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The Beatitudes, Paraphrased/Expanded
Poetry by Lance Landall

(Matthew 5:3-10, KJV. Includes verses 11 &12)

 “Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

Yes, blessed — happy — are those who sense their need spiritually,
Those who feel their need of God and trust Him continually,
Those who’re keenly aware of their spiritual poverty,
'Cause such folk have the Kingdom of God within them already.

“Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.”

Blessed — happy — are those who grieve when they sin, and confess their sin,
Those who long to be like God, mourning their wretchedness within,
Those who desire change, see their imperfection, how short they fall,
'Cause such receive God’s grace, and His peace, given on Him they call.

“Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.”

Blessed — happy — are those who are teachable, those who are humble,
Those who submit to God in all things, and who do not grumble,
Those who’ve self under control, and who have the right attitude,
'Cause such will enter God’s Kingdom; they’re the faithful multitude.

“Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled”

Blessed — happy — are those who long for righteousness, love doing right,
'Cause such show God's already begun His work, are thus a light.
And with an inner satisfaction that nothing else can give.
Why? 'Cause deep within their heart they’ve let the Holy Spirit live.

“Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.”

Blessed — happy — are those who are kind and just, and who show mercy,
'Cause such, those forgiven won’t forget, and to them, will show mercy.
And come God's judgment, the merciful will receive God's mercy,
'Cause what goes 'round comes 'round, and all why it’s wise to show mercy.

“Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.”

Blessed — happy — are those who have desirable character traits,
Pure thoughts and motives, a heart and mind the Spirit activates,
Those who’ve forsaken sin as a ruling principle in their lives,
'Cause such will enter God’s Kingdom, see His face when He arrives.

“Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.”

Blessed — happy — are those who’re peacemakers, and live in harmony,
Those who preach peace, pray for peace, and who pursue peace actively.
'Cause such are at peace with God, and lead others to be also,
And thus are truly His children, 'cause His character they show.

“Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for their’s is
the kingdom of heaven.”

Blessed — happy — are those who suffer persecution doing right,
Those who make a stand, forsake the world, Satan’s interest invite.
'Cause they’re assured of a place in God’s Kingdom, their future bright.
Yes, they worthy of citizenship, 'cause they’ve “fought the good fight.”

“Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all
manner of evil against you falsely, for My sake.”

Yes, people may insult you, persecute you, lie about you,
But on your behalf — all that and far more — your Saviour went through.
So count it a privilege to suffer like Him, and for Him,
'Cause one day you will sing “The Song of The Lamb,” the saved saints hymn.

“Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.”

Trials develop character, such we're to anticipate,
But rejoice! 'Cause God works all things for our good. It's hardly fate!
Sure the sacrifice may be great, but the reward’s also great,
'Cause living in Paradise with God will more than compensate.

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