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The Sermon on the Mount

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the side of a mountain and sat down.[a]

Blessings

Jesus' disciples gathered around him, and he taught them:

God blesses those people
    who depend only on him.
They belong to the kingdom
    of heaven![b]
God blesses those people
who grieve.
    They will find comfort!
God blesses those people
    who are humble.
The earth will belong
    to them!
God blesses those people
who want to obey him[c]
    more than to eat or drink.
They will be given
    what they want!
God blesses those people
    who are merciful.
They will be treated
    with mercy!
God blesses those people
whose hearts are pure.
    They will see him!
God blesses those people
    who make peace.
They will be called
    his children!
10 God blesses those people
who are treated badly
    for doing right.
They belong to the kingdom
    of heaven.[d]

11 God will bless you when people insult you, mistreat you, and tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me. 12 Be happy and excited! You will have a great reward in heaven. People did these same things to the prophets who lived long ago.

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Footnotes

  1. 5.1 sat down: Teachers in the ancient world, including Jewish teachers, usually sat down when they taught.
  2. 5.3 They belong to the kingdom of heaven: Or “The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.”
  3. 5.6 who want to obey him: Or “who want to do right” or “who want everyone to be treated right.”
  4. 5.10 They belong to the kingdom of heaven: See the note at 5.3.