Evidence List

The Spoken Version
Matthew 5:3 Blessed [are] the poor in spirit...

“Lucky! The beggars!” He said in a cheerful tenor, indicating a group of beggars who were seated near the stage area.
Many laughed at the idea of beggars being lucky.
“For the breath of life,” he continued earnestly, closing his eyes and taking a deep breath. He spoke the common tongue like a local, but with a slight accent.
“Because theirs is,—the realm of the skies!” he said happily.

Matthew 5:4 Blessed [are] they that mourn...

The teacher moved toward a pair of widows dressed for mourning.
“Lucky! Those in mourning!” He said warmly, indicating the women.
Some in the crowd chuckled at the idea of people in mourning being lucky. Others shushed them.
“Because,” the speaker explained, holding the women’s outstretched hands. “They themselves are going to be summoned.”

Matthew 5:5 Blessed [are] the meek...

A group of children pressed toward him, their parents trailing behind. A little girl dashed out and held her arms toward the speaker to be picked up. The speaker obliged with a smiling nod to her parents who were trying to catch her.
“Lucky!” He announced once more. “The soft ones!” He held up the child for the crowd to see. “Because they themselves are going to inherit—,” He paused as he moved toward the child’s parents.
“The realm of the skies?” Several in the crowd suggested.
He smiled, shook his head, no. He put the child in the arms of her mother.
“The earth!” He said, spreading his arms wide to indicate the lands around them.

Matthew 5:6 Blessed [are] they which do hunger...

He then moved on toward a group of foreigners. They had a large basket of bread loaves and several full wineskins lying in front of them.
“Lucky, the hungry!” He said indicating their food and drink.
Many laughed at the idea of the well-fed foreigners being hungry.
One of the foreigners offered the speaker a wineskin.
“And the thirsty!” The speaker added, raising the wineskin and squirting some wine into his mouth.
This generated even more laughter, but there were several Militants in the crowd. They reacted badly, shouting abuse against the foreigners.
“For justice?” The speaker asked. “Because,” he added playfully, gesturing to include both the foreigners and the Militants, “they are going to get their fill.”

Matthew 5:7 Blessed [are] the merciful...

The speaker returned the wineskin to its owner. Meanwhile, the foreign women started passing out bread to some nearby children.
“Lucky,” he said, indicating these women. “Are those who are merciful.”
Again, the Militants made complaining noises.
“Because,” he said, indicating again both the foreigners and the Militants. “They themselves are going to receive mercy.”

Matthew 5:8 Blessed [are] the pure in heart...

The smiling teacher quickly made his way toward a group of prostitutes. They were seated near the tax collectors and other detestables. Two of these women were clearly pregnant.
“Lucky!” The teacher announced, taking these soon-to-be mothers by the hand. He had them stand so the crowd could see them. The women blushed. “The pure!” He said.
While many laughed, others registered their objections.
“Of heart!” The speaker amended touching his own heart. “For they themselves, are going to see—.” He laid his hands on their large bellies and said, “The divine!”

Matthew 5:9 "Blessed are the peacemakers:

The audience was quiet, watching, but a few from a group of Isolationists were clearly shocked. As the speaker helped the pregnant women sit down again, two young Isolationists started complaining and getting up. A pair of their elders pulled them back down again and quieted them.
The speaker moved toward the group.
“Lucky!” The speaker continued, indicating the two Isolationist elders. “Those who maintain the peace.” He helped the old men stand up. “Seeing that they are themselves—,” he said, indicating their long, grey beards to the crowd. “Children—”
The crowd, including the Isolationists, both young and old, laughed.
“Of the divine!” The teacher continued. Then he added with certainty, “They are going to be called!”

Matthew 5:10 Blessed [are] they which are persecuted...

The speaker moved toward a nearby group of Ascetics. “Lucky!” He continued cheerfully, “those who hound themselves—for the sake of virtue!” He indicated the scrawny, roughly dressed men.”
The crowd, including the Ascetics themselves, chuckled at the characterization.
“Because theirs is—the realm of the skies!”

Matthew 5:11 Blessed are you, when [men] shall revile you...

“Lucky are you all,” the speaker announced to his audience. “When they criticize you and harass you and proclaim every worthless thing against you! Lying to themselves!”
He then indicated himself and said humbly, “For my sake.” He made a comical curtsy.

Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad...

“Enjoy!” He said happily. “And shine!” He said, making a shimmering motion with his hands.
This drew another laugh from the crowd.
“For massive is your payment—in the skies! Since this is how,” he continued, with an easy shrug, “they might have harassed the shining lights before you.”