1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:

2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.

14 Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.

15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.

16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

18 For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

20 For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21 Ye have heard that it was said of them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:

22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

23 Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;

24 Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.

25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

26 Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.

27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:

28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.

29 And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

30 And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.

31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:

32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.

33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:

34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:

35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:

39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.

40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.

41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.

42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.

44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?

47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?

48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

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Matthew 5:37 -
But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
This is seen by the fortune file (used in WinFortune and on many Unix systems as:
The New Testament offers the basis for modern computer coding theory, in the form of an affirmation of the binary number system.
However, it should also be noted that it is 'Yea, Yea' and 'Nay, nay', not just a singular Yea or Nay. This notes that Matthew was written by someone who was also aware of the need for redundancy and error detection and correction.

Gods be praised!

Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
back to: Matthew
Book: Matthew
Chapter: 5

Christ's Sermon On the Mount. (1,2) Who are blessed. (3-12)
Exhortations and warnings. (13-16) Christ came to confirm the
Law. (17-20) The sixth commandment. (21-26) The seventh
commandment. (27-32) The third commandment. (33-37) The Law of
retaliation. (38-42) The Law of Love explained. (43-48)

1-2 None will find happiness in this world or the next, who do
not seek it from Christ By the rule of his Word. He taught them
what was the evil they should abhor, and what the good they
should seek and abound in.

3-12 Our Saviour here gives eight characters of blessed people,
which represent to us the principal graces of a Christian. 1.
The Poor in Spirit are happy. These bring their minds to their
condition, when it is a low condition. They are humble and lowly
in their own eyes. They see their want, bewail their guilt, and
thirst after a Redeemer. The kingdom of Grace is of such; the
kingdom of Glory is for them. 2. Those that Mourn are happy.
That godly sorrow which worketh true Repentance, watchfulness, a
humble mind, and continual dependence for acceptance On the
Mercy of God in Christ Jesus, with constant seeking the Holy
Spirit, to cleanse away the remaining evil, seems here to be
intended. Heaven is the joy of our Lord; a mountain of joy, to
which our way is through a vale of tears. Such mourners shall be
comforted By their God. 3. The meek are happy. The meek are
those who quietly submit to God; who can Bear insult; are
silent, or return a soft answer; who, in their patience, keep
possession of their own souls, when they can scarcely keep
possession of anything else. These meek ones are happy, even in
this world. Meekness promotes wealth, comfort, and safety, even
in this world. 4. Those who hunger and thirst after
Righteousness are happy. Righteousness is here Put for all
spiritual blessings. These are purchased for us By the
Righteousness of Christ, confirmed By the faithfulness of God.
Our desires of spiritual blessings must be Earnest. Though all
desires for Grace are not Grace, yet such a desire as this, is a
desire of God's own raising, and he will not forsake the work of
his own hands. 5. The merciful are happy. We must not only Bear
our own Afflictions patiently, but we must do all we can to help
those who are in misery. We must have compassion On the souls of
others, and help them; pity those who are in Sin, and seek to
snatch them as brands out of the burning. 6. The pure in Heart
are happy; for they shall see God. Here Holiness and happiness
are fully described and Put together. The Heart must be purified
By Faith, and kept for God. Create in me such a Clean Heart, O
God. None but the pure are capable of seeing God, nor would
Heaven be happiness to the impure. As God cannot endure to look
upon their iniquity, So they cannot look upon his purity. 7. The
peace-makers are happy. They Love, and desire, and delight in
peace; and study to be quiet. They keep the peace that it be not
broken, and recover it when it is broken. If the peace-makers
are blessed, woe to the peace-breakers! 8. Those who are
persecuted for Righteousness' sake are happy. This saying is
Peculiar to Christianity; and it is more largely insisted upon
than any of the Rest. Yet there is nothing in our sufferings
that can merit of God; but God will provide that those who lose
for him, though Life itself, shall not lose By him in the End.
Blessed Jesus! how different are thy maxims from those of men of
this world! They Call the proud happy, and admire the gay, the
rich, the powerful, and the victorious. May we find Mercy from
the Lord; may we be owned as his children, and inherit his
kingdom. With these enjoyments and hopes, we may cheerfully
welcome low or painful circumstances.

13-16 Ye are the Salt of the Earth. Mankind, lying in ignorance
and wickedness, were as a vast Heap, ready to putrefy; but
Christ sent forth his disciples, By their lives and doctrines to
season it with knowledge and Grace. If they are not such as they
should be, they are as Salt that has lost its savour. If a Man
can take up the profession of Christ, and yet remain graceless,
No other doctrine, No other means, can make him profitable. Our
Light must shine, By doing such good Works as men may see. What
is between God and our souls, must be kept to ourselves; but
that which is of itself open to the sight of men, we must study
to make suitable to our profession, and praiseworthy. We must
aim at the Glory of God.

17-20 Let none suppose that Christ allows his people to trifle
with any commands of God's holy Law. No sinner partakes of
Christ's justifying Righteousness, till he repents of his evil
deeds. The Mercy revealed in the Gospel leads the believer to
still deeper self-abhorrence. The Law is the Christian's rule of
duty, and he delights therein. If a Man, pretending to be
Christ's Disciple, encourages himself in any allowed
disobedience to the holy Law of God, or teaches others to do the
same, whatever his station or reputation among men may be, he
can be No true Disciple. Christ's Righteousness, imputed to us
By Faith alone, is needed By every one that enters the kingdom
of Grace or of Glory; but the new Creation of the Heart to
Holiness, produces a thorough change in a Man's temper and

21-26 The Jewish teachers had taught, that nothing except
actual Murder was forbidden By the sixth commandment. Thus they
explained away its spiritual meaning. Christ showed the full
meaning of this commandment; according to which we must be
judged hereafter, and therefore ought to be ruled now. All rash
Anger is Heart Murder. By our Brother, here, we are to
understand any person, though ever So much below us, for we are
all made of one Blood. "Raca," is a scornful Word, and comes
from pride: "Thou fool," is a spiteful Word, and comes from
Hatred. Malicious slanders and censures are Poison that kills
secretly and slowly. Christ told them that how Light soever they
made of these sins, they would certainly be called into Judgment
for them. We ought carefully to preserve Christian Love and
peace with all our brethren; and if at any time there is a
quarrel, we should confess our fault, humble ourselves to our
Brother, making or Offering satisfaction for wrong done in Word
or deed: and we should do this quickly; because, till this is
done, we are unfit for Communion with God in holy ordinances.
And when we are preparing for any religious exercises, it is
good for us to make that an occasion of serious reflection and
self-examination. What is here said is very applicable to our
being reconciled to God through Christ. While we are alive, we
are in the way to his judgement-seat; after Death, it will be
too late. When we consider the importance of the case, and the
uncertainty of Life, how needful it is to seek peace with God,
without delay!

27-32 Victory over the desires of the Heart, must be attended
with painful exertions. But it must be done. Every thing is
bestowed to save us from our sins, not in them. All our senses
and powers must be kept from those things which lead to
transgression. Those who lead others into Temptation to Sin, By
Dress or in other ways, or leave them in it, or expose them to
it, make themselves guilty of their Sin, and will be accountable
for it. If painful operations are submitted to, that our lives
may be saved, what ought our minds to shrink from, when the
Salvation of our souls is concerned? There is tender Mercy under
all the Divine requirements, and the Grace and consolations of
the Spirit will enable us to attend to them.

33-37 There is No reason to consider that solemn oaths in a
Court of Justice, or On other proper occasions, are wrong,
provided they are taken with due reverence. But all oaths taken
without necessity, or in common Conversation, must be sinful, as
Well as all those expressions which are appeals to God, though
persons think thereby to evade the guilt of swearing. The worse
men are, the less they are bound By oaths; the better they are,
the less there is need for them. Our Lord does not enjoin the
precise terms wherein we are to affirm or deny, but such a
constant regard to Truth as would render oaths unnecessary.

38-42 The Plain instruction is, Suffer any injury that can be
borne, for the sake of peace, committing your concerns to the
Lord's keeping. And the sum of all is, that Christians must
avoid disputing and striving. If any say, Flesh and Blood cannot
pass By such an affront, let them remember, that Flesh and Blood
shall not inherit the Kingdom of God; and those who act upon
right principles will have most peace and comfort.

43-48 The Jewish teachers By "neighbour" understood only those
who were of their own country, nation, and religion, whom they
were pleased to look upon as their friends. The Lord Jesus
teaches that we must do all the real kindness we can to all,
especially to their souls. We must pray for them. While many
will render good for good, we must render good for evil; and
this will speak a nobler principle than most men act By. Others
salute their brethren, and embrace those of their own party, and
way, and opinion, but we must not So confine our respect. It is
the duty of Christians to desire, and aim at, and press towards
Perfection in Grace and Holiness. And therein we must study to
conform ourselves to the Example of our heavenly Father, 1Pe
1:15,16. Surely more is to be expected from the followers of
Christ than from others; surely more will be found in them than
in others. Let us Beg of God to enable us to prove ourselves his

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