Matthew 5:10
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New International Version
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

New Living Translation
God blesses those who are persecuted for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.

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

New American Standard Bible
"Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

King James Bible
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those who are persecuted for righteousness are blessed, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

International Standard Version
"How blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to them!

NET Bible
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the cause of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed are those who are persecuted for doing what God approves of. The kingdom of heaven belongs to them.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blessed are those who suffer persecution for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.

King James 2000 Bible
Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

American King James Version
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

American Standard Version
Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness'sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Darby Bible Translation
Blessed they who are persecuted on account of righteousness, for *theirs* is the kingdom of the heavens.

English Revised Version
Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Weymouth New Testament
"Blessed are those who have borne persecution in the cause of Righteousness, for to them belongs the Kingdom of the Heavens.

World English Bible
Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

Young's Literal Translation
'Happy those persecuted for righteousness' sake -- because theirs is the reign of the heavens.
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Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

5:3-12 Our Saviour here gives eight characters of blessed people, which represent to us the principal graces of a Christian. 1. The poor in spirit are happy. These bring their minds to their condition, when it is a low condition. They are humble and lowly in their own eyes. They see their want, bewail their guilt, and thirst after a Redeemer. The kingdom of grace is of such; the kingdom of glory is for them. 2. Those that mourn are happy. That godly sorrow which worketh true repentance, watchfulness, a humble mind, and continual dependence for acceptance on the mercy of God in Christ Jesus, with constant seeking the Holy Spirit, to cleanse away the remaining evil, seems here to be intended. Heaven is the joy of our Lord; a mountain of joy, to which our way is through a vale of tears. Such mourners shall be comforted by their God. 3. The meek are happy. The meek are those who quietly submit to God; who can bear insult; are silent, or return a soft answer; who, in their patience, keep possession of their own souls, when they can scarcely keep possession of anything else. These meek ones are happy, even in this world. Meekness promotes wealth, comfort, and safety, even in this world. 4. Those who hunger and thirst after righteousness are happy. Righteousness is here put for all spiritual blessings. These are purchased for us by the righteousness of Christ, confirmed by the faithfulness of God. Our desires of spiritual blessings must be earnest. Though all desires for grace are not grace, yet such a desire as this, is a desire of God's own raising, and he will not forsake the work of his own hands. 5. The merciful are happy. We must not only bear our own afflictions patiently, but we must do all we can to help those who are in misery. We must have compassion on the souls of others, and help them; pity those who are in sin, and seek to snatch them as brands out of the burning. 6. The pure in heart are happy; for they shall see God. Here holiness and happiness are fully described and put together. The heart must be purified by faith, and kept for God. Create in me such a clean heart, O God. None but the pure are capable of seeing God, nor would heaven be happiness to the impure. As God cannot endure to look upon their iniquity, so they cannot look upon his purity. 7. The peace-makers are happy. They love, and desire, and delight in peace; and study to be quiet. They keep the peace that it be not broken, and recover it when it is broken. If the peace-makers are blessed, woe to the peace-breakers! 8. Those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake are happy. This saying is peculiar to Christianity; and it is more largely insisted upon than any of the rest. Yet there is nothing in our sufferings that can merit of God; but God will provide that those who lose for him, though life itself, shall not lose by him in the end. Blessed Jesus! how different are thy maxims from those of men of this world! They call the proud happy, and admire the gay, the rich, the powerful, and the victorious. May we find mercy from the Lord; may we be owned as his children, and inherit his kingdom. With these enjoyments and hopes, we may cheerfully welcome low or painful circumstances.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 10. - Which are persecuted; which have been persecuted (Revised Version); οἱ δεδιωγμένοι. "Those who are harassed, hunted, spoiled. The term is properly used of wild beasts pursued by hunters, or of an enemy or malefactor in flight" (Wetstein). Our Lord, by the use of the perfect, wishes to indicate

(1) the fact that they have endured persecution, and still stand firm; and probably

(2) the condition of temporal loss to which they have been reduced by such persecution. They have "suffered the loss," possibly, "of all things," but they are "blessed." For righteouness' sake (ἕνεκεν δικαιοσύνης). No article (contrast ver. 6), either as indicating that for even a part of righteousness persecution can be undergone, or, and more probably, simply dwelling on the cause of persecution without idealizing it. St. Peter also says, perhaps with a reference to our Lord's words, that they who suffer διὰ δικαιοσύνην are μακάριοι (1 Peter 3:14). For theirs is the kingdom of heaven. The same promise that was given to "the poor in spirit" (ver. 3) is here given to the persecuted for righteousness' sake. In the former case, poverty in the sphere of the spirit obtains the fullest possessions; here the same promise is given to temporal loss produced by faithfulness to the cause of righteousness. In ver. 3 our Lord removed all occasion for intellectual and spiritual pride. Here he comforts for temporal and social losses (cf. especially 2 Corinthians 6:10; further see ver. 3, note). Clement of Alexandria, 'Strom.,' 4:6 (p. 582, Potter)

(1) confuses this and the preceding Beatitude;

(2) gives a curious reading of some who alter the Gospels: "Blessed are they who have been persecuted through righteousness (ὑπὸ τῆς δικαιοσύνης), for they shall be perfect; and blessed are they who have been persecuted for my sake, for they shall have a place where they shall not be persecuted" (cf. Westcott, 'Introd. Gospp.,' Appendix C).

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Blessed are they which are persecuted,.... Not for any crimes they have done, for unrighteousness and iniquity, as murderers, thieves, and evildoers, but

for righteousness sake: on account of their righteous and godly conversation, which brings upon them the hatred and enmity of the men of the world: for saints, by living righteously, separate themselves from them, and profess themselves not to belong to them; their religious life sets a brand upon, and distinguishes other persons; yea, it reproves and condemns their wicked lives and practices; and this fills them with wrath against them, and puts them on persecuting them: or by "righteousness" may be meant, a righteous cause, the cause of Christ and his Gospel; for by making a profession of Christ, showing a concern for his interest, and by engaging in a vindication of his person and truths, saints expose themselves to the rage and persecution of men: and particularly, they are persecuted for preaching, maintaining, or embracing, the doctrine of justification by the righteousness of Christ; because it is not of man, nor agreeable to the carnal reason of man; it is opposite to the way of justification, which men naturally receive; it excludes boasting, and is contrary to their carnal and selfish principles: persecution is either verbal with the tongue, by cruel mockings and reproachful language; or real, by deeds, such as confiscation of goods, banishment, imprisonment of body, and innumerable sorts of death: the latter seems here more especially designed, and both are expressed in the following verse; and yet the saints, though thus used, or rather abused, are happy;

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven: the same blessedness is predicated of these as of the poor in spirit, ver. 3.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

10. Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake, &c.—How entirely this final beatitude has its ground in the Old Testament, is evident from the concluding words, where the encouragement held out to endure such persecutions consists in its being but a continuation of what was experienced by the Old Testament servants of God. But how, it may be asked, could such beautiful features of character provoke persecution? To this the following answers should suffice: "Every one that doeth evil hateth the light, neither cometh to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved." "The world cannot hate you; but Me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil." "If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you." "There is yet one man (said wicked Ahab to good Jehoshaphat) by whom we may inquire of the Lord: but I hate him; for he never prophesied good unto me, but always evil" (Joh 3:20; 7:7; 15:19; 2Ch 18:7). But more particularly, the seven characters here described are all in the teeth of the spirit of the world, insomuch that such hearers of this discourse as breathed that spirit must have been startled, and had their whole system of thought and action rudely dashed. Poverty of spirit runs counter to the pride of men's heart; a pensive disposition, in the view of one's universal deficiencies before God, is ill relished by the callous, indifferent, laughing, self-satisfied world; a meek and quiet spirit, taking wrong, is regarded as pusillanimous, and rasps against the proud, resentful spirit of the world; that craving after spiritual blessings rebukes but too unpleasantly the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eye, and the pride of life; so does a merciful spirit the hard-heartedness of the world; purity of heart contrasts painfully with painted hypocrisy; and the peacemaker cannot easily be endured by the contentious, quarrelsome world. Thus does "righteousness" come to be "persecuted." But blessed are they who, in spite of this, dare to be righteous.

for theirs is the kingdom of heaven—As this was the reward promised to the poor in spirit—the leading one of these seven beatitudes—of course it is the proper portion of such as are persecuted for exemplifying them.

Matthew 5:10 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Beatitudes
9"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. 10"Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11"Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.…
Cross References
Isaiah 66:5
Hear the word of the LORD, you who tremble at his word: "Your own people who hate you, and exclude you because of my name, have said, 'Let the LORD be glorified, that we may see your joy!' Yet they will be put to shame.

Matthew 5:3
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these."

Matthew 25:34
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.

Mark 10:14
When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, "Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.

Luke 6:20
Looking at his disciples, he said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Luke 22:29
And I confer on you a kingdom, just as my Father conferred one on me,

James 5:11
As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

1 Peter 3:14
But even if you should suffer for what is right, you are blessed. "Do not fear their threats; do not be frightened."
Treasury of Scripture

Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

are.

Matthew 10:23 But when they persecute you in this city, flee you into another: …

Psalm 37:12 The wicked plots against the just, and gnashes on him with his teeth.

Mark 10:30 But he shall receive an hundred times now in this time, houses, and …

Luke 6:22 Blessed are you, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate …

Luke 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute …

John 15:20 Remember the word that I said to you, The servant is not greater …

Acts 5:40 And to him they agreed: and when they had called the apostles, and …

Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting to his death. And at that time there was …

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, …

1 Corinthians 4:9-13 For I think that God has set forth us the apostles last, as it were …

2 Corinthians 4:8-12,17 We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, …

Philippians 1:28 And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an …

2 Timothy 2:12 If we suffer, we shall also reign with him: if we deny him, he also …

2 Timothy 3:11 Persecutions, afflictions, which came to me at Antioch, at Iconium, …

James 1:2-5 My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into divers temptations…

1 Peter 3:13,14 And who is he that will harm you, if you be followers of that which is good…

1 Peter 4:12-16 Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is …

1 John 3:12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And …

Revelation 2:10 Fear none of those things which you shall suffer: behold, the devil …

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Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

2 Thessalonians 1:4-7 So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your …

James 1:12 Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, …

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