Re: MAKARIOS - I'm confused!?!?!

From: James H. Vellenga (
Date: Tue Nov 19 1996 - 09:20:28 EST

My own preference for an English approximation to MAKARIOS
is "fortunate". The unfortunate part of using "fortunate"
is that it often has the implication of "lucky," which I
don't see as part of the Biblical world view, but it does
imply "being in an especially good condition," which is
what MAKARIOS means to me.

As to the significance in the context of the Beatitudes,
Jesus seems to be turning conventional attitudes on their

   "Fortunate [are] the ones [who are] destitute in
     their spirit,
   because theirs is the kingdom of the heavens ...."

I read this not as "fortunate by being destitute in
spirit" but "fortunate because of what will happen to
them in the future because I have come."

Anyhow, them's my thoughts.


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> From: "KULIKOVSKY, Andrew" <>
> Date: 19 Nov 96 11:22:24 EST
> Fellow Greeks,
> I'm preaching on the beatitudes soon and I'm completely
> confused by MAKARIOS is this context.
> Generally the word MAKARIOS is rendered as "blessed"
> or sometimes "happy" according to BAGD.
> However, Louw and Nida give "happy" and don't even
> mention "blessed" as a possible rendering at all - anywhere!
> But this doesn't make sense in the context - a person in
> mourning is not a happy person.
> NIDNTT and TDNT said the same as BAGD.
> In the beattitudes, Ken Wuest translates it as "spiritually
> prosperous".
> The NIV consistently translates MAKARIOS as "blessed"
> in almost every occurrence throughout the NT.
> So what the heck does this mean? "blessed" seems to
> make the most sense but not according to Louw and Nida.

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