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6:1 And it came to pass on the second Shabbat after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his Talmidim plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing [them] in [their] hands.
6:2 And certain of the Prushim said to them, Why do you that which is not permissive to do on the Shabbatot?
6:3 And Yehoshua (יהושע) answering them said,
Have you not read so much as this, what David did, when himself were hungry, and they which were with him;
6:4 How he went into the Beit Elohim, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not permissive to eat but for the Kohenim alone?
6:5 And He said to them:
That the Son of man is Master also of the Shabbat.
6:6 And it came to pass also on another Shabbat, that he entered into the Shul and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.
6:7 And the Sofrim and Prushim watched him, whether he would heal on the Shab bat; that they might find an accusation against him.
6:8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.
6:9 Then said Yeshua (ישוע) to them, I will ask you one thing; Is it permissive on the Shab batot to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy [it]?
6:10 And looking round about upon them all, he said to the man, Stretch forth your hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
6:11 And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Yeshua (ישוע).
6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to Elohim.
6:13 And when it was day, he called [to him] his Talmidim: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named Shluchim;
6:14 Shimon, (whom he also named Kefa,) and Andrea (Andrew) his brother, Ya'akov and Yochanan, Philippos and Bar Talmai,
6:15 MattitYahu and T'oma, Ya'akov Ben-Halfai, and Shimon called Zelotes,
6:16 And Yehudah [the brother] of Ya'akov, and Yehudah K'riot, which also was the traitor.
6:17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his Talmidim, and a great multitude of people out of all Yehudah and Yerushalayim, and from the sea coast of Tzor and Tzidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;
6:18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.
6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed [them] all.
6:20And looking up at His Talmidim, He said,
“Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Malkut Elohim.
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh.
Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they ostracize you, and insult you, and denounce you as a criminal on account of the Son of Man.
6:23 Rejoice you in that day, and leap for joy: for, Hinei, your reward [is] great in shamayim: for in the like manner did their fathers to the Neviim.
6:24 But woe to you that are rich! for you have received your consolation.
6:25 Woe to you that are full! for you shall hunger.
Woe to you that laugh now! for you shall mourn and weep.
6:26 Woe to you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false Neviim.
6:27 But I say to you which hear,
Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,
6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.
6:29 To the one who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also. And from the one who takes your cloak, do not hold back your shirt.
6:30 Give to every one who asks you; and whoever takes something of yours, make no demands upon him.
6:31 And as you would that men should do to you, do you also to them likewise.
6:32 For if you love them which love you, what thank have you?
for sinners also love those that love them.
6:33 And if you do good to them which do good to you, what thank have you?
for sinners also do even the same.
6:34 And if you lend [to them] of whom you hope to receive, what thank have you?
for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and you shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind to the unthankful and [to] the evil.
6:36 Be you therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.
6:37 Judge not, and you shall not be judged: condemn not, and you shall not be condemned: forgive, and you shall be forgiven:
6:38 Give, and it shall be given to you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that you mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
6:39 And he spoke a parable to them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?
6:40 The Talmid is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
6:41 And why behold you the mote that is in your brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
6:42How can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me take out the speck in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the beam in your own eye? You hypocrite! First take the beam out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly the speck in your brother’s eye, to take it out.”
6:43“For there is no good tree that produces rotten fruit, nor again does a rotten tree produce good fruit.
6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.
6:46 And why call you me, Master, Master, and do not the things which I say?
6:47 Everyone who comes to Me and hears My words and does them, I will show you what he is like.
6:48 He is like a man which built a house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the torrent (floodwaters, stream) burst against upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
6:49 But he that hears, and does not, is like a man that without a foundation built a house upon the earth; against which the torrent (floodwaters) burst against, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
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Why persecution is to be accounted a blessing?
1. It tests and proves the worth of our Beliefs. It tells us whether our Emunah is positive and aggressive, or whether it is only negative.
2. It forms character, it purifies the life, it develops graces—the great end of Beliefs.
3. A necessary factor in the spiritual life. No persecution, no victory rewards.
Principles for suffering
1. Wherefore the first principle to enable Messianic Believer to suffer for righteousness is, that we should look on ourselves as sent into the world for this end, especially to bear witness to the Emet.
2. The second suffering principle is this—It is better to lose for HaShem than to enjoy for ourselves.
3. Whosoever suffers anything for HaShem, in the midst of all their sufferings they are in a better case than their persecutors.
4. That it is a great deal better to suffer for Mashiach than to suffer for sin.
5. That HaShem may make me suffer in spite of my heart. If I find a reluctancy in me to come off to suffer for Mashiach, I may be forced in spite of my heart to do it; and what comfort shall I then have in it? How much better is it to suffer freely and willingly for Yeshua HaMashiach than to be forced to suffer? and then there will be no exercise of grace in it, but I shall be merely passive. Mashiach can lay afflictions upon you, and diseases upon you.
6. No creature has any good in it any farther than it is enjoyed in HaShem, and improved for HaShem.
7. The seventh suffering principle is this: There are no sufferings of any of the Chasidut that they are called unto at any time, but they are ordered by HaShem, for the time of the suffering, for the kind of the suffering, the continuance of the suffering, the instruments of the suffering.
8. That whenever we suffer for Mashiach, Mashiach suffers with us; we are partakers of His sufferings, and He is partaker of our sufferings (Yeshayahu 63:9).
9. There is more evil in sufferings before they come, in imagination, than when they are come.
10. That there is more evil in the least sin than in the greatest afflictions. It is an ill choice to choose the least sin rather than the greatest affliction.