Matthew 5:4
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New International Version
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

New Living Translation
God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

English Standard Version
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Berean Study Bible
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Berean Literal Bible
Blessed are those mourning, for they will be comforted.

New American Standard Bible
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

King James Bible
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Christian Standard Bible
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Contemporary English Version
God blesses those people who grieve. They will find comfort!

Good News Translation
"Happy are those who mourn; God will comfort them!

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Those who mourn are blessed, for they will be comforted.

International Standard Version
"How blessed are those who mourn, because it is they who will be comforted!

NET Bible
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

New Heart English Bible
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Blessed are those who mourn. They will be comforted.

New American Standard 1977
“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Blessed are those that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

King James 2000 Bible
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

American King James Version
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

American Standard Version
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Darby Bible Translation
Blessed they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.

English Revised Version
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Webster's Bible Translation
Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

Weymouth New Testament
"Blessed are the mourners, for they shall be comforted.

World English Bible
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.

Young's Literal Translation
'Happy the mourning -- because they shall be comforted.
Study Bible
The Beatitudes
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 4Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.…
Cross References
Isaiah 61:2
to proclaim the year of the LORD's favor and the day of our God's vengeance, to comfort all who mourn,

Isaiah 66:2
Has not My hand made all these things? And so they came into being, declares the LORD. This is the one I will esteem: he who is humble and contrite in spirit, who trembles at My word.

John 16:20
Truly, truly, I tell you, you will weep and wail while the world rejoices. You will grieve, but your grief will turn to joy.

Revelation 7:17
For the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd. He will lead them to springs of living water, and God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.'"

Treasury of Scripture

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

Psalm 6:1-9 O LORD, rebuke me not in your anger, neither chasten me in your hot …

Psalm 13:1-5 How long will you forget me, O LORD? for ever? how long will you …

Psalm 30:7-11 LORD, by your favor you have made my mountain to stand strong: you …

Psalm 32:3-7 When I kept silence, my bones waxed old through my roaring all the day long…

Psalm 40:1-3 I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined to me, and heard my cry…

Psalm 69:29-30 But I am poor and sorrowful: let your salvation, O God, set me up on high…

Psalm 116:3-7 The sorrows of death compassed me, and the pains of hell got hold …

Psalm 126:5,6 They that sow in tears shall reap in joy…

Isaiah 12:1 And in that day you shall say, O LORD, I will praise you: though …

Isaiah 25:8 He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away …

Isaiah 30:19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem: you shall weep no …

Isaiah 35:10 And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with …

Isaiah 38:14-19 Like a crane or a swallow, so did I chatter: I did mourn as a dove: …

Isaiah 51:11,12 Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing …

Isaiah 57:18 I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and …

Isaiah 61:2,3 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance …

Isaiah 66:10 Rejoice you with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all you that love …

Jeremiah 31:9-12,16,17 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them…

Ezekiel 7:16 But they that escape of them shall escape, and shall be on the mountains …

Ezekiel 9:4 And the LORD said to him, Go through the middle of the city, through …

Zechariah 12:10-14 And I will pour on the house of David, and on the inhabitants of …

Zechariah 13:1 In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David …

Luke 6:21,25 Blessed are you that hunger now: for you shall be filled. Blessed …

Luke 7:38,50 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet …

Luke 16:25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that you in your lifetime received …

John 16:20-22 Truly, truly, I say to you, That you shall weep and lament, but the …

2 Corinthians 1:4-7 Who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort …

2 Corinthians 7:9,10 Now I rejoice, not that you were made sorry, but that you sorrowed …

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

Revelation 7:14-17 And I said to him, Sir, you know. And he said to me, These are they …

Revelation 21:4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall …

(4) They that mourn.--The verb is commonly coupled with weeping (Mark 16:10; Luke 6:25; James 4:9; Revelation 18:15-19). Here, as before, there is an implied, though not an expressed, limitation. The "mourning" is not the sorrow of the world that worketh "death" (2Corinthians 7:10) for failure, suffering, and the consequences of sin, but the sorrow which flows out in the tears that cleanse, the mourning over sin itself and the stain which it has left upon the soul.

They shall be comforted.--The pronoun is emphatic. The promise implies the special comfort (including counsel) which the mourner needs; "comforted" he shall be with the sense of pardon and peace, of restored purity and freedom. We cannot separate the promise from the word which Christendom has chosen (we need not now discuss its accuracy) to express the work of the Holy Ghost the Comforter, still less from the yearning expectation that then prevailed among such of our Lord's hearers as were looking for the "consolation"--i.e., the "comfort"--of Israel (Luke 2:25).

Verse 4. - In some, especially "Western" authorities, vers. 4, 5 are transposed (vide Westcott and Hort, 'Appendix'), possibly because the terms of ver. 5 seemed to be more closely parallel to ver. 3 (cf. Meyer, Weiss), and also those of ver. 4 fitted excellently with ver. 6. But far the greater balance of evidence is in favour of the usual order, which also, though not on the surface, is in the deepest connexion with the preceding and the following verses. They that mourn (cf. Isaiah 61:2). Our Lord does not define that which causes the mourning, but as the preceding and the following verses all refer to the religious or at least the ethical sphere, merely carnal and worldly mourning is excluded. The mourning referred to must, therefore, be produced by religious or moral causes. Mourners for the state of Israel, so far as they mourned not for its political but for its spiritual condition (cf. similar mourning in the Christian Church, 2 Corinthians 7:9, 10), would be included (cf. Weiss, 'Life,' 2:142); but our Lord's primary thought must have been of mourning over one's personal state, not exactly, perhaps, over one's sins, but over the realized poverty in spirit just spoken of (cf. Weiss-Meyer). As the deepest poverty lies in the sphere of the spirit, so the deepest mourning lies there also. All other mourning is but partial and slight compared with this (Proverbs 18:14). For they shall be comforted. When? On having the kingdom of heaven (ver. 3); i.e. during this life in measure (cf. Luke 2:25), but fully only hereafter. The mourning over one's personal poverty in spirit is removed in proportion as Christ is received and appropriated; but during this life such appropriation can be only partial. Blessed are they that mourn,.... For sin, for their own sins; the sin of their nature, indwelling sin, which is always working in them, and is a continual grief of mind to them; the unbelief of their hearts, notwithstanding the many instances, declarations, promises, and discoveries of grace made unto them; their daily infirmities, and many sins of life, because they are committed against a God of love, grace, and mercy, grieve the Spirit, and dishonour the Gospel of Christ: who mourn also for the sins of others, for the sins of the world, the profaneness and wickedness that abound in it; and more especially for the sins of professors, by reason of which, the name of God, and ways of Christ, are evil spoken of: who likewise mourn under afflictions, spiritual ones, temptations, desertions, and declensions; temporal ones, their own, which they receive, either more immediately from the hand of God, or from men; such as they endure for the sake of Christ, and the profession of his Gospel; and who sympathize with others in their afflictions. These, how sorrowful and distressed soever they may appear, are blessed

for they shall be comforted: here in this life, by the God of all comfort, by Christ the comforter; by the Spirit of God, whose work and office it is to comfort; by the Scriptures of truth, which are written for their consolation; by the promises of the Gospel, through which the heirs of promise have strong consolation; by the ordinances of it, which are breasts of consolation; and by the ministers of the word, who have a commission from the Lord to speak comfortably to them; and then are they comforted, when they have the discoveries of the love of God, manifestations of pardoning grace, through the blood of Christ, and enjoy the divine presence: and they shall be comforted hereafter; when freed from all the troubles of this life, they shall be blessed with uninterrupted communion with Father, Son, and Spirit, and with the happy society of angels and glorified saints. Isaiah 61:1 seems to be referred to, both in this, and in the preceding verse. 4. Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted—This "mourning" must not be taken loosely for that feeling which is wrung from men under pressure of the ills of life, nor yet strictly for sorrow on account of committed sins. Evidently it is that entire feeling which the sense of our spiritual poverty begets; and so the second beatitude is but the complement of the first. The one is the intellectual, the other the emotional aspect of the same thing. It is poverty of spirit that says, "I am undone"; and it is the mourning which this causes that makes it break forth in the form of a lamentation—"Woe is me! for I am undone." Hence this class are termed "mourners in Zion," or, as we might express it, religious mourners, in sharp contrast with all other sorts (Isa 61:1-3; 66:2). Religion, according to the Bible, is neither a set of intellectual convictions nor a bundle of emotional feelings, but a compound of both, the former giving birth to the latter. Thus closely do the first two beatitudes cohere. The mourners shall be "comforted." Even now they get beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness. Sowing in tears, they reap even here in joy. Still, all present comfort, even the best, is partial, interrupted, short-lived. But the days of our mourning shall soon be ended, and then God shall wipe away all tears from our eyes. Then, in the fullest sense, shall the mourners be "comforted."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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