1Now on a sabbath he happened to be passing through grainfields, and his disciples were plucking and eating the heads of grain, rubbing them with their hands.2At this some of the Pharisees said: “Why are YOU doing what is not lawful on the sabbath?”3But Jesus said in reply to them: “Have YOU never read the very thing David did when he and the men with him got hungry?4How he entered into the house of God and received the loaves of presentation and ate and gave some to the men with him, which it is lawful for no one to eat but for the priests only?”5And he went on to say to them: “Lord of the sabbath is what the Son of man is.”
6In the course of another sabbath he entered into the synagogue and began teaching. And there was a man present whose right hand was withered.7The scribes and the Pharisees were now watching him closely to see whether he would cure on the sabbath, in order to find some way to accuse him.8He, however, knew their reasonings, yet he said to the man with the withered hand: “Get up and stand in the center.” And he rose and took his stand.9Then Jesus said to them: “I ask YOU men, Is it lawful on the sabbath to do good or to do injury, to save or to destroy a soul?”10And after looking around at them all, he said to the man: “Stretch out your hand.” He did so, and his hand was restored.11But they became filled with madness, and they began to talk over with one another what they might do to Jesus.
12In the progress of these days he went out into the mountain to pray, and he continued the whole night in prayer to God.13But when it became day he called his disciples to him and chose from among them twelve, whom he also named apostles:14Simon, whom he also named Peter, and Andrew his brother, and James and John, and Philip and Bar‧thol′o‧mew,15and Matthew and Thomas, and James [the son] of Al‧phae′us, and Simon who is called “the zealous one,”16and Judas [the son] of James, and Judas Is‧car′i‧ot, who turned traitor.
17And he came down with them and took his station on a level place, and there was a great crowd of his disciples, and a great multitude of people from all of Ju‧de′a and Jerusalem and the maritime country of Tyre and Si′don, who came to hear him and be healed of their sicknesses.18Even those troubled with unclean spirits were cured.19And all the crowd were seeking to touch him, because power was going out of him and healing them all.
20And he lifted up his eyes upon his disciples and began to say:
“Happy are YOU poor, because YOURS is the kingdom of God.
21“Happy are YOU who hunger now, because YOU will be filled.
“Happy are YOU who weep now, because YOU will laugh.
22“Happy are YOU whenever men hate YOU, and whenever they exclude YOU and reproach YOU and cast out YOUR name as wicked for the sake of the Son of man.23Rejoice in that day and leap, for, look! YOUR reward is great in heaven, for those are the same things their forefathers used to do to the prophets.
24“But woe to YOU rich persons, because YOU are having YOUR consolation in full.
25“Woe to YOU who are filled up now, because YOU will go hungry.
“Woe, YOU who are laughing now, because YOU will mourn and weep.
26“Woe, whenever all men speak well of YOU, for things like these are what their forefathers did to the false prophets.
27“But I say to YOU who are listening, Continue to love YOUR enemies, to do good to those hating YOU,28to bless those cursing YOU, to pray for those who are insulting YOU.29To him that strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also; and from him that takes away your outer garment, do not withhold even the undergarment.30Give to everyone asking you, and from the one taking your things away do not ask [them] back.
31“Also, just as YOU want men to do to YOU, do the same way to them.
32“And if YOU love those loving YOU, of what credit is it to YOU? For even the sinners love those loving them.33And if YOU do good to those doing good to YOU, really of what credit is it to YOU? Even the sinners do the same.34Also, if YOU lend [without interest] to those from whom YOU hope to receive, of what credit is it to YOU? Even sinners lend [without interest] to sinners that they may get back as much.35To the contrary, continue to love YOUR enemies and to do good and to lend [without interest], not hoping for anything back; and YOUR reward will be great, and YOU will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind toward the unthankful and wicked.36Continue becoming merciful, just as YOUR Father is merciful.
37“Moreover, stop judging, and YOU will by no means be judged; and stop condemning, and YOU will by no means be condemned. Keep on releasing, and YOU will be released.38Practice giving, and people will give to YOU. They will pour into YOUR laps a fine measure, pressed down, shaken together and overflowing. For with the measure that YOU are measuring out, they will measure out to YOU in return.”
39Then he also spoke an illustration to them: “A blind man cannot guide a blind man, can he? Both will tumble into a pit, will they not?40A pupil is not above his teacher, but everyone that is perfectly instructed will be like his teacher.41Why, then, do you look at the straw that is in your brother’s eye, but do not observe the rafter that is in your own eye?42How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, allow me to extract the straw that is in your eye,’ while you yourself are not looking at the rafter in that eye of yours? Hypocrite! First extract the rafter from your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to extract the straw that is in your brother’s eye.
43“For there is not a fine tree producing rotten fruit; again there is not a rotten tree producing fine fruit.44For each tree is known by its own fruit. For example, people do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they cut grapes off a thornbush.45A good man brings forth good out of the good treasure of his heart, but a wicked man brings forth what is wicked out of his wicked [treasure]; for out of the heart’s abundance his mouth speaks.
46“Why, then, do YOU call me ‘Lord! Lord!’ but do not do the things I say?47Everyone that comes to me and hears my words and does them, I will show YOU whom he is like:48He is like a man building a house, who dug and went down deep and laid a foundation upon the rock‐mass. Consequently, when a flood arose, the river dashed against that house, but was not strong enough to shake it, because of its being well built.49On the other hand, he who hears and does not do, is like a man who built a house upon the ground without a foundation. Against it the river dashed, and immediately it collapsed, and the ruin of that house became great.”