Matthew 5:3-12

The beatitudes. These are the kind of thing where everybody has their favourite. When I was a fiery youth, my favourite was

5:6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled.

Nowadays, I go for

5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

(World English Bible)

Which is your favourite?


  1. candidchatter said

    10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
    for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    But, truly, I like them all.

    Heidi R.

  2. Ivan said

    Dear Heidi!

    Thank you for your comment.

    I think they work best all together, and that together they make up more than the sum of their parts.

    It’s interesting to take them as kind of commandments (be meek, be pure of heart, etc.), but the power for me in them is to imagine Jesus arrived and He’s noticed these people behaving in these ways; behaving like this for no reason, just because that’s what they’re like, and He’s saying, “Yes, you were right all along.” The stones which had been rejected are now the foundations of the house.

  3. Ivan: I agree that they work best together but my favorite is still “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness for they shall be satisfied.” (ESV) I pray I will always have that desire for more.

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