New American Standard Bible
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
King James Bible
Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Darby Bible Translation
Blessed the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
World English Bible
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Young's Literal Translation
'Happy the clean in heart -- because they shall see God.
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CommentaryBarnes' Notes on the Bible
Blessed are the pure in heart - That is, whose minds, motives, and principles are pure; who seek not only to have the external actions correct, but who desire to be holy in heart, and who are so. Man looks on the outward appearance, but God looks on the heart.
They shall see God - There is a sense in which all will see God, Revelation 1:7. That is, they will behold him as a Judge, not as a Friend. In this place it is spoken of as a special favor. So also in Revelation 22:4, "And they shall see his face." To see the face of one, or to be in the presence of any one, were terms among the Jews expressive of great favor. It was regarded as a high honor to be in the presence of kings and princes, and to be permitted to see them, Proverbs 22:29, "He shall stand before kings." See also 2 Kings 25:19, "Those that stood in the king's presence;" in the Hebrew, those that saw the face of the king; that is, who were his favorites and friends. So here, to see God, means to be his friends and favorites, and to dwell with him in his kingdom.
LibraryThe Eighth Beatitude
'Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.'--MATT. v. 10. We have seen the description of the true subjects of the kingdom growing into form and completeness before our eyes in the preceding verses, which tell us what they are in their own consciousness, what they are in their longings, what they become in inward nature by God's gift of purity, how they move among men as angels of God, meek, merciful, peace-bringing. Is anything more needed …
Alexander Maclaren—Expositions of Holy Scripture
The Second Beatitude
The Law of Love
2 Samuel 22:27
With the pure You show Yourself pure, And with the perverted You show Yourself astute.
"Even after my skin is destroyed, Yet from my flesh I shall see God;
He who has clean hands and a pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to falsehood And has not sworn deceitfully.
Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.
A Psalm of Asaph. Surely God is good to Israel, To those who are pure in heart!
He who loves purity of heart And whose speech is gracious, the king is his friend.
Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no one will see the Lord.
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