The Beatitudes (BZV)


The Beatitudes (BZV)
Brian Zahnd

Blessed are those who are poor at being spiritual,
For the kingdom of heaven is well-suited for ordinary people.

Blessed are the depressed who mourn and grieve,
For they create space to encounter comfort from another.

Blessed are the gentle and trusting, who are not grasping and clutching,
For God will personally guarantee their share when heaven comes to earth.

Blessed are those who ache for the world to be made right,
For them the government of God is a dream come true.

Blessed are those who give mercy,
For they will get it back when they need it most.

Blessed are those who have a clean window in their soul,
For they will perceive God when and where others don’t.

Blessed are the bridge-builders in a war-torn world,
For they are God’s children working in the family business.

Blessed are those who are mocked and misunderstood for the right reasons,
For the kingdom of heaven comes to earth amidst such persecution.


(I took the picture at the Mount of Beatitudes in Galilee last Thursday.)

  • Haha I really can’t describe how much I love this. Such an insightful re-translation. I hope the rest of your time in Israel is incredible.

  • KentonS

    What’s the “3” in the URL?

  • StevenParsons


  • Love this translation. I’ll have to reread it with the text… The Kingdom of God is radically different than the kingdoms of man.

  • Sally Frounfelter Buckner

    I have struggled, my entire Bible-reading life, with the “Beatitudes”, all the while longing to grasp Jesus meaning. This helps so much. Thanks always, BZ!

  • Tom Torbeyns

    Great translation! 🙂