wicked generation.
Who is my mother, and who are my brothers? Here are my mother and my brothers. For
whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.
A farmer went out to sow his seed. As he was scattering the seed, some fell along
the path, and the birds came and ate it up. Some fell on rocky places, where it did
not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. But when
the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no
root. Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. Still other
seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop— a hundred, sixty or thirty times
what was sown. He who has ears, let him hear.
The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but
not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever
does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them
in parables: Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or
understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: 'You will be ever hearing
but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people's
heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed
their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand
with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.' But blessed are your eyes because
they see, and your ears because they hear. For I tell you the truth, many prophets
and righteous men longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what
you hear but did not hear it.
Listen then to what the parable of the sower means: When anyone hears the message
about the kingdom and does not understand it, the evil one comes and snatches away
what was sown in his heart. This is the seed sown along the path. The one who received
the seed that fell on rocky places is the man who hears the word and at once receives
it with joy. But since he has no root, he lasts only a short time. When trouble or
persecution comes because of the word, he quickly falls away. The one who received
the seed that fell among the thorns is the man who hears the word, but the worries
of this life and the deceitfulness of wealth choke it, making it unfruitful. But
the one who received the seed that fell on good soil is the man who hears the word
and understands it. He produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times
what was sown.
The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone
was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When
the wheat sprouted and formed ears, then the weeds also appeared. The owner's servants
came to him and said, 'Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did
the weeds come from?' 'An enemy did this,' he replied. The servants asked him, 'Do
you want us to go and pull them up?' 'No,' he answered, 'because while you are pulling
the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the
harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie
them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn.'
The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his
field. Though it is the smallest of all your seeds, yet when it grows, it is the
largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and
perch in its branches. He told them still another parable: The kingdom of heaven
is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked
all through the dough.
The one who sowed the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, and the
good seed stands for the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil
one, and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age,
and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire,
so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and
they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.
They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing
of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.
He who has ears, let him hear.
The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he
hid it again, and then in his joy went and sold all he had and bought that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he
found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it.