Posted by: Moses | October 17, 2007

God the Giver of Gifts, All of Which are Good! (Matthew 5:3-12)

God is good to  those who recognize their spiritual poverty,
for the Kingdom of the Heavens is theirs.
God is good to those who are grieving,
for they will be comforted.
God is good to those who are gentle,
for they will inherit the earth.
God is good to those who are hungering and thirsting for righteousness,
for they will be satiated.
God is good to the merciful,
for they will be given mercy.
God is good to those with pure hearts,
for they will see our God.
God is good to those who contend for peace,
for they will be called the sons of God.
God is good to those who have been persecuted for the sake of righteousness,
for the Kingdom of the Heavens is theirs.
You are specially favored by God whenever anyone should reproach, persecute, or falsely report any sort of evil against you because of me,
Rejoice and exult, for your wages are ample in the Heavens!
For in this way they persecuted the prophets who went before you.

The normal Greek sense of the construction “ho makarios,” means that “the gods smile upon” the predicate of the construction. Such a human is a “Privileged recipient of divine favor” (BDAG 2. a.). The “privileged recipient” aspect is retained in the “hoti” clause following each “makarios.”

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  1. I like this very much. Easy to read and understand, while still maintaining poeticness. =)


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