New American Bible (Revised Edition)
11 Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me.(A) 12 [a]Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.(B) Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
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- 5:12 The prophets who were before you: the disciples of Jesus stand in the line of the persecuted prophets of Israel. Some would see the expression as indicating also that Matthew considered all Christian disciples as prophets.
- 5:13–16 By their deeds the disciples are to influence the world for good. They can no more escape notice than a city set on a mountain. If they fail in good works, they are as useless as flavorless salt or as a lamp whose light is concealed.