Matthew 5:10
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.

Berean Study Bible
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Berean Literal Bible
Blessed are those having been persecuted on account of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of the heavens.

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.

Christian Standard Bible
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.

Contemporary English Version
God blesses those people who are treated badly for doing right. They belong to the kingdom of heaven.

Good News Translation
"Happy are those who are persecuted because they do what God requires; the Kingdom of heaven belongs to them!

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.

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

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.

New American Standard 1977
“Blessed are those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

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.
Study Bible
The Beatitudes
9Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God. 10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 11Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of Me.…
Cross References
Isaiah 66:5
You who tremble at His word, hear the word of the LORD: "Your brothers who hate and exclude you because of My name have said, 'Let the LORD be glorified that we may see your joy!' But 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
But 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, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

Mark 10:14
When Jesus saw this, He was indignant and told 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 up at His disciples, Jesus said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.

Luke 22:29
And I bestow on you a kingdom, just as My Father has bestowed on Me,

James 5:11
See how blessed we consider those who have persevered. You have heard of Job's perseverance and have seen the outcome from the Lord. 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 intimidation; do not be shaken."

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 ye into another: for verily I say unto you, Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel, till the Son of man be come.

Psalm 37:12
The wicked plotteth against the just, and gnasheth upon him with his teeth.

Mark 10:30
But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.

for.

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 patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure: …

James 1:12
Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.







Lexicon
Blessed [are]
Μακάριοι (Makarioi)
Adjective - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3107: Happy, blessed, to be envied. A prolonged form of the poetical makar; supremely blest; by extension, fortunate, well off.

those who
οἱ (hoi)
Article - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

are persecuted
δεδιωγμένοι (dediōgmenoi)
Verb - Perfect Participle Middle or Passive - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 1377: To pursue, hence: I persecute. A prolonged form of a primary verb dio; to pursue; by implication, to persecute.

because of
ἕνεκεν (heneken)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1752: Or heneken hen'-ek-en or heineken hi'-nek-en; of uncertain affinity; on account of.

righteousness,
δικαιοσύνης (dikaiosynēs)
Noun - Genitive Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 1343: From dikaios; equity; specially justification.

for
Ὅτι (Hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

theirs
αὐτῶν (autōn)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Genitive Masculine 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 846: He, she, it, they, them, same. From the particle au; the reflexive pronoun self, used of the third person, and of the other persons.

is
ἐστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

the
(hē)
Article - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

kingdom
βασιλεία (basileia)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 932: From basileus; properly, royalty, i.e. rule, or a realm.

of
τῶν (tōn)
Article - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3588: The, the definite article. Including the feminine he, and the neuter to in all their inflections; the definite article; the.

heaven.
οὐρανῶν (ouranōn)
Noun - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3772: Perhaps from the same as oros; the sky; by extension, heaven; by implication, happiness, power, eternity; specially, the Gospel.
(10) Persecuted for righteousness sake.--Here again there is a profound significance in the order. The work of the peacemakers is not a light and easy work. Often, as of old, when we "labour for peace," men "make them ready for battle" (Psalm 120:7); but not the less is the blessing sure to follow. Amid seeming failure or seeming success, those who are persecuted, not for opinions, but for right conduct, the true martyrs and confessors of righteousness, attain their reward at last. There is something suggestive in the fact that the last promise is the same as the first. We end, as we began, with "the kingdom of heaven;" but the path by which we have been led leads us to see that that includes all the intermediate blessings, of which at first it seemed but the prelude and beginning.

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). 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.
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