The Beatitudes are the heart of Jesus’ preaching. The Beatitudes are eight blessings recounted in the Sermon on the Mount in the Gospel of Matthew. Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, cryptic, precise, and full of meaning. Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme:
- Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are the meek, for they shall possess the earth.
- Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
- Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they shall be satisfied.
- Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
- Blessed are the clean of heart, for they shall see God.
- Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called children of God.
- Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
- Blessed are you when men reproach you, and persecute you, and speaking falsely, say all manner of evil against you, for My sake.
Photo by OZ | Painting: Sermon On the Mount by Carl Heinrich Bloch, Danish painter, d. 1890