6:1Now it happened that on a Sabbath he and his disciples were passing through some fields, picking and eating some of the heads of grain by rubbing them in their hands.6:2But some of the Pharisees said, “What you’re doing is forbidden on Sabbaths.”6:3And Jesus responded, “Have you never read about what David did when he and those with him were hungry?6:4He entered the house of God and ate the bread that had been presented as offerings, sharing it also with those with him. Yet only the priests are allowed to eat it.”6:5And then he added, “The Human is Master of the Sabbath.”
6:6On yet another Sabbath he went into the synagogue and taught. There was someone there with a deformed right hand.6:7The scripture scholars and Pharisees were watching Jesus like a hawk, to see if he’d heal on the Sabbath so they could have grounds to accuse him.6:8But he knew what they were thinking and said to the man with the withered hand, “Stand up here in front.” And he did so.
6:9And Jesus said to them, "I ask you: is it permitted on the Sabbath to do good or to do malice, to save a life or to destroy it?"6:10He looked around at them all and said to the man, “Hold out your hand!” He did so, and it was suddenly restored just like the other hand.6:11But they completely lost their minds and discussed among themselves what they could do to Jesus.
6:12It was in those days that Jesus retreated up into the mountain to pray, and he spent the entire night in prayer to God.6:13The next day he summoned his disciples and chose twelve from among them, designating them Ambassadors:
- 6:14Simon, whom he named Peter;
- Andrew, his brother;
- James, son of Alpheus;
- Simon the Zealot;
- 6:16Judas, son of James;
- and Judas from Kerioth, who would become a traitor
6:17Jesus came down from the mountain with them, and he stood in a low-lying place. A huge crowd of his disciples was there, along with innumerable people from all over Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon.6:18They came to hear him and to be miraculously healed of their diseases, and all who had been oppressed by unclean spirits were cured.6:19The whole crowd wanted to touch him because power was coming out of him, and he healed them all.
6:20Then Jesus looked at his disciples and said,
“Happy are the destitute, because the Kingdom of God is yours.
6:21“Happy are those who hunger for now, because you will be satisfied.
“Happy are those who weep for now, because you will laugh.
6:22“Be happy when people despise you, shun you, disgrace you, reject you, and ruin your reputation, just because of the Human.6:23Be happy about that day and jump for joy; just look at the wages you’ve earned in heaven! For this is what your ancestors did to the prophets.
6:24“In contrast, woe to you who are rich, because you’ve already received your comfort.
6:25“Woe to you who are satisfied for now, because you will hunger.
“Woe to you who laugh for now, because you will grieve and sob.
6:26“Woe to you if everyone speaks highly of you, because their ancestors also spoke well of the false prophets.
6:27“To those who hear, I say this: Love your enemies. Do good to those who despise you;6:28bless those who call down curses on you; pray for those who insult you.6:29If someone hits you on one side of your jaw, present to them the other side; if someone confiscates your outer clothing, don’t stop them from taking your inner clothing as well.6:30Give people what they ask of you, and don’t demand that they return what they take from you.6:31In other words, treat people the way you want them to treat you.1
6:32“If you only love those who love you, what credit is that to you? After all, the deviant only love those who love them.6:33If you only do good to those who return the favor, what credit is that to you? After all, the deviant do the same thing.6:34And if you only lend to those who can pay you back, what credit is that to you? After all, the errant lend to each other and expect to be repaid.26:35So then, love your enemies; be good to others and lend without expecting anything return. Then you will earn generous wages and you will be called Children of the Highest, because he is good to the ungrateful and the wicked.
6:36“Become compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.6:37Don’t be judgmental, and you will certainly not be so judged;3 don’t condemn, and you will certainly not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven.6:38Give, and it will be given to you— filled up, packed solid, and spilling over! This is what they will give to you personally, because the level of generosity you show to others will be shown to you in return.”
6:39And then he gave them a parable: “The blind cannot lead the blind; both will certainly fall into a ditch.6:40Neither is the student superior to the teacher, though after completing the training they may reach the same level.6:41So how is it that you can notice the splinter in someone else’s eye, yet completely ignore the plank in your own eye?6:42How can you say to them, ‘Here, let me get that splinter out of your eye’, when you have a plank in your own eye? You are using a double standard! First get the plank out of your own eye before you try to remove the splinter in someone else’s eye.
6:43“You know that a good tree doesn’t produce rotten fruit, and that a bad tree doesn’t produce good fruit,6:44because each tree is identified by what it actually produces. You don’t pick figs or grapes from thorn bushes.6:45So also, someone who treasures up good things within them will produce good things, while someone with evil inside of them will produce evil things. Both express what is in their minds.
6:46“Now how can you call me ‘Master, Master’ yet don’t do what I say?6:47Let me tell you what all who come to me and hear and practice my sayings are like:6:48such a person is like someone who built a house and dug a deep foundation on rock. Though a flood came and the river pounded against the house, it was not strong enough to shake it because of how well it was built.6:49But the one who hears and yet doesn’t put it into practice is like someone who built a house on soil without any foundation. The river pounded against it and it collapsed right away into a huge pile.”
- 1The last sentence gives the purpose and explanation for the preceding sentences. Jesus is not telling people to become doormats or punching bags, but to practice empathy.
- 2Again, Jesus is not telling people to never make loans, but to make gifts instead to those who cannot repay; this is a reinforcement of the command to practice empathy.
- 3Carefully note the context of the famous “do not judge” statement.