Testament of Matthew

Matthew 5

1. As Eashoa saw the crowds, he went up the mountain and as he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2. And he opened his mouth and taught them and said,*
3. "Blessed are the humble*,
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
4. "Blessed are the mourners
for they shall be consoled.
5. "Blessed are the gentle
for they shall inherit the earth.
6. "Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness
for they shall be satisfied.
7. "Blessed are the merciful
for they shall receive mercy.
8. "Blessed are the pure of heart
for they shall see Allaha.
9. "Blessed are the peace makers
for they shall be called the sons of Allaha.
10. "Blessed are they who are rejected for their righteousness
for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
11. "Blessed are you when they criticize you
and reject you and tell you every wicked saying
Because of me, in falsehood.
"Be glad and rejoice that your reward is great in Heaven.
For this is how they rejected the prophets before you.

"You are the salt of the earth.
However, when salt becomes flat,
with what do you salt it?
It does not go with anything,
except it is thrown out,
and is trampled by man.
14. "You are the light of the world.
A city built on a mountain cannot be hidden.
15. "And a lamp is not lit and placed under a bucket,
except on a lamp stand, giving light
to all those who are in the house.
16. "This is how your light
will shine before humanity,
So they can see your good deeds
and glorify your Father in heaven.

17. "Do not expect that I came
to retire the law or the prophets.
I did not come to retire, except to fulfill.
18. "For amen I am telling you,
that until heaven and earth pass away,
Not one dot or one line
shall pass away from the law,
until all takes place.
19. "Whoever loosens thus
one of these small commandments,
And teaches according to humanity,
the smaller he shall be regarded
In the Kingdom of Heaven.
Then whoever observes
And teaches these, shall be called great
in the Kingdom of Heaven.
20. "For I am telling you,
if your righteousness
Does not go beyond that of the scribes and Pharisees,
you will not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

21. "You heard that it was told to the first people,
'You shall not kill, and whoever kills is condemned to trial.'
22. "However, I am telling you,
whoever is angry with his brother unfairly,
will be held accountable in trial.
And whoever spits at his brother,
is answerable before the congregation*.
And whoever says, 'Lunatic*,'
is condemned to hell fire.
23. "If you bring your sacrifices for offering like this,
and there you remember that your brother
Holds such a grudge against you:
24. "Leave your sacrifice on the altar there,
Go first and be reconciled with your brother,
and then come and make your offering.
25. "Reconcile with your enemy quickly,
while still on the road,
Lest not your enemy deliver you to the judge
and the judge deliver you to the guard
and you end up* in prison.,
26. "And amen I say to you,
You will not leave there
before you have given up your last penny.

27. "You heard that it was said,
'Do not fornicate?'
28. "But, I am telling you,
Whoever looks upon a woman lustfully,
At once he has fornicated with her in his heart.
29. "If your right eye causes you to commit an offense,
pluck it out and throw it away from you.
For you are better off losing one of your members
and not having your entire body thrown into hell.
30. "And if your right hand causes you to commit an offense,
cut it and throw it away from you,
For you are better off losing one of your members
and not having your entire body thrown into hell.
31. "It is said,
'Whoever divorces his wife
should give her a letter of cause.,'*
32. "But, I am telling you, whoever divorces his wife
because of an act of adultery, leads her to fornication.
And whoever takes a divorced [woman as wife,]
is committing fornication.*
33. "Again you heard that it was told to the first people,
'Do not lie in your oaths,
As your oaths before the Lord will be nullified.'*
34. "But, I am telling you,
do not take an oath in vain,*
Neither by heaven,
for it is the throne of Allaha;
35. "Nor by earth,
which is the rug under his feet;
And neither by Jerusalem,
for it is the city of a great king.
36. "Nor by your head,
should you swear,
For you cannot turn* one hair black or white.*
37. "Except your words should be, 'Yes, yes' and 'No, no.'*
Anything more is from the evil one.

38. "You have heard it said,
'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
39. "But, I am telling you,
Do not rise up against evil*,
Except whoever strikes you on the right side,
turn to him the other.
40. "And whoever wishes to put you on trial,
and take your shirt* from you,
Leave him your cape too.
41. "Whoever forces you to go a mile,
go with him two.
42. "Whoever asks you [for something,]
give it to him;
And whoever wishes to benefit from you,
do not stop him.

43. "You heard it said,
'Love your best friend and hate your enemy.'
44. "But, I am telling you,
Like your enemy and bless those who curse you
And do good to those who hate you
and pray for those who exploit you and leave you bare;*
45. "So that you become the sons of your heavenly Father,
He who makes his sun shine on the good and the wicked,
And brings down the rain on the righteous and the abominable.
46. "For if you like those who like you,
what are you to be compensated for?
Do not even the revenue collectors do this?
47. "And if you greet your brothers only,*
What good is that?*
Do not the revenue collectors do this also?
48. "Be therefore mature people, like your Father in heaven is Mature.
*5:2.1 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: This idiomatic expression, is in the form that signals the inception of the Lordís teachings on earth. It implies, I believe, the redefinition of the universal Faith.
*5:2.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "And he [thus] commences teaching them;"--an abrupt shift in tense from the past to the present, for emphasis, a typical grammatical construction and style in Aramaic.
*5:3 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Poor in spirit."
*5:22.1 Lit. Ar. id.: Or "Synagogue."
*5:22.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Mute," implying demonic possession.
*5:25 Lit. Ar. id.: "Fall in."
*5:31 Lit. Ar. id. "Divorce document."
*5:32 The grammatical implication is clearly: "In such cases."
*5:33 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "You will conclude, however, to the Lord your oaths."
*5:34 Lit. Ar. idiomatic figure of speech: "Do not swear whole."
*5:36.1 Lit. Ar. id.: "Obligate," or affect.
*5:36.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: No one can change their age, [except for the Lord.]
*5:37 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression retained: meaning: Let your "yes" mean yes and your "no" mean no.
*5:39 Lit. Ar. id.: "The evil [one.]"
*5:40 Lit. Ar. id.: "Go after everything you got."
*5:44 Lit. Ar. idiomatic construction: "Fetch you by barren."
*5:47.1 Lit. Ar. expression: "Ask for your brother's peace."
*5:47.2 Lit. Ar. idiomatic expression: "What more do you do?"

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