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

  • Jo Anne R
    If all people in the world would live by Matthew 5 Then the whole word could see and experience the power in the name of Jesus. Amen
  • A disciple
    The Sermon On The Mount is the FOUNDATION of all it means to walk with God, and be a Christian. All those things which He calls "Blessed" are the effects of His grace wrought in us and reflecting in our lives for men to see and glorify our Father. Good works, good character, good fruit, all comes from His goodness filled up and made perfect in us. If we don't do these things then we will perish!
  • Peter A. Okebukola
    The is the mother of all teachings of Christ. May God give us the enabling to abide in total. The enabling, of course, is the Holy Spirit.
  • Steve morrow
    HEBREWS 5:13 for everyone that useth milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness for he is a babe --5:14--but strong meat belongeth to them that are full of age --- even those who by reason of use --- have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil PROVERBS 8:8 all the words of -- MY MOUTH -- are in righteousness there is nothing forward or perverse in them PSALM 119:172 my tongue shall speak of thy word for all thy commandments --- ARE RIGHTEOUSNESS --- PSALM 119:138 thy testimonies that thou hast commanded are --- RIGHTEOUS AND VERY FAITHFUL --- REVELATION 19:10 and I fell at his feet to worship him and he said see thou do it not I am thy fellowservant and of thy brethren that have --- THE TESTIMONY OF JESUS --- worship GOD for the testimony of JESUS is the spirit of prophecy 2 CORINTHIANS 3:8 how shall not the ministration of the spirit be rather glorious --3:9-- for if the ministration of condemnation be glory ---MUCH MORE--- doth the ministration of righteousness exceed in glory
  • Alex
    God is no respector of persons he loves everybody thats y he sends his sun/son and rain/spirit on the good and the bad the just and unjust. His love and mercy is beyond OUR COMPREHENSION. IF I BELIFTED UP I WILL DRAW ALL ALL MEN UNTO ME, There was none righteous no not one but while we the world was yet sinners he died for all of us,that he might rise again in the hearts of EVERYMAN VIA HIS SEED.
  • A disciple
    "Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your REWARD in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you." The word in the original Greek Text indicates Payment, as in Wages or Hire for some work done. Our salvation depends on our finishing the course as overcomers, and enduring true and faithful to the end. Then truly by our fruits we shall be known, of what kind we are!