What are Beatitudes in the Bible ? Jesus' Scripture Quotes and Meaning

Brannon Deibert

What are Beatitudes in the Bible ? Jesus' Scripture Quotes and Meaning

The Beatitudes were a series of blessings declared by Jesus during His "Sermon on the Mount" found in the Gospels of Matthew. In contrast to the 10 Commandments given to Moses, Jesus gives the Beatitudes in a positive spirit, listing the values in life which will lead to prosperity and salvation. Discover the significance and meaning of the Beatitudes from Jesus in the videos and scripture quotes below!


The Eight Beatitudes of Jesus - Matthew 5:3-10

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. 

"Poor in spirit" signifies to be humble. Humility is the understanding that all your blessings originate from the love of God. Humility brings openness and inner peace, enabling one to do the will of God. Those who humble themselves are able to admit our fragile nature, to repent, and to permit the love of God to guide us to reformation. 

Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 

Mourning in this meaning is declared a blessing because to mourn our sinful nature produces in us an intention to renew ourselves and to follow the way of God in righteousness. 

Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.

A person that is meek is one that manifests self-control. We are encouraged to be meek in the light of the Lord, and not oppose but be faithful to him. Submission to the will of God can be difficult and tiresome but it will bring peace and tranquility in this world and in the next.

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

A perpetual appetite for virtue and justice will guide us to the attainment of that desire - a development and reformation to righteousness.

Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

"Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful" (Luke 6:36). Mercy is the benevolent nature towards those who suffer. Love, empathy, and mercy towards a family member or neighbor will bring peace in your relationships.

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.

To be pure of heart means to be free of all selfish purposes and self-seeking motives. Jesus was the ultimate example of this as He sacrificed his own life for the redemption and salvation of mankind.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Peacemakers not only manifest peaceful lives but also work to share peace and friendship with others and to cultivate peace between God and man. However, we cannot give others what we do not possess and must strive to achieve peace within ourselves.

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

The biblical passage extends to say: "Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven, for so men persecuted the prophets who were before you" (Matthew 5:11-12). Jesus said many times that those who follow Him will be persecuted. "If they persecute me, they will persecute you" (John 15:20-21). The importance of this Beatitude is that even if we are wrongfully persecuted for belief or devotion to God, we shall be blessed eternally in the Kingdom of Heaven. 


The Significance of the Beatitudes

Discover what makes the Beatitudes of Jesus truly significant, explained by Bryon Yawn in the video below!


Originally published February 11, 2019.

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