“Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. 3
6:22 “Blessed are you when people 4 hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil 5 on account of the Son of Man! 6:23 Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because 6 your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors 7 did the same things to the prophets. 8
1 sn You who hunger are people like the poor Jesus has already mentioned. The term has OT roots both in conjunction with the poor (Isa 32:6-7; 58:6-7, 9-10; Ezek 18:7, 16) or by itself (Ps 37:16-19; 107:9).
2 sn The promise you will be satisfied is the first of several “reversals” noted in these promises. The beatitudes and the reversals that accompany them serve in the sermon as an invitation to enter into God’s care, because one can know God cares for those who turn to him.
3 sn You will laugh alludes to the joy that comes to God’s people in the salvation to come.
4 tn This is a generic use of ἄνθρωπος (anqrwpo"), referring to both males and females.
5 tn Or “disdain you”; Grk “cast out your name as evil.” The word “name” is used here as a figure of speech to refer to the person as a whole.
sn The phrase when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil alludes to a person being ostracized and socially isolated because of association with the Son of Man, Jesus.
6 tn Grk “because behold.” The Greek word ἰδού (idou) at the beginning of this clause has not been translated because it has no exact English equivalent here, but adds interest and emphasis (BDAG 468 s.v. 1).
7 tn Or “forefathers”; Grk “fathers.”