AUV(i) 1 Seeing the large crowds, Jesus went up in a mountain [i.e., probably a hill near Capernaum] and when He sat down, His disciples came to Him. 2 He opened His mouth and taught them, saying, 3 “Those persons who feel a deep sense of their personal need are blessed because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. 4 “Those persons who feel grief [over their sins] are blessed because they will receive comfort [from God when they repent]. 5 “Those persons who have a humble attitude [toward themselves] are blessed because they will inherit [the best of] the earth. 6 “Those persons who have an appetite for whatever is right will be blessed because they will be satisfied. 7 “Those persons who show mercy [toward others] will be blessed because they will be shown mercy [themselves]. 8 “Those persons whose hearts are pure [before God] will be blessed because they will see God. 9 “Those persons who attempt to make peace [between people] will be blessed because they will be called God’s children. 10 “Those persons who have suffered for trying to do what is right will be blessed because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. 11 You will be blessed when people speak against you and harm you and say bad things about you that are untrue, because of [your devotion to] me. 12 Be happy and very glad, for your reward in heaven will be great. For they persecuted the prophets [who lived] before you in the same way.