How Blest Are Those…

This morning I began reading in Matthew, with the intent to attempt to read straight through the entire New Testament before landing on a section to study again. We’ll see…

In the meantime, from the Sermon on the Mount, I was touched by this version’s rendering of the Beatitudes, which I knew immediately  I wanted to share.  This comes from The New English Bible, a translation no longer in print, which I sort of fell into about 8 years ago.  Enjoy, I pray thee blessed!    🙂

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

the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

How blest are the sorrowful;

they shall find consolation.

How blest are those of a gentle spirit;

they shall have the earth for their possession.

How blest are those who hunger and thirst to see right prevail; 

they shall be satisfied.

How blest are those who show mercy;

mercy shall be shown to them. 

How blest are those whose hearts are pure; 

they shall see God.

How blest are the peacemakers;

God shall call them his sons.

How blest are those who have suffered persecution for the cause of right;

the kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

‘How blest you are, when you suffer insults and persecution and every kind of calumny for my sake. Accept it with gladness and exultation, for you have a rich reward in heaven; in the same way they persecuted the prophets before you.’

‘You are the salt to the world. And if salt becomes tasteless, how is its saltness to be restored? It is now good for nothing but to be thrown away and trodden underfoot.

‘You are the light for all the world. A town that stands on a hill cannot be hidden. When a lamp is lit, it is not put under the meal-tub, but on the lamp-stand, where it gives light to everyone in the house. And you, like the lamp, must shed light among your fellows, so that, when they see the good you do, they may give praise to your Father in heaven.’   Matthew 5:3-16

"This little light of mine"

“You are the Light of the World”

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