One day as the crowds were gathering, Jesus went up the mountainside with his disciples and sat down to teach them.
This is what he taught them:
3"God blesses those who realize their need for him, a for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them.4God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5God blesses those who are gentle and lowly, for the whole earth will belong to them. 6God blesses those who are hungry and thirsty for justice, for they will receive it in full. 7God blesses those who are merciful, for they will be shown mercy. 8God blesses those whose hearts are pure, for they will see God. 9God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. 10God blesses those who are persecuted because they live for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs. "
11"God blesses you when you are mocked and persecuted and lied about because you are my followers. 12Be happy about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, the ancient prophets were persecuted, too."
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)