34 Jesus teaches about blessings that follow tough times.

Psalm 24:3–4; 37:11; Matthew 5:1–12; Luke 6:17–26

Why might more people have come from Tyre and Sidon rather than other cities of Israel (Luke 6:17)?

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Why were so many people wanting to touch Jesus (Luke 6:17–19)?

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How important is recognition of our need for God (Luke 6:20)?

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What makes grieving good or bad (Matthew 5:4)?

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Of what value is humility (Matthew 5:5)?

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When is hunger good, and when is it bad (Luke 6:21)?

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Why is forgiveness important (Matthew 5:7)?

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What changes must we see in our lives to enjoy a relationship with God (Matthew 5:8)?

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How is it possible to respond to offenses with kindness (Matthew 5:9)?

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When is suffering a blessing, and when is it a curse (Matthew 5:10)?

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Why were God’s prophets hated in Israel (Matthew 5: 11–12)?

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How can riches be either a curse or a blessing (Luke 6:24)?

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What is the danger of thinking we have no needs (Luke 6:25)?

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In what ways should circumstances affect how we feel (Luke 6:25)?

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What is the difference between true and false prophets (Luke 6:26)?

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When Jesus saw a crowd gathering, he and his disciples went down the mountain to level ground. A great multitude was there from Judea, Jerusalem, and the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon—some of his followers and other people who had come to hear him and be healed of their diseases. People who were tormented by evil spirits also came and were cured. They tried to touch him because they saw he had power to heal them.

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Matthew 5:1 When Jesus saw a crowd gathering, he went up on the hillside, and his disciples came to him.
Luke 6:17–19 When Jesus saw a crowd gathering, he and his disciples went down the mountain to level ground. A great multitude was there from Judea, Jerusalem, and the coastal cities of Tyre and Sidon—some of his followers and other people who had come to hear him and be healed of their diseases. People who were tormented by evil spirits also came and were cured. They tried to touch him because they saw he had power to heal them.
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Matthew 5:1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
Luke 6:17–19 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

Jesus looked at his followers who had come to hear his teaching.

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Matthew 5:2 He taught them, saying,
Luke 6:20 Jesus looked at his followers who had come to hear his teaching. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who recognize their need for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.
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Matthew 5:2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

“Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who recognize their need for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.

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Matthew 5:3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who recognize their need for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.
Luke 6:20 Jesus looked at his followers who had come to hear his teaching. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, those who recognize their need for God, for the Kingdom of Heaven belongs to them.
King James

Matthew 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Luke 6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

“Blessed are the mourners, those who are grieving, for God will bring comfort, joy, and laughter to their aching hearts.

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Matthew 5:4 “Blessed are the mourners, those who are grieving, for God will bring comfort, joy, and laughter to their aching hearts.
Luke 6:21 “Blessed are the righteous, those who hunger and thirst to please God, for they will find true satisfaction. Blessed are the mourners, those who are grieving, for God will bring comfort, joy, and laughter to their aching hearts.
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Matthew 5:4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Luke 6:21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

“Blessed are the humble, those who are content with their identity, for they will inherit the land.

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Psalm 37:11 Humble people will inherit the earth and enjoy total peace.
Matthew 5:5 “Blessed are the humble, those who are content with their identity, for they will inherit the land.
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Psalm 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Matthew 5:5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

“Blessed are the righteous, those who hunger and thirst to please God, for they will find true satisfaction.

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Matthew 5:6 “Blessed are the righteous, those who hunger and thirst to please God, for they will find true satisfaction.
Luke 6:21 “Blessed are the righteous, those who hunger and thirst to please God, for they will find true satisfaction. Blessed are the mourners, those who are grieving, for God will bring comfort, joy, and laughter to their aching hearts.
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Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Luke 6:21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

“Blessed are the merciful, those who care for others, for they will receive mercy.

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Matthew 5:7 “Blessed are the merciful, those who care for others, for they will receive mercy.
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Matthew 5:7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart, those who are inwardly clean, for they will see God.

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Psalm 24:3–4 Only those whose guilt has been washed away, who have pure motives, who have not been self-serving manipulators.
Matthew 5:8 “Blessed are the pure in heart, those who are inwardly clean, for they will see God.
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Psalm 24:3–4 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

“Blessed are the peacemakers, those who respond to an offense with kindness, for they will be called God’s children.

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Matthew 5:9 “Blessed are the peacemakers, those who respond to an offense with kindness, for they will be called God’s children.
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Matthew 5:9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

“Blessed are the persecuted, those who suffer because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

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Matthew 5:10 “Blessed are the persecuted, those who suffer because of righteousness, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.
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Matthew 5:10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

“Blessed are the hated, those who are rejected, insulted, and falsely accused because of me. In their day of abuse, they will rejoice because their reward in Heaven is great. The ancient prophets were treated the same way.

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Matthew 5:11–12 “Blessed are the hated, those who are rejected, insulted, and falsely accused because of me. In their day of abuse, they will rejoice because their reward in Heaven is great. The ancient prophets were treated the same way.
Luke 6:22–23 “Blessed are the hated, those who are rejected, insulted, and falsely accused because of me. In their day of abuse, they will rejoice because their reward in Heaven is great. The ancient prophets were treated the same way.
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Matthew 5:11–12 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Luke 6:22–23 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake. Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

“Woe to the rich, those unwilling to help those who have less, for they already have their blessing.

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Luke 6:24 “Woe to the rich, those unwilling to help those who have less, for they already have their blessing.
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Luke 6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

“Woe to the well fed, those who think they have no need, for they will be hungry.

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Luke 6:25 “Woe to the well fed, those who think they have no need, for they will be hungry. Woe to the joyful, those who depend on circumstances for happiness, for they will weep and cry.
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Luke 6:25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

“Woe to the joyful, those who depend on circumstances for happiness, for they will weep and cry.

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Luke 6:25 “Woe to the well fed, those who think they have no need, for they will be hungry. Woe to the joyful, those who depend on circumstances for happiness, for they will weep and cry.
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Luke 6:25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

“Woe to the politically correct, those who say what people want to hear, for that is what their fathers liked about the false prophets.”

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Luke 6:26 “Woe to the politically correct, those who say what people want to hear, for that is what their fathers liked about the false prophets.”
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Luke 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.