Those who are persecuted because of righteousness, are those who pursue righteousness



Abstract

Standard renderings of the eighth beatitude, Matthew 5:10, such as the NIV’s ‘Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven’, fail to convey the subtlety of Jesus’s point adequately. In Aramaic, that saying contains a pun based on the fact that the Hebrew/Aramaic word for ‘persecute’ also means ‘pursue’.


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