THE HOLY BIBLE Douay-Rheims

The Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ, According to St. Matthew (Author Matthew)

5:1¤ And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain, and when he was set down, his disciples came unto him.

5:2And opening his mouth he taught them, saying:

5:3Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

5:4Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5:5Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.

5:6Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.

5:7Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

5:8Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.

5:9Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

5:10Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

5:11Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake:

5:12Be glad and rejoice for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.

5:13You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt lose its savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is good for nothing anymore but to be cast out, and to be trodden on by men.

5:14You are the light of the world. A city seated on a mountain cannot be hid.

5:15Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel, but upon a candlestick, that it may shine to all that are in the house.

5:16So let your light shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

5:17Do not think that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.

5:18For amen I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot, or one tittle shall not pass of the law, till all be fulfilled.

5:19He therefore that shall break one of these least commandments, and shall so teach men shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. But he that shall do and teach, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

5:20For I tell you, that unless your justice abound more than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

5:21You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not kill. And whosoever shall kill, shall be in danger of the judgment.

5:22But I say to you, that whosoever is angry with his brother, shall be in danger of the judgment. And whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council. And whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.

5:23If therefore thou offer thy gift at the altar, and there thou remember that thy brother hath anything against thee;

5:24Leave there thy offering before the altar, and go first to be reconciled to thy brother, and then coming thou shalt offer thy gift.

5:25Be at agreement with thy adversary betimes, whilst thou art in the way with him: lest perhaps the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.

5:26Amen I say to thee, thou shalt not go out from thence till thou repay the last farthing.

5:27You have heard that it was said to them of old: Thou shalt not commit adultery.

5:28But I say to you, that whosoever shall look on a woman to lust after her, hath already committed adultery with her in his heart.

5:29And if thy right eye scandalize thee, pluck it out and cast it from thee. For it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell.

5:30And if thy right hand scandalize thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is expedient for thee that one of thy members should perish, rather than that thy whole body be cast into hell.

5:31And it hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a bill of divorce.

5:32But I say to you, that whosoever shall put away his wife, excepting for the cause of fornication, maketh her to commit adultery: and he that shall marry her that is put away, committeth adultery.

5:33Again you have heard that it was said to them of old, thou shalt not forswear thyself: but thou shalt perform thy oaths to the Lord.

5:34But I say to you not to swear at all, neither by heaven for it is the throne of God:

5:35Nor by the earth, for it is his footstool: nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king:

5:36Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

5:37But let your speech be yea, yea: no, no: and that which is over and above these, is of evil.

5:38You have heard that it hath been said: An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.

5:39But I say to you not to resist evil: but if one strike thee on thy right cheek, turn to him also the other:

5:40And if a man will contend with thee in judgment, and take away thy coat, let go thy cloak also unto him.

5:41And whosoever will force thee one mile, go with him other two.

5:42Give to him that asketh of thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not away.

5:43You have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thy enemy.

5:44But I say to you, Love your enemies: do good to them that hate you: and pray for them that persecute and calumniate you:

5:45That you may be the children of your Father who is in heaven, who maketh his sun to rise upon the good, and bad, and raineth upon the just and the unjust.

5:46For if you love them that love you, what reward shall you have? do not even the publicans this?

5:47And if you salute your brethren only, what do you more? do not also the heathens this?

5:48Be you therefore perfect, as also your heavenly Father is perfect.

6:1¤ Take heed that you do not your justice before men, to be seen by them: otherwise you shall not have a reward of your Father who is in heaven.

6:2Therefore when thou dost an alms-deed, sound not a trumpet before thee, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be honoured by men. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.

6:3But when thou dost alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doth.

6:4That thy alms may be in secret, and thy Father who seeth in secret will repay thee.

6:5And when ye pray, you shall not be as the hypocrites, that love to stand and pray in the synagogues and corners of the streets, that they may be seen by men: Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.

6:6But thou when thou shalt pray, enter into thy chamber, and having shut the door, pray to thy Father in secret, and thy father who seeth in secret will repay thee.

6:7And when you are praying, speak not much, as the heathens. For they think that in their much speaking they may be heard.

6:8Be not you therefore like to them for your Father knoweth what is needful for you, before you ask him.

6:9Thus therefore shall you pray: Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.

6:10Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

6:11Give us this day our supersubstantial bread.

6:12And forgive us our debts, as we also forgive our debtors.

6:13And lead us not into temptation. But deliver us from evil. Amen.

6:14For if you will forgive men their offences, your heavenly Father will forgive you also your offences.

6:15But if you will not forgive men, neither will your Father forgive you your offences.

6:16And when you fast, be not as the hypocrites, sad. For they disfigure their faces, that they may appear unto men to fast. Amen I say to you, they have received their reward.

6:17But thou, when thou fastest anoint thy head, and wash thy face;

6:18That thou appear not to men to fast, but to thy Father who is in secret: and thy Father who seeth in secret, will repay thee.

6:19Lay not up to yourselves treasures on earth: where the rust, and moth consume, and where thieves break through, and steal.

6:20But lay up to yourselves treasures in heaven: where neither the rust nor moth doth consume, and where thieves do not break through, nor steal.

6:21For where thy treasure is, there is thy heart also.

6:22The light of thy body is thy eye. If thy eye be single, thy whole body shall be lightsome.

6:23But if thy eye be evil thy whole body shall be darksome. If then the light that is in thee, be darkness: the darkness itself how great shall it be!

6:24No man can serve two masters. For either he will hate the one, and love the other: or he will sustain the one, and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.

6:25Therefore I say to you, be not solicitous for your life, what you shall eat, nor for your body, what you shall put on. Is not the life more than the meat: and the body more than the raiment?

6:26Behold the birds of the air, for they neither sow, nor do they reap, nor gather into barns: and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not you of much more value than they?

6:27And which of you by taking thought, can add to his stature one cubit?

6:28And for raiment why are you solicitous? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they labour not, neither do they spin.

6:29But I say to you, that not even Solomon in all his glory was arrayed as one of these.

6:30And if the grass of the field, which is to day, and to morrow is cast into the oven, God doth so clothe: how much more you, O ye of little faith?

6:31Be not solicitous therefore, saying: What shall we eat: or what shall we drink, or wherewith shall we be clothed?

6:32For after all these things do the heathens seek. For your Father knoweth that you have need of all these things.

6:33Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God, and his justice, and all these things shall be added unto you.

6:34Be not therefore solicitous for to morrow; for the morrow will be solicitous for itself. Sufficient for the day is the evil thereof.

7:1¤ Judge not, that you may not be judged.

7:2For with what judgment you judge, you shall be judged: and with what measure you mete, it shall be measured to you again.

7:3And why seest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye; and seest not the beam that is in thy own eye?

7:4Or how sayest thou to thy brother: Let me cast the mote out of thy eye; and behold a beam is in thy own eye?

7:5Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thy own eye, and then shalt thou see to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.

7:6Give not that which is holy to dogs; neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest perhaps they trample them under their feet, and turning upon you, they tear you.

7:7Ask, and it shall be given you: seek, and you shall find: knock, and it shall be opened to you.

7:8For every one that asketh, receiveth: and he that seeketh, findeth: and to him that knocketh, it shall be opened.

7:9Or what man is there among you, of whom if his son shall ask bread, will he reach him a stone?

7:10Or if he shall ask him a fish, will he reach him a serpent?

7:11If you then being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children: how much more will your Father who is in heaven, give good things to them that ask him?

7:12All things therefore whatsoever you would that men should do to you, do you also to them. For this is the law and the prophets.

7:13Enter ye in at the narrow gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way that leadeth to destruction, and many there are who go in thereat.

7:14How narrow is the gate, and strait is the way that leadeth to life: and few there are that find it!

7:15Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.

7:16By their fruits you shall know them. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?

7:17Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit, and the evil tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

7:18A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can an evil tree bring forth good fruit.

7:19Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit, shall be cut down, and shall be cast into the fire.

7:20Wherefore by their fruits you shall know them.

7:21Not every one that saith to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven: but he that doth the will of my Father who is in heaven, he shall enter into the kingdom of heaven.

7:22Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have not we prophesied in thy name, and cast out devils in thy name, and done many miracles in thy name?

7:23And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, you that work iniquity.

7:24Every one therefore that heareth these my words, and doth them, shall be likened to a wise man that built his house upon a rock,

7:25And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell not, for it was founded on a rock.

7:26And every one that heareth these my words and doth them not, shall be like a foolish man that built his house upon the sand,

7:27And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and they beat upon that house, and it fell, and great was the fall thereof.

7:28And it came to pass when Jesus had fully ended these words, the people were in admiration at his doctrine.

7:29For he was teaching them as one having power, and not as the scribes and Pharisees.



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