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Thursday, May 19, 2016

Compiled Sermon on the Mount

Blessed are ye if ye shall give heed unto the words of these twelve whom I have chosen from among you to minister unto you, and to be your servants; and unto them I have given power so they may baptize you with water; and after ye are baptized with water, behold, I will baptize you with fire and with the Holy Ghost; therefore, blessed are ye if ye shall believe in me and be baptized, after ye have seen me and know that I am.
And again, more blessed are they who shall believe in your words because ye shall testify ye have seen me, and ye know that I am.
Yea, blessed are they who shall believe in your words, and come down into the depths of humility and be baptized, for they shall be visited with fire and with the Holy Ghost, and shall receive a remission of their sins. 

Yea, blessed are the poor in spirit who come unto me, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
And again, blessed are all they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are ye who weep now: for ye shall laugh.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are all they who do hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled with the Holy Ghost.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are all the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are all the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.
Blessed are all they who are persecuted for my name’s sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 
And blessed are ye when men shall hate and revile you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for the Son of man's sake. Rejoice ye in that day, leap for joy, and be exceeding glad, for ye shall have great joy, for great shall be your reward in heaven; for so persecuted in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets who were before you.

But woe unto you who are rich! for ye have received your consolation.
Woe unto you who are full! for ye shall hunger.
Woe unto you who laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.
Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Verily, verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the salt of the earth; but if the salt shall lose its savor wherewith shall the earth be salted? The salt shall be thenceforth be good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men.
Verily, verily, I say unto you, I give unto you to be the light of this people. A city set on a hill cannot be hid. Behold, do men light a candle and put it under a bushel? Nay, but on a candlestick, and it giveth light to all who are in the house; therefore let your light so shine before men, so they may see your good works and glorify your Father who is in heaven.

Think not I am come to destroy the law or the prophets. I am not come to destroy but to fulfill; for verily I say unto you, one jot nor one tittle hath in no wise passed away from the law, but in me it hath all been fulfilled. And behold, I have given you the law and the commandments of my Father, so ye shall believe in me, and so ye shall repent of your sins, and come unto me with a broken heart and a contrite spirit. Behold, ye have the commandments before you, and the law is fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so to do, he shall in no wise be saved in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach these commandments of the law, the same shall be called great, and shall be saved in the kingdom of heaven. Therefore I say unto you, come unto me and be ye saved; for verily I say unto you, except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees and ye shall keep my commandments, which I have commanded you at this time, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Ye have heard it hath been said by them of old time, and it is also written before you, thou shalt not kill, and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment of God. But I say unto you, whosoever is angry with his brother shall be in danger of his 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. Therefore if ye shall come unto me, or shall desire to come unto me, and bring thy gift to the altar, and rememberest thy brother hath aught against thee; go thy way. First be reconciled to thy brother, and then come unto me with full purpose of heart, offer thy gift, and I will receive you.

Agree with thine adversary quickly, while thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou shalt be cast into prison. Verily, verily, I say unto thee, thou shalt by no means come out thence until thou hast paid the uttermost cent. And while ye are in prison can ye pay even one cent? Verily, verily, I say unto you, Nay.

Behold, it is written and ye have heard it was said by them of old time, thou shalt not commit adultery; but I say unto you, whosoever looketh on a woman, to lust after her, hath committed adultery already in his heart. Behold, I give unto you a commandment, suffer none of these things to enter into your heart. If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee one of the members should perish, and not thy whole body should be cast into hell. And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee one of thy members should perish, and not thy whole body should be cast into hell. And now this I speak, a parable concerning your sins; wherefore, cast them from you, so ye may not be hewn down and cast into the fire. For it is better ye should deny yourselves of these things, wherein ye will take up your cross, than ye should be cast into hell.

It hath been written, whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement. But verily, verily, I say unto you, whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery; and whosoever shall marry her who is divorced committeth adultery.

And again it is written, thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths; but verily, verily, I say unto you, swear not at all; neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair black or white; but let your communication be Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever cometh of more than these is evil.

Ye have heard it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth; but I say unto you, ye shall not resist evil, but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also; for it is better to offer the other, than to revile again. And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also; for it is better thou suffer thine enemy to take these things, than to contend with him. Verily I say unto you, your Heavenly Father who seeth in secret, shall bring that wicked one into judgement. Whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain. Give to him who asketh thee, and from him who would borrow of thee turn thou not away.

Ye have heard it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbor, and hate thine enemy; But behold I say unto you, love your enemies, bless them who curse you, do good to them who hate you, and pray for them who despitefully use you and persecute you; so ye may be the children of your Father who is in heaven; for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

As ye would men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise. For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? Do not even the publicans the same? for sinners also love those who love them. And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans so? And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive,what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again. But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great,and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

Those things which were of old time, which were under the law, in me are all fulfilled. Old things are done away, and all things have become new. Therefore I would that ye should be perfect even as I, or your Father who is in heaven is perfect.

Verily, verily, I say I would that ye should do alms unto the poor; but take heed ye do not your alms before men to be seen of them; otherwise ye have no reward of your Father who is in heaven. Therefore, when ye shall do thine alms do not sound a trumpet before thee, as will the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, so they may have glory of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But when thou doest alms let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth; so thine alms may be in secret; and thy Father who seeth in secret, himself shall reward thee openly.

And when thou prayest thou shalt not do as the hypocrites, for they love to pray, standing in the synagogues and in the corners of the streets, so they may be seen of men. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father who is in secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly. But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen, for they think they shall be heard for their much speaking. Be not ye therefore like unto them, for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of before ye ask him. After this manner therefore pray ye:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And suffer us not to be led into temptation, but deliver us from evil. For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.
For, if ye forgive men their trespasses your Heavenly Father will also forgive you; but if ye forgive not men their trespasses neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.

Moreover, when ye fast be not as the hypocrites, of a sad countenance, for they disfigure their faces so they may appear unto men to fast. Verily I say unto you, they have their reward. But thou, when thou fastest, anoint thy head, and wash thy face; so thou appear not unto men to fast, but unto thy Father, who is in secret; and thy Father, who seeth in secret, shall reward thee openly.

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and thieves break through and steal; But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

The light of the body is the eye; if, therefore, thine eye be single to the glory of God, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness. If, therefore, the light in thee be darkness, how great is that darkness! No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon.

And now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he looked upon the twelve whom he had chosen, and said unto them:


Remember the words which I have spoken. For behold, ye are they whom I have chosen to minister unto this people. And again, I say unto you, go ye into the world; for the world will hate you, and will persecute you, and will turn you out of their synagogues. Nevertheless, ye shall go forth from house to house, teaching the people; and I will go before you. And your Heavenly Father will provide for you whatsoever things ye need; therefore, I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air, for they sow not, neither do they reap nor gather into barns; yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin; and yet I say unto you, even Solomon, in all his glory, was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, how much more will he not provide for you, if ye are not of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your Heavenly Father knoweth ye have need of all these things. Wherefore, seek not the things of this world, but seek ye first to build the kingdom of God and to establish his righteousness, and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow, for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient is the day unto the evil thereof.

And now it came to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words he turned again to the multitude, and did open his mouth unto them again, saying:


Verily, verily, I say unto you, judge not unrighteously, so ye be not judged: but judge righteous judgment. For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged. Condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven; give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Can the blind lead the blind? Shall they not both fall into the ditch? The disciple is not above his master; but every one who is perfect shall be as his master. And again, ye shall say unto them why is it thou beholdest the mote in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam in thine own eye? Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam in thine own eye? Beholdest thou the scribes and the Pharisees, and the Priests, and the Levite? They teach in their synagogues, but do not observe the law, nor the commandments; and all have gone out of the way, and are under sin. Go thou and say unto them, Why teach ye men the law and the commandments when ye yourselves are the children of corruption? Say unto them, Ye hypocrites, first cast the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to cast the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

Go ye into the world, saying unto all, Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven has come nigh unto you. And the mysteries of the kingdom ye shall keep within yourselves; for it is not meet to give that which is holy unto the dogs; neither cast ye your pearls unto swine, lest they trample them under their feet. For the world cannot receive that which ye, yourselves, are not able to bear; wherefore ye shall not give your pearls unto them, lest they turn again and rend you. Say unto them, ask of God; ask and it shall be given you; seek and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you. For every one who asketh, receiveth; and he who seeketh, findeth; and to him who knocketh, it shall be opened.

And then said his disciples unto him:


They will say unto us, We ourselves are righteous, and need not any man should teach us. God, we know, heard Moses and some of the prophets; but us he will not hear. And they will say, We have the law for our salvation, and that is sufficient for us.

Then Jesus answered and said unto his disciples:


Thus shall ye say unto them, What man among you, having a son, and he shall be standing out, and shall say, Father open thy house so I may come in and sup with thee, will not say, Come in, my son; for mine is thine, and thine is mine? Or what man is there of you, who, if his son ask bread, will give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father who is in heaven give good things to them who ask him? Therefore, all things whatsoever ye would men should do to you, do ye even so to them, for this is the law and the prophets. Enter ye in at the strait gate; for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, which leadeth to destruction, and many there be who go in thereat; Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be who find it.

Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. For every tree is known by his own fruit. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? For of thornsmen do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes. Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. Every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore, by their fruits ye shall know them.

Not every one who saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he who doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven. For the day soon cometh, that men shall come before me to judgement, to be judged according to their works. Many will say to me in that day: Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name, and in thy name have cast out devils, and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them: ye never knew me; depart from me, ye who work iniquity.

And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? Therefore, whoso cometh to me, and heareth these sayings of mine and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: He is like a wise man who built his house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation upon a rock: and the rain descended and the floods arose, and the winds blew and the streams beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
But he who heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, is like a foolish man who without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

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