The Beatitudes of Spring
The Beatitudes are among the most blessed and beloved of scriptures from the Holy Bible, specifically from the King James Version. My copy indicates that it was:
TRANSLATED OUT OF THE ORIGINAL TONGUES
AND WITH THE FORMER TRANSLATIONS
DILIGENTLY COMPARED AND REVISED
One must search diligently to find any literature as patiently and purely devoted to the original words of the author. In this literature, the author, or speaker, was Jesus Christ, delivering his lesson of the Sermon on the Mount, as recounted in the Gospel According to Matthew. The Beatitudes form the introduction to this sermon.
For me, each blessing presents an affirmation, not merely a proclamation. I read each Beatitude with joyous serenity to banish any doubt about the cruel but precious world outside; and to remove from within the world I call my own any doubt that can silently but surely rob me of faith and hope, perhaps even charity.
As a child of God, I realize more fully the blessings of each day because of the blessings of the Beatitudes.
MATTHEW CHAPTER 5
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are they that mourn, for they shall be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.