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Poor in Spirit

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Not those who are spiritually poor, that is, lacking in faith or love, but those who have a humble spirit and thus depend on God (Matthew 5:3 ). Luke's parallel speaks simply of the poor (Luke 6:20 ). That God has “chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to possess the kingdom” was regarded as a well-established fact (James 2:5 REB).


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These dictionary topics are from the Holman Bible Dictionary, published by Broadman & Holman, 1991. All rights reserved. Used by permission of Broadman & Holman.

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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Poor in Spirit'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/p/poor-in-spirit.html. 1991.

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