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Matthew 5:10

    Matthew 5:10 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness'sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Happy are those who are attacked on account of righteousness: for the kingdom of heaven will be theirs.

    Webster's Revision

    Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness'sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    World English Bible

    Blessed are those who have been persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

    Definitions for Matthew 5:10

    Blessed - Happy.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 5:10

    They which are persecuted - Δεδιωγμενοι, they who are hard pressed upon and pursued with repeated acts of enmity. Parkhurst. They are happy who suffer, seems a strange saying: and that the righteous should suffer, merely because they are such, seems as strange. But such is the enmity of the human heart to every thing of God and goodness, that all those who live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution in one form or other. As the religion of Christ gives no quarter to vice, so the vicious will give no quarter to this religion, or to its professors.

    For theirs is the kingdom of heaven - That spiritual kingdom, explained Matthew 3:2, and that kingdom of glory which is its counterpart and consequence.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 5:10

    Blessed are they which are persecuted - To persecute means literally to pursue; follow after, as one does a flying enemy. Here it means to vex, or oppress one, on account of his religion. They persecute others who injure their names, reputation, property, or who endanger or take their life, on account of their religious opinions.

    For righteousness' sake - Because they are righteous, or are the friends of God. We are not to seek persecution. We are not to provoke it by strange sentiments or conduct; by violating the laws of civil society, or by modes of speech that are unnecessarily offensive to others. But if, in the honest effort to be Christians, and to live the life of Christians, others persecute and revile us, we are to consider this as a blessing. It is an evidence that we are the children of God, and that he will defend us. "All that live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution," 2 Timothy 3:12.

    Theirs is the kingdom of heaven - They have evidence that they are Christians, and that they will be brought to heaven.