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 5:3

  • Ira Osei Candy for verse 3
    Christ wasn 't talking about mere poverty. he was rather talking about the desire and the will to deny the world and the things in it. before one can inherit the Kingdom of God,he or she ought to turn away from worldly things.things that goes contrary with the word of God. by so doing..we can inherit the Kingdom of God.
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven..... i believed that God refers to those who are truly hungered with the spirit of God. they are thirsty, and so much desired to know more about God that it caused them to be broken, meek and humble before God... they are those who truly strive to do the will of God. so passionate to know the attributes of God. yeah my brethren this is not about earthly things. It s all about God, it s all about heavenly things.. and i believed that God will truly blessed those who are truly seeking Him in spirit and in truth and desiring to die on their flesh. God will blessed them through causing them more to be poor in spirit, that will strive them more to do the will of GOD.
  • MockingBird for verse 3
    James 2 5 Hearken my beloved , Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith I do have a spiritual need for the things of God I do not ever want to be filled up so that I may never want to know my Lord Through out all eternity I will always be learning new things from my Lord. My God is far from being boring !!!!
  • Amen jay for verse 3
    Humidity IS all GOD require from us in other to enter HIS KINKDOM,also for us to enjoy HIS PROMISES
  • Attah-Osei for verse 3
    The bible tells us "Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven " means that those who desire the spirit will definitely see and enjoy the kingdom of God. When you are poor in something you definitely strive to look for. He was not talking about poverty but rather the desire of the lack of the spiritual things of GOD. We should or must desire the spiritual things of God and we are assured of the Kingdom of Heave where Christ will reign with us eternally.
  • MWESIGWA PETER for verse 3
    Lets all be pure in spirit and we shall shake hands with the father soon.