How Many Beatitudes Are There?


Supposed contradiction and verses:

 How many Beatitudes are in the sermon on the mount? Thereís a difference in numbers,

 Matthew 5:3-11

3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

4 Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

5 Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

7 Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.

8 Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.

9 Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.

10 Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

 Luke 6:20-23

20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

21 Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.

23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.


    Yes, the sermons do appear to be different in number as to the beatitudes. Mistake? No. The atheist has made a false assumption that these are the same two events, of which they are not. If you donít read the surrounding verses, you wonít see that these are two separate instances. In chapter 4 of Matthew we see that this describes when Satan tried to tempt Jesus as well as Jesus taking disciples with him and preaching, healing, etc all over the land. This is a prelude to chapter 5. Now in Luke, the scene is different. We have a scene where the Pharisees had become enraged with Him due to what they called work as well as Jesus healing a man on the Sabbath. Jesus then gathers His disciples during the day and teaches them, though many others are around.

   What does this mean? It means it is two different events. It is not uncommon for preachers to use the same sermon to different crowds on different days, and the words are not always exactly the same. Looking at the content of these passages the wording is different which would be the case for different crowds, different days, etc. No different than teachers in school. There will be times when for different reasons you may not include everything you had said once before. Also, would be the difference in writers and what hey chose to write down.

   No contradiction! 

In His Grace,

            Mike Harris


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