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Beatitudes

part of Jesus’ sermon on the mount
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew.

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The Beatitudes in the Gospel of MatthewEdit

  • Μακάριοι οἱ πτωχοὶ τῷ πνεύματι, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν
    • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
  • μακάριοι οἱ πενθοῦντες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ παρακληθήσονται.
    • Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
  • μακάριοι οἱ πραεῖς, ὅτι αὐτοὶ κληρονομήσουσιν τὴν γῆν.
    • Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
  • μακάριοι οἱ πεινῶντες καὶ διψῶντες τὴν δικαιοσύνην, ὅτι αὐτοὶ χορτασθήσονται.
    • Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
  • μακάριοι οἱ ἐλεήμονες, ὅτι αὐτοὶ ἐλεηθήσονται.
    • Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
  • μακάριοι οἱ καθαροὶ τῇ καρδίᾳ, ὅτι αὐτοὶ τὸν Θεὸν ὄψονται.
    • Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
  • μακάριοι οἱ εἰρηνοποιοί, ὅτι αὐτοὶ υἱοὶ Θεοῦ κληθήσονται.
    • Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
  • μακάριοι οἱ δεδιωγμένοι ἕνεκεν δικαιοσύνης, ὅτι αὐτῶν ἐστιν ἡ βασιλεία τῶν οὐρανῶν.
    • Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • μακάριοί ἐστε ὅταν ὀνειδίσωσιν ὑμᾶς καὶ διώξωσιν καὶ εἴπωσιν πᾶν πονηρὸν καθ’ ὑμῶν ψευδόμενοι ἕνεκεν ἐμοῦ.
    • Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

The Beatitudes in the Gospel of LukeEdit

  • Μακάριοι οἱ πτωχοί, ὅτι ὑμετέρα ἐστὶν ἡ βασιλεία τοῦ Θεοῦ.
    • Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
  • μακάριοι οἱ πεινῶντες νῦν, ὅτι χορτασθήσεσθε.
    • Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.
  • μακάριοι οἱ κλαίοντες νῦν, ὅτι γελάσετε.
    • Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.
  • μακάριοί ἐστε ὅταν μισήσωσιν ὑμᾶς οἱ ἄνθρωποι, καὶ ὅταν ἀφορίσωσιν ὑμᾶς καὶ ὀνειδίσωσιν καὶ ἐκβάλωσιν τὸ ὄνομα ὑμῶν ὡς πονηρὸν ἕνεκα τοῦ Υἱοῦ τοῦ ἀνθρώπου.
    • Blessed are you when people hate you, when they exclude you and insult you and reject your name as evil, because of the Son of Man.

Quotes about the BeatitudesEdit

  • The way to deeper knowledge of God is through the lonely valleys of soul poverty and abnegation of all things. The blessed ones who possess the Kingdom are they who have repudiated every external thing and have rooted from their hearts all sense of possessing. These are the "poor in spirit." They have reached an inward state paralleling the outward circumstances of the common beggar in the streets of Jerusalem; that is what the word "poor" as Christ used it actually means. These blessed poor are no longer slaves to the tyranny of things. They have broken the yoke of the oppressor; and this they have done not by fighting but by surrendering. Though free from all sense of possessing, they yet possess all things. "Theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
  • Whom, then, did the Master mean by the poor in spirit to whom the kingdom belongs?

    Not those who are rightly called "poor spirited." There ought to be no need of saying that, but there is, for some may still be found who consider crawling the Christian's proper gait.

    There are men who fear to call their souls their own, and if they did, they would deceive—themselves. At times such men baptize their cowardice in holy water, name it humility, and tremble. ... They are not blessed. Their life is a creeping paralysis. Afraid to stand for their convictions, they end by having no convictions to stand to.

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