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Gospel of Luke Poverty Quotes Page 1 Theme

How we cite the quotes: (Chapter:Verse)

Quote #1

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to let the oppressed go free, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor. (NRSV 4:18-19)

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. (KJV 4:18-19)

Jesus reads this quote from Isaiah 61:1-2 and then tells people it's talking about him. Speaking of which, you know Hamlet? That's actually about Shmoop.

Quote #2

Then he looked up at his disciples and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who are hungry now, for you will be filled. (NRSV 6:20-21)

And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh. (KJV 6:20-21)

So much for that windfall we've all dreamed of. In Jesus's God-powered version of happiness, the poor will come out on top. For more on this, check out our discussion of "The Beatitudes."

Quote #3

Go and tell John what you have seen and heard: the blind receive their sight, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, the poor have good news brought to them. (NRSV 7:22)

Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. (KJV 7:22)

Jesus is busy completing the work he promised he was going to do in 4:18-19. According to Luke, what do all these different people have in common?

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