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Matthew 5:5 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Blessed are the gentle, for they shall inherit the earth.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Blessed [are] the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Blessed the meek, for *they* shall inherit the earth.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Happy, the meek; for, they, shall inherit the earth:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'Happy the meek—because they shall inherit the land.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Blessed [are] the meeke: for they shall inherit the earth.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Blessed the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth!

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Blessed 3107
{3107} Prime
μακάριος
makarios
{mak-ar'-ee-os}
A prolonged form of the poetical μάκαρ [[makar]] (meaning the same); supremely blest; by extension fortunate, well off.
[are] the meek: 4239
{4239} Prime
πραΰς
praus
{prah-ooce'}
Apparently a primary word; mild, that is, (by implication) humble.
for 3754
{3754} Prime
ὅτι
hoti
{hot'-ee}
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
they 846
{0846} Prime
αὐτός
autos
{ow-tos'}
From the particle αὖ [[au]] (perhaps akin to the base of G0109 through the idea of a baffling wind; backward); the reflexive pronoun self, used (alone or in the compound of G1438) of the third person, and (with the proper personal pronoun) of the other persons.
shall inherit 2816
{2816} Prime
κληρονομέω
kleronomeo
{klay-ron-om-eh'-o}
From G2818; to be an heir to (literally or figuratively).
z5692
<5692> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Active (See G5784)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 814
the x3588
(3588) Complement

ho
{ho}
The masculine, feminine (second) and neuter (third) forms, in all their inflections; the definite article; the (sometimes to be supplied, at others omitted, in English idiom).
earth. 1093
{1093} Prime
γῆ
ge
{ghay}
Contracted from a primary word; soil; by extension a region, or the solid part or the whole of the terrene globe (including the occupants in each application).
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Matthew 5:5

_ _ Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth — This promise to the meek is but a repetition of Psalms 37:11; only the word which our Evangelist renders “the meek,” after the Septuagint, is the same which we have found so often translated “the poor,” showing how closely allied these two features of character are. It is impossible, indeed, that “the poor in spirit” and “the mourners” in Zion should not at the same time be “meek”; that is to say, persons of a lowly and gentle carriage. How fitting, at least, it is that they should be so, may be seen by the following touching appeal: “Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work, to speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, showing all meekness unto all men: FOR WE OURSELVES WERE ONCE FOOLISH, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures ... But after that the kindness and love of God our Savior toward man appeared: ... according to His mercy He saved us,” etc. (Titus 3:1-7). But He who had no such affecting reasons for manifesting this beautiful carriage, said, nevertheless, of Himself, “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls” (Matthew 11:29); and the apostle besought one of the churches by “the meekness and gentleness of Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:1). In what esteem this is held by Him who seeth not as man seeth, we may learn from 1 Peter 3:4, where the true adorning is said to be that of “a meek and quiet spirit, which in the sight of God is of great price.” Towards men this disposition is the opposite of high-mindedness, and a quarrelsome and revengeful spirit; it “rather takes wrong, and suffers itself to be defrauded” (1 Corinthians 6:7); it “avenges not itself, but rather gives place unto wrath” (Romans 12:19); like the meek One, “when reviled, it reviles not again; when it suffers, it threatens not: but commits itself to Him that judgeth righteously” (1 Peter 2:19-22). “The earth” which the meek are to inherit might be rendered “the land” — bringing out the more immediate reference to Canaan as the promised land, the secure possession of which was to the Old Testament saints the evidence and manifestation of God’s favor resting on them, and the ideal of all true and abiding blessedness. Even in the Psalm from which these words are taken the promise to the meek is not held forth as an arbitrary reward, but as having a kind of natural fulfillment. When they delight themselves in the Lord, He gives them the desires of their heart: when they commit their way to Him, He brings it to pass; bringing forth their righteousness as the light, and their judgment as the noonday: the little that they have, even when despoiled of their rights, is better than the riches of many wicked (Psalms 37:1-24). All things, in short, are theirs — in the possession of that favor which is life, and of those rights which belong to them as the children of God — whether the world, or life, or death, or things present, or things to come; all are theirs (1 Corinthians 3:21, 1 Corinthians 3:22); and at length, overcoming, they “inherit all things” (Revelation 21:7). Thus are the meek the only rightful occupants of a foot of ground or a crust of bread here, and heirs of all coming things.

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Matthew 5:3-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Matthew 5:5

Happy are the meek — They that hold all their passions and affections evenly balanced. They shall inherit the earth — They shall have all things really necessary for life and godliness. They shall enjoy whatever portion God hath given them here, and shall hereafter possess the new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

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the meek:

Matthew 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Matthew 21:5 Tell ye the daughter of Sion, Behold, thy King cometh unto thee, meek, and sitting upon an ass, and a colt the foal of an ass.
Numbers 12:3 (Now the man Moses [was] very meek, above all the men which [were] upon the face of the earth.)
Psalms 22:26 The meek shall eat and be satisfied: they shall praise the LORD that seek him: your heart shall live for ever.
Psalms 25:9 The meek will he guide in judgment: and the meek will he teach his way.
Psalms 69:32 The humble shall see [this, and] be glad: and your heart shall live that seek God.
*marg.
Psalms 147:6 The LORD lifteth up the meek: he casteth the wicked down to the ground.
Psalms 149:4 For the LORD taketh pleasure in his people: he will beautify the meek with salvation.
Isaiah 11:4 But with righteousness shall he judge the poor, and reprove with equity for the meek of the earth: and he shall smite the earth with the rod of his mouth, and with the breath of his lips shall he slay the wicked.
Isaiah 29:19 The meek also shall increase [their] joy in the LORD, and the poor among men shall rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
Isaiah 61:1 The Spirit of the Lord GOD [is] upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to [them that are] bound;
Zephaniah 2:3 Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD'S anger.
Galatians 5:23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
Ephesians 4:2 With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;
Colossians 3:12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;
1 Timothy 6:11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
2 Timothy 2:25 In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth;
Titus 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, [but] gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
James 1:21 Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.
James 3:13 Who [is] a wise man and endued with knowledge among you? let him shew out of a good conversation his works with meekness of wisdom.
1 Peter 3:4 But [let it be] the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, [even the ornament] of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
1 Peter 3:15 But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and [be] ready always to [give] an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

they:

Psalms 25:13 His soul shall dwell at ease; and his seed shall inherit the earth.
Psalms 37:9 For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth.
Psalms 37:11 But the meek shall inherit the earth; and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.
Psalms 37:22 For [such as be] blessed of him shall inherit the earth; and [they that be] cursed of him shall be cut off.
Psalms 37:29 The righteous shall inherit the land, and dwell therein for ever.
Psalms 37:34 Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see [it].
Isaiah 60:21 Thy people also [shall be] all righteous: they shall inherit the land for ever, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, that I may be glorified.
Romans 4:13 For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, [was] not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.
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Nu 12:3. Ps 22:26; 25:9, 13; 37:9, 11, 22, 29, 34; 69:32; 147:6; 149:4. Is 11:4; 29:19; 60:21; 61:1. Zp 2:3. Mt 11:29; 21:5. Ro 4:13. Ga 5:23. Ep 4:2. Col 3:12. 1Ti 6:11. 2Ti 2:25. Tit 3:2. Jm 1:21; 3:13. 1P 3:4, 15.

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