And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be you poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
Mark how Jesus puts passive virtues in the foremost place. We can easily understand why He does this.
1. They are the foundations on which alone the superstructure of the active virtues can be built.
2. They are out of sight, and therefore are easily overlooked, their importance forgotten.
3. They were little thought of in the days when Jesus lived on this earth.
(C. J. Ridgeway, M. A.)
Parallel VersesKJV: And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.
WEB: He lifted up his eyes to his disciples, and said, "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God.