Then he turned to his disciples and said, “What happiness there is for you who are poor, for the Kingdom of God is yours!
What happiness there is for you who are now hungry, for you are going to be satisfied! What happiness there is for you who weep, for the time will come when you shall laugh with joy!
What happiness it is when others hate you and exclude you and insult you and smear your name because you are mine!
When that happens, rejoice! Yes, leap for joy! For you will have a great reward awaiting you in heaven. And you will be in good company—the ancient prophets were treated that way too!
Yahushua Pronounces Woes
“But, oh, the sorrows that await the rich. For they have their only happiness down here.
They are fat and prosperous now, but a time of awful hunger is before them. Their careless laughter now means sorrow then.
And what sadness is ahead for those praised by the crowds—for false prophets have always been praised.
Love Your Enemies
“Listen, all of you. Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you.
Pray for the happiness of those who curse you; implore the Creator’s blessing on those who hurt you.
“If someone slaps you on one cheek, let him slap the other too! If someone demands your coat, give him your shirt besides.
Give what you have to anyone who asks you for it; and when things are taken away from you, don’t worry about getting them back.
Treat others as you want them to treat you.
“Do you think you deserve credit for merely loving those who love you? Even the godless do that!
And if you do good only to those who do you good—is that so wonderful? Even sinners do that much!