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Matthew 5:12

    Matthew 5:12 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    Be glad and full of joy; for great is your reward in heaven: for so were the prophets attacked who were before you.

    Webster's Revision

    Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets that were before you.

    World English Bible

    Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven. For that is how they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

    Clarke's Commentary on Matthew 5:12

    Rejoice - In the testimony of a good conscience; for, without this, suffering has nothing but misery in it.

    Be exceeding glad - Αγαλλιασθε, leap for joy. There are several cases on record, where this was literally done by the martyrs, in Queen Mary's days.

    Great is your reward in heaven - In the Talmudical tract Pirkey Aboth, are these words: "Rabbi Tarpon said, The day is short: the work is great: the laborers are slow: the Reward Is Great: and the father of the family is urgent."

    The followers of Christ are encouraged to suffer joyfully on two considerations.

    1. They are thereby conformed to the prophets who went before.

    2. Their reward in heaven is a great one.

    God gives the grace to suffer, and then crowns that grace with glory; hence it is plain, the reward is not of debt, but of grace: Romans 6:23.

    Barnes' Notes on Matthew 5:12

    Rejoice, and be exceeding glad - Regard it as a great privilege thus to be persecuted and to suffer - a thing not to be mourned over, but as among the chief blessings of life.

    For great is your reward in heaven - That is, your reward will be great in the future world. To those who suffer most, God imparts the highest rewards. Hence, the crown of martyrdom has been thought to be the brightest that any of the redeemed shall wear; and hence many of the early Christians sought to become martyrs, and threw themselves in the way of their persecutors, that they might be put to death. They literally rejoiced, and leaped for joy, at the prospect of death for the sake of Jesus. Though God does not require us to seek persecution, yet all this shows that there is something in religion to sustain the soul which the world does not possess. Nothing but the consciousness of innocence, and the presence of God, could bear up the sufferers in the midst of these trials; and the flame, therefore, kindled to consume the martyr, has also been a bright light, showing the truth and power of the gospel of Jesus.

    The prophets ... - The holy men who came to predict future events, and who were the religious teachers of the Jews. For an account of their persecution, see Hebrews 11.

    Wesley's Notes on Matthew 5:12

    5:12 Your reward - Even over and above the happiness that naturally and directly results from holiness.

    Verses Related to Matthew 5:12

    Hebrews 10:33 - Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.
    1 Corinthians 4:12 - And labour, working with our own hands: being reviled, we bless; being persecuted, we suffer it:
    Psalms 119:86 - All thy commandments are faithful: they persecute me wrongfully; help thou me.