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The Beatitudes appear in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. In Latin, beatitude means happiness. There are eight blessings in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew.

"Each is a proverb-like proclamation, without narrative, 'cryptic, precise, and full of meaning. Each one includes a topic that forms a major biblical theme'," states Wikipedia. "Four of such blessings also appear in the Sermon on the Plain in Luke, and are followed by four woes that mirror the blessings.

'Each Beatitude consists of two phrases: the condition and the result. In almost every case the condition is from familiar Old Testament context, but Jesus teaches a new interpretation.

"Together, the Beatitudes present a new set of Christian ideals that focus on a spirit of love and humility different in orientation than the usual force and exaction taken. They echo the highest ideals of the teachings of Jesus on mercy, spirituality and compassion."

They are my favorite part of The Holy Bible.
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