The word "beatitude" comes from the Latin beatitudo, which gives the focus toward "blessedness."
On the road of life, we all need some "blessedness." When you look into the beatitudes of the Lord Jesus Christ, remember this comes from the Lord’s Sermon on the Mount where He is giving some really important information. Also, each one includes a topic that forms a major Biblical theme.
In this, the phrase "blessed are" in each of the beatitudes implies a current state of happiness or well-being, as well as divine joy and happiness to His followers. In other words, Jesus was saying "divinely happy and fortunate are" those who possess these inward qualities while also giving the promise of a future reward.
Even more so, Jesus is not only describing them as being filled with only a type of an inner sense of joy and peace because they are right with God, but He is also giving them praise for their character and pledging a future reward from God for it.
English Standard Version (ESV)
3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
7 “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.
8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
10 “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when others revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account.
12 Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
Good News Translation (GNT)
3 “Happy are those who know they are spiritually poor;
11 “Happy are you when people insult you and persecute you and tell all kinds of evil lies against you because you are my followers.
12 Be happy and glad, for a great reward is kept for you in heaven. This is how the prophets who lived before you were persecuted.
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