The Temptation of Christ
4[1-11] Then Yeshua was led by the Spirit up into the countryside to be tempted by the devil. And after Yeshua had gone without food forty days and forty nights, the Christ was very hungry. Then the devil came to tempt Yeshua, saying, “If you’re really the Child of God, order these stones to become bread.” But Yeshua answered, “It’s written, ‘No One can live by bread alone, but by every word that God says.” Then the devil took the Christ up into Jerusalem, the holy city, and set Yeshua on top of the place of worship, and said, “If you’re really the Child of God, jump down from here because the Word says, ‘God’s angels will be in charge of You: and they’ll pick you up in their hands, if you should ever stumble over a stone.” And Yeshua answered, “It’s also written; ‘You should never tempt Yahweh your God.'” Then, the devil took the Christ up into a very high mountain, showing Yeshua all the countries of the world, and all of their amazing realms; saying, “I’ll give you all of this, if you’ll only bow down and worship me.” But Yeshua said, “Get away from Me, Satan; the Word says, ‘You’ll worship Yahweh your God, and will serve only Yahweh.'” Then the devil left and God’s angels quickly came and ministered to the Christ.
The Christ’s Ministry Begins
[12-17] Now when Yeshua heard that John had been put in jail, the Christ went into Galilee; and leaving Nazareth, came and stayed in Capernaum, which is on the coast by the sea, in the borders of Zebulun and Naphtali, so that it would happen which was spoken of by Isaiah the great preacher, saying, “In the land of Zebulun and Naphtali, beside the sea, and beyond Jordan, in Galilee, where the other peoples live; The people who were surrounded by darkness saw a great light; and a light has shined for those who lived under the shadow of death.” From then on Yeshua began to preach, saying, “Change your evil ways, because the power of heaven is here.”
Calling the Followers
[18-25] And Yeshua, walking by the Sea of Galilee, saw two brothers, Simon Peter and Andrew, casting a net into the sea because they were fishers. So Yeshua hollered out to them, “Follow Me and I’ll make you fishers for souls.” Then suddenly, they left their nets, following the Christ. And going on from there, Yeshua saw two more brothers, James and John, two of the children of Zebedee, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and hollered out to them also. And they, too, suddenly left their ship and their father, following the Christ. Then Yeshua went all around Galilee, teaching in their worship services, and preaching the New Word of heaven, and healing all kinds of sicknesses and diseases among the people. And Yeshua became famous throughout all Syria: and they brought all the sick people, who had many different diseases and pains, and those who were overcome by evil spirits, and those who had mental illnesses, and those who were paralyzed; and Yeshua healed them all. And great crowds of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judea, and from beyond Jordan followed the Christ.
The Sermon on the Mount: The Blessings
5[1-12] And seeing the crowds, Yeshua went up on a mountain: and when the Christ had sat down, the followers came, too: And Yeshua began to speak, and taught them all, saying, “Blessed are those whose spirits are disheartened because the power of heaven is now theirs. Blessed are those who grieve because they’ll be in good spirits now. Blessed are those who are gentle because the earth will be given to them. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for goodness because they’ll be filled with it. Blessed are those who are compassionate because they’ll be given compassion in return. Blessed are those whose hearts are innocent because they’ll see God. Blessed are those who are peacemakers because they’ll be called the children of God. Blessed are those who are abused for the sake of goodness, because the power of heaven is now theirs. Blessed are you, when people hate you, and mistreat you, and say all kind of evil things against you falsely, for My sake. Celebrate, and be very happy because your reward in heaven will be great because they also abused the great preachers who came before you.
Salt and Light
[13-16] You’re like the salt of the earth: but if the salt loses its flavor, how can it flavor anything? It isn’t good for anything, but to be thrown out, and walked on. You’re also like the light of the world. A city built on a hill can’t be hid. Nor would anyone light a candle, and hide it, but they would put it on a candle holder; so that it gives light to everyone in the house. So let your light shine for others, so that they can see what good things you’ve done, and praise your God who is in heaven.
[17-20] Don’t think that I’ve come to put an end to the law of God, or the great preachers’ prophesies: I haven’t come to end them, but to complete them. The truth is, until heaven and earth come to an end, not one comma or one period will be taken from the Word of God, till everything is complete. So whoever breaks the least part of the Word, and teaches others to do so, that one will be the least important in heaven: but whoever will do and teach it, that one will be called great in heaven. I tell you, that unless your goodness is greater than the goodness of the religious leaders, you’ll never get into heaven.
The Dangers of Judgment
[21-26] You’ve heard it said by the old ones, ‘You shouldn’t kill; and whoever kills will be in danger of judgment’: But I tell you, that whoever is angry with another without cause will be in danger of judgment: and whoever says to another, ‘You idiot,’ will be in danger of being sued at law: but whoever says, ‘You idiot,’ will also be in danger of the hell fire. So if you bring your gift to the altar, and remember that another has something against you; Leave your gift there at the altar, and go first and make up with the other person, and then come and offer your gift. Come to an agreement quickly with those who come against you, while you’re with them; or they may bring you to the judge, and the judge will hand you over to the officer, who will put you in jail. The truth is, you’ll by no means be freed, till you’ve paid every cent of your fine.
[27-32] You’ve heard it said by the old ones, ‘You shouldn’t be sexually unfaithful in your marriage’: But I tell you, that whoever thinks of someone in a sexual way who isn’t their spouse has done a sexual sin in their heart already. And if your eyes cause you to suffer in sin, don’t use them because it’s better for you that you not be able to use one of your members, and not that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your hand causes you to suffer in sin, don’t use it because it’s better for you that you not use one of your members and not that your whole body would be thrown into hell. It has been said, ‘Whoever divorces their spouse, should give them a writ of divorcement’: But I tell you, that whoever divorces their spouse, except for sexual unfaithfulness, causes them to be sexually unfaithful: and whoever marries that person who is divorced is being sexually unfaithful as well.
Swearing and Breaking Promises
[33-37] Again, you’ve heard it said by the old Ones, ‘You shouldn’t break your promises, but should complete everything you swear to God’: But I tell you, don’t swear at all; not by heaven because it’s God’s throne: Nor by the earth, because it’s God’s footstool: nor by Jerusalem; because it’s the City of God. Nor should you swear by your head, because you can’t make one hair white or black. So let your yes, be yes, and your no, be no, because whatever you say more than this is of evil.
Do More Than is Expected
[38-42] You’ve heard it said, ‘An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth’: But I tell you, That you shouldn’t fight back against evil: but whoever hits you on your right cheek, turn to them the other cheek also. And if anyone sues you at law, and takes away your coat, let them have your shirt also. And whoever orders you to go a mile, go with them two miles. Give to anyone who asks of you, and don’t keep from anyone that would borrow from you.
Always Do What is Right
[43-48] You’ve heard it said, ‘Love your neighbor, and hate your enemy’. But I tell you, love those who come against you, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who shamefully use you, and mistreat you; so that you can be the children of your God who is in heaven, because God makes the sun to rise on the bad and the good, and sends rain on the fair and the unfair. Because if you only love those who love you, what have you gained? Don’t the sinners even do this? And if you only respect your loved ones, what more do you do than others? Don’t the sinners even do that? So always do what is right, just as your God, who is in heaven always does what is right.
Tithing Should be Private
6[1-4] Be sure that you don’t give your gifts openly, to be seen by others: otherwise you’ll have no reward from your God who is in heaven. So when you give your gifts, don’t tell it to everyone, like a fake does in a worship service and in the streets, so that they can be thought highly of by others. The truth is; they’ve already gotten all the reward they’ll get. But when you give gifts, don’t let others know what you do: Let your gifts be private: and your God who sees in secret will reward you openly.
The Christ Teaches How to Pray
[5-13] And when you pray, you shouldn’t be like a fake, because they love to pray standing in the places of worship and on the street corners, so that they can be seen by others. The truth is, they‘ve already gotten all the reward they’ll get. But you, when you pray, come into your closet, and when you’ve shut your door, pray to your God secretly; and your God who sees in secret will openly reward you. But when you pray, don’t use meaningless repetitions, as the ungodly do because they think that they’ll be heard for all their talking. So don’t be like them because your God knows what your needs are, even before you ask for them. So pray like this:
Yahweh, our God in heaven, Your Name is Holy. May Your eternal realm come soon. May Your will be done on earth, just as it’s done in heaven. Give us what we need for today. And forgive our sins, as we forgive those who sin against us. Help us not to sin when we’re tempted, but free us from evil, because the power and the victory of Your Realm is forever. So be it!
The Importance of Forgiving Others
[14-15] If you forgive others their sins, your God in heaven will also forgive you, but if you don’t forgive others their sins, nor will your God forgive your sins.
Fasting Should be Private
[16-18] Besides this, when you go without food for a religious reason, don’t be like fakes, who disfigure their faces with a sad look, so that they can appear to others to be going without. The truth is; they’ve already gotten all the profit they’ll get. But you, when you go without food for a religious reason, anoint your head with oil, and wash your face; so that you don’t appear to others to be going without, but secretly to your God: and your God, who sees in secret, will openly reward you.
Your Heart is Where Your Money is
[19-23] Don’t store up wealth for yourselves on earth, where moths and rust will destroy it all, and where thieves can break in and steal everything: But store up wealth for yourselves in heaven, where neither moth nor rust can destroy it, and where thieves won’t break in to steal it. Where your wealth is, your heart is as well. The eye is the light of the body, so if your eye is set on the light of goodness, your whole body will be full of light. But if your eye is set on evil, your whole body will be full of darkness. So if the light that is in you is dimmed, how great that darkness will be!
Don’t Worry, God Will Take Care of You
[24-33] No One can serve two rulers because they’ll either, hate one and love the other; or else, they’ll hold on to one and hate the other. You can’t serve both God and money. So I tell you, don’t worry about your livelihood, what you’ll eat, or what you’ll drink; or what you’ll wear. Isn’t life more than food and the body more than clothing? The birds of the air neither plant nor reap, nor do they store up food; but still your God in heaven takes care of them. Aren’t you worth more than they are? Which of you by thinking about it can add one hour or one day to your life? And why do you worry about your clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they don’t work nor weave: And still, I tell you, that even Solomon in all his glory wasn’t decorated like one of them. So if God clothes the grasses of the fields this way, which grow today, and are dead by tomorrow, won’t God clothe you that much more? Don’t you have any faith? So don’t worry, saying, ‘What can I eat?’ Or, ‘What can I drink?’ Or, ‘What am I going to wear?’ Those who are earthly worry about all this, but your God in heaven knows that you need them. So first find the goodness of the realm God; and all these other things will be given to you as well. Don’t worry about what tomorrow may bring because tomorrow will worry about itself. There’s enough evil in one day without worrying about another.
Be Careful of Judging People Unfairly
7[1-5] Don’t be quick to judge, so that you won’t be judged this way. Because with whatever judgment you judge others, you’ll be judged in this way, too: and with whatever measure you use, you’ll be measured with it, too. And why do you believe that the splinter in another’s eye is worse than the stake that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to another, ‘Let me pull the splinter out of your eye, when there’s a stake in your own eye?’ You fake, first take the stake out of your own eye; and then you can see clearly to take the splinter out of another’s eye.
Be Careful Who You Give To
 Don’t give anything set aside for a holy purpose to those who fight against God, nor give your valuables to them, or they won’t appreciate it, and turn around and resent you for it.
Ask, and It’ll Be Given To You
[7-12] Ask, and it’ll be given to you; search, and you’ll find it; knock, and the door will be opened for you. Everyone that asks will get what they ask for; and those who search will find; and for those who knock, the door will be opened. How many of you, who if a loved one asks for bread, would give that person a stone? Or if they asked for a fish, would you give them a snake instead? If you then, who are evil by nature, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your God in heaven give good things to those who ask for them? So everything that you would want someone to do to you, you do that to them because this is what God’s word and the great preachers have always taught us.
Only One Way
[13-14] Go in at Heaven’s Gate, because the gate of Hell is wide open, and many go to be destroyed that way: But because there’s only one way that leads to life and that way is hard, only a few will find it.
Knowing the Difference Between the Good and Bad
[15-20] Beware of false teachers, who come to you looking as gentle as a lamb, but inwardly they’re selfish wolves. You’ll know them by what they do. Do people gather grapes from thorns, or figs from weeds? Every good tree makes good fruit; but a bad tree makes bad fruit. A good tree can’t make bad fruit, nor can a bad tree make good fruit. Every tree that doesn’t make good fruit will be cut down, and put into the fire. So you’ll know them by what they do.
Do God’s Will
[21-23] Not everyone who calls Me, Christ, will come into heaven; but only those who do the will of God in heaven. Many will say to Me in that day, ‘Christ, haven’t we preached in Your Name? And in Your Name put out evil spirits? And in Your Name done many amazing things?’ And then I’ll tell them, ‘I don’t know you! Get away from Me, you who are always doing evil.’
The Solid Foundation
[24-28] So whoever hears My teachings, and does them, that person is like a wise person, who built their house on a rock: And the rain came down, and the floodwaters rose, and the winds blew, and beat that house; but it didn’t fall because its foundation was built on solid rock. And everyone that hears My teachings, and doesn’t do them, is like a stupid person, who built their house on the sand: And the rain came down, and the floodwaters rose, and the winds blew, and beat that house; and it fell: And it was totally destroyed!” And then, when Yeshua had finished these teachings, the people were amazed by them, because Yeshua taught them as someone with power, and not as the other religious leaders.