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."
24"What sorrows await you who are rich, for you have your only happiness now. 25What sorrows await you who are satisfied and prosperous now, for a time of awful hunger is before you. What sorrows await you who laugh carelessly, for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow. 26What sorrows await you who are praised by the crowds, for their ancestors also praised false prophets. "
27"But if you are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. 28Pray for the happiness of those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. 29If someone slaps you on one cheek, turn the other cheek. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also.
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)