Matthew 5:5 ESV “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth."
ESV - 5 Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
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In my opinion, Jesus was making a reference in this verse to a similar promise contained in Psalm 37:10-11, in which "meekness" is presented as the antithesis of wickedness. This type of meekness is not associated with timidity or cowardice, nor does it preclude the assertion of one's rights. It instead denotes patience in the endurance of wrong or suffering, and is the opposite of impulsive anger, malice, and the harboring of grudges -- attributes that will ultimately result in the downfall of those who possess them, leaving those who have been of a meek disposition (in the sense of which Jesus was speaking) to inherit all the undertakings that the proud have lost or forfeited by their rashness or presumption. It also indicates an attitude of meekness toward God by relying on Him as the One who will right wrongs, rather than by taking personal vengeance (Deuteronomy 32:35).
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