Matthew 5

Authorised Lay Bible

1. But when he saw the multitudes, he ascended up into the mountain. And he sat down, [and] they came to him, those who were disciples of his.
2. And opening his mouth, he taught them saying,
3. “Blessed are those that are poor of spirit, because theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.
4. Blessed are those that mourn, because they shall be comforted.
5. Blessed are those who are meek, because they shall inherit the earth.
6. Blessed are those who hunger and those who thirst for righteousness, because they shall be satisfied.
7. Blessed are those who are merciful, because they shall obtain mercy.
8. Blessed are those who are pure in heart, because they shall see God.
9. Blessed are those who are peacemakers, because they shall be called sons of God.
10. Blessed are those who are persecuted for the sake of the kingdom of the heavens.
11. Blessed are ye when you are reproached and persecuted, and they say every evil word [of rhema] against you falsely, because of me.
12. Rejoice ye and be exceedingly joyful, because for it your reward is great in the heavens. For in such manner persecuted they those prophets that were before you.
13. Ye are the salt of the earth. But if the salt is tasteless, in what shall it be a seasoning. For it is useless, its strength is no more, except to be thrown out, and trodden underfoot by men.
14. Ye are the light of the world. You cannot hide a city that is set above a mountain.
15. Nor do ye lit a lamp, and place it under the measuring bowl, but upon the lampstand, so that it beams over all that are in the house.
16. In this manner let your light shine before men, so that they shall see those good works of yours, and give glory to your Father, the one who is in the heavens.
17. Think ye not that I came to undo the law or the prophets. I came not to destroy, but to complete it.
18. This is true . For I say to you, until the heavens and the earth pass away, one letter, or a punctuation mark shall not at all pass from the law, until all be fulfilled.
19. He whosoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men to act likewise, he shall be called least in the kingdom of the heavens. But he whosoever does and also teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of the heavens.
20. For I say to you that except your righteousness exceed much more than those of the [religious] scholars and Pharisees, ye cannot enter into the kingdom of the heavens.
21. Ye have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, “Murder ye not,” And “he who murders, he shall be guilty in judgement.”
22. But I say to you, that anyone who is angry with his brother without a just cause is worthy of punishment in judgement. And he whosoever, who says to his brother “You are worthless,” he shall be guilty before the Sanhedrion. And he who says to his brother, “You fool,” shall be condemned to the fire of hell.
23. If therefore ye bring your offering to the altar, and there also, ye remember that any brother of yours has something against you,
24. Leave ye your offering there before the altar, and withdraw yourself, first reconcile with your brother, and thereafter come and give your offering.
25. Be quick to reconcile with your opponent before the law while ye are on the way [to the court] with him, before your opponent deliver you to his subordinate, and ye be cast into the prison.
26. Truly, I say to you, ye cannot come out of that place until ye have paid up to the last farthing.
27. Ye have heard that it was said in ancient times, “Ye shall not commit adultery.”
28. But I say to you that anyone who on seeing a woman, lustfully covets her, has already committed sexual immorality with her in that heart of his.
29. Moreover, if your right eye is a stumbling block to you, pluck it out and throw it out from you. For it is better for you, that one of those members of yours be destroyed, and not your entire body thrown into hell.
30. And if your right hand is a snare to you, cut it off and cast it away from you. For it is better for you that one of those members of yours be destroyed, and not the whole of your body to be thrown into hell.
31. Moreover, it is said that he whosoever puts away his wife, should give to her a [writing of] divorcement.
32. But I say to you that he who divorces his wife, except for the matter of adultery is making her to commit adultery. And he who marries her who is so divorced commits adultery.
33. Again, ye have heard that it was said to those in ancient times, “Swear ye not. Rather, give ye to the Lord your oaths.”
34. But , I say to you, swear ye not at all, neither by the heaven, because it is the throne of God.
35. Nor by the earth, because it is the footstool for his feet. Neither [swear ye] towards Yerusalem, because it is the city of the Great King.
36. Nor by your head swear ye, because ye have no power to make one hair white or black.
37. However, let your word be, Yes, Yes; No, No. For anything more than these is from he who is the devil.
38. Ye [have] heard that it was said, “An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.”
39. But I say to you, do not avenge any evil. Rather to him who slaps you on the right cheek, turn ye to him also the other.
40. And he who wishes to sue you, and to take your innerwear, give to him also your outerwear.
41. And he who compels you to go a mile, go with him two.
42. Give to him who asks you, and from him who wishes to borrow from you, turn not away.
43. Ye have heard that it was said, “Love ye your neighbour, and hate ye your enemy.”
44. But I say to you, love those who are your enemies, speak ye well about those that curse you. Do good to those that hate you, and pray ye on behalf of those who falsely accuse you and persecute you.
45. That is how sons of your Father, the one in the heavens, should be, because he allows the sun to rise over those that are evil, and those that are good, and [sends] rain over those that are righteous and those that are unrighteous.
46. For if ye love only those who love you, what reward have you? None at all. For indeed, those who are tax collectors do the same.
47. And if you greet only those who are your brethren, what do ye more [than they]? Nothing at all. For indeed those who are tax collectors do the same.
48. Be ye therefore perfect, just as he who is your Father, the one who is in the heavens, is perfect.

Started translation 11:18 am 23rd July, 2017. Completed 18:23 pm 27th July, 2017.