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

  • Robin
    Praise the Lord (Jesus) for his word is true and his mercies are everlasting. Jesus tells us to love those who hate us, and pray for those who despitefully use you. By doing this we know we are the sons of God, because this does not come naturally. His word is a soothing balm to those which were sick and are sick. Selah
  • Geraldine cole
    Praise the Lord Jesus .As I read this I thought of how good Jesus is to us if we read his word and follow it we would grow to love him more and more he wants us to see him one day but its really up to who we choose Jesus or the devil because we have free will.u no some people hate Jesus even now and a lot of them make rules and regulations for the people in this world . JESUS TAKES OF HIS OWN
  • Ella
    I love God So Much
  • Richard
    Clearly Jesus is telling us to never swear by Gods word,the Bible, ch5:33-37 but to swear by our own word --one wonders why "Christian countries" still insist that people swear by the Bible!?
  • BSP
    God sees those who are persecuted for doing what is right in His eyes and He is going to bless such ones.
  • Katawanna legget
    god is good all the times he woke us up