13“You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. (Mr 9:50; Lu 14:34)14“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. (Joh 8:12; Eph 5:8; Php 2:15)15Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. (Mr 4:21; Lu 8:16; Lu 11:33)16In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that
1. Or house. 16Let your light so shine before others that
17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. (Mt 7:12; Ro 3:31; Ro 10:4; Ro 13:8; Ga 3:24)18For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished. (Mt 24:35; Lu 16:17)19Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. (Mt 11:11; Mt 18:1; 1Co 3:12; Ga 3:10; Jas 2:10)20For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. (Joh 3:5; Ro 10:3; Php 3:9)
 his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the hell
3. Greek Gehenna; also verses 29, 30
 of fire. (Mt 5:21; Mt 5:29; Mt 18:9; Mr 9:43; Jas 3:6; 1Jo 3:15)23So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, (Mt 6:15; Mt 8:4; Mt 23:18; Mr 11:25)24leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift.25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison. (Lu 12:58)26Truly, I say to you, you will never get out until you have paid the last penny.
1. Greek kodrantes, Roman copper coin (Latin quadrans) worth about 1/64 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer)
27“You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall not commit adultery.’ (Ex 20:14; De 5:18; Mt 5:21)28But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart. (2Sa 11:2; Job 31:1; Pr 6:25)29If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. (Mt 5:22; Mt 10:28; Mt 13:41; Mt 18:8; Mt 23:15; Mt 23:33; Mr 9:43; Lu 12:5; Lu 17:1)30And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell. (Mt 5:29)
31“It was also said, ‘Whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce.’ (De 24:1; Jer 3:1; Mt 5:27; Mt 19:7)32But I say to you that everyone who divorces his wife, except on the ground of sexual immorality, makes her commit adultery, and whoever marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Mt 19:9; Mr 10:11; Lu 16:18; Ro 7:3; 1Co 7:10)
33“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ (Le 19:12; Nu 30:2; De 23:21; Ec 5:4; Mt 5:27; 1Ti 1:10)34But I say to you, Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, (Isa 66:1; Mt 23:22; Ac 7:49; Jas 5:12; Re 4:2)35or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. (Ps 48:2)36And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black.37Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.