The Beautitudes Explained

be·at·I·tude (bç-ât’ĭ-tôôd’, -tyôôd’)
The word "beatitude" comes from the Latin beatitudo, meaning "blessedness."

The Sermon on the Mount



Bible Basics Custom Google Site Search!

If you have any difficulty in finding what you’re looking for
on this Bible Basics Site
use the “Bible Basics Custom Google Site Search”
on the top of every page!




 We are going to look at the Beatitudes from many different angles.  Please read the different versions of Matthew's gospel 5:1-12.


The Beatitudes

Matthew 5:1-12 NIV

 

3Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4Blessed are those who mourn,

for they will be comforted.

5Blessed are the meek, 

for they will inherit the earth.

6Blessed are those who hunger

and thirst for righteousness,

for they will be filled.

7Blessed are the merciful,

for they will be shown mercy.

8Blessed are the pure in heart,

for they will see God.

9Blessed are the peacemakers,

for they will be called the sons of God.

10Blessed are those who are persecuted

because of righteousness,

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11Blessed are you when people insult you,

persecute you and falsely 

say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

12Rejoice and be glad,

because great is your reward in heaven,

for the same way they persecuted

the prophets who were before you.

______________________________________________________


And from Luke 6:20-23

20 Looking at his disciples, he said:

“Blessed are you who are poor,
    for yours is the kingdom of God.


21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
    for you will be satisfied.


Blessed are you who weep now,
    for you will laugh.


22 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.

23 “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because great is your reward in heaven. For that is how their ancestors treated the prophets.

    ____________________________________________________

 

The Beatitudes New English Bible

 

The Gospel of Matthew:5:1-12

The Sermon on the Mount

 

When he saw the crowds he went up on a hill. There he took a seat,  2 and when his disciples had gathered round him he began to address them.  And this is the teaching he gave:


3 How blest are those who know their need of God;

The kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

 

4        How blest are the sorrowful;

they shall find consolation.

 

5        How blest are those of a gentle spirit;

they shall have the earth for their possession.

 

6        How blest are who hunger and thirst for right (justice) to prevail.

They shall be satisfied.

 

7        How blest are those who show mercy;

mercy shall be shown to them.

 

8        How blest are of those whose hearts are pure;

They shall see God.

 

9        How blest are the peacemakers;

God shall call them sons (and daughters).

 

10    How blest are those who have suffered persecution for the cause of right (justice);

The kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

 

11. How blest you are, when you suffer insults and persecution and every kind of calumny 

(a. false and malicious statement designed to injure the reputation of someone or something

b.  the act of uttering calumnies; slander; defamation.)

  for my sake.


   _____________________________________________________


You’re Blessed

Matthew 5:1-12

The Message (MSG)

1-2 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said:

“You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule.

“You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you.

“You’re blessed when you’re content with just who you are—no more, no less. That’s the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can’t be bought.

“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.

“You’re blessed when you care. At the moment of being ‘care-full,’ you find yourselves cared for.

“You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. Then you can see God in the outside world.

“You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That’s when you discover who you really are, and your place in God’s family.

10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom.

11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, Ido! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.






Beautitudes: The Lesson:

Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, and he began to teach them.

The Beatitudes

He said:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, 

What does the 'poor in spirit' mean?

A: The 'poor in spirit' are the ones who recognize their need for God. These people are teachable, their hearts and minds are open to the teachings of Jesus Christ. 

We are already blessed by God. We do not have to jump through hoops to get God's blessings. (God loves us/YOU and there is Nothing you or anybody can do about it!) We cannot earn God's blessings! Blessings the 'Gifts of God' are all Gifts of God's Grace that we do not deserve, earn, or merit. God's Grace and Love are freely given to us NOW!

Because YOU are blessed you are humble before God. You are not arrogant and filled with pride. Again, you recognize your need for God; a need that is greater than yourself!

    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 


Blessed are those who mourn,
    for they will be comforted.

Because YOU are blessed, you will be comforted when you mourn.


Blessed are the meek,
    for they will inherit the earth.

Blessed are the "meek."  Blessed are those who are compassionate and have empathy for their fellow man.  Blessed are those who are gentle, kind, patient....

Because YOU are 'meek' kind and compassionate you will inherit the earth.


Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    for they will be filled.

Because you love justice, the Truth, honesty YOU will be filled with the Truth!


Blessed are the merciful,
    for they will be shown mercy.

Because you are blessed, you bless others, and it is in the giving that we receive.


Blessed are the pure in heart,
    for they will see God.

Because you are blessed, YOU are pure in heart amd YOU shall see God!


Blessed are the peacemakers,
    for they will be called children of God.

Because  you are blessed, you seek peace in your life and  in the lives of others, in all situations.

Blessed are the peacemakers, those who work for peace in their lives, their family, and in their community. The peacemakers try to bring peace to all peoples and situations. They always try to difuse the heated situation. And because they love and pursue Peace in all aspects of their lives they shall be called the 'Children of God."


10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

You are blessed because you stand up for righteousness, truth, and justice.  The kingdom of Heaven is yours.

10 “You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God’s kingdom. -The Message

 

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.

You are blessed, even when others persecute you, slander you, or when you suffer oppression and intolerance.

11-12 “Not only that—count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. You can be glad when that happens—give a cheer, even!—for though they don’t like it, do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble. - The Message

    _____________________________________________________


Widget is loading comments...
[?]Subscribe To This Site
  • XML RSS
  • follow us in feedly
  • Add to My Yahoo!
  • Add to My MSN
  • Subscribe with Bloglines