1 When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on the mountain and sat down. His followers came to him.
2 This is what he started teaching them:
3 “The people who are broken in spirit are happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
4 “The people who are sad now will be happy, because they will be comforted.
5 “Humble people are happy, because the earth will be given to them.
6 “People who are hungry and thirsty for what is right are happy, because they will be filled.
7 “People who give mercy to others are happy, because they will receive mercy.
8 “People who have pure hearts are happy, because they will see God.
9 “People who make peace are happy, because they will be called the sons of God.
10 “The people who have been persecuted because they were doing right are happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them.
11 “You will be happy when people insult you, persecute you, and tell all kinds of lies against you because of me. You should rejoice and be very glad, because you will have great rewards in heaven. This was the way your ancestors persecuted the prophets before you.”
These are the first 13 verses from the Sermon On The Mount, from the new International English Bible, ©2014. This quoted portion is normally called “The Beatitudes.” Contact us on how to obtain this simple yet accurate new version of the Bible.