Matthew 5:3

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

Blessed are the poore in spirit: for theirs is the kingdome of heauen.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- American Standard Version (1901)

Happy are the poor in spirit: for the kingdom of heaven is theirs.
- Basic English Bible

Blessed [are] the poor in spirit, for *theirs* is the kingdom of the heavens.
- Darby Bible

Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Webster's Bible

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for to them belongs the Kingdom of the Heavens.
- Weymouth Bible

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
- World English Bible

Blessed ben pore men in spirit, for the kyngdom of heuenes is herne.
- Wycliffe Bible

`Happy the poor in spirit -- because theirs is the reign of the heavens.
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for Matthew 5:3


5:3 Happy are the poor - In the following discourse there is, A sweet invitation to true holiness and happiness, ver. 3 - 12. #Matt 5:3-12|. A persuasive to impart it to others, ver. 13 - 16. #Matt 5:13-16|. A description of true Christian holiness, ver. 17; chap.vii,12, #Matt 5:17; Matt 7:12|. (in which it is easy to observe, the latter part exactly answers the former.) The conclusion: giving a sure mark of the true way, warning against false prophets, exhorting to follow after holiness. The poor in spirit - They who are unfeignedly penitent, they who are truly convinced of sin; who see and feel the state they are in by nature, being deeply sensible of their sinfulness, guiltiness, helplessness. For theirs is the kingdom of heaven - The present inward kingdom: righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, as well as the eternal kingdom, if they endure to the end. #Luke 6:20|.


People's Bible Notes for Matthew 5:3


Mt 5:3 Blessed. There follows nine beatitudes, each of which pronounces a blessing upon those who have certain characteristics. The word "blessed" is first applied to God, and means more than "happy", as it has sometimes been translated. Happiness comes from earthly things; blessedness comes from God. It is not bestowed arbitrarily; a reason follows each beatitude. The poor in spirit. The humble, in contrast with the haughty; those sensible of spiritual destitution. The same state of mind is referred to when he speaks elsewhere of a contrite and broken spirit. Is the kingdom of heaven. Such shall become members of the kingdom that Christ will establish. The Jews rejected from this kingdom on account of their spiritual pride.

Discussion for Matthew 5

  • Wayne
    Devlin, read John chapters 5,8,10. Your answers are there.
  • Tony balogna
    Love this scripture. Our Lord Jesus really lets us know how to please the Father while living in harmony one with another. Among my favorite chapters of Matthew. God bless
  • Roy Gilcrease
    Christ is different he is not a sinner , it is by Christ Acts 4 and 12 are we saved (we must in order to be saved be one with him (Married) he leads we follow even when I preach the Gospel it is the mind of Christ that is preached (holy and acceptable unto God) he suffered and conquering death (the second death) Hell and the Grave Christians are buried by baptism in him 1 resurrection His I am in.
  • MockingBird
    Jesus was persecuted , He was reviled ,and all manner was spoken against Him falsely : The religious leaders did it in thinking they were upholding God in their accusations toward Jesus : Jesus was walking in God's will : and so for us who walk in God's will : religious people will do the same toward us . We are a Blessed people : even though we get knocked down for it.
  • Jermontez Jackson
    It doesn't because jesus already knew what was coming.
  • Roddy Williams
    I must say I thank god for the affliction that may come my way. My afflictions makes my walk with the Lord much stronger. The lord never said this walk would be easy. If they persecuted Jesus what makes us any different?