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darkness have seen a great light; and to those who sat in the region and shadow of death, light hath sprung up."

17 From that time Jesus gan to preach, and to say, "Reform for the reign of heaven approacheth."

from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan.

CH. V. 1 AND seeing the multitudes, he repaired to a be-mountain: and having sat down, his disciples came to him. 2 Then opening his mouth, he taught them, saying,

18 THEN walking by the sea of Galilee, he saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he said to them, "Come, follow me, and I will make you fishers of men." 20 And immediately they left their nets, and followed him. 21 And he went on thence, and saw two other brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother,

3" Happy are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4 Happy are those who mourn: for they shall be comforted. 5 Happy are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. 6 Happy are those that hunger and thirst after rightcousness: for they shall be filled. 7 Happy are the compassionate: for they shall obtain compassion. 8 Happy are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. 9 Hapin a ship with Zebedee their fa-py are the peace-makers: for ther, mending their nets: and they shall be called the sons of he called them. 22 And they God. 10 Happy are those that immediately, leaving the ship are persecuted on account of and their father, followed him. righteousness: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11 Happy are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and speak all kind of evil against you [falsely], on my account.

23 AND Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the glad tidings of the reign, and curing every disease, and every malady, among the people. 24 And his fame spread through all Syria: and they brought to him all their sick, seized and tormented with various diseases, demoniacs,* lunatics, and paralytics, and he cured them. 25 And great multitudes followed him from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and

12 Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for thus were the prophets persecuted who were before you.

13" Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt become insipid, in what way shall its saltness be restored? it is thence

* Insane and epileptic persons were supposed to be possessed by demons, or the ghosts of wick ed men, who were thought to have the power of entering into the bodies of living men, and of tormenting them at pleasure. And the cure of these diseases is described as the casting out of the demons. The account which the gospel reveals of the state of the dead is so inconsistent with this hypothesis, that it was soon exploded among Christians. But, that lunatics and epi. leptics were possessed by devils, or fallen angels, though it is an opinion which prevailed early, is no where asserted, nor even hinted at, in the New Testament, and is totally destitute of founda tion both in reason and revelation. See Farmer's Essay on the Demoniacs of the New Testament

forth good for nothing, but to be | apostate wretch !' shall be liable to the burning of Gehenna.

cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. 14 Ye are the light of the world. A city placed on a mountain cannot be concealed. 15 Nor do men light a lamp, and put it under a measure, but on a light-stand: and it shineth to all in the house. 16 In like manner let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.

17 "Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets: I came not to destroy but to fulfil. 18 For verily I tell you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall by no means pass from the law, till all be accomplished. 19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of the least of these commandments, and shall teach men so, shall be called least in the reign of heaven; but whosoever shall perform and teach them, shall be called great in the reign of heaven. 20 For I tell you, that unless your righteousness excel that of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall by no means enter into the kingdom of heaven.

21 "Ye have heard that it hath been said to those of old time, Thou shalt not commit murder;' and 'Whosoever shall commit murder shall be liable to the judgment.' 22 But I tell you, that whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause, shall be liable to the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, 'Thou vile man,' shall be liable to the council: But whosoever shall say, 'Thou

23 "If therefore thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there remember that thy brother hath a complaint against thee; 24 leave there thy gift before the altar, and go, first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift. 25 Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him; lest the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison. 26 Verily I tell thee, Thou wilt by no means be released, till thou hast paid the last farthing.

27" Ye have heard that it hath been said, 'Thou shalt not commit adultery.' 28 But I tell you, that whosoever looketh on a woman so as to cherish impure desire towards her, hath already committed adultery, with her in his heart. 29 Now if thy right eye insnare thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is better for thee to lose one of thy members, than that thy whole body should be cast into Gehenna. 30 And if thy right hand insnare thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is better for thee to lose one of thy members, than that thy whole body should be cast into Gehenna.

31 Now it hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorcement.' 32 But I tell you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, except on account of whoredom, causeth her to

commit adultery: and whoso- | ye may be sons of your Father

in heaven: for he maketh his sun arise on bad and good, and sendeth rain on just and unjust. 46 For if ye love those only who love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same? 47 And if ye salute your brethren only, wherein do ye excel? do not even the gentiles in like manner? 48 Be ye therefore perfect, as your Father in heaven is perfect.

CH. VI. 1"Take heed that ye do not your acts of righteousness before men, in order to be observed by them: otherwise, ye have no reward with your Father in heaven.

2" When therefore thou givest alms, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be extolled by men. Verily I tell you, they have their reward. 3 But when thou givest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth 4 that thine alms may be in secret: and thy Father that seeth in secret [himself] will reward thee [openly.]

5" And when thou prayest, be not like the hypocrites: for they love to pray standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, so as to be observed by men. Verily I tell you, that they have their reward.

ever shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.

33 "Again, ye have heard that it hath been said, to those of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths.' 34 But I say to you, Swear not at all, neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor 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 discourse be, Yes, yes; No, no: for whatsoever is more than these, proceedeth from 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 to you, that ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also. 40 And if any man would sue thee at law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy mantle also. 41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go one mile, go with him two. 42 Give to him that asketh thee; and from him that would borrow of thee, turn not away.


43 "Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.' 44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, [bless those that curse you, do good to those that hate you, and pray for those that [injuriously treat you, and] persecute you: 45 that

6" But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father that is in secret: and thy Father, that seeth

in secret, shall reward thee | consumeth, and where thieves do not break through nor steal: 21 for where your treasure is, there will also be your heart.

[openly]. 7 But when ye pray, use not babbling repetitions, like the heathen: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking. 8 Be not therefore like them: for your Father knoweth what things ye want before ye ask him.

9" In this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name: 10 thy reign come: thy will be done upon the earth, as it is in heaven: 11 give us today our daily bread: 12 and forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors: 13 and abandon us not to temptation, but preserve us from evil.' 14 For if ye forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15 but if ye forgive not men [their offences,] neither will your Father forgive your offences.

24 "No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Riches. 25 Where fore I say unto you, Take no anxious thought for your life, what ye shall eat, [or what ye shall drink;] nor for your body, with what ye shall be clothed. Is not the life a greater gift 16" Moreover, when ye fast, than food; and the body than be not as the hypocrites, of a raiment ? 26 Observe the fowls sad countenance: for they dis- of heaven; that they neither figure their faces, that they may sow, nor reap, nor gather into appear unto men to fast. Veri-barns; yet your heavenly Fa ly I tell you, that they have their ther feedeth them. Are not ye reward. 17 But when thou fast- much better than they? 27 Now est, anoint thy head, and wash which of you, by taking anxious thy face; 18 that thou appear thought, can add one cubit to not unto men to fast, but unto his stature? 28 And why take thy Father that is in secret: and ye anxious thought for raiment? thy Father that seeth in secret Consider the lilies of the field, shall reward thee. how they grow: they neither 19" labour nor spin: 29 yet I tell you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed like one of these. 30 Now if God so` clothe the herb of the field, which flourisheth to-day, and to-morrow will be cast into a

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break. through and steal 20 but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust

22" The lamp of the body is the eye if therefore thine eye be clear, thy whole body will be enlightened. 23 But if thine eye be dim, thy whole body will

be in darkness. If therefore darkness, how great must be that the light which is in thee be


furnace; will he not much more knock, and it shall be opened clothe you, O ye of little faith? unto you: 8 for whosoever 31"Wherefore take no anxious asketh, receiveth; whosoever thought, saying, What shall sceketh, findeth; and to him we eat? or, What shall we that knocketh it shall be opened. drink? or, What shall we put 9 Is there any man among you, on ?" 32 (for after all these who, if his son shall ask bread things the gentiles seek:) for will he give him a stone? 10 or your heavenly Father know-if he shall ask a fish will he give him a serpent? 11 If ye therefore, being evil, know how to give good things to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to them that ask him? 12 All things therefore whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them; for this is the law and the prophets.

eth that ye have need of all these things. 33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and the righteousness required by him; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Take therefore no anxious thought about the morrow: for the morrow will take anxious thought for [the things of] itself. Sufficient to the day is its own trouble.

CH. VII. 1 “Judge not that ye be not judged. 2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged; and with what measure ye deal out, it shall be measured to you. 3 And why observest thou the mote in thy brother's eye, but art insensible of the beam in thine own eye? 4 Or how darest thou say to thy brother, Let me take the mote out of thine eye,' and, lo, a beam is in thine own eye? 5 Thou hypocrite, first take the beam out of thine own eye; then thou wilt see clearly to take the mote out of thy brother's



6" Give not things holy to dogs, nor cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn and rend you.

7" Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find;

13 "Enter in through the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way which leadeth to perdition, and there are many who enter in by it. But how strait is the gate, and how narrow is the way which leadeth to life; and how few there are who find it!


15" Beware of false prophets, who come to you in garments of sheep, while inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruits ye shall know them. Are grapes gathered from thorns; or figs from thistles? 17 In like manner every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bring forth bad fruit; nor a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 19 Every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit, is hewn down and cast into the fire. 20

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