Blessed are the poor in spirit. This statement sets the tone for all of the Beatitudes. In Greek, there are two words forpoor. One means to have very little, to be in need. Matthew uses the second word, meaning absolutely destitute. To bepoor 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).