Matthew 4:23-5:12Contemporary English Version (CEV)
Jesus Teaches, Preaches, and Heals
23 Jesus went all over Galilee, teaching in the Jewish meeting places and preaching the good news about God’s kingdom. He also healed every kind of disease and sickness. 24 News about him spread all over Syria, and people with every kind of sickness or disease were brought to him. Some of them had a lot of demons in them, others were thought to be crazy,[a] and still others could not walk. But Jesus healed them all.
25 Large crowds followed Jesus from Galilee and the region around the ten cities known as Decapolis.[b] They also came from Jerusalem, Judea, and from across the Jordan River.
The Sermon on the Mount
5 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the side of a mountain and sat down.[c]
Jesus' disciples gathered around him, 2 and he taught them:
3 God blesses those people who depend only on him. They belong to the kingdom of heaven![d] 4 God blesses those people who grieve. They will find comfort! 5 God blesses those people who are humble. The earth will belong to them! 6 God blesses those people who want to obey him[e] more than to eat or drink. They will be given what they want! 7 God blesses those people who are merciful. They will be treated with mercy! 8 God blesses those people whose hearts are pure. They will see him! 9 God blesses those people who make peace. They will be called his children! 10 God blesses those people who are treated badly for doing right. They belong to the kingdom of heaven.[f]
11 God will bless you when people insult you, mistreat you, and tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me. 12 Be happy and excited! You will have a great reward in heaven. People did these same things to the prophets who lived long ago.
4.24thought to be crazy: In ancient times people with epilepsy were thought to be crazy.
4.25the ten cities known as Decapolis: A group of ten cities east of Samaria and Galilee, where the people followed the Greek way of life.
5.1sat down: Teachers in the ancient world, including Jewish teachers, usually sat down when they taught.
5.3They belong to the kingdom of heaven: Or “The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”
5.6who want to obey him: Or “who want to do right” or “who want everyone to be treated right.”
5.10They belong to the kingdom of heaven: See the note at 5.3.
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