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The Beatitudes (from Latin, beatitudo, happiness) is the name given to a well-known portion of the Sermon on the Mount, recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. In this section, Jesus Christ lists specific blessings given to individuals with specific qualities. Luke's version can be found in chapter six, verses twenty-one through twenty 5 and, unlike Matthew's more famous record, also includes a list of "woes". Matthew's version is found in chapter five, verses three through twelve and is as follows:

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

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

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

Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

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 they that have been persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye when [men] shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven.

Source: American Standard Version Bible, http://www.bible.org/public/readme.htm



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