THE EIGHT BEATITUDES
OF MATTHEW 5, AND
THE EIGHT WOES OF MATTHEW 23.

This Is Appendix 126 From The Companion Bible.

   The eight Beatitudes of Matthew 5:3-12 are best understood and interpreted by the eight contrasts, or  "Woes"  of 23:13-33. The comparison shows that 5:10-12 form one (the eighth) Beatitude, having one subject (persecution) corresponding with the eighth "Woe"  of  23:29-33.
   They may be thus set out:—
"THE  BEATITUDES"  (5:3-12). "THE  WOES"  (23:13-33).
 1.  The kingdom opened to the poor (v. 3).  1.  The kingdom shut (v. 13).
 2.  Comfort for mourners (v. 4).  2.  Mourners distressed (v. 14).
 3.  The meek inheriting the earth (v. 5).  3.  Fanatics compassing the earth (v. 15).
 4.  True righteousness sought by true desire (v. 6).  4.  False righteousness sought by casuistry (vv16-22).
 5.  The merciful obtaining mercy (v. 7).  5.  Mercy "omitted" and "left undone" (vv. 23, 24).
 6.  Purity within, and the vision of God hereafter (v8).  6.  Purity without, uncleanness within. "Blindness"   (vv25, 26).
 7.  Peacemakers, the sons of God (v. 9).  7.  Hypocrites, and lawless (vv. 27, 28).
 8.  The persecuted (vv. 10-12).  8.  The persecutors (vv. 29-33).
   Beside these eight contrasts there is an internal correspondence of the principal thoughts, suggested by the combined series, and forming the Structure given in the note on Matthew 5:3, 4.
   It may be further noted that these Beatitudes rest on special passages in the Psalms: Matthew 5:
3 (Psalm 40:17); 5:4 (Psalm 119:136); 5:5 (Psalm 37:11); 5:6 (Psalm 42:1, 2); 5:7 (Psalm 41:1); 5:8 (Psalm 24:4; 73:1); 5:9 (Psalm 133:1); 5:10 (Psalms 37; 39; 40).

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