Category Archives: Matthew 5-7

BLESSED ARE THE MEEK Matthew 5:5

So far in the Beatitudes, there seems to be a progression of thought. The Poor in Spirit are those who recognize the paucity – the nonexistence – of their spiritual resources apart from God which leads to Mourning for their … Continue reading

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BLESSED ARE THOSE WHO MOURN Matthew 5:4

The second Beatitude is Blessed are Those who Mourn (Matthew 5:4). Commentators like to emphasize the paradox, “Happy are the Sad”. Many wish to apply this to people who are suffering some calamity, as if Jesus is making a blanket … Continue reading

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FOR TO THESE BELONG THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN Matthew 5:3

This is a making up for an omission. In my introduction, I said that I would not be spending time on the “for theirs (yours) is …“ sections of the Beatitudes. I still won’t but I feel I must look … Continue reading

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BLESSED ARE THE POOR IN SPIRIT Matthew 5:3

The common name for the first verses of the Sermon on the Mount is The Beatitudes. This comes from the Latin Vulgate translation of the Bible where these verses start with beati (blessed). The Greek word is makarioi (μακάριοι). According … Continue reading

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The Sermon on the Mount: an Introduction

Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount is recorded in Matthew 5-7. There is a retelling of it (or a likely second recorded occasion of Jesus preaching it) in Luke 6. Plus, it is an interesting study to find references to this … Continue reading

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