King James Version
Mat 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. Mat 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. Mat 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. Mat 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy. Mat 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. Mat 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. Mat 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Message Translation (Simplified)
Mat 5:1 When Jesus saw his ministry drawing huge crowds, he climbed a hillside. Those who were apprenticed to him, the committed, climbed with him. Arriving at a quiet place, he sat down Mat 5:2 and taught his climbing companions. This is what he said: Mat 5:3 "You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. Mat 5:4 "You're blessed when you feel you've lost what is most dear to you. Only then can you be embraced by the One most dear to you. Mat 5:5 "You're blessed when you're content with just who you are--no more, no less. That's the moment you find yourselves proud owners of everything that can't be bought. Mat 5:6 "You're blessed when you've worked up a good appetite for God. He's food and drink in the best meal you'll ever eat. Mat 5:7 "You're blessed when you care. At the moment of being 'carefull,' you find yourselves cared for. Mat 5:8 "You're blessed when you get your inside world--your mind and heart--put right. Then you can see God in the outside world. Mat 5:9 "You're blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. That's when you discover who you really are, and your place in God's family. Mat 5:10 "You're blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution. The persecution drives you even deeper into God's kingdom. Mat 5:11 "Not only that--count yourselves blessed every time people put you down or throw you out or speak lies about you to discredit me. What it means is that the truth is too close for comfort and they are uncomfortable. Mat 5:12 You can be glad when that happens--give a cheer, even!--for though they don't like it, I do! And all heaven applauds. And know that you are in good company. My prophets and witnesses have always gotten into this kind of trouble.I think it is such a beautiful passage, with incredible instructions, encouragement, inspiration and blessings.