(From: MATTHEW #7 - 5:17-48)
C. 5:17-48 THE LAW VERSUS THE SPIRIT OF THE KINGDOM
1. 5:17-20 ON LAW AND ITS FULFILLMENT
a. 5:17 JESUS’ PURPOSE: TO FULFILL LAW AND PROPHETS
MenoMIse-te HOti ELthon ka-taLUsai  ton NOmon  etous proPHEtas:
Think not that I came to destroy the law or the prophets:
ouk ELthon ka-taLUsai , alLA pleROsai .
I came not to destroy, but to fulfill.
b. 5:18 ALL OT PROPHECY SHALL CERTAINLY BE FULFILLED
aMEN gar LEgohuMIN, HEos an paRELthe ho ou-raNOS  kai hege,
For Amen I say unto you, Till :heaven and :earth pass away,
iOta hen eMIa keREa  ou mepa-RELtheaPO tou NOmou,HEos an PANta GEne-tai.
one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass away from the law, till all thingscome to pass.
c. 5:19 PRECEPT AND EXAMPLE: MEASURE OF TRUE GREATNESS
hos eAN oun LUse MIan ton en-toLON  TOUton ton e-laCHISton ,
Whoso therefore shall break one of these the least :commandments,
kai diDAxe HOUtos tous anTHROpous,
and shall teach :men so,
eLAchis-tos kleTHEse-tai  en teba-siLEIa  ton ou-raNON;
shall be called least in the kingdom of the heavens;
hos d’ ’AN poiEse kai diDAxe1321],
but whoso shall do and teach them,
HOUtos MEgas  kleTHEse-tai en teba-siLEIa ton ou-raNON.
the same shall be called great in the kingdom of the heavens.
d. 5:20 STANDARD OF KINGDOM ENTRANCE: GREATER THAN PHARISAIC EXAMPLE
LEgogar huMIN, HOti eAN mepe-risSEUse huMON hedi-kai-oSUne
For I say unto you, that except your :righteousness
PLEIon ton gram-maTEon  kai Pha-riSAIon ,
exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees,
ou meeiSELthe-te  eis ten ba-siLEIan ton ou-raNON.
you shall in no wise enter the kingdom of the heavens.
2. 5:21-26 ON MURDER: THREE STATES OF ANGER
a. 5:21-22 THE JUDGMENT UPON INORDINATE ANGER
E-KOUsa-te  HOti erREthetois arCHAIois , Ou phoNEUseis ;
You have heard that it was said to them of eld, You shall not kill;
hos d’ ’AN phoNEUseEno-chos  EStai teKRIsei :
and whoso shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
eGOde LEgohuMIN, HOti pas ho or-giZOme-nos  toa-delPHO auTOU
22 but I say unto you,that every one :angry with his :brother
Eno-chos EStai teKRIsei;
shall be in danger of the judgment;
hos d’ ’an EIpetoa-delPHOauTOU, ‘RaKA, Eno-chos EStai to su-neDRIo;
and whoso shall say to his :brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the Sanhedrin;
hos d’ ’AN EIpe, MoRE , Eno-chos EStai eis ten GEen-nan tou puROS .
and whoso shall say, Fool, shall be in danger unto the geenna of :fire.
b. 5:23-24 RECONCILIATION MUST PRECEDE OUR WORSHIP TO GOD
eAN oun prosPHEres  to DO-RON  sou ePI to thu-si-asTEri-on ,
If therefore you offer your :gift upon the altar,
ka’ ’kei mnesTHES  HOti ho a-delPHOS sou Echei ti kaTA sou,
and there remember that your :brother has anything against you,
Aphes  eKEI to DO-RON sou EMpros-then tou thu-si-as-teRIou,
24leave there your :gift before the altar,
kai HUpa-ge PROton di-alLAge-thitoa-delPHOsou, kai TOte elTHON PROSphe-re  to DO-RON sou.
and go first be reconciled to your :brother, and then come andoffer your :gift.
c. 5:25 THE DANGER OF PROCRASTINATION IN RECONCILIATION
ISthi eu-noON  toan-tiDIchosou taCHU, HEos HOtou ei met’ auTOU en tehoDO,
Agree with your :adversary quickly, while you are with him in the way;
mepoTE se pa-raDO ho anTIdi-kos tokriTE,
lest haply the adversary deliver you to the judge,
kai ho kriTES tohu-peREte, kai eis phu-laKEN  bleTHEse.
and the judge to the officer, and you be cast into prison.
d. 5:26 A FURTHER SOBER WARNING NOTE OF JUDGMENT
aMEN, LEgosoi, ou meeXELthes eKEIthen,
Amen, I say unto you, You shall in no wise come out thence,
HEos an a-poDOS  ton EScha-ton  kodRANten .
till you have paid the last farthing.
3. 5:27-30 ON ADULTERY AND OFFENDING MEMBERS
a. 5:27-28 JESUS’ JUDGMENT ON LUST OF IMMORALITY
E-KOUsa-te  HOti erREthe, Ou moiCHEUseis :
You have heard that it was said, You shall not commit adultery:
eGO de LEgohuMIN, HOti pas ho BLEpon guNAIka pros to e-pi-thuMEsaiauTEN
28 But I say unto you, that every one that looks on a woman to lust after her
EdeeMOIcheu-sen  auTEN en tekarDIa  auTOU.
has already committed adultery with her in his :heart.
b. 5:29. A DRASTIC REMEDY FOR LUST OF THE EYES
ei de ho oph-thalMOS sou ho de-xiOS skan-daLIzei se, Exe-leauTON, kai BAle aPO sou:
And if your :right :eye stumbles you, pluck it out, and cast from you:
sumPHErei gar soi HIna aPOle-tai  hen ton meLON sou,
for it is profitable for you that one of your :members perish,
kai meHOlon  to SO-MA  sou bleTHEeis GEen-nan .
and not your whole :body be cast into geenna.
c. 5:30 A DRASTIC REMEDY FOR YOUR BEST FRIEND
kai ei hede-xiA  sou cheir skan-daLIzei se, EKko-pson auTEN, kai BAle aPO sou:
And if your right :hand stumbles you, cut it off, and cast from you:
sumPHErei GAR soi HIna aPOle-tai  hen ton meLON sou,
for it is profitable for you that one of your :members perish,
kai meHOlon to SO-MA sou eis GEen-nan  `aPELthe.
and not your whole :body go into geenna.
4. 5:31-32 ON DIVORCE AND FORNICATION
ErREthe de, Hos an a-poLUse ten guNAIka  auTOU,
It was said also, Whoso shall put away his :wife,
DOto auTEa-posTAsi-on : eGO de LEgohuMIN,
let him give her a bill of divorce: 32 But I say unto you,
HOti pas ho a-poLUon  ten guNAIka auTOU,
that every one that puts away his :wife,
pa-rekTOS LOgou porNEIas , poiEI auTEN moi-cheuTHE-nai:
save for thecause of fornication, makes her an adulteress:
kai hos eAN a-po-luMEnen gaMEse moiCHAtai .
and whoso shall marry one put away commits adultery.
5. 5:33-37 ON SWEARING: JUST “YES” OR “NO”
a. 5:33-35 WE ARE NOT TO SWEAR BY GOD’S POSSESSIONS
PAlin, eKOUsa-te  HOti erREthetois arCHAIois , Ouk e-pi-orKEseis ,
Again, you have heard that it was said to them of eld, You shall not forswear,
a-poDOseis  de toKuRIotous ORkous  sou: eGO de LEgohuMIN, mehoMOsai  HOlos;
but shall perform to the Lord your :oaths: 34 but I say unto you, Swear not at all;
MEte en toou-raNO, HOti THROnos  es-TIN tou TheOU;
neither by the heaven, for it is :God’s throne;
MEte en tege, HOti hu-poPOdi-ON  es-tin ton poDON  auTOU;
35 nor by the earth, for it is thefootstool of his :feet;
MEte eis Ie-roSOlu-ma, HOti POlis esTIN tou meGAlou ba-siLEos.
nor toward Jerusalem, for it is the great King’s city.
b. 5:36 WE ARE NOT TO SWEAR BY OUR OWN HEAD
MEte en teke-phaLE sou hoMOses ,
Neither shall you swear by your :head,
HOti ou DUna-sai  MIan TRIcha  leuKEN poiEsai eMElai-nan 3189].
for you cannot make one hair white or black.
c. 5:37 But let your :word be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: and whatever is more that these is of the evil one.
EStode ho LOgos huMON, Nai, nai; Ou, ou: to de pe-risSON  TOUton ek tou po-neROU  es-tin.
6. 5:38-42 ON VENGEANCE AND RESISTING EVIL
a. 5:38-39 WE ARE NOT TO RESIST EVIL
E-KOUsa-te HOti erREthe, Oph-thalMON anTI oph-thalMOU, kai oDONtaanTI oDONtos:
You have heard that it was said, Eye for eye, and tooth for tooth:
eGOde LEgohuMIN, mean-tiSTEnai  topo-neRO:
39 but I say unto you, Resist not him that is evil:
all’ HOstis se 'raPIzei  eis ten de-xiAN si-aGOna sou, STREpson auTOkai ten ALlen.
but whoever smites you on your right :cheek, turn to him the other also.
b. 5:40 RESIST NOT DEFRAUDING
kai toTHElonTI soi kriTHEnai ,
And to him that would go to law with you,
kai ton chiTO-NA  sou laBEIN, Aphes  auTOkai to hiMAti-on .
and take your :coat, leave your :cloke also.
c. 5:41 And whoever shall compel you for one mile, go with him two.
kai HOstis se ag-gaREUsei  MIli-on hen, HUpa-ge met’ auTOU DUo.
d. 5:42 To him that asks you give, and from him that would borrow of you turn not away.
toaiTOUN-TI se dos, kai ton THElon-ta aPO sou daNIsas-thai  mea-po-straPHES .
7. 5:43-48 LOVE TO ENEMIES ENJOINED
a. 5:43-45 OUR FATHER’S EXAMPLE IN LOVE OF ENEMIES
E-KOUsa-te HOti erREthe,A-gaPEseiston pleSIon  sou, kai miSEseis  ton echTHRON  sou:
You have heard that it was said, You shall love your :neighbor, and hate your :enemy:
eGO de LEgohuMIN, a-gaPAte tous echTHROUS huMON,
44 but I say unto you, Love your :enemies,
kai proSEUches-the  HUper ton di-oKONton  huMAS;
and pray for them that persecute you;
HOpos GEnes-the  huiOI  tou pa-TROS  huMON tou en ou-raNOIS;
45 that you may become sons of your :Father who isin the heavens;
HOti ton HEli-on  auTOU a-naTELlei  ePI po-neROUS kai a-gaTHOUS,
because he makes his :sun to rise on theevil and good,
kai BREchei  ePI diKAIous kai aDIkous .
and sends rain on just and unjust.
b. 5:46 NO REWARD FOR LOVING THOSE WHO LOVE YOU
eAN gar a-gaPEse-tetous a-gaPONtas huMAS, TIna misTHON Eche-te?
For if you love them that love you, what reward have you?
ouCHI kai hoi teLOnai  to auTO poiOUsin ?
do not even the publicans the same?
c. 5:47 NO REWARD FOR GREETING BRETHREN
kai eAN asPAses-the  tous a-delPHOUS huMON MOnon,
And if you greet your :brothers only,
ti pe-risSON  poiEIte? ouCHI kai hoi eth-niKOI  to auTO poiOUsin?
what do you more than others?do not even the Gentiles the same?
d. 5:48 YOU therefore shall be perfect, as your :heavenly :Father is perfect.
Eses-the oun huMEIS TElei-oi, hos ho paTER huMON ho ouRAni-os TEleiOS es-tin.
NOTE: “The Law Versus the Spirit of the Kingdom” is the above portion of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew 5:17-48. Both the Greek and English texts were prepared by Ivan Panin at the beginning of the last century, based on his discovery of God’s Numeric phenomenon in both the Greek and Hebrew texts. His English text is his translation of this Greek text.
The New Covenant is in the Old Covenant contained – the Old Covenant is by the New explained. And – the same One who explains the fulfilling and updating of the Old Covenant in the Sermon on the Mount – is the same Angel of the Covenant who gave the Ten Commandments of the Old Covenant to Moses for Israel!
Did He in the New Covenant do away and destroy the Old Covenant? Of course not! He fulfilled the Old Covenant by updating it just as was promised by God through Jeremiah!
“The time is coming,” declares the LORD, “when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah. 32It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt, because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,” declares the LORD. 33 “This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel after that time,” declares the LORD. “I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts. I will be their God, and they will be my people. 34No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother, saying, ‘Know the LORD,’ because they will all know me, from the least of them to the greatest,” declares the LORD. For I will forgive their wickedness and will remember their sins no more.” (Jeremiah 31:31-34 NIV)
As added confirmation to this, a friend wrote the following words – “Jim, I will join you in prayer Re Bill Gates. You are so right about the theme of Jesus’ message here. The wrong paradigm, however, will yield only the kind of religious talk and action that has been embraced by everyone from Emerson to Handy to Gates.”
”I thought the Sermon on the Mount was well summed up in the Divine Conspiracy, when the author, Dallas Willard, paraphrased it as a message that did notsay, ‘Live like this in order to get a life.’ What Jesus was saying was: ‘Get a life (My life) in order to live like this!’” J.A.W.