9After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands.10And they were shouting with a great roar, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”11And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living beings. And they fell before the throne with their faces to the ground and worshiped God.12They sang, “Amen! Blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and strength belong to our God forever and ever! Amen.”13Then one of the twenty-four elders asked me, “Who are these who are clothed in white? Where did they come from?”14And I said to him, “Sir, you are the one who knows.” Then he said to me, “These are the ones who died in the great tribulation. They have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb and made them white.15“That is why they stand in front of God’s throne and serve him day and night in his Temple. And he who sits on the throne will give them shelter.16They will never again be hungry or thirsty; they will never be scorched by the heat of the sun.17For the Lamb on the throne will be their Shepherd. He will lead them to springs of life-giving water. And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
1See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! But the people who belong to this world don’t recognize that we are God’s children because they don’t know him.2Dear friends, we are already God’s children, but he has not yet shown us what we will be like when Christ appears. But we do know that we will be like him, for we will see him as he really is.3And all who have this eager expectation will keep themselves pure, just as he is pure.
1One day as he saw the crowds gathering, Jesus went up on the mountainside and sat down. His disciples gathered around him,2and he began to teach them.3“God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.4God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.5God blesses those who are humble, for they will inherit the whole earth.6God blesses those who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.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 for doing right, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs.11“God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you 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 in the same way.