Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

1 Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him,
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      The Beatitudes

      2 and he began to teach them. He said:
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          3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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          4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
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          5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
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          6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
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          7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
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          8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
          9 Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
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          10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
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          11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
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          12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.