Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Note 4 at Mt 5:3: The Greek word "PTOCHOS" was translated "poor" here, as well as thirty other times in the New Testament. In twenty-eight of those times, it is clearly referring to financially poor people. This verse, Lu 6:20, and Re 3:17 use the word metaphorically. When used this way, it is speaking of being inferior, inadequate, or lacking, such as when we speak of poor attendance or poor health. Jesus was telling those who recognized their spiritual inadequacies to be happy because help had come. They could receive new spirits (2Co 5:17) by letting the kingdom of God come within them (Lu 17:21 and Ro 14:17).