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Seeing the crowds he went up on the mountain;
as he sat, his disciples came to him.

Lifting up his eyes to his disciples he said,
"Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for yours is the sovereignty of heaven.

"Blessed are those who mourn,
for you shall be comforted.

"Blessed are the gentle,
for you shall inherit the earth.

"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for justice,
for you shall be satisfied.

"Blessed are the merciful,
for you shall be shown mercy.

"Blessed are the pure in heart,
for you shall see God.

"Blessed are the peacemakers,
for you shall be called sons of God.

"Blessed are those persecuted on account of justice,
for yours is the sovereignty of heaven.

"Blessed are you when people hate you
and insult you and persecute you,
and when they exclude you and reject your name
and say every bad thing against you falsely
on account of the human son.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is large in heaven;
for thus their fathers persecuted the prophets before you.

"But woe to the rich,
for you have received your comfort.

"Woe to those who are full now,
for you shall hunger.

"Woe to those who laugh now,
for you shall mourn and weep.

"Woe when all the people speak well of you,
for their fathers did the same to the false prophets.

"You are the salt of the earth; salt is fine;
but if even the salt becomes tasteless,
with what will it be seasoned?
Neither for soil nor manure is it fit;
it is no longer good for anything
except to be thrown out and trampled under by people.

"You are the light of the world.
A city cannot be hidden set on a mountain;
no one lighting a lamp hides it or puts it under a basket,
but one puts it on the lampstand
so that it shines for everyone in the house.
Let your light so shine before people,
that they may see your good works
and praise your Father in heaven.

27. Blessings and Woes Harmony 27 * Interpretation 27
28. "You Heard That It Was Said" Harmony 28 * Synthesis 28 * Interpretation 28

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