Matthew 5:1-11 NIV
The Sermon on the Mount
1Now when JESUS Saw the crowds, HE Went Up on a mountainside and Sat Down. His disciples came to Him, 2and HE Began To Teach them.
3“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is The Kingdom of Heaven.
4Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see GOD.
9Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called children of GOD.
10Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is The Kingdom of Heaven.
11“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of ME. 12Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
This chapter, and the two that follow it, are a sermon; a famous sermon; the sermon upon the mount. It is the longest and fullest continued discourse of our SAVIOR that we have on record in all the Gospels. It is a practical discourse; there are not much of the doctrines of Christianity, the things to be believed, but it is wholly taken up with the things to be done.
These CHRIST Began with in His Preaching; for if any man will do His Will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it is of GOD. The circumstances of the sermon being accounted for (v. 1, 2), the sermon itself follows, the scope of which is, not to fill our heads with notions, but to guide and regulate our practice.
HE Proposes blessedness as the end, and gives us the character of those who are entitled to blessedness which is very different from the sentiments and philosophy of a vain world, in eight beatitudes, which may be called paradoxes (v. 3-12).