Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil.
After He had fasted 40 days and 40 nights, He was hungry.
Then the tempter approached Him and said, "If You are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread."
But He answered, "It is written: Man must not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of God."
Then the Devil took Him to the holy city, had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple,
and said to Him, "If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will give His angels orders concerning you and, they will support you with their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone."
Jesus told him, "It is also written: Do not test the Lord your God."
Again, the Devil took Him to a very high mountain and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor.
And he said to Him, "I will give You all these things if You will fall down and worship me."
Then Jesus told him, "Go away, Satan! For it is written: Worship the Lord your God, and serve only Him."
Then the Devil left Him, and immediately angels came and began to serve Him.
When He heard that John had been arrested, He withdrew into Galilee.
He left Nazareth behind and went to live in Capernaum by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali.
This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
Land of Zebulun and land of Naphtali, along the sea road, beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles!
The people who live in darkness have seen a great light, and for those living in the shadowland of death, light has dawned.
From then on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, because the kingdom of heaven has come near!"
As He was walking along the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon, who was called Peter, and his brother Andrew. They were casting a net into the sea, since they were fishermen.
"Follow Me," He told them, "and I will make you fish for people!"
Immediately they left their nets and followed Him.
Going on from there, He saw two other brothers, James the son of Zebedee, and his brother John. They were in a boat with Zebedee their father, mending their nets, and He called them.
Immediately they left the boat and their father and followed Him.
Jesus was going all over Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
Then the news about Him spread throughout Syria. So they brought to Him all those who were afflicted, those suffering from various diseases and intense pains, the demon-possessed, the epileptics, and the paralytics. And He healed them.
Large crowds followed Him from Galilee, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and beyond the Jordan.
When He saw the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after He sat down, His disciples came to Him.
Then He began to teach them, saying:
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
Blessed are those who mourn, because they will be comforted.
Blessed are the gentle, because they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, because they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, because they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, because they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, because the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
"Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and falsely say every kind of evil against you because of Me.
Be glad and rejoice, because your reward is great in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
"You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt should lose its taste, how can it be made salty? It's no longer good for anything but to be thrown out and trampled on by men.
"You are the light of the world. A city situated on a hill cannot be hidden.
No one lights a lamp and puts it under a basket, but rather on a lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house.
In the same way, let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
"Don't assume that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.
For I assure you: Until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or one stroke of a letter will pass from the law until all things are accomplished.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches [these commandments] will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
"You have heard that it was said to our ancestors, Do not murder, and whoever murders will be subject to judgment.
But I tell you, everyone who is angry with his brother will be subject to judgment. And whoever says to his brother, 'Fool!' will be subject to the Sanhedrin. But whoever says, 'You moron!' will be subject to hellfire.
So if you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Reach a settlement quickly with your adversary while you're on the way with him, or your adversary will hand you over to the judge, the judge to the officer, and you will be thrown into prison.
I assure you: You will never get out of there until you have paid the last penny!
"You have heard that it was said, Do not commit adultery.
But I tell you, everyone who looks at a woman to lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.
If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell.
And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of the parts of your body than for your whole body to go into hell!
"It was also said, Whoever divorces his wife must give her a written notice of divorce.
But I tell you, everyone who divorces his wife, except in a case of sexual immorality, causes her to commit adultery. And whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery.
"Again, you have heard that it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but you must keep your oaths to the Lord.
But I tell you, don't take an oath at all: either by heaven, because it is God's throne;
or by the earth, because it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King.
Neither should you swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black.
But let your word 'yes' be 'yes,' and your 'no' be 'no.' Anything more than this is from the evil one.
"You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.
But I tell you, don't resist an evildoer. On the contrary, if anyone slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.
As for the one who wants to sue you and take away your shirt, let him have your coat as well.
And if anyone forces you to go one mile, go with him two.
Give to the one who asks you, and don't turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
"You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
so that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
For if you love those who love you, what reward will you have? Don't even the tax collectors do the same?
And if you greet only your brothers, what are you doing out of the ordinary? Don't even the Gentiles do the same?
Be perfect, therefore, as your heavenly Father is perfect.
"Be careful not to practice your righteousness in front of people, to be seen by them. Otherwise, you will have no reward from your Father in heaven.
So whenever you give to the poor, don't sound a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be applauded by people. I assure you: They've got their reward!
But when you give to the poor, don't let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,
so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
"Whenever you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites, because they love to pray standing in the synagogues and on the street corners to be seen by people. I assure you: They've got their reward!
But when you pray, go into your private room, shut your door, and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
When you pray, don't babble like the idolaters, since they imagine they'll be heard for their many words.
Don't be like them, because your Father knows the things you need before you ask Him.
"Therefore, you should pray like this: Our Father in heaven, Your name be honored as holy.
Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And do not bring us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. [[For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.]]
"For if you forgive people their wrongdoing, your heavenly Father will forgive you as well.
But if you don't forgive people, your Father will not forgive your wrongdoing.
"Whenever you fast, don't be sad-faced like the hypocrites. For they make their faces unattractive so their fasting is obvious to people. I assure you: They've got their reward!
But when you fast, put oil on your head, and wash your face,
so that you don't show your fasting to people but to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.
"Don't collect for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal.
But collect for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don't break in and steal.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
"The eye is the lamp of the body. If your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light.
But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light within you is darkness-- how deep is that darkness!
"No one can be a slave of two masters, since either he will hate one and love the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot be slaves of God and of money.
"This is why I tell you: Don't worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Isn't life more than food and the body more than clothing?
Look at the birds of the sky: they don't sow or reap or gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Aren't you worth more than they?
Can any of you add a single cubit to his height by worrying?
And why do you worry about clothes? Learn how the wildflowers of the field grow: they don't labor or spin thread.
Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was adorned like one of these!
If that's how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and thrown into the furnace tomorrow, won't He do much more for you-- you of little faith?
So don't worry, saying, 'What will we eat?' or 'What will we drink?' or 'What will we wear?'
For the idolaters eagerly seek all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be provided for you.
Therefore don't worry about tomorrow, because tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.