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The Beatitudes

posted Feb 5, 2017, 7:59 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Feb 5, 2017, 7:59 AM ]

Many hymns are based on the Beatitudes; “Blest are They”, “Lead Me, Lord”, “We Are the Light of the World”, “Whatsoever You Do”, and Dan Schutte’s newest song, “O How Blessed.”

Eugene Peterson is an American pastor and poet who wanted his students to share the nuance and intricacy of the Bible in English as much as he enjoyed studying it in Greek. So he paraphrased it into contemporary English. (Currently he and songwriter Bono are making a film about the psalms.) Here are the Beatitudes from Peterson’s The Message: Catholic/Ecumenical Edition: The Bible in Contemporary Language:

You’re blessed when you’re at the end of your rope.
You’re blessed when you feel you’ve lost what is most dear to you. 
You’re blessed when you’re content with who you are—no more, no less. 
You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. 
You’re blessed when you care. 
You’re blessed when you get your inside world—your mind and heart—put right. 
You’re blessed when you can show people how to cooperate instead of compete or fight. 
You’re blessed when your commitment to God provokes persecution.