A New Interpretation of Luke’s Beatitudes

 

Considering the explanations in Greek and Aramaic for the words and phrases in Luke 6:20-31, this is how I would interpret it:

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Then Jesus lifted up his eyes toward his disciples, and said:

Arabic lampComing to completion are you who detach from things of this earth, you are guided in harmony and order.

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Maturing are you who feel empty and seek a purpose, you shall abide in the abundance of divine creation.

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Becoming suited for your purpose are you who are pressed down, dissolving imagined needs, you shall grasp life itself.

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Resistant to being pulled apart are you when men get red-faced with you, when they exclude you, conspire against you, and forcefully disparage your reputation instead of seeing you as a child of embodied light.

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Rejoice in that day and live abundantly with joy! Indeed great is your payment in the perfect order of things — the realization of your divine image. For that is how their fathers treated those who listened to the divine voice within themselves and acted upon it.

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But be warned, you who place your focus on increasing your material pleasures. Your kind of comforts are a bottomless pit that is never filled.

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You whose schedules are so filled that you don’t make time to reflect and know yourself, you have no time to know fullness.

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You whose divine essence and timing is out of balance exist only to amuse yourselves. One day you will have to face up to your inner conflicts.

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Be warned when men speak well of you. That’s how their fathers spurred on men who were letting their divine image be buried by the beliefs of others.

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But I say to you who listen: Work for the well-being of your enemies, do good to those who are angry with you, speak well of those who criticize you unjustly, and pray for those who insult you. To him who strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your jacket, do not withhold what you wear underneath either. Give to everyone who begs from you, and from him who seizes your goods do not ask for them back.

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This is the bottom line: Treat others the same way you want them to treat you.

 

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