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Excerpted from God Makes the Rivers to Flow by Eknath Easwaran. Copyright © 1991 by Eknath Easwaran. Excerpted by permission of Nilgiri Press. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher. HTML and web pages copyright © by SpiritSite.com.
"Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God."
Eknath Easwaran, God Makes the Rivers
to Flow, Part 2
Blessed are the poor in spirit:
Blessed are they that mourn:
Blessed are the meek:
Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness:
Blessed are the merciful:
Blessed are the pure in heart:
Blessed are the peacemakers:
Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness’ sake:
Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceedingly glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savor, wherewith shall it be salted? It is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that htey may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Ye have heard that it hath been said,
Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you; that ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
For if ye love them which love you, what reward heave ye?
And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? Do not even the publicans do so?
Be ye therefore perfect,
Our Father which art in heaven, hallowed be thy name.