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Luke 6:20


Then 1  he looked up 2  at his disciples and said: “Blessed 3  are you who are poor, 4  for the kingdom of God belongs 5  to you.


1Sa 2:8; Ps 37:16; Ps 113:7,8; Pr 16:19; Pr 19:1; Isa 29:19; Isa 57:15,16; Isa 66:2; Zep 3:12; Zec 11:11; Mt 5:2-12; Mt 5:3,10; Mt 11:5; Mt 12:49,50; Mr 3:34,35; Lu 4:18; Lu 6:24; Lu 12:32; Lu 13:28; Lu 14:15; Lu 16:25; Joh 7:48,49; Ac 14:22; 1Co 1:26-29; 1Co 3:21-23; 2Co 6:10; 2Co 8:2,9; 1Th 1:6; 2Th 1:5; Jas 1:9,10; Jas 1:12; Jas 2:5; Re 2:9

NET © Notes

tn Here καί (kai) has been translated as “then” to indicate the implied sequence of events within the narrative.

tn Grk “lifting up his eyes” (an idiom). The participle ἐπάρας (epara") has been translated as a finite verb due to requirements of contemporary English style.

sn The term Blessed introduces the first of several beatitudes promising blessing to those whom God cares for. They serve as an invitation to come into the grace God offers.

sn You who are poor is a reference to the “pious poor” for whom God especially cares. See Ps 14:6; 22:24; 25:16; 34:6; 40:17; 69:29.

sn The present tense (belongs) here is significant. Jesus makes the kingdom and its blessings currently available. This phrase is unlike the others in the list with the possessive pronoun being emphasized. Jesus was saying, in effect, “the kingdom belongs even now to people like you.”

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