Lectionary Year A
February 7, 1999
Matthew 5:13-20

Initial Acquaintance/Rough Translation


      13 "You, you are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless [without flavor], with what will it be salted [the flavor be restored]? It is no longer able to be worth anything, except it is thrown outside to be trampled under foot at the hands of human beings. 14 You, you are the light of the world. A city, one that is built on a mountain, is not able to be hidden. 15 They [who is "they"?] are not lighting a lamp and put it under the grain-measuring basket, but upon the lampstand, and it shines [gives light] to all the ones [people] in the house. 16 In the same way, let the light of you all shine [give light] before [the] human beings, in order that they might see your good works and [in order that] they might glorify your father, the one [who is] in the heavens.
      17 Do not think [assume] that I came to destroy the law or the prophets; I did not come to destroy, but to fulfill. 18 Amen, for I am saying to you all: until [the heaven] and [the] earth pass away [disappear, arrive?], one iota or one stroke [of a letter] might not pass away from the law, until everything is become [begotten?]. 19 Therefore, whoever breaks one of these least commandments and teaches in the same way with respect to [the] human beings, least s/he will be called in the kingdom of the heavens; but whoever does and teaches [these commandments], this person will be called great in the kingdom of the heavens.       20 For I am telling to you all that unless the righteousness of you all exceeds more than [the one] of the scribes and the Pharisees, you might not enter into the kingdom of the heavens."

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