About that time He went out on one occasion into the hill country to pray; and He remained all night in prayer to God.
When it was day, He called His disciples; and He selected from among them twelve, whom He also named Apostles.
These were Simon, to whom also He had given the name of Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew;
Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus and Simon called the Zealot;
James's relative Judas, and Judas Iscariot who proved to be a traitor.
With these He came down till He reached a level place, where there was a great crowd of His disciples, and a multitude of people from every part of Judaea, from Jerusalem, and from the sea-side district of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and to be cured of their diseases;
and those who were tormented by foul spirits were cured.
The whole crowd were eager to touch Him, because power went forth from him and cured every one.
Then fixing His eyes upon His disciples, Jesus said to them, "Blessed are you poor, because the Kingdom of God is yours.
"Blessed are you who hunger now, because your hunger shall be satisfied. "Blessed are you who now weep aloud, because you shall laugh.
"Blessed are you when men shall hate you and exclude you from their society and insult you, and spurn your very names as evil things, for the Son of Man's sake.