“Happy are people who are hungry and thirsty for righteousness, because they will be fed until they are full. Matthew 5:6 CEB
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Blessed and Happy
This verse is from a Bible passage called the Beatitudes, Matthew 5: 3-11, which introduces Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. This version, The Common English Bible, uses “happy”, while most others use “blessed” as The Message does
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat. Matthew 5:6, MSG
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The Contemporary English Version puts it a different way, making God the subject of the sentence.
“God blesses those people who want to obey him more than to eat or drink.
They will be given what they want!” Matthew 5:6 CEV
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And in Spanish, the Nueva Biblia Viva reads
“¡Dichosos los que tienen hambre y sed de justicia, porque quedarán satisfechos! “Mateo 5:6 NBV
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What do these verses mean to you?
Using this guide from The Upper Room, try praying these Scriptures- use one of these versions, all of them, or others that you prefer.
“When we Pray the Scriptures, we begin by reading a few verses of the Bible. We read unhurriedly so that we can listen for the message God has for us there. ” Continue reading at
In her memoir, FIRE ROAD- the Napalm Girl’s Journey through the Horrors of War to Faith, Forgiveness and Peace , author Kim Phuc Phan Thi wrote,
“One of the passages that never failed to comfort me when I was feeling especially down was the Beatitudes, the list of blessings Jesus proclaimed to his disciples in the Sermon on the Mount.”
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