Matthew 5:7
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New International Version
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

New Living Translation
God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

English Standard Version
“Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

New American Standard Bible
"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.

King James Bible
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
The merciful are blessed, for they will be shown mercy.

International Standard Version
"How blessed are those who are merciful, because it is they who will receive mercy!

NET Bible
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed are they who show mercy, for mercies will be upon them.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed are those who show mercy. They will be treated mercifully.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

King James 2000 Bible
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

American King James Version
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

American Standard Version
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Darby Bible Translation
Blessed the merciful, for *they* shall find mercy.

English Revised Version
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

Weymouth New Testament
"Blessed are the compassionate, for they shall receive compassion.

World English Bible
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

Young's Literal Translation
'Happy the kind -- because they shall find kindness.
Parallel Commentaries
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 7. - Our Lord here turns more directly to the character of his followers in relation to men; and in the next three Beatitudes mentions particulars which might be suggested by the sixth, seventh, and ninth commandments. The merciful (οἱ ἐλεήμονες). The mercy referred to here is not so much the almost negative quality which the word usually suggests to us (not dealing harshly, not inflicting punishment when due, sparing an animal or a fellow-man some unnecessary labour), as active kindness to the destitute and to any who are in trouble (cf. Matthew 9:27; Matthew 15:22; Matthew 17:15; Mark 5:19). As compared with οἰκτίρμονες (Luke 6:36), it seems to lay more stress on the feeling of pity showing itself in action and not only existing in thought. To this statement of our Lord's, that they who show mercy to those in need shall themselves be the objects of mercy (i.e. from God) in their time of need, many parallels have been adduced, e.g., by Wetstein. Rabbi Gamaliel (? the second, circa A.D. ), as reported by Rabbi Judah (circa A.D. ), says (Talm. Bab., 'Sabb.,' 151 b), on Deuteronomy 13:18, "Every one that showeth mercy to others, they show mercy to him from heaven, and every one that showeth not mercy to others, they show him not mercy from heaven;" cf. also ' Test. XII. Patr.:' Zab., § 8, "In proportion as a man has compassion (σπλαγχνίζεται) on his neighbour, so has the Lord upon him;" and, probably with reference to this passage, Clem. Rom., § 13, ἐλεᾶτε ἵνα ἐλεηθῆτε. (For the converse, cf. James 2:13.) Calvin remarks, "Hoc etiam paradoxon cum humano judicio pugnat. Mundus reputat beatos, qui malorum alienorum securi quieti suae consulunt: Christus autem hic beatos dicit, qui non modo ferendis propriis malis parati sunt, sed aliena etiam in se suscipiunt, ut miseris succurrant."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Blessed are the merciful,.... Who show mercy to the bodies of men, to those that are poor, indigent, and miserable, in their outward circumstances; by both sympathizing with them, and distributing unto them; not only making use of expressions of pity and concern; but communicating with readiness and cheerfulness, with affection and tenderness, and with a view to the glory of God: who also show mercy to the souls of men, by instructing such as are ignorant, giving them good counsel and advice: reproving them for sin, praying for them, forgiving injuries done by them, and by comforting those that are cast down. To show mercy is very delightful to, and desirable by God; it is what he requires, and is one of the weightier matters of the law; it is very ornamental to a child of God, and what makes him more like to his heavenly Father. The happiness of such persons is this, that

they shall obtain mercy; from man, whenever they are attended with any uncomfortable circumstances of life; , "whoever is merciful", men show mercy to him (d): and from God, through Christ; which is free, sovereign, abundant, and eternal. Men are said to obtain this, when they are regenerated, and called by grace; and when they have a discovery, and an application, of the forgiveness of their sins: but here, it seems to design those supplies of grace and mercy, which merciful persons may expect to find and obtain, at the throne of grace, to help them in time of need; and who shall not only obtain mercy of God in this life, but in the world to come, in the great day of the Lord; for which the Apostle prayed for Onesiphorus, 2 Timothy 1:18.

(d) Maimon. Hilch. Mattanot Anayim. c. 10. sect. 2.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

7. Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy—Beautiful is the connection between this and the preceding beatitude. The one has a natural tendency to beget the other. As for the words, they seem directly fetched from Ps 18:25, "With the merciful Thou wilt show Thyself merciful." Not that our mercifulness comes absolutely first. On the contrary, our Lord Himself expressly teaches us that God's method is to awaken in us compassion towards our fellow men by His own exercise of it, in so stupendous a way and measure, towards ourselves. In the parable of the unmerciful debtor, the servant to whom his lord forgave ten thousand talents was naturally expected to exercise the small measure of the same compassion required for forgiving his fellow servant's debt of a hundred pence; and it is only when, instead of this, he relentlessly imprisoned him till he should pay it up, that his lord's indignation was roused, and he who was designed for a vessel of mercy is treated as a vessel of wrath (Mt 18:23-35; and see Mt 5:23, 24; 6:15; Jas 2:13). "According to the view given in Scripture," says Trench most justly, "the Christian stands in a middle point, between a mercy received and a mercy yet needed. Sometimes the first is urged upon him as an argument for showing mercy—'forgiving one another, as Christ forgave you' (Col 3:13; Eph 4:32): sometimes the last—'Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy'; 'Forgive, and ye shall be forgiven' (Lu 6:37; Jas 5:9). And thus, while he is ever to look back on the mercy received as the source and motive of the mercy which he shows, he also looks forward to the mercy which he yet needs, and which he is assured that the merciful—according to what Bengel beautifully calls the benigna talio ('the gracious requital') of the kingdom of God—shall receive, as a new provocation to its abundant exercise." The foretastes and beginnings of this judicial recompense are richly experienced here below: its perfection is reserved for that day when, from His great white throne, the King shall say, "Come, ye blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world; for I was an hungered, and thirsty, and a stranger, and naked, and sick, and in prison, and ye ministered unto Me." Yes, thus He acted towards us while on earth, even laying down His life for us; and He will not, He cannot disown, in the merciful, the image of Himself.

Matthew 5:7 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Beatitudes
6"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. 7"Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy. 8"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.…
Cross References
2 Samuel 17:28
brought bedding and bowls and articles of pottery. They also brought wheat and barley, flour and roasted grain, beans and lentils,

2 Samuel 22:26
"To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

Psalm 18:25
To the faithful you show yourself faithful, to the blameless you show yourself blameless,

Proverbs 11:17
Those who are kind benefit themselves, but the cruel bring ruin on themselves.

Proverbs 11:25
A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

Matthew 6:14
For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 6:15
But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 18:33
Shouldn't you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?'

James 2:13
because judgment without mercy will be shown to anyone who has not been merciful. Mercy triumphs over judgment.
Treasury of Scripture

Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

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Matthew 6:14,15 For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will …

Matthew 18:33-35 Should not you also have had compassion on your fellow servant, even …

2 Samuel 22:26 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful, and with the upright …

Job 31:16-22 If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the …

Psalm 18:25 With the merciful you will show yourself merciful; with an upright …

Psalm 37:26 He is ever merciful, and lends; and his seed is blessed.

Psalm 41:1-4 Blessed is he that considers the poor: the LORD will deliver him …

Psalm 112:4,9 To the upright there rises light in the darkness: he is gracious, …

Proverbs 11:17 The merciful man does good to his own soul: but he that is cruel …

Proverbs 14:21 He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the …

Proverbs 19:17 He that has pity on the poor lends to the LORD; and that which he …

Isaiah 57:1 The righteous perishes, and no man lays it to heart: and merciful …

Isaiah 58:6-12 Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to loose the bands of wickedness, …

Daniel 4:27 Why, O king, let my counsel be acceptable to you, and break off your …

Micah 6:8 He has showed you, O man, what is good; and what does the LORD require …

Mark 11:25 And when you stand praying, forgive, if you have ought against any…

Luke 6:35 But love you your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing …

Ephesians 4:32 And be you kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, …

Ephesians 5:1 Be you therefore followers of God, as dear children;

Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels …

James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, …

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Hosea 1:6 And she conceived again, and bore a daughter. And God said to him, …

Hosea 2:1,23 Say you to your brothers, Ammi; and to your sisters, Ruhamah…

Romans 11:30 For as you in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained …

1 Corinthians 7:25 Now concerning virgins I have no commandment of the Lord: yet I give …

2 Corinthians 4:1 Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;

1 Timothy 1:13,16 Who was before a blasphemer, and a persecutor, and injurious: but …

2 Timothy 1:16-18 The Lord give mercy to the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed …

Hebrews 4:16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may …

Hebrews 6:10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labor of love, …

James 2:13 For he shall have judgment without mercy, that has showed no mercy; …

1 Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: …

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