- One Sabbath Jesus was going through the
grainfields, and his disciples began to pick some heads of grain, rub them
in their hands and eat the kernels.
- Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are
you doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"
- Jesus answered them, "Have you never
read what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
- He entered the house of God, and taking
the consecrated bread, he ate what is lawful only for priests to eat. And
he also gave some to his companions."
- Then Jesus said to them, "The Son of
Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
- On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue
and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was shriveled.
- The Pharisees and the teachers of the law
were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to
see if he would heal on the Sabbath.
- But Jesus knew what they were thinking and
said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Get up and stand in front of
everyone." So he got up and stood there.
- Then Jesus said to them, "I ask you,
which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or
to destroy it?"
- He looked around at them all, and then said
to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his hand was
- But they were furious and began to discuss
with one another what they might do to Jesus.
- One of those days Jesus went out to a mountainside
to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
- When morning came, he called his disciples
to him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:
- Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother
Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
- Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus,
Simon who was called the Zealot,
- Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot,
who became a traitor.
- He went down with them and stood on a level
place. A large crowd of his disciples was there and a great number of people
from all over Judea, from Jerusalem, and from the coast of Tyre and Sidon,
- who had come to hear him and to be healed
of their diseases. Those troubled by evil spirits were cured,
- and the people all tried to touch him, because
power was coming from him and healing them all.
- Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed
are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
- Blessed are you who hunger now, for you
will be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
- Blessed are you when men hate you, when
they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the
Son of Man.
- "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy,
because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their fathers treated
- "But woe to you who are rich, for you
have already received your comfort.
- Woe to you who are well fed now, for you
will go hungry. Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep.
- Woe to you when all men speak well of you,
for that is how their fathers treated the false prophets.
- "But I tell you who hear me: Love your
enemies, do good to those who hate you,
- bless those who curse you, pray for those
who mistreat you.
- If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn
to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking
- Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone
takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
- Do to others as you would have them do to
- "If you love those who love you, what
credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' love those who love them.
- And if you do good to those who are good
to you, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' do that.
- And if you lend to those from whom you expect
repayment, what credit is that to you? Even 'sinners' lend to 'sinners,' expecting
to be repaid in full.
- But love your enemies, do good to them,
and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward
will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to
the ungrateful and wicked.
- Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
- "Do not judge, and you will not be
judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will
- Give, and it will be given to you. A good
measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into
your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you."
- He also told them this parable: "Can
a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
- A student is not above his teacher, but
everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
- "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, 'Brother,
let me take the speck out of your eye,' when you yourself fail to see the
plank in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your eye,
and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother's eye.
- "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor
does a bad tree bear good fruit.
- Each tree is recognized by its own fruit.
People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.
- The good man brings good things out of the
good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the
evil stored up in his heart. For out of the overflow of his heart his mouth
- "Why do you call me, 'Lord, Lord,'
and do not do what I say?
- I will show you what he is like who comes
to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.
- He is like a man building a house, who dug
down deep and laid the foundation on rock. When a flood came, the torrent
struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.
- But the one who hears my words and does
not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without
a foundation. The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its
destruction was complete."