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The Sermon on the Mount

When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up onto a mountain. When he sat down, his disciples came to him. He opened his mouth and began to teach them. He said these things:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
    because theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn,
    because they will be comforted.
Blessed are the gentle,
    because they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
    because they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful,
    because they will receive mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart,
    because they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers,
    because they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    because theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 “Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven. In fact, that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.”

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