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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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1 Shawn Bose = "Shared with me by my friend Simon, a very nice portrayal of the famed Sermon on the Mount. "
2 Deena E = "Matthew 5:3-11Theses verses are also known as the beatitudes (supreme blessedness)."
3 Shawn Bose = "Billy Graham explains:"In other words, when we come to God, we must realize our own sin and our spiritual emptiness and poverty. We must not be self-satisfied or proud in our hearts, thinking we don’t really need God. If we are, God cannot bless us. The Bible says, “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6)."http://billygraham.org/answer/what-does-it-mean-to-be-poor-in-spirit-as-jesus-said-we-ought-to-be/"
4 Stephanie C = "Matthew 5:12 says to rejoice and be happy because eben before them therefore were the prophets themselves persecuted for their great actions. Be happy be thankful be happy always"
5 Sarah Mangum = "Top 10 Verses for Those Grieving"
6 Deena E = "Blessed are the merciful...This is not an easy one. We all need a little mercy, but if we can be honest, we are generally stingy with giving it. To be merciful or full of mercy is very unnatural. It takes a lot of effort to try to be understanding and gracious towards others (especially those closest to us) when they mess up or hurt us. But Jesus teaches that those who are merciful are blessed. This is the only beatitude that is returned in like for being given. Jesus wanted his hearers to understand that inasmuch as their fellow man needed mercy, so did they themselves. "
7 Cary W = "As we believe each moment that we are made of pure spirit again, by sprinkling of His blood, God will be revealed to us and through us.  This makes us peace giving loving people, and thus do we reflect our Fathers love."
8 Deena E = "The salt of the earth:Usages of salt are seasoning and preservation. Jesus is metaphorically using salt in the sense of flavoring, seasoning and improving the taste of something. Jesus referring to his followers as the salt of the earth suggests that its (the earth) flavor is in need of improvement and he was calling his followers to do just that. Let's think about it for a second. Imagine going to sprinkle some salt in your favorite dish, but the salt lacks saltiness. The dish has salt in it but doesn't taste any better or any different. That salt is completely useless, except for maybe making you swell and your blood pressure rise.I think Jesus was saying that if his hearers are not improving the people and things around them (the earth), then what they are doing is pointless and good for nothing."
9 Cary W = "Our saltiness comes from His presence in us.  But if we don't nurture that relationship and awareness of the Holy Spirit's ever gentle hand and guidance, then we lose all our heavenly flavor, and we may even lose our inner sense of value."
10 Cary W = "Whenever we go out, we should be of special care to brighten the lantern of His Spirit in us so as to bless everyone we meet.  It is not rare that such a bright Spirit filled one has lifted the hearts and even healed the bodies and minds of hundreds encountered in one outing."
11 Deena E = "Jesus did not come to destroy the law...There has been a belief circulating in the church that certain things in the Old Testament no longer need to be adhered to because of the New Testament. For example, a good friend of mine asked me about observing the Sabbath and was instructed that it was no longer necessary to do so because Jesus fulfilled the law. I can honestly say that I am not a faithful Sabbath observer, but Jesus makes a clear warning against teaching others to do the same--in that a person instructing others to break the law will be called least in the kingdom of God. For this reason, I feel like leaders need to be especially careful with their personal study and how they teach others."
12 Ralph R = "The law Jesus is talking about is the Thora, together with the prophets the teachings of the old testament. Jesus fulfilled the law in 2 aspects:First, he added explanation to the law. He gave the one and only Halacha (the way, Jewish commentary and interpretation) of the law, explaining that it can not be understood as outward action only, but as inward attitude and thinking. He who thinks lustfully of a woman has already broken the marriage covenant.Secondly, Jesus fulfilled it by keeping all of the law. He is the only man that ever did so.What he did not do is replace law, but he wrote it on our heart. Just as Jer 31:31-33 says: there will be a better covenant, and instead of external stone tablets with laws to follow, I will write them on your heart and give you the Holy Spirit. Thus the law and the prophets will become your desire to fulfill in order to have nothing stand between God and you."
13 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Did Jesus preach that we should follow the law, or did he preach that the law should be annulled? This is one of the most controversial passages in the New Testament and is used by those both for and against the following of Mosaic law. Some Christian denominations claim that the law is null and void and argue that to follow the law is to "Crucify Christ" again, yet other Christians are strict to adhere to some of the Jewish commandments such as Kosher dietary Laws (they don't eat pork or shellfish) and keep Sabbath observance. From a basic reading of what Jesus said, it appears that in fact he was telling the Jews that they were still bound under Mosaic law and that "whoever breaks the least of the commandments (the Torah) would be called the least in the Kingdom of Heaven." "
14 Deena E = "Make no mistake about it, Jesus certainly taught that the Law of Moses is in full effect until heaven and earth pass away. In my opinion, the topic of law vs. grace is one that has been distorted to the point of perversion of the scriptures. God is a God of order and grace; the two are equally of His nature. God does not cause confusion so the New Covenant (Testament) needs the proper understanding of the Old Covenant (Testament) in order to understand the purpose of both covenants. A covenant is a covenant is a covenant! The purpose of the law, as found in Exodus 19 was for God and the Israelites to mutually display their special relationship between each other. Like a marriage has rules that need to be followed in order to sustain certain level of health, so do covenants with God and His people. But as we read all throughout the Old Testament, while God remained faithful, Israel had a hard time with keeping up their end of the covenant. Keep in mind that there was no other nation or people God chose to have a covenant relationship with before the time of Jesus' ministry. God knew that the problem Israel was having with keeping the covenant was her own free will. Let's be honest, no human being throughout the full course of their lifetime (from birth to death) can completely keep the law of Moses every single day without falling into the feelings of indifference of the heart (as described in Malachi). After a while of keeping the law, the nature of sin creeps into our free will and before we know it, we find ourselves at a place in need of repentance because our hearts are not wholly centered on God at that given moment.Because of this, God's solution to our problem with free will, was His free will. When Mary and Joseph left Jesus (as a youth) behind at the Temple in Jerusalem in Luke 2:41-52, He exemplified His obedience to God the Father in the middle of doing God's work by stopping to honor his earthly father and mother. When the adulterous woman (John 8) was surrounded by her community with stones hot and ready for her execution, the people sought Jesus' wisdom and He gave any sinless person permission to take the first shot. Her crime was worthy of death as prescribed by law, but this grace completely turned that woman's life around to live a life free from the bondage of sin. In the Garden of Gethsemane, before His crucifixion He redirected His mind from His own personal anguish toward God's will. Jesus' life, ministry, death and resurrection are still turning hearts toward God today. Jesus is the only human being who was able to completely and wholeheartedly obey God every single day of His life without wavering.  His example does not nullify the covenant; it shifts it. The covenant that God made with Israel is a lasting covenant that no one should feel bound to but should want to keep solely for their love of God. This is why God's grace is so desperately needed. Sin is defined as disobedience to God. When Adam and Eve disobeyed God, every human being inherited their nature. Sin nature causes us to forget our reasons why and magnify the rules of God's promises as "work" which in turn causes us to fall in and out of love with God. Jesus always--day in and day out--magnified His reasons why which automatically equated to His fulfilling of the law.The New Covenant was given to everyone, first the Jews then the Gentiles. Jeremiah 31:27-34 prophesies of the new covenant being established with Israel, then Jesus establishes the covenant with His Jewish disciples in Luke 22:19-20. The covenant is then established with the Gentiles on the Day of Pentecost as recorded in Acts 2. I believe that because the Old Covenant was specifically given to Israel and addressed to no other nation, everyone under the New Covenant (including Israel) has a lot to learn from the Old Covenant because we come to learn of God and His ways through both without the absence of one or the other. I have to address the issue of salvation because it always seems to follow a discussion on keeping the law. No one by any form of works other than confessing with one's mouth that Yeshua is Lord and believing in one's heart that God raised him from the dead (Romans 10:9) can be saved from God's eternal separation between himself and those (angels and people alike) who have not repented from sinning against Him. I've heard many Christians speak with great conviction but in great err about the salvation of individuals (or lack thereof), particularly Jews. If we really read our Bibles we would know that both Paul in the New Testament (Romans 11) and Isaiah in the Old Testament (Isaiah 59) prophetically write of ALL OF ISRAEL being saved. But the topic of salvation and inheriting God's covenant promises are quite different. This is what God tells Moses to tell Israel before he gives them the law: "Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation" (Exodus 19:5-6) which is God's conditional promise in return for Israel keeping the law. What an incredible honor and reward for keeping God's covenant! Israel then has the privilege and responsibility to teach everyone else about both covenants."
15 Deena E = "The scribes and Pharisees were teachers of the Law and synagogue leaders. The scribes and Pharisees in the Bible were most noted for showing outward piety in order to gain the approval and status as scrupulous leaders. Later in Matthew 23 we see Jesus rebuking the scribes and Pharisees with the 8 Woes. In verse 26 Jesus says "Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also." In other words, as they put on the facade that they had it all together and were super holy, they desperately needed a heart cleanse. Once a person's inner being is cleansed, then will they behave out of pure motives which cleanses the person inside out.Jesus said unless his followers' righteousness surpasses this "Pharisaical righteousness" then they will not share in the kingdom of heaven. "
16 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Most in the Christian community claim the Pharisees during the Temple times were corrupt, and to be sure many of them were, the Hebrew scriptures acknowledges this many times. However, Jesus recognized that even though they [the Pharisees] did not practice what they preached, they were correct in their scriptural teachings about the law. Jesus recognized that unless a person's righteousness exceeds those of the scribes and pharisees, they would not enter Heaven.In Matthew 23, Jesus again respects the teachings [not the practice] of the Pharisees by saying: The teachers of the law and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat. So you must be careful to do everything they tell you. But do not do what they do, for they do not practice what they preach.In other words, follow the law of Moses."
17 Deena E = "This type of moral approach is superlative.Jesus quotes the 6th of the Ten Commandments and compares it with casting judgment on another person.Paraphrase: You heard that whoever murders is in danger of judgment, but if you are wroth with your brother without cause you're in danger of judgment; and whoever says "Raca" or senseless person is in danger of the council; BUT WHOEVER SAYS, YOU FOOL {IDIOT, DUMMY, STUPID, ETC} IS IN DANGER OF HELL FIRE. Being angry with someone is an inward feeling that may lead to insults, contempt, misjudgment and even worse--murder. The Ten Commandments were laws given on how to behave, but Jesus taught about the underlying motives that govern our behavior."
18 Deena E = "I believe that Jesus was speaking of how unsettled strife with a loved one creates a rift in one's personal relationship with God. In Ephesians 5:2 Paul depicts walking in the love of Christ as a fragrant offering to God. Bringing an offering (or gift) to the Lord while carrying guilt, anger, sadness, etc. pollutes "the fragrance" of the offering. If guilt, anger, sadness, feelings of abuse, offense, hatred, etc. had scents I imagine them smelling much like (or worse than) the back of the garbage truck that arrives faithfully  in front of my house every Tuesday morning. If it reaches toward heaven, I seriously doubt that it'll be accepted."
19 Ralph R = "See explanation of verse 17.Jesus showed that it was not about outward behavior, but inward attitude and thinking. He taught the heavenly authorized Halacha (the way, Jewish interpretation of the Bible) for the new covenant."
20 Cary W = "The more we try to defend, justify or even reason, the more we usually end up in a quandary of words.  Far better to just yes or just say no, and leave it at that.  Very clear, simple and to the point are the choices and words of integrity."
21 Ben N = "Here, Jesus is presenting a new being in the world, a radical generosity. We are always to be ready to give what we have to one in need. And when others harm us, wrong us and take from us, we are not to seek vengeance; but instead, to meet injury and insult with compassion and forgiveness, to meet hate with love. "
22 Ben N = "Here, we exhorted to cultivate such patience, compassion and good will toward our fellow men that even when they hate us and persecute us, we cannot be made to hate them back. We are given a goal to work toward: to love like God loves; to love all, unconditionally, good and bad alike."
23 Deena E = "This is something extremely difficult to do. Personally, when the time came for me to endure hatred, being used and persecution--I ran. I ran far away from the people participating in such behavior. It made me sick that of all places, people in the church behaved like this! Then one day in my fleeing, God spoke to me and told me that he didn't give me permission to leave and I needed to go back to that church, stay there and stand until he gave me the go ahead to move on.The longer I stayed, the more I grew in understanding and ultimately in the love of Christ. I came to understand that the people treating me poorly didn't fully understand the love of Christ. In fact, I didn't either and I don't think anyone comes close until they're faced with having to love people who don't love them back. This is exactly what Christ did. In those 4 years that I stayed, I realized that on a small scale God allowed me to experience something similar to what Christ did. He faced persecution to death for people who didn't even love him. God allowed me to stand in the furnace and be a true image of his love. As Jesus teaches: LOVE EVERYONE, especially those who treat you badly. I am a first-handed witness that in doing so, some of those people will genuinely repent from their hateful ways."
24 Cary W = "Impossible you might say, for any of us humans to even remotely find perfection, yet it is the reason Jesus came; to restore to us the image of God in our mind and hearts, so that we can fellowship again with God, in beauty, holiness and perfection."