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Early Indo-European Texts

Old Church Slavonic

Todd B. Krause and Jonathan Slocum

This page contains a text in Old Church Slavonic with a modern English translation. This particular text and its translation are extracted from a lesson in the Early Indo-European Online series, where one may find detailed information about this text (see the Table of Contents page for Old Church Slavonic Online in EIEOL), and general information about the Old Church Slavonic language and its speakers' culture.

Matthew 5:1-13

ѹзьрѣвъ жє народъі вьзидє на горѫ і ѣко сѣдє пристѫпишѧ къ н҄ємѹ ѹчєници єго | і отвръзъ ѹста своѣ ѹчаашє ѧ глагол҄ѩ | блажєни ништиі дѹхомь ѣко тѣхъ єстъ цѣсарьство нєбєсьскоє | блажєни плачѫштєи ѣко ти ѹтѣшѧтъ сѧ | блажєни кротьци ѣко ти нашєдѧтъ зємл҄ѭ | блажєни ал҄чѫштиі і жаждѫштиі правъдъі ради ѣко ти насъітѧтъ сѧ | блажєни милостивиі ѣко ти помиловани бѫдѫтъ | блажєни чистиі сръдцємь ѣко ти бога ѹзьрѧтъ | блажєни съмирѣѭштиі ѣко ти съіновє божіи нарєкѫтъ сѧ | блажєни ізгънани правъдъі ради ѣко тѣхъ єстъ цѣсарьство нєбєсьскоє | блажєни єстє єгда поносѧтъ вамъ і иждєнѫтъ въі і рєкѫтъ вьсѣкъ зълъ глаголъ на въі лъжѫштє мєнє ради | радѹитє сѧ і вєсєлитє сѧ ѣко мъзда ваша многа єстъ на нєбєсєхъ | тако бо ізгънашѧ пророкъі іжє бѣшѧ прѣждє васъ | въі єстє соль зєми аштє жє соль обѹѣєтъ чимь осолитъ сѧ | ничьсомѹжє бѫдєтъ къ томѹ да ісъіпана бѫдєтъ вънъ і попираєма чловѣкъі |

Translation

(Matthew 5:1) And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him: (2) And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying, (3) Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (4) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted. (5) Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth. (6) Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled. (7) Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. (8) Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God. (9) Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God. (10) Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteouness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (11) Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. (12) Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. (13) Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.