aWhen Jesus saw the crowds, He went up on bthe mountain; and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
aHe opened His mouth and began to teach them, saying,
"aBlessed are the poor in spirit, for btheirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are athose who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
"Blessed are athe gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
"Blessed are athose who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
"Blessed are athe merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
"Blessed are athe pure in heart, for bthey shall see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for athey shall be called sons of God.
"Blessed are those who have been apersecuted for the sake of righteousness, for btheirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when people ainsult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.
"Rejoice and be glad, for your reward in heaven is great; for ain the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
"You are the salt of the earth; but aif the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled under foot by men.
"You are athe light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden;
anor does anyone light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on the lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house.
"Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may asee your good works, and bglorify your Father who is in heaven.
"Do not think that I came to abolish the aLaw or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
"For truly I say to you, auntil heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
"Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least ain the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
"For I say to you that unless your arighteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.
"aYou have heard that the ancients were told, 'bYOU SHALL NOT COMMIT MURDER' and 'Whoever commits murder shall be liable to cthe court.'
"But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother shall be guilty before athe court; and whoever says to his brother, 'You good-for-nothing,' shall be guilty before bthe supreme court; and whoever says, 'You fool,' shall be guilty enough to go into the