Children's Bible - New Testament - Sherman and Kent

The Golden Rule

"You have heard the saying, 'You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.' But I say to you, love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who persecute you, that you may become sons of your Father in heaven; for he makes his sun to rise on the wicked and the good alike, and sends rain on both those who do right and those who do wrong. For if you love only those who love you, what reward have you earned? Do not even the tax-gatherers as much? And if you show courtesy only to your friends, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the heathen do as much? You must therefore become perfect, even as your heavenly Father is perfect.

"Therefore, whatever you wish that men should do to you, do even so to them."

The People Who are Really Happy

Jesus said to his disciples:

"Blessed are the poor in spirit,

For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are the meek,

For they shall inherit the earth.

Blessed are they who mourn,

For they shall be comforted.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

For they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,

For they shall receive mercy.

Blessed are the pure in heart,

For they shall see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

For they shall be called the sons of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted because of their righteousness,

For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Blessed are you when you are reviled, persecuted,

and falsely maligned because of loyalty to me;

Rejoice and be glad, for great is your reward in heaven,

for so the prophets were persecuted who came before you."