Blessed are the poor in spirit. This statement sets the tone for all of the Beatitudes. In Greek, there are two words for
poor. One means
to have very little, to be in need. Matthew uses the second word, meaning
absolutely destitute. To be
poor in spirit means spiritually destitute—to come to God with absolutely nothing to offer (Luke 18:13-14), seeking His supply for our spiritual need. This is genuine humility (1 Pet. 5:5-6).