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Matthew 2:23–24:51

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23 and he went and lived in a town called Nazareth.w So was fulfilledx what was said through the prophets, that he would be called a Nazarene.y

John the Baptist Prepares the Way

3:1–12pp—Mk 1:3–8; Lk 3:2–17

3 In those days John the Baptistz came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heavena has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah:

“A voice of one calling in the wilderness,

‘Prepare the way for the Lord,

make straight paths for him.’ ”a b

John’sc clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist.d His food was locustse and wild honey. People went out to him from Jerusalem and all Judea and the whole region of the Jordan. Confessing their sins, they were baptizedf by him in the Jordan River.

But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers!g Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath?h Produce fruit in keeping with repentance.i And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father.’j I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. 10 The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.k

11 “I baptize you withb water for repentance.l But after me comes one who is more powerful than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you withc the Holy Spiritm and fire.n 12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”o

The Baptism of Jesus

3:13–17pp—Mk 1:9–11; Lk 3:21,22; Jn 1:31–34

13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John.p 14 But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?”

15 Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is proper for us to do this to fulfill all righteousness.” Then John consented.

16 As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened,q and he saw the Spirit of Godr descending like a dove and alighting on him. 17 And a voice from heavens said, “This is my Son,t whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”u

Jesus Is Tested in the Wilderness

4:1–11pp—Mk 1:12,13; Lk 4:1–13

4 Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempteda v by the devil.w After fasting forty days and forty nights,x he was hungry. The temptery came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God,z tell these stones to become bread.”

Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.’ba

Then the devil took him to the holy cityb and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. “If you are the Son of God,”c he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:

“ ‘He will command his angels concerning you,

and they will lift you up in their hands,

so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.’cd

Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’de

Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”

10 Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan!f For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’eg

11 Then the devil left him,h and angels came and attended him.i

Jesus Begins to Preach

12 When Jesus heard that John had been put in prison,j he withdrew to Galilee.k 13 Leaving Nazareth, he went and lived in Capernaum,l which was by the lake in the area of Zebulun and Naphtali—14 to fulfillm what was said through the prophet Isaiah:

15 “Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali,

the Way of the Sea, beyond the Jordan,

Galilee of the Gentiles—

16 the people living in darkness

have seen a great light;

on those living in the land of the shadow of death

a light has dawned.”f n

17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaveno has come near.”

Jesus Calls His First Disciples

4:18–22pp—Mk 1:16–20; Lk 5:2–11; Jn 1:35–42

18 As Jesus was walking beside the Sea of Galilee,p he saw two brothers, Simon called Peterq and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the lake, for they were fishermen. 19 “Come, follow me,”r Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” 20 At once they left their nets and followed him.s

21 Going on from there, he saw two other brothers, James son of Zebedee and his brother John.t They were in a boat with their father Zebedee, preparing their nets. Jesus called them, 22 and immediately they left the boat and their father and followed him.u

Jesus Heals the Sick

23 Jesus went throughout Galilee,v teaching in their synagogues,w proclaiming the good newsx of the kingdom,y and healing every disease and sickness among the people.z 24 News about him spread all over Syria,a and people brought to him all who were ill with various diseases, those suffering severe pain, the demon-possessed,b those having seizures,c and the paralyzed;d and he healed them. 25 Large crowds from Galilee, the Decapolis,g Jerusalem, Judea and the region across the Jordan followed him.e

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

5 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

5:3–12pp—Lk 6:20–23

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.f

Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.g

Blessed are the meek,

for they will inherit the earth.h

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.i

Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.j

Blessed are the pure in heart,k

for they will see God.l

Blessed are the peacemakers,m

for they will be called children of God.n

10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,o

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.p

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you,q persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.r 12 Rejoice and be glad,s because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.t

Salt and Light

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.u

14 “You are the light of the world.v A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.w 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others,x that they may see your good deedsy and glorifyz your Father in heaven.

The Fulfillment of the Law

17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.a 18 For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.b 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commandsc and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.d

Murder

5:25,26pp—Lk 12:58,59

21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder,a e and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angryf with a brother or sisterb,c will be subject to judgment.g Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’d is answerable to the court.h And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell.i

23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you, 24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift.

25 “Settle matters quickly with your adversary who is taking you to court. Do it while you are still together on the way, or your adversary may hand you over to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and you may be thrown into prison. 26 Truly I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.

Adultery

27 “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’e j 28 But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart.k 29 If your right eye causes you to stumble,l gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. 30 And if your right hand causes you to stumble,m cut it off and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to go into hell.

Divorce

31 “It has been said, ‘Anyone who divorces his wife must give her a certificate of divorce.’f n 32 But I tell you that anyone who divorces his wife, except for sexual immorality, makes her the victim of adultery, and anyone who marries a divorced woman commits adultery.o

Oaths

33 “Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath,p but fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made.’q 34 But I tell you, do not swear an oath at all:r either by heaven, for it is God’s throne;s 35 or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.t 36 And do not swear ...

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ver 15, 17; See Mt 1:22

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See Mk 1:24

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See Mt 3:1

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ver 11; See Mk 1:4

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See Ro 1:18

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See Lk 3:8

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ver 6; See Mk 1:4

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See Mk 1:8

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See Mt 3:1; See Mk 1:4

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The Greek for tempted can also mean tested.

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See ver 3

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See Mt 1:22

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See Mt 3:2

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See ver 19

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See Lk 2:2

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That is, the Ten Cities

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ver 10, 19; See Mt 25:34

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ver 44, 45; See Ro 8:14

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ver 3, 19; See Mt 25:34

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See Mt 9:8

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The Greek word for brother or sister (adelphos) refers here to a fellow disciple, whether man or woman; also in verse 23.

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Some manuscripts brother or sister without cause

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An Aramaic term of contempt

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See ver 29

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