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Matthew 5:8 [study!]

American Standard Version (ASV 1901) [2]
— Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
King James Version (KJV 1769)
— Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
New American Standard Bible (NASB ©1995)
— “Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Webster's Revision of the KJB (WEB 1833)
— Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Darby's Translation (DBY 1890)
— Blessed the pure in heart, for *they* shall see God.
Rotherham's Emphasized Bible (EBR 1902)
— Happy, the pure, in heart; for, they, shall, see God:
Young's Literal Translation (YLT 1898)
— 'Happy the clean in heart—because they shall see God.
Douay-Rheims Challoner Revision (DR 1750)
— Blessed are the clean of heart: they shall see God.
Original King James Bible (AV 1611) [2]
— Blessed [are] the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
John Etheridge Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1849)
— Blessed they who are pure in their hearts, for they shall see Aloha.
James Murdock Peshitta-Aramaic NT (1852)
— Blessed are the clean in heart: for they shall behold God!

Strong's Numbers & Red-LettersGreek New TestamentColor-Code/Key Word Studies
Blessed 3107
{3107} Prime
A prolonged form of the poetical μάκαρ [[makar]] (meaning the same); supremely blest; by extension fortunate, well off.
[are] the x3588
(3588) Complement

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).
pure 2513
{2513} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; clean (literally or figuratively).
in heart: 2588
{2588} Prime
Prolonged from a primary κάρ [[kar]] (Latin cor, 'heart'); the heart, that is, (figuratively) the thoughts or feelings (mind); also (by analogy) the middle.
for 3754
{3754} Prime
Neuter of G3748 as conjugation; demonstrative that (sometimes redundant); causatively because.
they 846
{0846} Prime
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 see 3700
{3700} Prime
The first a (middle voice) prolonged form of the second (primary) which is used for it in certain tenses; and both as alternates of G3708; to gaze (that is, with wide open eyes, as at something remarkable; and thus differing from G0991, which denotes simply voluntary observation; and from G1492, which expresses merely mechanical, passive or casual vision; while G2300, and still more emphatically its intensive G2334, signifies an earnest but more continued inspection; and G4648 a watching from a distance).
<5695> Grammar
Tense - Future (See G5776)
Voice - Middle Deponent (See G5788)
Mood - Indicative (See G5791)
Count - 271
God. 2316
{2316} Prime
Of uncertain affinity; a deity, especially (with G3588) the supreme Divinity; figuratively a magistrate; by Hebraism very.
Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Commentary

Matthew 5:8

_ _ Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God — Here, too, we are on Old Testament ground. There the difference between outward and inward purity, and the acceptableness of the latter only in the sight of God, are everywhere taught. Nor is the “vision of God” strange to the Old Testament; and though it was an understood thing that this was not possible in the present life (Exodus 33:20; and compare Job 19:26, Job 19:27; Isaiah 6:5), yet spiritually it was known and felt to be the privilege of the saints even here (Genesis 5:24; Genesis 6:9; Genesis 17:1; Genesis 48:15; Psalms 27:4; Psalms 36:9; Psalms 63:2; Isaiah 38:3, Isaiah 38:11, etc.). But oh, with what grand simplicity, brevity, and power is this great fundamental truth here expressed! And in what striking contrast would such teaching appear to that which was then current, in which exclusive attention was paid to ceremonial purification and external morality! This heart purity begins in a “heart sprinkled from an evil conscience,” or a “conscience purged from dead works” (Hebrews 10:22; Hebrews 9:14; and see Acts 15:9); and this also is taught in the Old Testament (Psalms 32:1, Psalms 32:2; compare Romans 4:5-8; Isaiah 6:5-8). The conscience thus purged — the heart thus sprinkled — there is light within wherewith to see God. “If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with the other” — He with us and we with Him — “and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us” — us who have this fellowship, and who, without such continual cleansing, would soon lose it again — “from all sin” (1 John 1:6, 1 John 1:7). “Whosoever sinneth hath not seen Him, neither known Him” (1 John 3:6); “He that doeth evil hath not seen God” (3 John 1:11). The inward vision thus clarified, and the whole inner man in sympathy with God, each looks upon the other with complacency and joy, and we are “changed into the same image from glory to glory.” But the full and beatific vision of God is reserved for that time to which the Psalmist stretches his views — “As for me, I shall behold Thy face in righteousness: I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with Thy likeness” (Psalms 17:15). Then shall His servants serve Him: and they shall see His face; and His name shall be in their foreheads (Revelation 22:3, Revelation 22:4). They shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2). But, says the apostle, expressing the converse of this beatitude — “Follow holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).

Matthew Henry's Commentary

See commentary on Matthew 5:3-12.

John Wesley's Explanatory Notes

Matthew 5:8

The pure in heart — The sanctified: they who love God with all their hearts. They shall see God — In all things here; hereafter in glory.

Geneva Bible Translation Notes

Matthew 5:8

Blessed [are] the (c) pure in heart: for they shall see God.

(c) Fitly is this word "pure" joined with the heart, for as a bright and shining resemblance or image may be seen plainly in a clear and pure looking glass, even so does the face (as it were) of the everlasting God, shine forth, and clearly appear in a pure heart.

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Matthew 23:25-28 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess. ... Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.
1 Chronicles 29:17-19 I know also, my God, that thou triest the heart, and hast pleasure in uprightness. As for me, in the uprightness of mine heart I have willingly offered all these things: and now have I seen with joy thy people, which are present here, to offer willingly unto thee. ... And give unto Solomon my son a perfect heart, to keep thy commandments, thy testimonies, and thy statutes, and to do all [these things], and to build the palace, [for] the which I have made provision.
Psalms 15:2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.
Psalms 18:26 With the pure thou wilt shew thyself pure; and with the froward thou wilt shew thyself froward.
Psalms 24:4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.
Psalms 51:6 Behold, thou desirest truth in the inward parts: and in the hidden [part] thou shalt make me to know wisdom.
Psalms 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.
Psalms 73:1 [[A Psalm of Asaph.]] Truly God [is] good to Israel, [even] to such as are of a clean heart.
Proverbs 22:11 He that loveth pureness of heart, [for] the grace of his lips the king [shall be] his friend.
Ezekiel 36:25-27 Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean: from all your filthiness, and from all your idols, will I cleanse you. ... And I will put my spirit within you, and cause you to walk in my statutes, and ye shall keep my judgments, and do [them].
Acts 15:9 And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
2 Corinthians 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.
Titus 1:15 Unto the pure all things [are] pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving [is] nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled.
Hebrews 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?
Hebrews 10:22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
James 3:17 But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, [and] easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy.
James 4:8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded.
1 Peter 1:22 Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, [see that ye] love one another with a pure heart fervently:


Genesis 32:30 And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved.
Job 19:26-27 And [though] after my skin [worms] destroy this [body], yet in my flesh shall I see God: ... Whom I shall see for myself, and mine eyes shall behold, and not another; [though] my reins be consumed within me.
1 Corinthians 13:12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.
Hebrews 12:14 Follow peace with all [men], and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord:
1 John 3:2-3 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. ... And every man that hath this hope in him purifieth himself, even as he is pure.
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Gn 32:30. 1Ch 29:17. Jb 19:26. Ps 15:2; 18:26; 24:4; 51:6, 10; 73:1. Pv 22:11. Ezk 36:25. Mt 23:25. Ac 15:9. 1Co 13:12. 2Co 7:1. Tit 1:15. He 9:14; 10:22; 12:14. Jm 3:17; 4:8. 1P 1:22. 1Jn 3:2.

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