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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Here's my translation of Matthew 5:1-16. Please critique.
5But after seeing the crowds, He went up on the mountain, and after sitting down His disciples approached Him. 2 and opening His mouth, He was teaching them, saying: 3 "Blessed are the poor in spirit, because theirs is the reign of the heavens! 4 Blessed are the ones mourning, because they will be encouraged! 5 Blessed are the lowly, because they will inherit the earth! 6 Blessed are the ones hungering and thirsting for righteousness, because they will be fed their fill! 7 Blessed are the merciful, because they will be shown mercy! 8 Blessed are the pure in heart, because they will see God! 9 Blessed are the peacemakers, because they will be called sons of God! 10 Blessed are the ones who have been persecuted because of righteousness, because theirs is the reign of the heavens! 11 Blessed are y o u whenever they insult y o u and persecute y o u and say every kind of evil saying against y o u, lying, because of me! 12 Rejoice and be exceedingly joyful, because y o ur reward is great in the heavens, for in this way they persecuted the prophets who were before y o u!
13 "Y o u are the salt of the earth; but if the salt becomes tasteless, with what will the earth be salted? The salt is still good for nothing except, to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by people. 14 Y o u are the light of the world. A city lying over a mountain is not able to be hidden; 15 nor do people light a lamp and put it under the two-gallon basket, but rather on the lampstand, and it gives light for all who are in the house. 16 In this way let y o ur light shine before people, in order that they may see y o ur good works and may glorify y o ur Father who is in the heavens.”