As long as there is heaven and earth,
the law - it will always be at work.
Not the least bit
to be dismissed do I permit.
Yes, most of you'll know not to commit murder;
but what about - always hurting your brother.
You 'good-for-nothing', you 'worthless fool',
even for that you may go to the fiery pool.
If at the altar, you are ready with your gift,
still go at once, and patch up that rift.
Even if it is your brother who has something against you;
it is your Christian duty, just leave the pew.
Yes, most of you'll know not to commit adultery;
but what about - in your heart, all that mummery.
It is better to lose an eye or a hand,
than for your whole body in hell to land.
Yes, most of you'll know not without written notice to divorce;
but even if you took the legal course,
still one body, still one flesh,
if either re-marries, of adultery that creche.
Yes, most of you'll know not to default a vow;
Jerusalem, heaven or earth - none of them before you they bow.
Not a single hair can you make black or white;
listen carefully, vowing is just not right.
Yes or no that's all you can say;
more than that - you have made his evil day.
An eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth;
but today I tell you - I find that uncouth.
If someone on your right cheek slapped,
around your left let his hand also be wrapped.
And if they take away your shirt,
give your coat as your revert.
And if they force you to carry their pack a kilometer,
Carry it for two, without grumbling about it on twitter.
When someone asks, give unto him
If he wishes to borrow, don't try to skim.
Yes, most of you'll know to love your friends;
but how is that extraordinary? Will God it please?
The sun He shines on good and bad;
that is the true nature of your dad.
Love your enemies, is what you must do;
and pray for those who persecute you.
Just like your Father, you must be perfect;
to others - though you may seem wrecked.
Follow these teachings that you may become,
heirs of the kingdom, all of His sons.
(inspired by Matthew 5:17-48)
This poem is a part of a series of rhymes titled 'The Matthew Series'. This is the 4th poem in the series. They are all based on the gospel of Matthew and are in the correct sequence.