“And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.”
King James Version (KJV)
6:20 In the following verses our Lord, in the audience of his newly - chosen disciples, and of the multitude, repeats, standing on the plain, many remarkable passages of the sermon he had before delivered, sitting on the mount. He here again pronounces the poor and the hungry, the mourners, and the persecuted, happy; and represents as miserable those who are rich, and full, and joyous, and applauded: because generally prosperity is a sweet poison, and affliction a healing, though bitter medicine. Let the thought reconcile us to adversity, and awaken our caution when the world smiles upon us; when a plentiful table is spread before us, and our cup is running over; when our spirits are gay; and we hear (what nature loves) our own praise from men. Happy are ye poor - The word seems here to be taken literally: ye who have left al] for me. #Mt 5:3|.
Lu 6:20-23 Blessed. These beatitudes are given more fully in Mt 5:3-12, which see notes. Luke says "kingdom of God"; Matthew, "of heaven", showing that the two are the same.