1 When he saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. 2He began to teach them, saying:3“Blessed are the poor in spirit,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.4 Blessed are they who mourn,for they will be comforted.5 Blessed are the meek,for they will inherit the land.6Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,for they will be satisfied.7Blessed are the merciful,for they will be shown mercy.8 Blessed are the clean of heart,for they will see God.9Blessed are the peacemakers,for they will be called children of God.10Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.11Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven. Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
1 See what love the Father has bestowed on us that we may be called the children of God. Yet so we are. The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know him. 2Beloved, we are God’s children now; what we shall be has not yet been revealed. We do know that when it is revealed we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. 3Everyone who has this hope based on him makes himself pure, as he is pure.