and he began to teach them, saying:
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
GNT … God will bless you when people insult you, mistreat you & tell all kinds of evil lies about you because of me’ ‘Mat 5:12 Be happy & excited! You will have a great reward in heaven. People did these same things to the prophets who lived long ago’
In every part of our lives we will be persecuted because we speak about and follow Jesus. If you did ditches or sit behind a desk, if you walk the halls of power or just walk the streets, open your mouth and speak the name Jesus, people will think your socially & politically incorrect, crazy & unreliable; but be happy, don’t worry your reward waits for you in Heaven.