Sermon on the Mount, The

Sermon on the Mount, The

The first of five discourses of Jesus found in Matthew’s Gospel (chaps. 5-7). It is a compilation of sayings of Jesus and may be outlined as follows:

The setting (Matt 5:1-2)

The Beatitudes (Matt 5:3-12)

The new community (Matt 5:13-16)

The abiding validity of the law (Matt 5:17-20)

(Matt 5:21-48) On practicing righteousness toward others in matters of

Murder (Matt 5:21-26)

Adultery (Matt 5:27-30)

Divorce (Matt 5:31-32)

Oaths (Matt 5:33-37)

Retribution ((Matt 5:38-42)

Love of enemy (Matt 5:43-48)

(Matt 6:1-18) On practicing righteousness toward God in matters of

Almsgiving (Matt 6:1-4)

Prayer (Matt 6:5-15)

Fasting (Matt 6:16-18)

On not laying up false treasure (Matt 6:19-24)

On not being anxious (Matt 6:25-34)

On not judging (Matt 7:1-5)

On not squandering what is precious (Matt 7:6)

On resting assured that God hears prayer (Matt 7:7-12)

Concluding warnings and exhortations (Matt 7:13-27)).

Matt 5:1-2

The Beatitudes
1When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.2Then he began to speak, and taught them, s ... View more

Matt 5:3-12

3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.5“Blessed are the meek, for they ... View more

Matt 5:13-16

Salt and Light
13“You are the salt of the earth; but if salt has lost its taste, how can its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything, but is th ... View more

Matt 5:17-20

The Law and the Prophets
17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill.18For truly I tell you, ... View more

Matt 5:21-48

Concerning Anger
21“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’22But I ... View more

Matt 5:21-26

Concerning Anger
21“You have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not murder’; and ‘whoever murders shall be liable to judgment.’22But I ... View more

Matt 5:27-30

Concerning Adultery
27“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust has alre ... View more

Matt 5:31-32

Concerning Divorce
31“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’32But I say to you that anyone who divorces his w ... View more

Matt 5:33-37

Concerning Oaths
33“Again, you have heard that it was said to those of ancient times, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but carry out the vows you have made to the ... View more

Matt 5:38-42

Concerning Retaliation
38“You have heard that it was said, ‘An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.’39But I say to you, Do not resist an evildoer. But if any ... View more

Matt 5:43-48

Love for Enemies
43“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’44But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those ... View more

Matt 6:1-18

Concerning Almsgiving
1“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.2“So w ... View more

Matt 6:1-4

Concerning Almsgiving
1“Beware of practicing your piety before others in order to be seen by them; for then you have no reward from your Father in heaven.2“So w ... View more

Matt 6:5-15

Concerning Prayer
5“And whenever you pray, do not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, so that t ... View more

Matt 6:16-18

Concerning Fasting
16“And whenever you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces so as to show others that they are fasting. ... View more

Matt 6:19-24

Concerning Treasures
19“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal;20but store up for y ... View more

Matt 6:25-34

Do Not Worry
25“Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear. Is not lif ... View more

Matt 7:1-5

Judging Others
1“Do not judge, so that you may not be judged.2For with the judgment you make you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure yo ... View more

Matt 7:6

Profaning the Holy
6“Do not give what is holy to dogs; and do not throw your pearls before swine, or they will trample them under foot and turn and maul you.

Matt 7:7-12

Ask, Search, Knock
7“Ask, and it will be given you; search, and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.8For everyone who asks receives, and e ... View more

Matt 7:13-27

The Narrow Gate
13“Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the road is easy that leads to destruction, and there are many who take it.14For the ... View more

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