Blessed are the merciful




This verse is one of the eight blessings or Beatitudes (Latin for “happiness”) from the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus says blessed are those who are merciful or compassionate since they will themselves get compassion and mercy.

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Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

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Matthew 5:7 Translation & Meaning

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KJV Verse Original Greek Meaning/ Definition
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Blessed Μακάριοι Supremely blest; by extension, fortunate, well off Blessed
are (No Greek definition. English implied.)
the οἱ The (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom) the
merciful: ἐλεήμονες Compassionate (actively) merciful
for ὅτι Demonstrative, that (sometimes redundant); causative, because for
they αὐτοὶ The reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the comparative G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons they
shall obtain mercy. ἐλεηθήσονται To compassionate (by word or deed, specially, by divine grace) obtain mercy

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  • 5  Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

  • 6  Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

  • 7  Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

  • 8  Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

  • 9  Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.


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