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THE GOOD MESSAGE OF
JESUS THE CHRIST
Synthesis
28

"Do not think that I came
to abolish the law or the prophets;
I did not come to abolish but to fulfill.
For amen, I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away,
not one 'i' nor one dot shall pass away from the law
until everything is accomplished.

"Therefore whoever breaks one of the smallest
of these commandments and teaches people thus,
will be called smallest in the sovereignty of heaven.
But whoever performs and teaches,
this one will be called great in the sovereignty of heaven.
For I tell you that unless your justice
surpasses that of the scholars and Pharisees,
you will not enter into the sovereignty of heaven.

"You heard that it was said to the ancients,
'You shall not murder;
and whoever murders will be liable to the judgment.'
But I tell you that everyone who is angry with his brother
will be liable to the judgment;
and whoever says to his brother, 'Numskull,'
will be liable to the council;
and whoever says, 'Fool,'
will be liable to the hell of fire.

"Therefore if you are offering your gift at the altar
and there remember
that your brother has something against you,
leave your gift there before the altar,
and go first be reconciled to your brother;
then come offer your gift.

"Why do you not judge even by yourselves what is right?
As you go with your opponent to a ruler be agreeable quickly
and work hard to be released from him on the way,
lest the opponent drag you to the judge,
and the judge give you over to the officer,
and the officer throw you into prison;
amen, I tell you, you will not come out from there
until you pay back the last penny.

"You heard that it was said,
'You shall not commit adultery.'
But I tell you that everyone looking at a woman with desire
already has committed adultery with her in his heart.

"If your right eye offends you,
take it out and throw it away from you;
for it is better for you to lose one of your parts
and not let your whole body be thrown into hell.

"If your right hand offends you,
cut it off and throw it away from you;
for it is better for you to lose one of your parts
and not let your whole body go away into hell.

"It was said, 'Whoever separates from his wife
must give her a divorce.'
But I tell you that everyone separating from his wife,
except for reason of fornication,
makes her commit adultery;
everyone leaving his wife and marrying another
commits adultery;
and whoever marries the one left by the husband
commits adultery.

"Again you heard that it was said to the ancients,
'You shall not break your oath,
but keep your oaths to the Lord.'
But I tell you not to swear at all:
neither by heaven, for it is the throne of God;
nor by the earth, for it is the footstool of his feet;
nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king;
nor swear by your head,
for you cannot make one hair white or black.
Let your word be 'Yes,' or 'No;'
but more than these is from evil.

"You heard that it was said,
'An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth.'
But I tell you not to resist the evil;
but whoever strikes you on your right cheek,
turn to him the other also;
to the one wishing to judge you and take your coat,
let him have your shirt also;
whoever forces you to go one mile, go with him two.

"Give to the one asking you;
do not turn away from the one wishing to borrow from you;
and do not demand your things back from the one taking them.
What you would like people to do to you, do likewise to them.

"You heard that it was said,
'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.'
But I tell you: love your enemies,
do good to those who hate you,
bless those cursing you,
pray for those abusing you,
so that you may become sons of your Father in heaven;
for his sun rises on the bad and good,
and it rains on the just and unjust.

"If you love those who love you,
what credit is that to you?
Even tax collectors and sinners love those who love them.

"For even if you do good to those who do good to you,
what credit is that to you?
Even the sinners do the same.

"If you greet only your brothers,
are you doing anything extra?
Do not even other nations do the same?

"If you lend to those from whom you hope to receive,
what credit is that to you?
Even sinners lend to sinners
so that they may receive back an equal amount.

"But love your enemies and do good
and lend expecting nothing;
and your reward will be large,
and you will be sons of the highest,
for he is kind to the ungrateful and bad.
Therefore become compassionate and perfect,
as your heavenly Father is compassionate and perfect.

28. "You Heard That It Was Said" Harmony 28 * Interpretation 28
29. Prayer, Fasting, and Charity Harmony 29 * Synthesis 29 * Interpretation 29

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