Beatitudes

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Beatitudes

(bē-ăt`ĭto͞odz') [Lat.,=blessing], in the Gospel of St. Matthew, eight blessings uttered by Jesus at the opening of the Sermon on the Mount. Some, counting verses differently, say there are nine. In a parallel passage in the Gospel of St. Luke, only four of the blessings appear, with four corresponding woes.

Beatitudes

 

New Testament precepts of moral and social character ascribed to Jesus Christ by Christian tradition and invested with divine authority (The Sermon on the Mount in Matthew, ch. 5, and Luke, ch. 6). They define which people may hope for beatification because of their social and moral condition (“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven”). They also call on those in want to be humble and submissive (“Do not resist one who is evil”). Societies with antagonistic class conditions use the Beatitudes to strengthen the system based on exploitation.

References in classic literature ?
Blessed are the peacemakers; theirs is the kingdom of heaven,'" said Betsy, vaguely recollecting she had heard some similar saying from someone.
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Dorothy ended her life quoting Scripture, "Blessed are the peacemakers for theirs is the kingdom of heaven," as she died in a hail of bullets.
Jesus said, 'Suffer the little children, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
He began to teach them, saying: "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the poor in spirit" - gather them, "for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
It is at those times you must remember the first beatitude: Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are the poor in spirit; for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
I'm the first, presenter and my part is, 'Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Church often quotes one of the beatitudes that says, Blessed are the poor for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who suffer persecution for justice sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.