386 : The Law And The Prophets

 386 :  The Law And The Prophets

"DO not think that I have come to destroy the old law or the prophets.
I have not come to destroy but to fulfil.
For truly I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away,
 not one dotting of an 'i' nor crossing of a 't' will be removed from the law until all is fulfilled. '
"Therefore whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments,
and teaches men to do so, shall be called the lowest of all in the kingdom of heaven.
For I say to you that unless your goodness excels that of the scribes and the Pharisees,
you shall never enter the kingdom of heaven.
"You have heard it said by men in the days of old, 'You shall not kill,
and whoever kills shall be in danger of punishment.'
 But I say to you that whoever is angry with his brother without cause
will be€ in danger of punishment by God.
 And whoever curses his brother shall be in danger of hell fire.
"Therefore, if you bring your offering to the altar,
 and there remember that your brother has any grievance against you,
leave your offering there before the altar, and go and be first reconciled to your brother,
and then come and make your offering.
"Agree with your adversary quickly while you are on the way to court with him,
lest at any time the adversary deliver you to the judge,
and the judge deliver you to the officer, and you be cast into prison.
 Truly I say to you, you shall never come out of there, till you have paid the last penny.
"Again, you have heard that it has been said by men of old,

'You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform as you swear in your oaths.'
 But I say to you, swear not at all, neither by heaven, for it is God's throne, nor by earth,
for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.
Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.
But let what you have to say be simply 'Yes' or 'No,' for whatever is more than these comes from evil.
"You have heard that it has been said, 'An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth.'
But I say to you, do not resist an injury.
Whoever strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him also the other.
 If any man wants to sue You for your coat, let him have your cloak as well,
 and whoever compels You to go one mile, go with him two.
Give to him that asks, and if anyone wishes to borrow from you, do not turn away.


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