Jesus' Sermon on the Plain
Today's English Version (TEV) -- Copyright 1976, 1992, American Bible Society. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
|Commentary on Sermon on the Plain|
"Happiness and Sorrow" - 20 Jesus looked at his disciples and said,
"Happy are you poor; the Kingdom of God is yours!
21 "Happy are you who are hungry now; you will be filled!
"Happy are you who weep now; you will laugh!
22 "Happy are you when people hate you, reject you, insult you, and say that you are evil, all because of the Son of Man! 23 Be glad when that happens and dance for joy, because a great reward is kept for you in heaven. For their ancestors did the very same things to the prophets.
24 "But how terrible for you who are rich now; you have had your easy life!
25 "How terrible for you who are full now; you will go hungry!
"How terrible for you who laugh now; you will mourn and weep!
terrible when all people speak well of you; their ancestors said the very
same things about the false prophets.
"Love for Enemies" - 27 "But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you. 29 If anyone hits you on one cheek, let him hit the other one too; if someone takes your coat, let him have your shirt as well. 30 Give to everyone who asks you for something, and when someone takes what is yours, do not ask for it back.
Golden Rule - 31 Do for others just what you want them to do for you.
32 "If you love only the people who love you, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners love those who love them! 33 And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners do that! 34 And if you lend only to those from whom you hope to get it back, why should you receive a blessing? Even sinners lend to sinners, to get back the same amount! 35 No! Love your enemies and do good to them; lend and expect nothing back. You will then have a great reward, and you will be sons of the Most High God. For he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked. 36 Be merciful just as your Father is merciful.
"Judging Others" - 37 "Do not judge others, and God will not judge you; do not condemn others, and God will not condemn you; forgive others, and God will forgive you. 38 Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands -- all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you."
39 And Jesus told them this parable: "One blind man cannot lead another one; if he does, both will fall into a ditch. 40 No pupil is greater than his teacher; but every pupil, when he has completed his training, will be like his teacher.
41 "Why do you look at the speck in your brother's eye, but pay no attention to the log in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, "Please, brother, let me take that speck out of your eye,' yet cannot even see the log in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother's eye.
"A Tree and Its Fruit" - 43 "A healthy tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a poor tree bear good fruit. 44 Every tree is known by the fruit it bears; you do not pick figs from thorn bushes or gather grapes from bramble bushes. 45 A good person brings good out of the treasure of good things in his heart; a bad person brings bad out of his treasure of bad things. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.
Two House Builders"
- 46 "Why do you call me, "Lord, Lord,' and yet don't do what I
tell you? 47 Anyone who comes to me and listens to my words and obeys them
-- I will show you what he is like. 48 He is like a man who, in building his
house, dug deep and laid the foundation on rock. The river flooded over and
hit that house but could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But anyone
who hears my words and does not obey them is like a man who built his house
without laying a foundation; when the flood hit that house it fell at once
-- and what a terrible crash that was!"
See also the text of The Sermon on the Mount at http://www.bibletexts.com/texts/som.htm.
Copyright 1996-2003 Robert Nguyen Cramer