1 One Sabbath He happened to be passing through the wheat fields, and His disciples were pulling and eating the heads of wheat, rubbing them in their hands. 2 And some of the Pharisees said, "Why are you doing what is against the law to do on the Sabbath?"
3 Jesus answered them, "Did you never read what David did, when he and his soldiers became hungry? 4 How he went into the house of God and took and ate the sacred loaves, which it was against the law for anyone to eat except the priests, and gave some to his soldiers?" 5 Then He said to them, "The Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath."
6 On another Sabbath He found Himself in the synagogue teaching; and there was there a man whose right hand was withered. 7 And the scribes and the Pharisees were closely watching Him to see whether He would cure him on the Sabbath, in order to get a charge against Him. 8 But He knew what they were thinking, and He said to the man with the withered hand, "Get up and stand at the front." So he got up and stood there. 9 Then Jesus said to them, "Is it right on the Sabbath to do people good, or to do them evil, to save life or to take it?" 10 Then He glanced around at them all and said to him, "Put out your hand." And he did so, and his hand was at once completely restored. 11 But they were filled with fury and began to discuss what they could do to Jesus.
12 Now it was in those days that He went up on the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God. 13 When day came, He called His disciples to Him, and selected from them twelve whom He also named apostles:
14 Simon whom he named Peter, his brother Andrew, James, John, Philip, Bartholomew, 15 Matthew, Thomas, James the son of Alpheus, Simon who was called the Zealot, 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot, who afterward turned traitor.
17 Then He came down with them and took His stand on a level place, where there was a great throng of His disciples and a vast crowd of people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and the seacoast district of Tyre and Sidon, who had come to hear Him and to be cured of their diseases. 18 Even those who were troubled by foul spirits were being cured. 19 So all the people were trying to touch Him, because power continued to go forth from Him and to cure them all.
20 Then He fixed His eyes upon His disciples, and began to speak. "Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God is yours! 21 Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be completely satisfied! Blessed are you who are weeping now, for you will laugh! 22 Blessed are you when people hate you and exclude you and denounce you, and spurn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man.
23 Burst into joy on that day and leap for ecstasy, for your reward will be rich in heaven; for this is the way your forefathers used to treat the prophets.
24 But a curse on you who are rich, for you are now receiving your comforts in full. 25 A curse on you who live in luxury now, for you will be hungry. A curse on you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. 26 A curse on you when everyone speaks well of you, for this is the way their forefathers used to treat the false prophets.
27 But I say to you who listen now to me, practice loving your enemies, practice doing good to those who hate you, 28 continue to bless those who curse you, and continue to pray for those who abuse you. 29 To the man who strikes you on one cheek, offer him the other too; and from the man who takes away your coat, do not keep back your shirt either, 30 Practice giving to everyone who asks of you, and stop demanding back your goods from him who takes them away. 31 Yes, you must practice dealing with others as you would like them to deal with you. 32 Now if you practice loving only those who love you, what credit do you get for that? Why, even notorious sinners practice loving those who love them. 33 And if you practice doing good only to those who do good to you, what credit do you get for that? Even notorious sinners practice the same. 34 And if you ever lend to people expecting to get it back, what credit do you get for that? Even notorious sinners practice lending to one another, expecting to get it back in full. 35 But you must practice loving your enemies, doing good to them, and lending to them, despairing of nothing; so that your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36 Continue to be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.
37 Then stop criticizing others, and you will never be criticized; stop condemning others, and you will never be condemned. 38 Practice forgiving others, and you will be forgiven. Practice giving to others, and they will give to you, good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over, people will pour into your lap. For the measure you use with others they in turn will use with you."
39 Then He told them a story: "Can one blind man lead another? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 A pupil is not better than his teacher, but everyone when fully trained will be like his teacher.
41 Why do you continue to look at the tiny speck in your brother's eye, but pay no attention to the heavy girder in your own eye? 42 How can you say to your brother, 'Brother, let me get that tiny speck out of your eye,' when you cannot see the girder in your own eye? You hypocrite! First get the girder out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly how to get out the tiny speck in your brother's eye.
43 "For there never is a healthy tree that bears poor fruit, nor a sickly tree that bears good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its fruit. People do not pick figs from thornbushes, or gather grapes from a bramble-bush. 45 The good man, out of his good inner storehouse, brings forth what is good, the bad man, out of his bad one, what is bad. For a man's mouth usually speaks the things that fill his heart.
46 "So why do you call me 'Lord, Lord,' but do not practice what I tell you? 47 Everyone who comes to me and continues to listen to my words and practices their teachings, I will show you whom he is like. 48 He is like a man who was building a house, who dug deep, and laid its foundation upon the rock; and when a flood came, the torrent burst upon that house but it could not shake it, because it was well built. 49 But the man who merely hears them and does not practice them is like a man who built a house upon the ground without a foundation. The torrent burst upon it, and at once it collapsed, and the wreck of that house was complete."