Matthew 5:1-12 (NRSV)
1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain;
and after he sat down, his disciples came to him.
2 Then he began
to speak, and taught them, saying:
are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will
are the merciful, for they will receive mercy.
are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for
theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
are you when people revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds
of evil against you falsely on my account.
12 Rejoice and
be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for in the same way
they persecuted the prophets who were before you.