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1 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
2 Some of the Pharisees asked, "Why are you
doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath?"
3 Jesus answered them, "Have you never read
what David did when he and his companions were hungry?
4 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."
5 Then Jesus said to them, "The Son of Man
is Lord of the Sabbath."
6 On another Sabbath he went into the synagogue
and was teaching, and a man was there whose right hand was
7 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.
8 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.
9 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?"
10 He looked around at them all, and then said
to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He did so, and his
hand was completely restored.
11 But they were furious and began to discuss
with one another what they might do to Jesus.
12 One of those days Jesus went out to a
mountainside to pray, and spent the night praying to God.
13 When morning came, he called his disciples to
him and chose twelve of them, whom he also designated apostles:
14 Simon (whom he named Peter), his brother
Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew,
15 Matthew, Thomas, James son of Alphaeus, Simon
who was called the Zealot,
16 Judas son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who
became a traitor.
17 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,
18 who had come to hear him and to be healed of
their diseases. Those troubled by evil spirits were cured,
19 and the people all tried to touch him,
because power was coming from him and healing them all.
20 Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed
are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will
be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
22 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.
23 "Rejoice in that day and leap for joy,
because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their
fathers treated the prophets.
24 "But woe to you who are rich, for you
have already received your comfort.
25 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.
26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, for that is how
their fathers treated the false prophets.
27 "But I tell you who hear me: Love your
enemies, do good to those who hate you,
28 bless those who curse you, pray for those who
29 You have heard that it was said: An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.' But now I tell you do not take revenge
on someone who wrongs you. If anyone slaps you on your right cheek, let them slap your left too. And if someone takes you to
court to sue you for your shirt, let him have your coat as well. And if one of the occupation troops forces you to carry his
pack one kilometre, carry it two. When someone asks you for something, give it to him; when someone asks to borrow something
give it to them."
30 Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone
takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back.
31 Do to others as you would have them do to you.
32 "If you love those who love you, what
credit is that to you? Even `sinners' love those who love them.
33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit
is that to you? Even `sinners' do that.
34 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.
35 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.
36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 "Do not judge, and you will not be
judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive,
and you will be forgiven.
38 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."
39 He also told them this parable: "Can a
blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?
40 A student is not above his teacher, but
everyone who is fully trained will be like his teacher.
41 "Why do you look at the speck of sawdust
in your brother's eye and pay no attention to the plank in your
42 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.
43 "No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does
a bad tree bear good fruit.
44 Each tree is recognized by its own fruit.
People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or grapes from briers.
45 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 speaks.
46 "Why do you call me, `Lord, Lord,' and
do not do what I say?
47 I will show you what he is like who comes to
me and hears my words and puts them into practice.
48 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
49 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."