“Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:5)
This is a very confusing quote coming from the Sermon an the Mount. It has been subject to a lot of discussion as to its exact interpretation.
Let's get some English dictionary definitions:
Blessed: (1) consecrated; sacred; holy; sanctified, (2) worthy of adoration, reverence, or worship. (3)
divinely or supremely favored; fortunate, (4) to have a strong body, strong mind mind, or great companionship, (5) blissfully happy or contented.
Meek: (1) humble (2) humbly patient or docile, (3)overly submissive or compliant
Inherit: (1) to take or receive (property, a right, a title, etc.) by succession or will, as an heir, (2)
to receive as if by succession from predecessors, (3) to receive (a genetic character) by the transmission of hereditary factors, (4) to succeed (a person) as heir, (5) to receive as one's portion, (6) come into possession of.
Earth: (1) the third planet from the sun, (2) the inhabitants of this planet, (3) the solid matter of the planet, (4) soil, (5) pertaining to this planet--as opposed to heaven or hell.
When I do the math, we could have 450 (5x3x6x5) different literal interpretations using just these definitions. We could go through each permutation to figure what sets of definitions makes sense, then select the best of that much shorter list. But 450 times is too much for this Writer Beat article. Let's go back