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The Beatitudes: An Exposition of Matthew 5:1-10 (Watson)

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The opening verses of the best-known of all Christ’s sermons were handled by many of the Puritans, for the Beatitudes gave full scope to the combination of sound doctrine, practical wisdom and heart-searching application which characterized their preaching.

In addition to these general Puritan characteristics, Thomas Watson added certain of his own: a master of a terse, vigorous style and of a beauty of expression, he could speak not only to win men’s understanding but also to secure a place for the truth in their memories. More than most of his generation he sought to follow the example of Christ’s teaching by employing all manner of illustrative material from common life, and with simplicity and charm he spoke words not easy to forget.

Two hundred years after Thomas Watson’s death William Jay of Bath said that he could go to any one of his books and ‘find it ever fresh, pointed and instructive.’

The Beatitudes, first published in 1660, has been one of the rarest of Watson’s works. In this edition the layout has been entirely revised and editorial notes supplied.

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Table of Contents:

  1. Introduction
  2. There is a Blessedness in Reversion
  3. The Godly are in Some Sense Already Blessed
  4. Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
  5. The Poor in Spirit are Enriched with a Kingdom
  6. Blessed are They That Mourn
  7. Sundry Sharp Reproofs
  8. Motives to Holy Mourning
  9. The Hindrances to Mourning
  10. Some Helps to Mourning
  11. The Comforts Belonging to Mourners
  12. Christian Meekness
  13. The Nature of Spiritual Hunger
  14. Spiritual Hunger Shall be Satisfied  
  15. A Discourse of Mercifulness
  16. A Description of Heart-Purity
  17. The Blessed Privilege of Seeing God Explained
  18. Concerning Peaceableness
  19. They Shall Be Called the Children of God
  20. Exhortations to Christians as They Are Children of God
  21. Concerning Persecution
  22. An Appendix to the Beatitudes 



Thomas Watson (c. 1620-1686) was a Puritan preacher and author during the English Revolution and the Act of Uniformity. Watson’s works are a legacy that have continued to be a blessing to those who love sound, heart-searching exposition of the Scriptures. 



"What announces itself as an exposition of Matthew 5:1-10 turns out to be a digest of all the central Puritan teaching on the Christian life. The Beatitudes are treated as mineshafts into the whole economy of grace — as indeed they are." — J.I. Packer