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8 A Be ye therefore perfect @ The following includes Bruce R. McConkie = s commentary as it relates to this chapter of the student handbook. Jesus Speaks The Beatitudes Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.214 One of the problems which sectarian gospel harmonists cannot resolve with certainty is whether Matthew's account of the Sermon on the Mount and Luke's version of the Sermon on the Plain are records of the same or of different sermons. It is clear that the Sermon on the Plain, as given by Luke, was delivered immediately following the selection and ordination of the Twelve. Those who maintain that two different sermons are involved assert that Matthew is recounting an occurrence prior to the call of the Twelve, and also that he is assembling from many different sermons some of Jesus' greatest ethical teachings, so that by presenting them as one continuous sermon a better concept of our Lord's teachings may be had. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.214 Actually Matthew does not tell of the call and ordination of the Twelve. He merely names them when he records the instructions which Jesus gave at the time they were sent forth to preach and heal the sick. (Matt. 10.) Further, with some major additions, corrections, and improvements, the Sermon on the Mount as preserved by Matthew was given over again by Christ to the Nephites (3 Ne. 12; 13; 14), showing that the material recorded in Matt. 5; 6; 7 is all one continuous discourse. The Nephite version was given after the call of the Nephite Twelve, and portions of the sermon are addressed expressly to those apostolic ministers rather than to the multitude in general. (3 Ne. 13:25.) In Matthew's account, as found in the Inspired Version, the Prophet adds a considerable amount of material that applies to those called to the Twelve rather than to people in general. (I. V. Matt. 5:3-4; 6:25-27; 7:6-17.) Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.214 In view of the added knowledge revealed in the Book of Mormon account and that found in the Inspired Version, it seems clear that the whole account recorded by Matthew was delivered at one time and that the time of utterance followed the ordination of the Twelve. It follows that the Sermon on the Mount and the Sermon on the Plain are one and the same. Bruce R. McConkie, Doctrinal New Testament Commentary, Vol.1, p.214 - p.215 Latter-day Saints have four scripturally recorded versions of this sermon -- in Third Nephi, in Luke, in Matthew, and in the Inspired Version of Matthew. No material changes were made by the Prophet in Luke's rendition. All four of these versions follow the same general pattern, present the same general truths, and do it in the same sequence. But in certain particulars, there are radical variations between all versions. Undoubtedly all are accounts of the same sermon, but all are abridgements only, and the same truths were not abridged in every particular into each of the accounts. The most comprehensive and complete report is in the
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