The Beatitudes

The Beatitudes are the first words spoken by Christ during the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:1-11). They show Jesus’ love for us, instruct us on how we should live, provide us hope during trials, and remind us of the rewards yet to come for those who follow Him.1 The beatitudes are:

The Beatitudes Sermon, James Tissot (1890)

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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

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

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

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

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you.