9/10/2005

Mindfulness in Matthew
Matthew 5,6 and 7

Matthew 5
17 ¶ Do not expect that I have come to
weaken the law or the prophets; I have not
come to weaken, but to fulfil.
18 For truly I tell you, Until heaven and earth
pass away, not even one yoth * or a dash
shall pass away from the law until all of it is
fulfilled.


19 Whoever therefore tries to weaken even
one of these smallest commandments, and
teaches men so, he shall be regarded as small
in the kingdom of heaven; but anyone who
observes and teaches them, he shall be regarded
as great in the kingdom of heaven.
20 For I say to you, that unless your righteousness
exceeds that of the scribes and
Pharisees, you shall not enter the kingdom
of heaven.

21 ¶ You have heard that it was said to those
who were before you, You shall not kill, and
whoever kills is guilty before the court.
22 But I say to you, that whoever becomes
angry with his brother for no reason, is guilty
before the court: and whoever should say to
his brother, Raca (which means, I spit on you)
is guilty before the congregation; and whoever
says to his brother, you are a nurse maid,
is condemned to hell fire.
23 If it should happen therefore that while
you are presenting your offering upon the
altar, and right there you remember that your
brother has any grievance against you,
24 Leave your offering there upon the altar,
and first go and make peace with your
brother, and then come back and present your
offering.
25 Try to get reconciled with your accuser
promptly, while you are going on the road
with him; for your accuser might surrender
you to the judge, and the judge would commit
you to the jailer, and you will be cast
into prison.
26 Truly I say to you, that you would never
come out thence until you had paid the last
cent.

27 ¶ You have heard that it is said, You shall
not commit adultery.
28 But I say to you, that whoever looks at a
woman with the desire to covet her, has already
committed adultery with her in his
heart.
29 If your right eye should cause you to
stumble, pluck it out and throw it away from
you; for it is better for you to lose one of
your members, and not all your body fall into
hell.
30 And if your right hand should cause you
to stumble, cut it off and throw it away from
you; for it is better for you to lose one of
your members, and not all your body fall into
hell.

31 It has been said that whoever divorces
his wife, must give her the divorce papers.
32 But I say to you, that whoever divorces
his wife, except for fornication, causes her
to commit adultery; and whoever marries a woman who is separated but not divorced, commits adultery.

33 ¶ Again you have heard it was said to them
who were before you, that you shall not lie
in your oaths, but entrust your oaths to the
Lord.
34 But I say to you, never swear; neither by
heaven, because it is God’s throne;
35 Nor by the earth, for it is a stool under
his feet; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of
a great king.
36 Neither shall you swear by your own
head, because you cannot create in it a single
black or white hair.
37 But let your words be yes, yes, and no,
no; for anything which adds to these is a deception.

38 ¶ You have heard that it is said, An eye
for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.
39 But I say to you, that you should not resist
evil; but whoever strikes you on your
right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if anyone wishes to sue you at the
court and take away your shirt, let him have
your robe also.
41 Whoever compels you to carry a burden
for a mile, go with him two.
42 Whoever asks from you, give him; and
whoever wishes to borrow from you, do not
refuse him.

43 ¶ You have heard that it is said, Be kind to
your friend, and hate your enemy.
44 But I say to you, Love your enemies, and
bless anyone who curses you, and do good
to anyone who hates you, and pray for them
who carry you away by force and persecute
you,
45 So that you may become sons of your
Father who is in heaven, who causes his sun
to shine upon the good and upon the bad,
and who pours down his rain upon the just
and upon the unjust.
46 For if you love only those who love you,
what reward will you have? Do not even the
publicans do the same thing?
47 And if you salute only your brothers, what
is it more that you do? Do not even the
publicans do the same thing?
48 Therefore, you become perfect, just as
your Father in heaven is perfect.

CHAPTER 6
BE careful concerning your alms, not to
do them in the presence of men, merely
that they may see them; otherwise you
have no reward with your Father in heaven.
2 Therefore when you give alms, do not blow
a trumpet before you, just as the hypocrites
do in the synagogues and in the market
places, so that they may be glorified by men.
Truly I say to you, that they have already
received their reward.
3 But when you give alms, let not your left
hand know what your right hand is doing;
4 So that your alms may be done secretly,
and your Father who sees in secret, shall himself
reward you openly.

5 ¶ And when you pray, do not be like the
hypocrites, who like to pray, standing in the
synagogues and at the street corners, so that
they may be seen by men. Truly I say to you,
that they have already received their reward.
6 But you, when you pray, enter into your
inner chamber, and lock your door, and pray
to your Father who is in secret, and your
Father who sees in secret he himself shall
reward you openly.
7 And when you pray, do not repeat your
words like the pagans, for they think that
because of much talking they will be heard.
8 Therefore, do not be like them, for your
Father knows what you need, before you ask
him.

9 ¶ Therefore pray in this manner: Our Father
in heaven, hallowed be thy name.
10 Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done,
as in heaven so on earth.
11 Give us bread for our needs from day to
day.
12 And forgive us our offences, as we have
forgiven our offenders;
13 And do not let us enter into temptation,
but deliver us from error. Because thine is
the kingdom and the power and the glory
for ever and ever. Amen.

14 For if you forgive men their faults, your
Father in heaven will also forgive you.
15 But if you do not forgive men, neither
will your Father forgive even your faults.

16 ¶ When you fast, do not look sad like the
hypocrites; for they disfigure their faces, so
that they may appear to men that they are
fasting. Truly I say to you, that they have
already received their reward.
17 But you, when you fast, wash your face
and anoint your head;
18 So that it may not appear to men that you
are fasting, but to your Father who is in secret;
and your Father who sees in secret, he
will reward you.

19 ¶ Do not lay up for yourselves treasures
buried in the ground, a place where rust and
moth destroy, and where thieves break
through and steal.
20 But lay up for yourselves a treasure in
heaven, where neither rust nor moth destroy,
and where thieves do not break through and
steal.
21 For where your treasure is, there also is
your heart.

22 The eye is the lamp of the body; if therefore
your eye be clear, your whole body is
also lighted.
23 But if your eye is diseased, your whole
body will be dark. If therefore the light that
is in you is darkness, how much more will
be your darkness.
24 ¶ No man can serve two masters; for either
he will hate the one, and like the other;
or he will honor one, and despise the other.
You cannot serve God and mammon
(wealth).

25 For this reason, I say to you, Do not worry
for your life, what you will eat, and what
you will drink, nor for your body, what you
will wear. Behold, is not life much more
important than food, and the body than clothing?

26 Watch the birds of the sky, for they do
not sow, neither do they harvest, nor gather
into barns, and yet your Father in heaven feeds them.
Are you not much more important than they?
27 Who is among you who by worrying can
add one cubit to his stature?
28 Why do you worry about clothing? Observe
the wild flowers, how they grow; they
do not get tired out, nor do they spin.
29 But I say to you, that not even Solomon
with all of his glory was covered like one of
them.
30 Now if God clothes in such fashion the
grass of the field, which today is and tomorrow
falls into the fireplace, is he not much
more to you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not worry or say, What will
we eat, or what will we drink, or with what
will we be clothed?
32 For worldly people seek after all these
things. Your Father in heaven knows that all
of these things are also necessary for you.
33 But you seek first the kingdom of God
and his righteousness, and all of these things
shall be added to you.
34 Therefore do not worry for tomorrow;
for tomorrow will look after its own. Sufficient
for each day, is its own trouble.

CHAPTER 7
JUDGE not, that you may not be judged.
2 For with the same judgment that you
judge, you will be judged, and with the
same measure with which you measure, it
will be measured to you.

3 Why do you see the splinter which is in
your brother’s eye, and do not feel the beam
which is in your own eye?
4 Or how can you say to your brother, let
me take out the splinter from your eye, and
behold there is a cross beam in your own
eye?
5 O hypocrites, first take out the beam from
your own eye, and then you will see clearly
to get out the splinter from your brother’s
eye.

6 ¶Do not give holy things to the dogs; and
do not throw your pearls before the swine,
for they might tread them with their feet, and
then turn and rend you.

7 ¶ Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek,
and you shall find; knock and it shall be
opened to you.
8 For whoever asks, receives; and he who
seeks, finds; and to him who knocks, the door
is opened.
9 Or who is the man among you, who when
his son asks him for bread, why, will he hand
him a stone?
10 Or if he should ask him for fish, why,
will he hand him a snake?
11 If therefore you who err, know how to
give good gifts to your sons, how much more
will your Father in heaven give good things
to those who ask him?

12 Whatever you wish men to do for you,
do likewise also for them; for this is the law
and the prophets.

13 Enter in through the narrow door, for
wide is the door, and broad is the road which
carries to destruction, and many are those
who travel on it.
14 O how narrow is the door, and how difficult
is the road which carries to life, and few
are those who are found on it.

15 ¶ Be careful of false prophets who come
to you in lamb’s clothing, but within they
are ravening wolves.
16 You will know them by their fruits. Why,
do they gather grapes from thorns, or figs
from thistles?
17 So every good tree bears good fruits; but
a bad tree bears bad fruits.
18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruits, neither
can a bad tree bear good fruits.
19 Any tree which does not bear good fruits
will be cut down and cast into the fire.
20 Thus by their fruits you will know them.

21 ¶ It is not everyone who merely says to
me, My Lord, my Lord, will enter into the
kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will
of my Father in heaven.
22 A great many will say to me in that day,
My Lord, my Lord, did we not prophesy in
your name, and in your name cast out devils,
and in your name do many wonders?
23 Then I will declare to them, I have never
known you; keep away from me, O you that
work iniquity.

24 ¶ Therefore whoever hears these words
of mine, and does them, he is like a wise man,
who built his house upon a rock.
25 And the rain came down, and the rivers
overflowed, and the winds blew, and they
beat upon that house; but it did not fall down,
because its foundations were laid upon a
rock.
26 And whoever hears these words of mine,
and does them not, is like a foolish man, who
built his house upon sand.
27 And the rain came down, and the rivers
overflowed, and the winds blew, and they
beat upon that house; and it fell down, and
its fall was very great.

28 ¶And it happened when Jesus finished
these words, the crowds were stunned at his
teaching.
29 For he taught them as one who had the
power, and not like their own scribes and
Pharisees.

~Taken directly out of the Aramaic version of the New Testament~

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