The beginning of the Gospel of Luke from the Codex Petropolitanus, 9th century

In Christianity, the Sermon on the Plain refers to a set of teachings by Jesus in the Gospel of Luke, in 6:20–49.[1] This sermon may be compared to the longer Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew.[2]

Luke 6:12–20a details the events leading to the sermon. In it, Jesus spent the night on a mountain praying to God. Two days later, he gathered his disciples and selected 12 of them, whom he named Apostles. On the way down from the mountain, he stood at "a level place" (ἐπὶ τόπου πεδινοῦ, epi topou pedinou) where a throng of people had gathered. After curing those with "unclean spirits", Jesus began what is now called the Sermon on the Plain.

Notable messages in the Sermon include:

In Luke 7:1 after Jesus had said everything he had to say to the crowd, he went to Capernaum, which in Lukan chronology he had not visited since Luke 4:31.[1]

See also


  1. ^ a b The Bible Knowledge Background Commentary: Matthew-Luke, Volume 1 by Craig A. Evans 2003 ISBN 0-7814-3868-3 Sermon on the Plain: pages 151–161
  2. ^ Luke by Sharon H. Ringe 1995 ISBN 0-664-25259-1 pages 90–97