|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.
|Matthew 5:4 Blessed [are] they that mourn...||
The teacher moved toward a pair of widows dressed for mourning.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.”
|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!”
|Matthew 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad...||
“Enjoy!” He said happily. “And shine!” He said, making a shimmering motion with his hands.