1 Enoch 5:7

Pseudepigrapha

7 And all the . . . shall rejoice, And there shall be forgiveness of sins, And every mercy and peace and forbearance: There shall be salvation unto them, a goodly light. And for all of you sinners there shall be no salvation, But on you all shall abide a curse. 8 And for you the godless there shall be a curse. 9 But for the elect there shall be light and joy and peace and they shall inherit the earth. 10 And then there shall be bestowed upon the elect wisdom, And they shall all live and never again sin, Either through ungodliness or through pride: But they who are wise shall be humble.

Matthew 5:5

New Testament

2 Then he began to teach them by saying: 3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. 4 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. 5 Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. 6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be satisfied. 7 Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.

 Notes and References

"... 153 Perrin notes that both the Matthean redactor and the Qumran community have cast the text into a decidedly eschatological perspective, and thus he suggests that there is a common link between the communities which is hinged upon this association. (Craigie notes that the interpretation of the text at Qumran indicates a neglect of "its primarily educational function". I would hold this also to be true with regard to the Matthean Gospel, though such an emphasis indeed is maintained in the Didache.) Cross further emphasizes this view. He notes a perspective that is shared between the Qumran and the Matthean communities, i.e., that the poor will inherit the "Kingdom of the New Age," an age which is associated with the eschatological banquet, as is further suggested by parallels that are found in Luke 6:20-21 (cf. Friedlander, Sources,20. Notice that in I Enoch 5-7 it is the elect who will inherit the earth.) ..."

Jefford, Clayton N. The Sayings of Jesus in The Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (p. 75) Brill, 1989

 User Comments
No comments currently available.

Do you have questions or comments about these texts? Please submit them here.