When they came down the slopes of the mountain, the disciples stood with Jesus on a large, level area, surrounded by many of his followers and by the crowds. There were people from all over Judea and from Jerusalem and from as far north as the seacoasts of Tyre and Sidon.
They had come to hear him and to be healed, and Jesus cast out many evil spirits.
Everyone was trying to touch him, because healing power went out from him, and they were all cured.
Then Jesus turned to his disciples and said, "God blesses you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is given to you. 21God blesses you who are hungry now, for you will be satisfied. God blesses you who weep now, for the time will come when you will laugh with joy. 22God blesses you who are hated and excluded and mocked and cursed because you are identified with me, the Son of Man. "
23"When that happens, rejoice! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were also treated that way by your ancestors."
Scripture quotations marked NLT are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Wheaton, Illinois 60189. All rights reserved. (New Living Translation - The Bible Online)