Ne mutlu ruhta yoksul olanlara! Göklerin Egemenliği onlarındır.And a few words:
Ne mutlu yaslı onlanlara! Onlar teselli edilecekler.
Ne mutlu yumuşak huyla onlanlara. Onlar yeryüzünü miras alacaklar.
Ne mutlu doğruluğa acıkıp ve susayanlara! Onlar doyurulacaklar.
- Ne mutlu -- how blessed!
- Göklerin Egemenlik -- Kingdom of Heaven. You may recognize the word borrowed from the Greek, "hegemon."
- doğruluk -- righteousness
In 1992, an English teacher and I conversed at length while enjoying a city-sponsored cruise on the glorious Dnieper river. She had grown up believing that Ukrainians and Russians were Slavic brothers working together to build an ideal civilization. Then, the wall came down, and the archives opened. Her entire frame of reference was discredited. She hoped her 14 year old son would believe in God, though, and was glad that we had come from America to talk to her people about God. She was not yet ready to believe, however, and I have often prayed for her since. William Conrad's novel Victory deals with a man who seeks refuge from the world in stoic unbelief, and finds that option totally futile.
As a Christian, I grieve for my friends who yearn for righteousness, but are "barking up the wrong tree." As a person of faith, however, I believe that God can and does make Himself known to those who seek.
 American metaphor derived from coon hunts. The prey eventually is "treed," and the hounds surround the tree barking madly. Unless, of course, they are "barking up the wrong tree."