What does Bless mean in the Bible?

Greek / Hebrew Translation Occurance
בָּרֲכ֣וּ to bless 5
יְבָרֶכְךָ֥ to bless 3
בָּרֲכִ֣י to bless 3
εὐλογοῦμεν to praise 3
יְבָרֶכְךָ֙ to bless 3
וִיבָרֵ֣ךְ to bless 2
יְ֭בָרֵךְ to bless 2
לְבָרֵ֣ךְ to bless 2
בָּרֲכ֥וּ to bless 2
יְבָרֵ֣ךְ to bless 2
εὐλογεῖτε to praise 2
וּבֵֽרַכְךָ֙ to bless 2
בָּרֲכ֖וּ to bless 2
וּֽלְבָרֲכ֗וֹ to bless 2
בָּרֲכֵ֥נִי to bless 2
בָּרֲכִ֥י to bless 2
תְּבָרֲכַ֥נִּי to bless 2
בָּרֲכ֤וּ to bless 1
יְבָרֵֽךְ to bless 1
תְבָ֫רֵ֥ךְ to bless 1
אֲבָרֲכֵֽם to bless 1
בָרֵ֖ךְ to bless 1
תְבָרֲכ֖וּ to bless 1
תְבָרֲכֶֽנּוּ to bless 1
תְּבָרֵךְ֙ to bless 1
בָּרֲכוּ֙ to bless 1
לְבָרֵ֛ךְ to bless 1
וַיְבָ֤רֶךְ to bless 1
וְהִתְבָּ֥רְכוּ to bless 1
יְבָרֶכְךָ֧ to bless 1
יְבָ֫רֵ֥ךְ to bless 1
אֲבָרֵ֑ךְ to bless 1
יְ֝בָרֵ֗ךְ to bless 1
אֲבָרֲכָ֣ה to bless 1
בָּרְכ֣וּ to bless 1
יְבָרְכֵ֥נוּ to bless 1
יְ֝בָרְכֵ֗נוּ to bless 1
וִֽיבָרְכֵ֑נוּ to bless 1
בָּרְכ֖וּ to bless 1
תְּבָרֵֽךְ to bless 1
אֲבָרֶכְךָ֣ to bless 1
יְבָרֵ֑כוּ to bless 1
תְּבָרֵ֪ךְ to bless 1
יְבָרֵ֖ךְ to bless 1
נְבָ֘רֵ֤ךְ to bless 1
וּבָרֵ֥ךְ to bless 1
אֲבָרֵ֥ךְ to bless 1
אֲבָרֵ֗ךְ to bless 1
יְבָרֲכֽוּכָה to bless 1
אֲבָרֲכֶ֑ךָּ to bless 1
וַאֲבָרֲכָ֥ה to bless 1
יְבָרֶכְךָ֣ to bless 1
וּ֝בָרֲכוּ to bless 1
בֵּרֲכ֛וֹ to bless 1
בֵּרַ֥כְנוּ to bless 1
יִתְבָּרֵךְ֙ to bless 1
בֵּרַכְתָּֽנִי to bless 1
אֲבָרֵֽךְ to bless 1
וּלְבָרֵ֣ךְ to bless 1
וּבֵ֣רַכְךָ֔ to bless 1
לְבָרֵ֤ךְ to bless 1
וּבָרֵ֤ךְ to bless 1
וּבֵֽרֲכֶ֑ךָּ to bless 1
יְבָרֶכְךָ֜ to bless 1
וּלְבָרֵ֖ךְ to bless 1
יְבָרֶכְךָ֞ to bless 1
בֵּֽרַכְךָ֔ to bless 1
יְבָֽרֶכְךָ֙ to bless 1
וּבָרֵךְ֙ to bless 1
בָּרֵ֤ךְ to bless 1
וּבָרְכ֖וּ to bless 1
וּבֵרַ֨ךְ to bless 1
לְ֠בָרֵךְ to bless 1
תְּבָרֲכֵ֜נִי to bless 1
בָּֽרְכוּ־ to bless 1
לְבָרֵךְ֙ to bless 1
לְבָרֵ֥ךְ to bless 1
εὐλογήσω to praise 1
εὐλογῇς to praise 1
וּלְבָרֵ֕ךְ to bless 1
וּבֵרַכְךָ֖ to bless 1
וִיבָ֣רְכֶ֔ךָּ to bless 1
וּבֵֽרַכְתִּ֙יךָ֙ to bless 1
יְבָרֵ֤ךְ to bless 1
יְבָרֵךְ֮ to bless 1
וַאֲבָרֲכֵֽם to bless 1
⧼εὐλογεῖτε to praise 1
וּֽמְבָרֲכֶ֖יךָ to bless 1
תְּבָֽרֶכְךָ֖ to bless 1
יְבָרֶכְךָ֖ to bless 1
וַאֲבָרֶכְכָ֛ה to bless 1
תְּבָרֶכְךָ֥ to bless 1
וַאֲבָרְכֶ֑ךָּ to bless 1
וּבֵרַ֣ךְ to bless 1
אֲבָרֶכְךָ֗ to bless 1
וּבֵֽרַכְתִּ֙יהָ֙ to bless 1
וּבֵרַכְתִּ֣י to bless 1
מְבָ֣רְכֶ֔יךָ to bless 1
וַאֲבָֽרֲכָה֙ to bless 1
וַאֲבָ֣רֶכְךָ֔ to bless 1
וּבֵרַ֥ךְ to bless 1
וּבֵרַכְתִּֽיךָ to bless 1
וּבֵֽרַכְתֶּ֖ם to bless 1
וּבֵֽרַכְתָּ֙ to bless 1
וְכָל־ all 1

Definitions Related to Bless

H1288


   1 to Bless, kneel.
      1a (Qal).
         1a1 to kneel.
         1a2 to Bless.
      1b (Niphal) to be blessed, Bless oneself.
      1c (Piel) to Bless.
      1d (Pual) to be blessed, be adored.
      1e (Hiphil) to cause to kneel.
      1f (Hithpael) to Bless oneself.
   2 (TWOT) to praise, salute, curse.
   

G2127


   1 to praise, celebrate with praises.
   2 to invoke blessings.
   3 to consecrate a thing with solemn prayers.
      3a to ask God’s blessing on a thing.
      3b pray God to Bless it to one’s use.
      3c pronounce a consecratory blessing on.
   4 of God.
      4a to cause to prosper, to make happy, to bestow blessings on.
      4b favoured of God, blessed.
      

Frequency of Bless (original languages)

Frequency of Bless (English)

Dictionary

Easton's Bible Dictionary - Bless
God blesses his people when he bestows on them some gift temporal or spiritual (Genesis 1:22 ; 24:35 ; Job 42:12 ; Psalm 45:2 ; 104:24,35 ).
We bless God when we thank him for his mercies (Psalm 103:1,2 ; 145:1,2 ).
A man blesses himself when he invokes God's blessing (Isaiah 65:16 ), or rejoices in God's goodness to him (Deuteronomy 29:19 ; Psalm 49:18 ).
One blesses another when he expresses good wishes or offers prayer to God for his welfare (Genesis 24:60 ; 31:55 ; 1 Samuel 2:20 ). Sometimes blessings were uttered under divine inspiration, as in the case of Noah, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses (Genesis 9:26,27 ; 27:28,29,40 ; 48:15-20 ; 49:1-28 ; Deuteronomy 33 ). The priests were divinely authorized to bless the people (Deuteronomy 10:8 ; Numbers 6:22-27 ). We have many examples of apostolic benediction (2 Corinthians 13:14 ; Ephesians 6:23,24 ; 2 th 3:16,18 ; Hebrews 13:20,21 ; 1 Peter 5:10,11 ).
Among the Jews in their thank-offerings the master of the feast took a cup of wine in his hand, and after having blessed God for it and for other mercies then enjoyed, handed it to his guests, who all partook of it. Psalm 116:13 refers to this custom. It is also alluded to in 1 Corinthians 10:16 , where the apostle speaks of the "cup of blessing."
Webster's Dictionary - Bless
(1):
(v. t.) To invoke or confer beneficial attributes or qualities upon; to invoke or confer a blessing on, - as on food.
(2):
(v. t.) To guard; to keep; to protect.
(3):
(v. t.) To make the sign of the cross upon; to cross (one's self).
(4):
(v. t.) To express a wish or prayer for the happiness of; to invoke a blessing upon; - applied to persons.
(5):
(v. t.) To praise, or glorify; to extol for excellences.
(6):
(v. t.) To esteem or account happy; to felicitate.
(7):
(v. t.) To make or pronounce holy; to consecrate
(8):
(v. t.) To make happy, blithesome, or joyous; to confer prosperity or happiness upon; to grant divine favor to.
(9):
(v. t.) To wave; to brandish.
King James Dictionary - Bless
BLESS, pret. and ppr. blessed or blest.
1. To pronounce a wish of happiness to one to express a wish or desire of happiness. And Isaac called Jacob and blessed him. Genesis 28
2. To make happy to make successful to prosper in temporal concerns as, we are blest with peace and plenty. The Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thou doest. Deuteronomy 15 .
3. To make happy in a future life. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. Revelation 14
4. To set apart or consecrate to holy purposes to make and pronounce holy. And God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. Gen.2
5. To consecrate by prayer to invoke a blessing upon. And Jesus took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven he blessed them. Luke 9 .
6. To praise to glorify, for benefits received. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. Psalms 103
7. To praise to magnify to extol, for excellencies. Psalms 104 8. To esteem or account happy with the reciprocal pronoun. The nations shall bless themselves in him. Jeremiah 4
9. To pronounce a solemn prophetical benediction upon. Genesis 27; Deuteronomy 33 . 10. In this line of Spenser, it may signify to throw, for this is nearly the primary sense. His sparkling blade about his head he blest.
Johnson supposes the word to signify to wave or brandish, and to have received this sense from the old rite of blessing a field, by directing the hands to all parts of it.
Bless in Spenser for bliss, may be so written, not for rhyme merely, but because bless and bliss are from the same root.
Vine's Expository Dictionary of OT Words - Bless
A. Verb.
Bârak (בָּרַךְ, Strong's #1288), “to kneel, bless, be blessed, curse.” The root of this word is found in other Semitic languages which, like Hebrew, use it most frequently with a deity as subject. There are also parallels to this word in Egyptian.Bârak occurs about 330 times in the Bible, first in Gen. 1:22: “And God blessed them, saying, Be fruitful and multiply, …” God’s first word to man is introduced in the same way: “And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply …” (v. 28). Thus the whole creation is shown to depend upon God for its continued existence and function (cf. Ps. 104:27-30).
Bârak is used again of man in Gen. 5:2, at the beginning of the history of believing men, and again after the Flood in Gen. 9:1: “And God blessed Noah and his sons.…” The central element of God’s covenant with Abram is: “I will bless thee … and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee … and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed” (Gen. 12:2-3). This “blessing” on the nations is repeated in Gen. 18:18; 22:18; and 28:14 (cf. Gen. 26:4; Jer. 4:2). In all of these instances, God’s blessing goes out to the nations through Abraham or his seed. The Septuagint translates all of these occurrences of bârak in the passive, as do the KJV, NASB, and NIV. Paul quotes the Septuagint’s rendering of Gen. 22:18 in Gal. 3:8.
The covenant promise called the nations to seek the “blessing” (cf. Isa. 2:2-4), but made it plain that the initiative in blessing rests with God, and that Abraham and his seed were the instruments of it. God, either directly or through His representatives, is the subject of this verb over 100 times. The Levitical benediction is based on this order: “On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel … the Lord bless thee … and they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them” (Num. 6:23- 27).
The passive form of bârak is used in pronouncing God’s “blessing on men,” as through Melchizedek: “Blessed be Abram of the most high God …” (Gen. 14:19). “Blessed be the Lord God of Shem …” (Gen. 9:26) is an expression of praise. “Blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand” (Gen. 14:20) is mingled praise and thanksgiving.
A common form of greeting was, “Blessed be thou of the Lord” (1 Sam. 15:13; cf. Ruth 2:4); “Saul went out to meet [1], that he might salute him” (1 Sam. 13:10; “greet,” NASB and NIV).
The simple form of the verb is used in 2 Chron. 6:13: “He … kneeled down.…” Six times the verb is used to denote profanity, as in Job 1:5: “It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts.”
B. Noun.
Berâkâh (בְּרָכָה, Strong's #1293), “blessing.” The root form of this word is found in northwest and south Semitic languages. It is used in conjunction with the verb berâkâh (“to bless”) 71 times in the Old Testament. The word appears most frequently in Genesis and Deuteronomy. The first occurrence is God’s blessing of Abram: “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing [2]” (Gen. 12:2).When expressed by men, a “blessing” was a wish or prayer for a blessing that is to come in the future: “And [3] give thee the blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham” (Gen. 28:4). This refers to a “blessing” that the patriarchs customarily extended upon their children before they died. Jacob’s “blessings” on the tribes (Gen. 49) and Moses’ “blessing” (Deut. 33:1ff.) are other familiar examples of this.
Blessing was the opposite of a cursing (qelalah): “My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a blessing” (Gen. 27:12). The blessing might also be presented more concretely in the form of a gift. For example, “Take, I pray thee, my blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. And he urged him, and he took it” (Gen. 33:11). When a “blessing” was directed to God, it was a word of praise and thanksgiving, as in: “Stand up and bless the Lord your God for ever and ever: and blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all blessing and praise” (Neh. 9:5).
The Lord’s “blessing” rests on those who are faithful to Him: “A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day …” (Deut. 11:27). His blessing brings righteousness (Ps. 24:5), life (Ps. 133:3), prosperity (2 Sam. 7:29), and salvation (Ps. 3:8). The “blessing” is portrayed as a rain or dew: “I will make them and the places round about my hill a blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of blessing” (Ezek. 34:26; cf. Ps. 84:6). In the fellowship of the saints, the Lord commands His “blessing”: "[4] as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore” (Ps. 133:3).
In a few cases, the Lord made people to be a “blessing” to others. Abraham is a blessing to the nations (Gen. 12:2). His descendants are expected to become a blessing to the nations (Isa. 19:24; Zech. 8:13).
The Septuagint translates berâkâh as eulogia (“praise; blessing”). The KJV has these translations: “blessing; present (gift).”
Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Bless
BLESSING. There are three points of view in which the acts of blessing may be considered. The first is, when men are said to bless God, as in Psalms 103:1-2 . We are then not to suppose that the divine Being, who is over all, and, in himself, blessed for evermore, is capable of receiving any augmentation of his happiness, from all the creatures which he has made: such a supposition, as it would imply something of imperfection in the divine nature, must ever be rejected with abhorrence; and, therefore, when the creatures bless the adorable Creator, they only ascribe to him that praise, and dominion, and honour, and glory, and blessing, which it is equally the duty and joy of his creatures to reader. But when God is said to bless his people, Luke 11:9-13 ; Ephesians 1:3 ; the meaning is, that he confers benefits upon them, either temporal or spiritual, and so communicates to them some portion of that blessedness which, in infinite fulness, dwells in himself, James 1:17 ; Psalms 104:24 ; Psalms 104:28 ; Genesis 1:22 . In the third place men are said to bless their fellow creatures. From the time that God entered into covenant with Abraham, and promised extraordinary blessings to his posterity, it appears to have been customary for the father of each family, in the direct line, or line of promise, previous to his death, to call his children around him, and to inform them, according to the knowledge which it pleased God then to give him, how, and in what manner, the divine blessing conferred upon Abraham was to descend among them. Upon these occasions, the patriarchs enjoyed a divine illumination; and under its influence, their benediction was deemed a prophetic oracle, foretelling events with the utmost certainty, and extending to the remotest period of time. Thus Jacob blessed his sons, Genesis xlix; and Moses, the children of Israel, Deuteronomy 33. When Melchizedeck blessed Abraham, the act of benediction included in it not merely the pronouncing solemn good wishes, but also a petitionary address to God that he would be pleased to ratify the benediction by his concurrence with what was prayed for. Thus Moses instructed Aaron, and his descendants, to bless the congregation, "In this wise shall ye bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord bless thee, and keep thee; the Lord make his face to shine upon thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace," Numbers 4:23 . David says, "I will take the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the Lord," Psalms 116:13 . This phrase appears to be taken from the practice of the Jews in their thank-offerings, in which a feast was made of the remainder of their sacrifices, and the offerers, together with the priests, did eat and drink before the Lord; when, among other rites, the master of the feast took a cup of wine in his hand and solemnly blessed God for it, and for the mercies which were then acknowledged, and gave it to all the guests, every one of whom drank in his turn. To this custom it is supposed our blessed Lord alludes in the institution of the cup, which also is called, 1 Chronicles 16:2-34 , "the cup of blessing." At the family feasts also, and especially that of the passover, both wine and bread were in this solemn and religious manner distributed, and God was blessed, and his mercies acknowledged. They blessed God for their present refreshment, for their deliverance out of Egypt, for the covenant of circumcision, and for the law given by Moses; and prayed that God would be merciful to his people Israel, that he would send the Prophet Elijah, and that he would render them worthy of the kingdom of the Messiah. See also 1618168054_36 . In the Mosaic law, the manner of blessing is appointed by the lifting up of hands. Our Lord lifted up his hands, and blessed his disciples. It is probable that this action was constantly used on such occasions. The palm of the hand held up was precatory; and the palm turned outward or downward was benedictory. See BENEDICTION and See LORD'S SUPPER .
Vine's Expository Dictionary of NT Words - Bless, Blessed, Blessedness, Blessing
A — 1: εὐλογέω (Strong's #2127 — Verb — eulogeo — yoo-log-eh'-o ) lit., "to speak well of" (eu, "well," logos, "a word"), signifies, (a) "to praise, to celebrate with praises," of that which is addressed to God, acknowledging His goodness, with desire for His glory, Luke 1:64 ; 2:28 ; 24:51,53 ; James 3:9 ; (b) "to invoke blessings upon a person," e.g., Luke 6:28 ; Romans 12:14 . The present participle Passive, "blessed, praised," is especially used of Christ in Matthew 21:9 ; 23:39 , and the parallel passages; also in John 12:13 ; (c) "to consecrate a thing with solemn prayers, to ask God's blessing on a thing," e.g., Luke 9:16 ; 1 Corinthians 10:16 ; (d) "to cause to prosper, to make happy, to bestow blessings on," said of God, e.g., in Acts 3:26 ; Galatians 3:9 ; Ephesians 1:3 . Cp. the synonym aineo, "to praise." See PRAISE.
A — 2: ἐνευλογέω (Strong's #1757 — Verb — eneulogeomai — en-yoo-log-eh'-o ) "to bless," is used in the Passive Voice, Acts 3:25 ; Galatians 3:8 . The prefix en apparently indicates the person on whom the blessing is conferred.
A — 3: μακαρίζω (Strong's #3106 — Verb — makarizo — mak-ar-id'-zo ) from a root mak---, meaning "large, lengthy," found also in makros, "long," mekos, "length," hence denotes "to pronounce happy, blessed," Luke 1:48 ; James 5:11 . See HAPPY.
B — 1: εὐλογητός (Strong's #2128 — Adjective — eulogetos — yoo-log-ay-tos' ) akin to A, 1, means "blessed, praised;" it is applied only to God, Mark 14:61 ; Luke 1:68 ; Romans 1:25 ; 9:5 ; 2 Corinthians 1:3 ; 11:31 ; Ephesians 1:3 ; 1 Peter 1:3 . In the Sept. it is also applied to man, e.g., in Genesis 24:31 ; 26:29 ; Deuteronomy 7:14 ; Judges 17:2 ; Ruth 2:20 ; 1 Samuel 15:13 .
B — 2: μακάριος (Strong's #3107 — Adjective — makarios — mak-ar'-ee-os ) akin to A, No. 3, is used in the beatitudes in Matthew 5 and Luke 6 , is especially frequent in the Gospel of Luke, and is found seven times in Revelation, 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7,14. It is said of God twice, 1 Timothy 1:11 ; 6:15 . In the beatitudes the Lord indicates not only the characters that are "blessed," but the nature of that which is the highest good.
C — 1: εὐλογία (Strong's #2129 — Noun Feminine — eulogia — yoo-log-ee'-ah ) akin to A, 1, lit., "good speaking, praise," is used of (a) God and Christ, Revelation 5:12,13 ; 7:12 ; (b) the invocation of blessings, benediction, Hebrews 12:17 ; James 3:10 ; (c) the giving of thanks, 1 Corinthians 10:16 ; (d) a blessing, a benefit bestowed, Romans 15:29 ; Galatians 3:14 ; Ephesians 1:3 ; Hebrews 6:7 ; of a monetary gift sent to needy believers, 2 Corinthians 9:5,6 ; (e) in a bad sense, of fair speech, Romans 16:18 , RV, where it is joined with chrestologia, "smooth speech," the latter relating to the substance, eulogia to the expression. See BOUNTY.
C — 2: Μακεδονία (Strong's #3109 — Noun Location — makarismos — mak-ed-on-ee'-ah ) akin to A, 3, "blessedness," indicates an ascription of blessing rather than a state; hence in Romans 4:6 , where the AV renders it as a noun, "(describeth) the blessedness;" the RV rightly puts "(pronounceth) blessing." So Romans 4:9 . In Galatians 4:15 the AV has "blessedness," RV, "gratulation." The Galatian believers had counted themselves happy when they heard and received the Gospel. Had they lost that opinion? See GRATULATION.
Note: In Acts 13:34 , hosia, lit., "holy things," is translated "mercies" (AV), "blessings" (RV).

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Barachias - His name signifies, to Bless the Lord; from Barach, to Bless; and Jah, Lord
Benedictive - ) Tending to Bless
Blest - ) Blessed. ...
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Barchu - �Bless
Odild - , God reward or Bless
Blessing - Blessing. God is said to Bless his creatures. Sometimes creatures are said to Bless their Creator, when they acknowledge his kindnesses and seek to show forth his praise. Sometimes men Bless their fellow-creatures, when they express their gratitude for favors received, pray for a Blessing upon them, or predict their prosperity. And, as thus to Bless is the expression of gratitude or kindness, so a token of gratitude or kindness, that is, a gift, is sometimes called a Blessing
Beirach - �bless
Bless - Bless, pret. Blessed or blest. And Isaac called Jacob and Blessed him. The Lord thy God shall Bless thee in all thou doest. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord. And God Blessed the seventh day and sanctified it. To consecrate by prayer to invoke a Blessing upon. And Jesus took the five loaves and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven he Blessed them. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me. The nations shall Bless themselves in him. ...
Johnson supposes the word to signify to wave or brandish, and to have received this sense from the old rite of Blessing a field, by directing the hands to all parts of it. ...
Bless in Spenser for bliss, may be so written, not for rhyme merely, but because Bless and bliss are from the same root
Sain - ) To sanctify; to Bless so as to protect from evil influence
Barachel - (Job 32:2) His name signifies, one who Blesseth God; from Barach, to Bless; and El, God
Beulah - The land of Palestine shall be called Beulah, which signifies 'married,' when the set time comes for Jehovah to Bless Israel
Chalkstone - Idol-altars are compared to soft limestone, which will soon be reduced to powder when God's set time has arrived to Bless Israel
Titus - We have a precious epistle addressed to this man, by the Apostle, for which we have great cause to Bless the Holy Ghost
Jehoiada - His wisdom and piety continued to Bless the kingdom until he dies, B
Baruch - (Jeremiah 32:1-44; Jeremiah 36:1-32; Jeremiah 43:1-13; Jeremiah 45:1-5) His name is derived from Barach, to Bless
Thankful - ...
Be thankful to him, and Bless his name
Ber'Achah, Valley of, - a valley in which Jehoshaphat and his people assembled to "bless" Jehovah after the overthrow of the hosts of Moabites
Timothy - The church hath reason to Bless the Lord for the conversion of this man, since the Holy Ghost hath been pleased to give the church those two sweet Epistles, addressed to him by Paul
Bitter - James 3:11 (a) No one's lips should both Bless and curse. If the heart is right with GOD, then all that comes out of it will be Blessed and good
Blessing - There are two distinct applications of the word 'blessing. ' God Blesses His people, and His people Bless God, the same word being constantly used for both. Again, we read that "the less [1] is Blessed of the better," Hebrews 7:7 ; and though this refers to Melchisedec Blessing Abraham, the same thing is true respecting God and His creatures: in bestowing favours God is the only one who can Bless. The Christian can say, God hath Blessed us with all spiritual Blessings in the heavenlies in Christ," Ephesians 1:3 ; but the same verse says, "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ," meaning "Thanks be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. In Matthew and Mark the Lord took bread, and 'blessed. This is God Blessing us, and for which we in return Bless God by giving thanks, by praise and worship
Blessing And Cursing - are primary biblical emphases, as reflected in the 516 uses of words such as Bless (132), Blessed (285), Blesses (10), Blessing (70), and Blessings (19); and the 199 occurrences of such words as curse (97), cursed (74), curses (19), and cursing (9). ...
The English word “bless” is often used to translate barak . The word means “to kneel” (2 Chronicles 6:13 ; Psalm 95:6 ) and thus “to Bless” (Genesis 27:33 ; Exodus 18:10 ; Deuteronomy 28:4 ). Old Testament individuals might Bless God (Genesis 9:26 ; Ezekiel 18:10 ; Ruth 4:14 ; Psalm 68:19 ). God also Blesses men and women (Genesis 12:23 ; Numbers 23:20 ; Psalm 109:28 ; Isaiah 61:9 ). Persons might also Bless one another (Genesis 27:33 ; Deuteronomy 7:14 ; 1 Samuel 25:33 ), or they might Bless things (Deuteronomy 28:4 ; 1 Samuel 25:33 ; Proverbs 5:18 ). Normally, however, when used as a verb, the word is in the passive voice (“be Blessed”), as though to suggest that persons do not have in themselves the power to Bless. ...
Words of Blessing also are used as a salutation or greeting, with an invocation of Blessing as a stronger greeting than “peace” (shalom , Genesis 48:20 ). ...
In the New Testament, the word “bless” often translates makarios , meaning “blessed, fortunate, happy. ” The special characteristic of New Testament uses of “bless” and related words is close relationship to the religious joy people experience from being certain of salvation and thus of membership in the kingdom of God. “Bless” occurs in the New Testament only ten times, in contrast to 122Old Testament occurrences. The New Testament never uses “blesses” and uses “blessing” only 17 times. It is reasonable to conclude that the primary use of the Blessing concept in the New Testament is that of “blessed” as opposed to the verbal emphasis on “bless. ”...
“Blessed” appears frequently in the New Testament (88). Especially is “blessed” well known for Jesus' references to the word in the Beatitudes of the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5:3-11 ) and His congratulations to those who respond positively to the kingdom of God (Matthew 23:39 ; Matthew 24:46 ; Mark 11:9 ; Luke 10:23 ; Luke 14:15 ). In contrast to frequent usage in the first three Gospels (52 occurrences) the Gospel of John uses the word “blessed” in only three places (John 12:13 ; John 13:17 ; John 20:29 ). ...
Elsewhere, Pauline literature uses the word: “Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered” (Romans 4:7 ); “Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3 ). John often used the word in Revelation: “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein for the time is at hand” (Revelation 1:3 ); “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord” (Revelation 14:13 ; cf. ...
“Cursing” is less frequently used in the Bible (199) than is “blessing” (516). An extended curse formula appears in Deuteronomy, where Blessing and cursing are contrasted (Deuteronomy 27:15-26 ; cf. Later the same word refers to cursing the priests: “If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your Blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart” (Malachi 2:2 ). ...
The unique concept of the spoken word, especially in the context of worship or other formal settings, is important for understanding the significance of both cursing and Blessing. Formal words of Blessing or cursing also had the same power of self-fulfillment. When Isaac mistakenly Blessed Jacob rather than Esau, he could not recall the Blessing, for it existed in history (Genesis 27:18-41 ); it had acquired an identity of its own. Blessing and cursing released suprahuman powers which could bring to pass the content of the curse or the Blessing. ...
Both Blessing and cursing assumed unique power in Israel's life as they were taken into the context of worship. The Lord was the source of all Blessing, and people sought to express gratitude for that Blessing; indeed, to pray for the continuation of such Blessing: “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, Bless his holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits” (Psalm 103:1-2 ). Central to the covenant renewal ceremony was the Blessing (Deuteronomy 28:3-6 ). Aaron's benediction both proclaims and petitions the Lord's Blessing: “The Lord Bless thee, and keep thee: The Lord make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace” (1618168054_87 )
Benedicamus Domino - (Latin: Let us Bless the Lord) Invocation said at the end of Mass when the "Gloria in Excelsis Deo" is omitted, and usually answered with "Deo Gratias" (Thanks be to God); sometimes used as a salutation and as a signal for rising in religious communities and seminaries
Hope - At night when they went to their rest, the day's work always seemed so light, for as they crossed the threshold, Patience, wiping the sweat from his brow, would be encouraged, and Self-denial would be strengthened by hearing the sweet voice of Hope within singing, 'God will Bless us, God, even our own God, will Bless us. ' They felled the lofty trees to the music of that strain; they cleared the acres one by one, they tore from their sockets the hug' roots, they delved the soil, they sowed the corn, and waited for the harvest, often much discouraged, but still held to their work as by silver chains and golden fetters by the sweet sound of the voice which chanted so constantly, 'God, ever our own God, will Bless us. They were ashamed to be discouraged, they were shocked to be despairing, for still the voice rang clearly out at noon and eventide, 'God will Bless us, God, even our own God, will Bless us
Benedicite - ) An exclamation corresponding to Bless you !
Forget - Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits
Blessing - "The less is Blessed of the better" (Hebrews 7:7). Jacob and Moses gave dying Blessings prophetical of the character and history of the several tribes (Genesis 49; Deuteronomy 33). The cup in the Lord's supper is called "the cup of Blessing" from the Passover cup of wine called so because "blessing" was offered over it to God. ...
Paul says, "the cup which WE Bless," namely, the minister and the congregation; not he alone by any priestly authority, but as representing the congregation who virtually through Him Bless the cup. The joint Blessing by him and them (not the cup itself, which in the Greek is not nominative but accusative) and the consequent drinking together constitute the "communion," i
Beatify - ) To pronounce or regard as happy, or supremely Blessed, or as conferring happiness. ) To ascertain and declare, by a public process and decree, that a deceased person is one of "the Blessed" and is to be reverenced as such, though not canonized. ) To make happy; to Bless with the completion of celestial enjoyment
Pethahiah - Levite who called upon the people to Bless Jehovah
Ships, Blessing of - It consists of prayers to be offered by the priest, supplicating God to Bless the vessel and protect those who sail in it, as He protected the ark of Noe, and also Peter, when the latter was sinking in the sea; the ship is then sprinkled with holy water
Blessed - ) Enjoying happiness or bliss; favored with Blessings; happy; highly favored. ) Enjoying, or pertaining to, spiritual happiness, or heavenly felicity; as, the Blessed in heaven. ) of Bless...
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(a. ) Hallowed; consecrated; worthy of Blessing or adoration; heavenly; holy
Crouch - ) To sign with the cross; to Bless
Bless - BlessING. There are three points of view in which the acts of Blessing may be considered. The first is, when men are said to Bless God, as in Psalms 103:1-2 . We are then not to suppose that the divine Being, who is over all, and, in himself, Blessed for evermore, is capable of receiving any augmentation of his happiness, from all the creatures which he has made: such a supposition, as it would imply something of imperfection in the divine nature, must ever be rejected with abhorrence; and, therefore, when the creatures Bless the adorable Creator, they only ascribe to him that praise, and dominion, and honour, and glory, and Blessing, which it is equally the duty and joy of his creatures to reader. But when God is said to Bless his people, Genesis 1:22 ; Ephesians 1:3 ; the meaning is, that he confers benefits upon them, either temporal or spiritual, and so communicates to them some portion of that Blessedness which, in infinite fulness, dwells in himself, James 1:17 ; Psalms 104:24 ; Psalms 104:28 ; Luke 11:9-13 . In the third place men are said to Bless their fellow creatures. From the time that God entered into covenant with Abraham, and promised extraordinary Blessings to his posterity, it appears to have been customary for the father of each family, in the direct line, or line of promise, previous to his death, to call his children around him, and to inform them, according to the knowledge which it pleased God then to give him, how, and in what manner, the divine Blessing conferred upon Abraham was to descend among them. Thus Jacob Blessed his sons, Genesis xlix; and Moses, the children of Israel, Deuteronomy 33. When Melchizedeck Blessed Abraham, the act of benediction included in it not merely the pronouncing solemn good wishes, but also a petitionary address to God that he would be pleased to ratify the benediction by his concurrence with what was prayed for. Thus Moses instructed Aaron, and his descendants, to Bless the congregation, "In this wise shall ye Bless the children of Israel, saying unto them, The Lord Bless thee, and keep thee; the Lord make his face to shine upon thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace," Numbers 4:23 . This phrase appears to be taken from the practice of the Jews in their thank-offerings, in which a feast was made of the remainder of their sacrifices, and the offerers, together with the priests, did eat and drink before the Lord; when, among other rites, the master of the feast took a cup of wine in his hand and solemnly Blessed God for it, and for the mercies which were then acknowledged, and gave it to all the guests, every one of whom drank in his turn. To this custom it is supposed our Blessed Lord alludes in the institution of the cup, which also is called, 1 Corinthians 10:16 , "the cup of Blessing. " At the family feasts also, and especially that of the passover, both wine and bread were in this solemn and religious manner distributed, and God was Blessed, and his mercies acknowledged. They Blessed God for their present refreshment, for their deliverance out of Egypt, for the covenant of circumcision, and for the law given by Moses; and prayed that God would be merciful to his people Israel, that he would send the Prophet Elijah, and that he would render them worthy of the kingdom of the Messiah. In the Mosaic law, the manner of Blessing is appointed by the lifting up of hands. Our Lord lifted up his hands, and Blessed his disciples
Salutation - The salutation at meeting consisted in early times of various expressions of Blessing, such as "God be gracious unto thee," (Genesis 43:29 ) "The Lord be with you;" "The Lord Bless thee. " (Ruth 2:4 ) Hence the term "bless" received the secondary sense of "salute. " The salutation at parting consisted originally of a simple Blessing, (Genesis 24:60 ) but in later times the form "Go in peace," or rather "Farewell" (1 Samuel 1:17 ) was common
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Bârak (בָּרַךְ, Strong's #1288), “to kneel, Bless, be Blessed, curse. 1:22: “And God Blessed them, saying, Be fruitful and multiply, …” God’s first word to man is introduced in the same way: “And God Blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply …” (v. 9:1: “And God Blessed Noah and his sons. …” The central element of God’s covenant with Abram is: “I will Bless thee … and thou shalt be a Blessing: And I will Bless them that Bless thee … and in thee shall all families of the earth be Blessed” ( Blessing goes out to the nations through Abraham or his seed. ...
The covenant promise called the nations to seek the “blessing” (cf. 2:2-4
), but made it plain that the initiative in Blessing rests with God, and that Abraham and his seed were the instruments of it. The Levitical benediction is based on this order: “On this wise ye shall Bless the children of Israel … the Lord Bless thee … and they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will Bless them” (
A common form of greeting was, “Blessed be thou of the Lord” ( Bless”) 71 times in the Old Testament. The first occurrence is God’s Blessing of Abram: “I will make of thee a great nation, and I will Bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a Blessing [2]” ( Blessing that is to come in the future: “And [3] give thee the Blessing of Abraham, to thee, and to thy seed with thee; that thou mayest inherit the land wherein thou art a stranger, which God gave unto Abraham” (
Blessing was the opposite of a cursing (qelalah): “My father peradventure will feel me, and I shall seem to him as a deceiver; and I shall bring a curse upon me, and not a Blessing” ( Blessing might also be presented more concretely in the form of a gift. For example, “Take, I pray thee, my Blessing that is brought to thee; because God hath dealt graciously with me, and because I have enough. When a “blessing” was directed to God, it was a word of praise and thanksgiving, as in: “Stand up and Bless the Lord your God for ever and ever: and Blessed be thy glorious name, which is exalted above all Blessing and praise” ( Blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day …” ( Blessing brings righteousness ( Blessing; and I will cause the shower to come down in his season; there shall be showers of Blessing” ([4] as the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the Blessing, even life for evermore” ( Blessing to the nations ( Blessing to the nations ( Blessing”). The KJV has these translations: “blessing; present (gift)
Canticle of the Three Children - It begins Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, Domino (O all ye works of the Lord, Bless ye the Lord), and is included in the Roman Breviary for Lauds on Sundays throughout the year
Berachah, Valley of - ("blessing". ) Where Jehoshaphat and his people on the fourth day assembled to "bless" Jehovah for overthrowing the invading Ammonites, Moabites, Hagarenes, Edomites, and Amalekites who sought to "cut off Israel from being a nation" (Psalm 83; 2 Chronicles 20:26)
Blessing - ) The act of one who Blesses. ) of Bless...
Benedicite, the - It begins Benedicite, omnia opera Domini, Domino (O all ye works of the Lord, Bless ye the Lord), and is included in the Roman Breviary for Lauds on Sundays throughout the year
Double-Tongued - James 3:9-10 warns of the inconsistency of those who Bless God while cursing those made in the image of God
Crouch - To sign with the cross to Bless
Seven Dolors, Scapular of the - Priests may obtain from the General of the Servites the faculty to receive the faithful into the confraternity and to Bless and invest with the scapular
Scapular of the Seven Dolors - Priests may obtain from the General of the Servites the faculty to receive the faithful into the confraternity and to Bless and invest with the scapular
Balaam - He was hired by Balak king of Moab to curse Israel, but God compelled him to Bless instead of curse His chosen people. Though compelled by God to Bless Israel, he most treacherously counselled Balak to seduce them by means of the Midianitish women, Numbers 31:16 ; 2 Peter 2:15 ; Revelation 2:14 , which led to their gross idolatry
Elisabeth - The first to Bless Mary as "the mother of her Lord" (Luke 1:40-45)
Air Machine Blessing - A formula for Blessing air machines, approved by the Congregation of Rites, March 24, 1920, and inserted in the Roman Ritual, as follows: ...
"O God who hast ordained all things for Thine own, and devised all the elements of this world for the human race; Bless, we beseech thee, this machine consigned to the air; that it may serve for the praise and glory of Thy Name and, free from all injury and danger, expedite human interests and foster heavenly aspirations in the minds of all who use it
Righteous - And I thy righteous doom will Bless
Jabez - He prayed to the God of Israel that He would Bless him, and enlarge his border; that God's hand might be with him, and keep him from evil that it might not grieve him
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God Blesses his people when he bestows on them some gift temporal or spiritual (Genesis 1:22 ; 24:35 ; Job 42:12 ; Psalm 45:2 ; 104:24,35 ). ...
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We Bless God when we thank him for his mercies (Psalm 103:1,2 ; 145:1,2 ). ...
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A man Blesses himself when he invokes God's Blessing (Isaiah 65:16 ), or rejoices in God's goodness to him (Deuteronomy 29:19 ; Psalm 49:18 ). ...
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One Blesses another when he expresses good wishes or offers prayer to God for his welfare (Genesis 24:60 ; 31:55 ; 1 Samuel 2:20 ). Sometimes Blessings were uttered under divine inspiration, as in the case of Noah, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses (Genesis 9:26,27 ; 27:28,29,40 ; 48:15-20 ; 49:1-28 ; Deuteronomy 33 ). The priests were divinely authorized to Bless the people (Deuteronomy 10:8 ; Numbers 6:22-27 ). ...
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Among the Jews in their thank-offerings the master of the feast took a cup of wine in his hand, and after having Blessed God for it and for other mercies then enjoyed, handed it to his guests, who all partook of it. It is also alluded to in 1 Corinthians 10:16 , where the apostle speaks of the "cup of Blessing
Ephraim - The first incident recorded regarding him is his being placed, along with his brother Manasseh, before their grandfather, Jacob, that he might Bless them (48:10; Compare 27:1)
Benefit - Bless the Lord,O my soul, and forget not all his benefits
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Bless the Lord, ye his angels, that excel in strength
Kneel - The common posture when requesting a Blessing from one believed able to bestow the Blessing. The Hebrew word for kneel comes from the same root as the word for Bless. Kneeling was the posture of prayer (Daniel 6:10 ; Acts 7:60 ; Acts 9:40 ; Acts 20:36 ; Ephesians 3:14 ; compare 1 Kings 18:42 ), acknowledging a superior (2 Kings 1:13 ; Matthew 17:14 ; Matthew 27:29 ; Mark 1:40 ; Mark 10:17 ; Luke 5:8 ), or worship of God (1 Kings 8:54 ), Jesus (Philippians 2:10 ), or idols (1 Kings 19:18 ; Isaiah 66:3 where Blessing an idol refers to kneeling before an idol). See Blessing and Cursing
King - There is somewhat very Blessed in eyeing the Lord Jesus in this character, His church must always find in this view of their Lord a very high satisfaction. His is the Blessed: office, in this royal character, to govern, rule, maintain, support, to pardon, reward, countenance, favour, and Bless all his kingdom
Gerizim - This in the mount from whence the Lord commanded Joshua to Bless the people; while mount Ebal was the mount appointed for the proclamation of the curses
Blessing - God's intention and desire to Bless humanity is a central focus of his covenant relationships. For this reason, the concept of Blessing pervades the biblical record. First, a Blessing was a public declaration of a favored status with God. Second, the Blessing endowed power for prosperity and success. In all cases, the Blessing served as a guide and motivation to pursue a course of life within the Blessing. ...
The Old Testament Terms for Blessing abound in the Old Testament, occurring over 600 times. The major terms are related to the word meaning "to kneel, " since in earlier times one would kneel to receive a Blessing. ...
The history of Israel begins with the promise of Blessing. The curse, which had dominated the early chapters of the biblical story (Genesis 3:14,17 ; 4:11 ; 5:29 ; 9:25 ), was countered by God's promise to Abraham that "all peoples on earth will be Blessed through you" (Genesis 12:3 ). The record of Israel's past is best understood as an outworking of Blessing and cursing (Deuteronomy 27:1-28:68 ). ...
The institutions of society—the family, government, and religionwere the means by which ceremonial Blessings were received. Within the family the father Blessed his wife and children (Genesis 27:27-29 ; 49:25-26 ; 1 Samuel 2:20 ). In the government context, the ruler Blessed his subjects (2 Samuel 6:18 ; Matthew 5:3-109 ). Those who possessed a priestly role were bestowed with the privilege of Blessing (Genesis 14:19 ; 1 Kings 8:14,55 ). The tribe of Levi was set apart "to pronounce Blessings in his [1] name" (Deuteronomy 10:8 ; 21:5 ). ...
Three common themes are present in formal Old Testament Blessings. First, the greater Blesses the lesser, a fact picked up by the writer of Hebrews to demonstrate the superiority of Melchizedek to Abraham (Hebrews 7:6-7 ). Second, the Blessing is a sign of special favor that is intended to result in prosperity and success (Deuteronomy 28:3-7 ). Third, the Blessing is actually an invocation for God's Blessing: "May God Almighty Bless you and make you fruitful" (Genesis 28:3 ). ...
In a less ceremonial sense, the Scriptures declare a general Blessing on the righteous. Those who are obedient to God's commands are Blessed with affluence and victory (Deuteronomy 28:1-14 ). ...
It is also possible for a person to "bless" God. The terminology arises as a response to the Blessings bestowed by God: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits" (Psalm 103:2 ; KJV ). These occurrences of "bless" are usually translated "praise" or "extol" in modern versions. ...
The New Testament The parallels between the Old and New Testament usages of Blessing are striking. To be Blessed is to be granted special favor by God with resulting joy and prosperity. In the New Testament, however, the emphasis is more on spiritual rather than on material Blessings. ...
God's promise to Abraham again serves as a foundation for Blessings. The pledge that "all peoples on earth shall be Blessed" (Genesis 12:3 ) is fulfilled in the person and work of Jesus Christ (Galatians 3:8-14 ). He has borne the consequences of the curse for believers (Galatians 3:13 ) and Blessed them with the forgiveness of sins (Romans 4:6-9 ; see Psalm 32:1-2 ). Believers are "blessed with every spiritual Blessing in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3 ) and now inherit the Blessings promised through the patriarchs (Hebrews 6:12,15 ; 12:17 ; 1 Peter 3:9 ). As a result of receiving God's Blessings in Christ, believers are called to be a source of Blessing to the world, especially in response to those who persecute them (Luke 6:27-28 ; Romans 12:14 ; 1 Corinthians 4:12 ; 1 Peter 3:9 ; cf. ...
In a general sense, the terms for Blessing in the New Testament are used to designate that one is favored by God. ...
The most recognizable references to Blessing come from the teachings of Jesus. The culmination of the Scriptures proclaims the end of the curse (Revelation 22:3 ) and the eternal Blessedness of the people of God (Revelation 20:6 ; 22:7 )
Church - ) To Bless according to a prescribed form, or to unite with in publicly returning thanks in church, as after deliverance from the dangers of childbirth; as, the churching of women
Consecrate - To set apart and Bless the elements in the eucharist
Almighty - (#Isaiah 66:11) The word Shaddai may be explained, both to Bless his people, and to destroy their enemies. And certainly, both form a Blessed security to the Lord's people. And oh! how Blessedly are these explained, confirmed, and secured in Christ
Scapular of the Passion (Black) - The Superior-General of the Passionists communicates to other priests the faculty to Bless and invest with the scapular
Benediction - A Blessing, such as that given at the end of theCommunion Office and in the Marriage Service. Hence it is usual to Bless by some appropriateservice Altar furniture, linen and other objects for holy use, thatthey may be set apart from all unhallowed and common uses
Purpose: Unity of - He never lay down or rose that he did not Bless the inventor of compound interest
Levi - For his share in the treacherous massacre of the Shechemites, Genesis 34:1-31 , his father at death foreboded evil to his posterity, Genesis 49:5-7 ; but as they afterwards stood forth on the Lord's side, Moses was charged to Bless them, Exodus 32:26-29 Deuteronomy 33:8-11
Laborers in the Vineyard, Parable of the - The householder is evidently meant for Christ as head of His Kingdom to do as He sees fit with his gifts, to give those who cannot find work to do as much as those who are more fortunate; to Bless those who have to struggle for the faith as much as those to whom it comes easily, as if by inheritance, or with mother's milk
Christian: Professor Cannot be Neutral - His hours of leisure and vacation he spent not, like other boys, in idleness and play, but he was always, inventing and composing declamations, the subjects of which were cither impeachments or defenses of some of his schoolfellows; so that his master would often say, 'Boy, you will be nothing common or indifferent, you will either be a Blessing or a curse to the community. ' So remember, you who profess to be followers of the Lord Jesus, that to yon indifference is impossible; you must Bless the church and the world by your holiness, or you will curse them both by your hypocrisy and inconsistency
Basket - The two perfect numbers seven and twelve show the inexhaustible supply the Lord furnishes when His purpose is to Bless His own
Galatia - The church of Christ finds cause to Bless God for having directed Paul's mind to this people, which gave rise to this most Blessed Epistle
Where - She visited the place where first she was so happy-- ...
In all places where I record my name, I will come to thee and I will Bless thee
Salutation - In meeting, "God be gracious unto thee," "the Lord Bless thee," etc. Thus "bless" came to moan salute (1 Samuel 13:10 margin). "Peace" was used also in encouraging (Genesis 43:23); at parting a Blessing was pronounced (Genesis 24:60). Proverbs 27:14; "he that Blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning," i
Accept - Bless, Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands
Conquer - Anna conquers but to save, and governs but to Bless
Excellency - In short, whatever contributes to exalt man, or to render him esteemed and happy, or to Bless society, is in him an excellence
Destitution: of London - But, because you have don a little to Bless London, and have brought a thousand, three thousand, ten thousand to hear the word of God, are you to sit down and say, 'It is done
Reviling - In Matthew 5:11 (|| Luke 6:22) Jesus pronounces a Blessing upon those who are reviled for His sake (ὀνειδίζω here is the same word as is used in Mark 15:32 of the reproaches of the Cross). That the secret of the Blessedness lies in the spirit in which the abuse is borne is shown by the ‘Rejoice and be exceeding glad’ of the following verse, as well as by St. Paul’s ‘Being reviled, we Bless,’ in a passage (1 Corinthians 4:12-13) where he evidently has the Eighth Beatitude in mind
Inheritance - This all shows that they were and will be an earthly people, but God Blessed them on earth in relationship with Himself as Jehovah, and will again Bless them on earth when they own the Lord Jesus as their Messiah
John - We have abundant cause to Bless God for the ministry of this man, on account of the precious gospel which bears his name, and also for those three Epistles, as well as the Book of the Revelations, with which the sacred canon of Scripture closeth
Absence From Week-Night Services - The pastor was there, and God Blessed them. God don't Bless empty seats
Immaculate Conception, Scapular of the - Blessed Ursula Benicasa, foundress of the Order of Theatine Nuns, relates in her autobiography how the habit she and her sisters wear in honour of the Immaculate Conception was revealed to her in a vision. Her prayer was answered, and she disseminated such scapulars after they had been Blessed by a priest. This devotion bore such rich fruits that on January 30, 1671Pope Clement X expressly granted the faculty to Bless and invest with this scapular
Yield - ) To give a reward to; to Bless
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Bless and curse not
Scapular of the Immaculate Conception - Blessed Ursula Benicasa, foundress of the Order of Theatine Nuns, relates in her autobiography how the habit she and her sisters wear in honour of the Immaculate Conception was revealed to her in a vision. Her prayer was answered, and she disseminated such scapulars after they had been Blessed by a priest. This devotion bore such rich fruits that on January 30, 1671Pope Clement X expressly granted the faculty to Bless and invest with this scapular
Benediction - All such words of Blessing are liable to have magical power attributed to them, but in form and origin they are simply a prayer addressed to God for the wellbeing of some person or persons in whose presence they are uttered. They may be exemplified from the benediction of the Jewish liturgy: ‘The Lord Bless thee, and keep thee; the Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace’ (Numbers 6:24-27). ’ It is of the nature of thanksgiving and praise to God for His goodness, and differs essentially from that kind of benediction which is a prayer that Divine favour may be shown to those whom the speaker ‘blesses. The Jewish custom of Blessing God on every possible occasion (see below) supplies a probable explanation of the designation of God in Mark 14:61 ὁ εὐλογητός, ‘the Blessed. It has a third signification when God is the subject, namely ‘bless,’ i. This also is a meaning of בֵּרַךְ (see Blessing). In the Gospels the only instances of the third usage are cases where the participle εὑογημὲος, ‘blessed,’ is employed, εὐλογεῖν meaning to pronounce a benediction never occurs in John, but εὑλογημὲνος appears in John 12:13. The Blessings of the aged and of parents were specially valued, and were often a part of the solemn farewell of the dying. Christ’s farewell to His disciples before His ascension was expressed in words of Blessing (Luke 24:50 f. ...
εὐλογημένος (= בָדוּךְ) in formulas of Blessing may, be understood to express a wish, ‘Blessed be thou. μακάριος, although translated in the Authorized and Revised Versions ‘blessed,’ is not used in benedictions, and has a different meaning (see Blessing). It is not equally certain that the laying of hands upon the children who were Blessed by Christ (Mark 10:16) is directly connected with the act of benediction as such, although Genesis 48:14 may be quoted in support of that view. || Matthew 19:13), and that is something different from a request that He should Bless them (see Mark 5:28, and cf. Any circumstance or event which recalls or exhibits God’s goodness or power is an appropriate occasion for ‘blessing’ God. , benedictions of this class were employed along with others invoking Blessings on men. There were differences in the words of Blessing, according to the formality of the occasion and the character of the dishes that were served. During one meal several benedictions might be pronounced, referring to the various articles of food separately (for the ordinary formulas used in Blessing bread and wine, see Blessing). The use of special formulas, and especially of the word בָּדוּךְ ‘blessed’ (εὐλογημένος), is characteristic of benedictions. ...
Four narratives in the Gospels allude to Blessings pronounced at meal-times. The Jewish formulas of Blessing at meal-times make it perfectly certain that no Blessing on the food is asked, but that God is thanked for the food. Illustrations of this meaning of the word ‘bless’ are found in the parallel narratives of the Gospels themselves. Luke 22:19 has ‘give thanks’ (εὐχαριστήσας) in place of the ‘bless’ (εὐλογήσας) of Mark 14:22 and Matthew 26:26; John 6:11 has ‘give thanks’ where the Synoptists have ‘bless’ (cf. When the grammatical object of the verb is an article of food, ‘bless’ then signifies ‘pronounce a benediction over,’ i. Christ’s Blessing of the elements in the institution of the Lord’s Supper should no doubt be understood in the light of these facts. ...
The only other passage in the NT where a material object is said to be Blessed is 1 Corinthians 10:16, and it really belongs to the category just explained. The expression ‘cup … which we Bless’ means simply ‘cup for which we give thanks,’ over which we pronounce our benediction. In Jewish phraseology material objects may be consecrated or hallowed, but they cannot be said in the same sense to be Blessed. Blessing
Benediction - All such words of Blessing are liable to have magical power attributed to them, but in form and origin they are simply a prayer addressed to God for the wellbeing of some person or persons in whose presence they are uttered. They may be exemplified from the benediction of the Jewish liturgy: ‘The Lord Bless thee, and keep thee; the Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee; the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace’ (Numbers 6:24-27). ’ It is of the nature of thanksgiving and praise to God for His goodness, and differs essentially from that kind of benediction which is a prayer that Divine favour may be shown to those whom the speaker ‘blesses. The Jewish custom of Blessing God on every possible occasion (see below) supplies a probable explanation of the designation of God in Mark 14:61 ὁ εὐλογητός, ‘the Blessed. It has a third signification when God is the subject, namely ‘bless,’ i. This also is a meaning of בֵּרַךְ (see Blessing). In the Gospels the only instances of the third usage are cases where the participle εὑογημὲος, ‘blessed,’ is employed, εὐλογεῖν meaning to pronounce a benediction never occurs in John, but εὑλογημὲνος appears in John 12:13. The Blessings of the aged and of parents were specially valued, and were often a part of the solemn farewell of the dying. Christ’s farewell to His disciples before His ascension was expressed in words of Blessing (Luke 24:50 f. ...
εὐλογημένος (= בָדוּךְ) in formulas of Blessing may, be understood to express a wish, ‘Blessed be thou. μακάριος, although translated in the Authorized and Revised Versions ‘blessed,’ is not used in benedictions, and has a different meaning (see Blessing). It is not equally certain that the laying of hands upon the children who were Blessed by Christ (Mark 10:16) is directly connected with the act of benediction as such, although Genesis 48:14 may be quoted in support of that view. || Matthew 19:13), and that is something different from a request that He should Bless them (see Mark 5:28, and cf. Any circumstance or event which recalls or exhibits God’s goodness or power is an appropriate occasion for ‘blessing’ God. , benedictions of this class were employed along with others invoking Blessings on men. There were differences in the words of Blessing, according to the formality of the occasion and the character of the dishes that were served. During one meal several benedictions might be pronounced, referring to the various articles of food separately (for the ordinary formulas used in Blessing bread and wine, see Blessing). The use of special formulas, and especially of the word בָּדוּךְ ‘blessed’ (εὐλογημένος), is characteristic of benedictions. ...
Four narratives in the Gospels allude to Blessings pronounced at meal-times. The Jewish formulas of Blessing at meal-times make it perfectly certain that no Blessing on the food is asked, but that God is thanked for the food. Illustrations of this meaning of the word ‘bless’ are found in the parallel narratives of the Gospels themselves. Luke 22:19 has ‘give thanks’ (εὐχαριστήσας) in place of the ‘bless’ (εὐλογήσας) of Mark 14:22 and Matthew 26:26; John 6:11 has ‘give thanks’ where the Synoptists have ‘bless’ (cf. When the grammatical object of the verb is an article of food, ‘bless’ then signifies ‘pronounce a benediction over,’ i. Christ’s Blessing of the elements in the institution of the Lord’s Supper should no doubt be understood in the light of these facts. ...
The only other passage in the NT where a material object is said to be Blessed is 1 Corinthians 10:16, and it really belongs to the category just explained. The expression ‘cup … which we Bless’ means simply ‘cup for which we give thanks,’ over which we pronounce our benediction. In Jewish phraseology material objects may be consecrated or hallowed, but they cannot be said in the same sense to be Blessed. Blessing
Keeper - All the persons of the GODHEAD have this Blessed name and character applied to them in the Scriptures of truth; but it should seem to have a peculiar reference to the person of God the Father. And the Holy Ghost, by Moses the man of God, when giving directions to Aaron to Bless the people, appointed this form in reference to the Father. (See Numbers 6:24 see also Isaiah 27:3) And certainly there is a Blessedness in the thought, that the church in Jesus is the continued object of the Father's love and care
Issachar - The most remarkable circumstance in the history of Issachar, is his father's prophetical Blessing of him. " If the sense of this passage (as most of the other Blessings Jacob when a-dying bequeathed to his children are) be spiritual, there is much of Jesus, and his person and salvation in it. Easy will be the tribe of a redeemed heart to the Lord, to Bless him for his mercy. We find similar beauties in the Blessing of Moses, the man of God, over Issachar, if explained in the same gospel-sense
Melchisedec, Melchizedek - Melchisedec brought forth bread and wine, and Blessed Abraham, and Abraham gave to him tithes of all. John 6:51 ; John 2:1-10 ), and Blessed him that had the promises. So when Christ comes it will not be to put away sin by sacrifice; but to refresh and Bless His people. Blessing characterises the Melchisedec priesthood of Christ
Among - The idiomatic use of qereb in Psalm 103:— “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, Bless his holy name”—is more difficult to discern because the noun is in the plural
Isaac - As Isaac was the patriarch that stood between Abraham and Jacob, it may seem remarkable that so little is recorded of him, especially as the promise given to Abraham, of all nations being Blessed through his seed, was confirmed to Isaac. God in a remarkable way Blessed the mission of the servant (type of the Holy Spirit gathering a bride for Christ), and Rebekah, Isaac's cousin, became his wife. God confirmed the Blessing promised to Abraham, both as to Isaac's seed possessing all those countries, and also as to all the nations of the earth being Blessed in his seed. He was thus again in the truth of his calling within the limits of the land of promise: there the Lord again appeared to him, and told him not to fear, He would Bless him for his father Abraham's sake. Now the Philistines come to him, admitting that they saw that Jehovah was Blessing him, and they desired a covenant with him that he would do them no hurt. Thus was he now in the true place of moral superiority, in the place of his calling, and as such having no disputes with the nations, but acknowledged as the Blessed of the Lord — a word surely for world-borderers of to-day. ...
God does not hide the failings and weaknesses of His people, hence it is related how that Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his venison; and that when he was old he directed him to make savoury meat such as he loved, that he might eat and Bless him, his eldest son, before he died. God had said that the elder should serve the younger, but Rebekah, instead of leaving the matter in God's hands, contrived by a deceitful stratagem to get the Blessing for Jacob instead of Esau the firstborn. The deception was soon found out; but how was it that Isaac intended to Bless the elder, thus disregarding the word of the Lord? It is to be feared that his love of the venison and savoury meat led him astray. Notwithstanding this failure we read in Hebrews 11:20 , "By faith Isaac Blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. He said of Jacob "Yea, and he shall be Blessed. God is constantly referred to as the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob: it was through them the Blessings to Israel flowed, and through them came the Seed — Christ — in whom all nations of the earth are being Blessed
People - "Oh! Bless, our God, ye people, and make the voice -of his praise to be heard
Snow - So, one may hear a sermon and some parts of it will Bless the person immediately, as the rain. ...
Revelation 1:14 (c) The white hair of our Blessed Lord indicates that He is the Ancient of Days, filled with wisdom, knowledge, understanding and experience
Love of God - Not that he possesses the passion of love as we do; but it implies his absolute purpose and will to deliver, Bless, and save his people. In his actual conduct towards them; in supporting them in life, Blessing them in death, and bringing them to glory, Romans 8:30 , &c
Wine - Wine is mentioned with corn and oil, among the good gifts wherewith God would Bless His earthly people
Pledge - But it is really Blessed to observe how tenderly the Lord himself interposed, that usury and unkindness might not creep in among his people. And in a spiritual sense how much higher the argument runs! Take not away the means and ordinances of worship, by the use of which, under the Blessing of God, the bread of life is administered to him. "In any case, saith the Lord, thou shalt deliver him the pledge again when the sun goeth down, that he may sleep in his own raiment, and Bless thee. " (Deuteronomy 24:10-13) Precious Jesus! I would say as I read those sweet Scriptures of mercy, I have pledged to thee all I have, and all I am; and do I not see in this Blessed command of thine thy gracious tenderness of heart to give me all my justly forfeited pledges, that the sun may not go down and I be found naked, but sleep secure in thy garment of salvation, that my soul may Bless thee! This is indeed the Lord's righteousness, which is upon all, and unto all, that believe
Blessedness - The Bible contains the words "bless, " "blessing, " and "blessed, " but not the noun "blessedness, " although the idea of a spiritual state of beatitude in which believers enjoy God's fellowship permeates the Bible. Bless translates the Hebrew asre [1] and baruk [2] and the Greek eulogetos [3] and makarios [1]. The English word "blessedness" is derived from the root word for "blood" and suggests something set aside through sacrifice and in the Bible through Christ's sacrificial death for sins. Every aspect of the Christian life is embraced by Blessedness with no credit assumed by the person experiencing it. ...
In the Old Testament this Blessedness may involve material things, but forgiveness is foremost (Psalm 32:1 ). All Christians are Blessed simply by believing in Christ and hearing and keeping his word (Luke 11:28 ) and their perseverance in the face of trial (Matthew 11:6 ). Blessedness can apply to special endowments. Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3 ) and Peter (Matthew 16:17 ) are Blessed because they stand at the head of God's people in each Testament and are channels of God's Blessedness to others. Elizabeth, as following generations, recognizes Mary's Blessedness as the Lord's mother (Luke 1:42,48 ). Perfected Blessedness belongs to the dead in Christ (Revelation 14:13 ). Whereas holiness refers to God's unapproachability and moral demands, Blessedness focuses on what God does for the believer. From eternity he is Blessed (eulogetos [ Ephesians 1:3-4 ). Blessedness means God's bringing his promises to David to fulfillment in raising up Jesus as the Christ (Luke 1:68-70 ). The original experience of Adam and Eve in Eden is a Blessedness derived from a creation in which God provides for their spiritual well-being with his companionship and their physical needs with the garden's trees (Genesis 2 ). The lost Blessedness is replaced by cursed ground (Genesis 3:17 ). While some like Abel, Seth, Noah, and the patriarchs regain Blessedness, others like Cain (Genesis 4:11 ) and Canaan (Genesis 9:25 ) fall under God's disfavor. The lost Blessedness of the original paradise is fully restored by the cross and is now associated with the redemption (Luke 23:43 ). On that account Jesus is called Blessed (Matthew 23:39 ; Luke 1:42 ; 19:38 ). ...
The patriarchs live in a state of unperfected Blessedness with their weaknesses removed at death (Hebrews 11:13 ). Blessedness for Israel was dependent on their keeping the covenant by which God established them as his people. Idolatry deprived them of their Blessedness. Blessedness in the Old Testament at times assures certain material Blessings (Genesis 39:5 ). Blessedness entails the believer's continual occupation with God's word, the avoidance of the wicked, and perseverance and final flourishing (Psalm 1 ). This psalm's first words, "blessed" (asre [ Psalm 22 ), material deprivation, and seeing the wicked flourish, but are finally victorious (Psalm 2 ). Blessedness is seen not in how God materially rewarded the prophets, but in their perseverance (James 5:11 ). The occasional Old Testament association of Blessedness with material advantages is reversed in the New Testament and is linked with financial destitution. The poor (Luke 6:20 ) and the poor in spirit (Matthew 5:3 ) have already gotten their Blessedness in attaining the kingdom of God. Jesus is despised by others (Isaiah 53:3 ) and the poorest of men and still in him Blessedness comes to its highest expression (2 Corinthians 8:9 ). The Blessedness of the righteous is seen in their persecution by God's enemies (Matthew 5:11-12 ). The apostles are Blessed in seeing what prophets could only long for (Matthew 13:16 ) and rejoice because they are allowed to suffer for Christ (Acts 5:41 ). Suffering brings martyrs into a state of Blessedness (Revelation 14:13 ). The martyrs have attained Blessedness and are called "saints, " not because of their moral perfection, but because their deaths identify them with Christ. Mitchell, The Meaning of b r k "to Bless"in the Old Testament ; C. Westermann, Blessing in the Bible and the Life of the Church
Chaplain - During his term of office the chaplain can Bless the habit or insignia, the scapulars, etc
Melchizedek - Melchizedek, or Melchisedec (mel-kĭz'-e-dĕk), the Greek form in the New Testament (king of righteousness), is mentioned in Genesis 14:18-20 as king of Salem and priest of the Most High God, meeting Abram in the valley of Shaveh, bringing out bread and wine to him, Blessing him, and receiving tithes from him; in Psalms 110:4, where Messiah is described as a priest "after the order of Melchizedek;" and finally, in Hebrews 5:6-7, where the typical relations between Melchizedek and Christ are defined, both being priests without belonging to the Levitical tribe, superior to Abram, of unknown beginning and end, and kings of righteousness and peace. One Jewish tradition considers him to be a survivor of the Deluge, the patriarch Shem, and thus entitled by his very age to Bless the father of the faithful, and by his position as ruler of Canaan to confer his rights to Abram
Brier - ...
Isaiah 55:13 (c) Here the brier is a type of human troubles which are to be replaced by GOD's Blessings. GOD does not Bless briers
Cup - Hence, the Psalmist speaking of the Blessings of grace in the Lord Jesus, calls them, the cup of salvation. (Psalms 116:13) And Paul, when describing the Blessedness of union with Christ, and communion in consequence thereof with God, calls the ordinance which resembles it, a cup. "The cup which we Bless (saith he,) is it not the communion of the blood of Christ?" (1 Corinthians 10:16) Sometimes it is made use of to intimate a participation in suffering
Cattle - 7:13: “He will also Bless the fruit of thy womb, and the fruit of thy land, thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil, the increase of thy kine [1], and the flocks of thy sheep
Appoint - Aaron and his sons alone were to serve as priests (Exodus 28:1 ), to offer sacrifices (Numbers 8:1-7 ), and to Bless the people (Numbers 6:22-27 ). ...
As an extension of the appointment of Aaron and his sons, they were to Bless the people (Numbers 6:22-27 ). In reality, it is God's own Blessing of his people
Family - Even God’s promise to Abraham had reference to all the nations: “And I will Bless them that Bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be Blessed” ( Levi - Yet the Lord was graciously pleased to choose this tribe for his own more immediate service, and placed this, highly honourable and distinguished mark upon it: At that time the Lord separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark of the covenant of the Lord to stand before the Lord to minister unto him, and to Bless in his name unto this day: wherefore Levi hath no part nor inheritance with his brethren; the Lord is his inheritance, according as the Lord thy God promised him. (Numbers 35:1-34)...
I cannot close this article without desiring the reader to take notice with me of the Blessing of Moses, the man of God, wherewith, amidst the Blessings he pronounced in the Lord's name on the children of Israel before his death, he distinguished Levi. Bless, Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands: smite through the loins of them that rise against him, and of them that hate him, that they rise not again. The prophecy therefore, had a Blessed fulfilment in Jesus, and in him for ever. O Lord! may we well say, in making our responses to the prayer of Moses, Bless, Lord, our Lord Jesus, the sum and substance of all salvation: accept the work of his hands the infinite merit of his whole redemption work! Let sin, Satan, death, and hell, be smitten all of them through the centre, the very loins of their rebellion, and let all that hate our Jesus flee before him! Amen
Beatitudes - ...
The word “Beatitude” comes from a Latin word meaning “happy” or “blessed. ” Various forms of the word “bless” are used many times in both the Old and New Testaments, but this passage alone is known as the Beatitudes. The Beatitudes are not to be seen as separate Blessings for different believers. Each Beatitude carries with it a strong promise of ultimate good for those who develop the Blessed life
Imposition of Hands - It hasalways been used to determine the Blessing pronounced to thoseparticular persons on whom the hands are laid, and to signify thatthe persons, who thus lay on their hands, act and Bless by divineauthority. Thus Jacob Blessed Ephraim and Manasses, not as a parentonly, but as a prophet. Moses laid his hands on Joshua, by expresscommand from God, and as supreme Minister over his people; and thusour Blessed Lord laid His Hands upon little children and Blessedthem, and upon those that were sick and healed them
Cardinal - The privileges of cardinals are as follows: precedence overall other ecclesiastical prelates, including primates and patriarchs; to wear the red, and cardinalitial robes and hat; almost all the privileges of bishops; to hear confessions, preach, celebrate Mass anywhere, Bless religious articles, erect Stations of the Cross; a daily privileged altar, etc
Regem Melech - God, as in Jacob's case, could Bless the obedient at the bore altar before the temple was reared
Sea - But what the holy city wanted in those supplies of nature and art the Lord abundantly, compensated in his presence to protect, and in the supply of his manifold gifts, to Bless
Fellowship, - Thus in 1 Corinthians 10:16 , "The cup of Blessing which we Bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? The bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?" There is an allusion to the peace offering in 1 Corinthians 10:18 to show that those who ate the sacrifice were partakers of, had communion with, the altar; hence to eat things offered to idols would be to have fellowship with demons
Feast - Whose taste or smell can Bless the feasted sense
Nicodemus - We have abundant reason to Bless the Holy Ghost, in causing to be recorded that memorable conversation, as well as the character of Nicodemus manifested in it, that took place between the Lord Jesus and Nicodemus, as given at large John 3How Blessed the light thereby thrown upon that most important doctrine of regeneration, and which Jesus declares to be indispensably necessary for an entrance into the kingdom of God. And it is Blessed to trace the effects of this glorious work of God the Holy Ghost upon the heart of Nicodemus himself. (See Luke 23:51-52 with John 19:38-39) It is very Blessed thus to trace the progress of grace, and to prove the truth of that sweet Scripture, "the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto a perfect day
Amen - That it be not louder than the tone of him that Blesses. That it be expressed in faith, with a certain persuasion that God would Bless them, and hear their prayers
Covenant - The principal covenants are the covenant of works --God promising to save and Bless men on condition of perfect obedience --and the covenant of grace , or God's promise to save men on condition of their believing in Christ and receiving him as their Master and Saviour
Cloud - I think the particularity of it, and the Blessedness of it, demands the attention of the church in all ages. " (Isaiah 4:5) When we consider the peculiarity of this cloud, when we read expressly who was in it, when we consider the wonderful progress of it in its ministry, then going before, and then shifting its station, as occasion required, and going behind, when we behold the striking account of its ministry, in the difference of its aspect of light to Israel, and darkness to the Egyptians, when we trace the history of it through all the wilderness dispensation of the church, and discover its Blessed and beneficial influences to Israel, from Succoth even to Jordan, who but must exclaim, What hath God wrought! Surely, it is impossible for any reader, and every reader, to attend to the wonderful account without joining Moses, the man of God and saying, "Happy art thou, O Israel! who is like unto thee, O people saved of the Lord?" (Deuteronomy 33:29) Let the reader turn to those Scriptures, (Exodus 13:21-22; Exo 14:19-20; Exo 16:10; Numbers 12:5; Deuteronomy 31:15; Nehemiah 9:19; 1 Corinthians 10:1; 1Co 10:4) But when the reader hath paused over these Scriptures, and duly pondered the wonderous subject, I entreat him to carry on the Blessed consideration (for it is, indeed, most Blessed), as it concerns the Exodus, or going forth of the church of Jesus now. For is not the church the same? Is not Jesus's love to it the same? And doth he not go before it now in the pillar of cloud by day, and follow it in the pillar of fire by night, to guide, to Bless, to protect, yea, himself to be the very supply to it, through all the eventful journies of its wilderness state, from the Succoth of the beginning of the spiritual life, even to Jordan, the river of natural death opening to glory? What though the cloud, in the miraculous movements of it as to Israel, is not seen, yet the Lord of the cloud, in his presence, grace, and love, is sensibly known and enjoyed. " (2 Corinthians 3:18) We have the outer displays of the divine presence, in ordinances, and means of grace, and the Blessed Scriptures of truth, like Israel's cloud. And we have the inward tokens, in the Lord himself in the midst, to Bless and make himself known in his soul-comforting manifestations. " Precious Lord Jesus! whilst thou art thus gracious, and thus Blessed, to thy church and people, we still behold the cloud, yea, now look; through by faith, and behold thee in the cloud, a wall of fire round about, and the glory, as thou didst promise, in the midst of Zion! (See Zechariah 2:8)...
Table - Lord grant that when thy people sit at thy table, they may have to say, "the cup of Blessing which we Bless, is it not the communion of the blood of Christ? the bread which we break, is it not the communion of the body of Christ?" (1 Corinthians 10:16)...
Teraphim - Micah had them in his house, and felt sure that Jehovah would Bless him when he had a Levite to minister before them
Benediction - in a general sense, the act of Blessing in the name of God, or of giving praise to God. Under the name benediction the Hebrews also frequently understood the presents which friends made to one another; in all probability because they were generally attended with Blessings and prayers, both from those who gave and those who received them. The solemn Blessing pronounced by the Jewish high priest upon the people, is recorded Numbers 6:22 , &c: "The Lord Bless thee, and keep thee: the Lord make his face to shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: the Lord lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. " See BlessING
Repetitions in Prayer - The word rabboni, for example, answering to our word Lord, he would bind himself to repeat a hundred or two hundred times, twice a day; and, accordingly, went on in the hearing of all the party; and, on his knees sometimes with his face directed steadily to heaven, and at other times bowing down to the ground, and calling out rabboni, rabboni, rabboni, rabboni, rabboni, &c, as fast as he could articulate the words after each other, like a school boy going through his task, not like a man who, praying with the heart and the understanding also, continues longer on his knees, in the rapture of devotion, whose soul is a flame of fire, enkindled by his Maker, and fixing upon his God, like Jacob, will not let him go until he Bless him
Mount Samaria - ) We have reason to Bless the Lord whenever we hear or read of Samaria, from that most interesting discourse, recorded by the Evangelist, which took place here between Jesus and the poor adulteress
Balaam - But instead of cursing, he was constrained by the Spirit of God to Bless the children of Israel
Evil-Speaking - Paul says of the apostles that being reviled they Bless (1 Corinthians 4:12); that the so-called brother who is a reviler (λοίδορος) is to be shunned (1 Corinthians 5:11); and that revilers shall not inherit the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 6:10). Peter turns the minds of his readers to the perfect example of Christ, who, being reviled, reviled not again (1 Peter 2:23), and bids them render, as He did, ‘contrariwise Blessing’ (1 Peter 3:9). ‘Being defamed (δυσφημούμενοι), we Bless’ (1 Corinthians 4:13)
Genesis - Genesis moves in two parts: (1) universal creation, rebellion, punishment, and restoration; (2) God's choice of a particular family through whom He promises to Bless the nations. In that world God continues to condemn sin, Bless faithfulness, and yet show grace to sinners (Genesis 4:1-15 ). God thus establishes a plan to redeem and Bless the humanity that persists in sin. He gives His promises of land, nation, fame, and a mission of Blessing for the nations. This works itself out in Blessing nations that help Abraham and punishing those who do not. He calls people to follow and serve Him, promising them Blessings suited for their needs and His purposes. He created and directs the nations, Blessing and cursing according to His purposes. He reveals Himself to, calls, enters into covenant with, and promises to Bless individual people. Such work with individuals is part of His plan to Bless nations. God renews His promises and Blessings when His family Blesses the nations (Genesis 13:1-15:21 ). Even deception by God's servant can result in Blessing to God-fearing nations (Genesis 20:1-18 ). God directs and Blesses His people and the nations despite their family disputes (Genesis 27:1-33:20 ). God's presence is the only Blessing His servant needs (Genesis 39:1-23 ). God leads through hardship to Blessing and responsibility (Genesis 40:1-41:52 ). The patriarchal Blessings belong to the tribes of Israel (Genesis 48:1-49:33 )
Weather - If they obeyed him, he would Bless them with good weather and agricultural prosperity; if they turned away from him and followed other gods, he would send them droughts and other disasters (Deuteronomy 28:1-24; see NATURE)
Priest, Priesthood - " Nothing is said of his offering sacrifices, but he brought forth bread and wine, and Blessed Abraham. He is a type of Christ, who is constituted a "priest after the order of Melchizedek," and who will come forth to Bless His people in the future
Wise - On this wise ye shall Bless the children of Israel
Sarah - " It is but a short inscription over Sarah's portrait in those lively pictures of the faithful, but it is a very Blessed one, "She judged him faithful who had promised. " (Hebrews 11:11-13)...
Though I think it unnecessary to swell the pages of this Concordance with the history of Sarah, because we have it already most Blessedly set forth in the holy Scriptures, yet I cannot shut up this article without making a short observation on that beautiful allegory which the Holy Ghost hath given us in Paul's Epistle to the Galatians, (Galatians 4:22-31). But being there so beautifully and strikingly explained, it becomes a subject of sweet consolation and instruction, and gives to all true believers in Christ new occasion to Bless God when discovering their relationship in Jesus, that they "as Isaac was, are the children of promise. " It is indeed most Blessed to discover that "we are not children of the bondwoman, but of the free
Midian - The result of this measure, the constraint imposed on Balaam to Bless instead of to curse, and the subsequent defeat and slaughter of the Midianites, forms one of the most interesting narratives in the early history of the Jews, Numbers 22-25, 31
Grace at Meals - A short prayer, imploring the divine Blessing on our food, and expressive of gratitude to God for supplying our necessities. And some have been just heard to bespeak a Blessing on the church and the king, but seem to have forgot they were asking God to Bless their food, or giving thanks for the food they have received
Cup - This is called "the cup of Blessing which WE Bless," the celebrants being the whole church, whose leader and representative the minister is; answering to the passover "cup of Blessing," over which "blessing" was offered to God
Enemy - ...
This word means “enemy,” and is used in at least one reference to both individuals and nations: “… In Blessing I will Bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies” ( Blessed be the most high God, which hath delivered thine enemies into thy hand
Wealth And Materialism - In the first place, wealth is acknowledged to be a Blessing from God. God chose Abram and promised to Bless him and make his name great (Genesis 12:1-3 ). Further, we are told that God Blessed Isaac; and he became very rich (Genesis 26:12-14 ). Job, too, was Blessed by God, and his wealth increased greatly (Job 42:12 ). Money can be used to enhance our relationship to God and Bless others
Blessing (2) - BLESSING...
1. —The main underlying idea of the characteristic New Testament word for ‘blessing’ (εὐλογεῖν) seems to be that of goodwill, which, on the part of man towards God, has its appropriate expression in praise and thanksgiving. The close connexion of these two last ideas is clearly seen in the New Testament in the interchange of the expressions for ‘to Bless’ (εὐλογεῖν) and ‘to give thanks,’ namely to God (εὐχαριστεῖν, cf. Mark 6:41 || and with John 6:11; and see, further, below, § 4), and is explained by the Jewish development of the term for ‘blessing’ (bĕrâkhâh; cf. In Jewish religious terminology, under the influence of the high ethical views of God’s character and uniqueness, and His relation to Israel and mankind, that had been developed, ‘blessing’ acquires a lofty spiritual connotation. God ‘blesses’ man and his world by His ever active, beneficent Providence; man ‘blesses’ God by thankful recognition of this, and by pure acts of praise; man ‘blesses’ man by invoking the Divine favour for his fellows’ benefit (cf. Psalms 129:8); and even when material things are the objects of Blessing, this finds its proper expression in an act of thanksgiving to the Divine Giver. The primitive conception of Blessing and cursing, according to which they were regarded as possessing an objective existence, more or less independent or the speaker after utterance (cf. —The terms for ‘blessing’ used in the Gospels are—...
(a) εὐλογεῖν, ‘to Bless,’ and εὐλογητός, εὐλογημένος, ‘blessed. (2) ‘To invoke Blessings upon’ (a sense peculiar to Biblical Greek): e. (3) ‘To Bless’ material objects (i. to Bless God for their bestowal): e. ...
(B) of God: (4) ‘To bestow Blessings, favour, upon men’: e. [2]. ...
(e) μακαρίζειν, ‘to pronounce Blessed’: once only in Gospels, Luke 1:48; and μακάριος, ‘blessed,’ ‘happy’ (esp. —The elements that entered into the Hebrew idea of ‘blessing’‡
(A) Blessing of persons. —According to Jewish ideas, God is the sole source of all Blessing, both material and spiritual; and to Him alone, therefore, praise and thanksgiving are due (cf. Thus, even in the great Priestly Blessing (Numbers 6:22-27), which filled so large a place in Jewish liturgical worship both in the temple and (in a less degree) in the synagogue, it was not the priest per se who Blessed, but God (Sifre, ad loc. * [8] The Blessing of man by man finds one of its most prominent expressions in greeting and farewell, a custom of great antiquity, and not, of course, in itself specifically Jewish. These ideas find beautiful expression in the Priestly Blessing, and in the poetical amplification of it embodied in Psalms 67. ‡ [12] The use of the word ‘blessed’ (Heb. bârûkh), both in solemn greeting (1 Samuel 15:13 ‘Blessed be thou of J"
The custom of imparting a solemn Blessing at final departure (from life¶
Besides the salutation, other forms of Blessing prevailed, notably the Blessing of children by parents (and sometimes by others). Jacob’s Blessing of Ephraim and Manasseh is esp. Any other Blessing suggested by the occasion or special circumstances might be added. ); but that some form of parental Blessing was well known by the NT period may be inferred from Sirach 3:9 (cf. During this year they took the boy to the priests and learned men that they might Bless him, and pray for him that God might think him worthy of a life devoted to the study of the Torah and pious works. Any other Blessing suggested by the occasion or special circumstances might be added. ]'>[15] ...
(B) Blessing of things. ‘Blessing’). In its technical sense the term denotes a set form of prayer, which opens with the words, ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who,’ etc. Any other Blessing suggested by the occasion or special circumstances might be added. The Book of Samuel attests the antiquity of the custom, for in one passage (1 Samuel 9:13) we are told that the people refused to eat the sacrificial meal until it had been Blessed. 1), grace both before and after eating—is founded, occurs in Deuteronomy 8:10 (‘When thou hast eaten and art full, thou shalt Bless the Lord thy God for the good land which he hath given thee’). ...
The Benediction over bread, which is recited before the meal begins, and which may have been known to our Lord, runs: ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who bringeth forth bread from the earth. ’ The corresponding one said before drinking wine is: ‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who createst the fruit of the vine’ (cf. The first (‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord … who givest food unto all’) is ascribed by the Talmud (Ber. 48b) to Moses; the second (‘for the land and for the food’) to Joshua, who led Israel into the land; the third (‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord, who in Thy compassion rebuildest Jerusalem’) to king Solomon; the fourth (‘Blessed art Thou, O Lord our God … who art kind and dealest kindly with all’) to the Rabbis of Jamnia in the 2nd cent. ) deals with the various forms of the Bĕrâkhâh (hence its name Bĕrâkhôth = ‘Blessings’), and embodies the earliest Rabbinical tradition on the subject. —The Jewish conception of ‘blessing’ (cf. These may be grouped as follows:—...
(a) Passages involving the use of εὐλογεῖν, ‘to Bless,’ and its derivatives:...
(1) With a personal object expressed, viz. ...
With this division should be considered the use of εὐλογητός, ‘Blessed,’ which is always explicitly applied to God in the NT. the regular Jewish periphrasis, ‘The Holy One,’ ‘Blessed be He’), and once in a liturgical ascription of praise, Luke 1:68 (opening line of the Benedictus). ...
(B) Man: in the sense of ‘to invoke Blessings on,’ Luke 6:28; esp. the Rabbinical parallel quoted above); of solemn Blessing of children, Mark 10:16 (better reading κατευλόγει), cf. —Here it may be remarked that the Blessing was imparted either by the imposition of hands, in the case of one or a small number (cf. ...
Here naturally comes to be considered the use of εὐλογημένος = ‘blessed’ (viz. ‘In these cases Blessing the bread must be understood as “blessing God the giver of the bread” ’ (Westcott), in accordance with the Jewish usage illustrated above (§ 3). It thus appears that the predominant idea in the Gospel usage of such expressions as ‘blessing the bread’ is not so much that of sanctification or consecration as of thanksgiving to God for the gift
Creation - God began by calling Abram out of Ur, by entering into a covenant with him, and by making promises to Bless him and to Bless all the families of the earth through him. It sets a world stage on which God acted in choosing one man in order to Bless all men. Genesis 11:1 ends by introducing Terah, the father of Abram, through whom God would Bless the world in spite of its rebellion against Him
Sabbatical Year - God would Bless every sixth year with double the normal produce, so that people could store up food for use the next year
Malchus - The hands so often put forth to Bless and to cure were thenceforth bound and stretched on the cross, that form of His ministry in the flesh ceasing forever
Assembly - The first occurrence of the word also bears the connotation of a large group: “And God Almighty Bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude [1] of people …” ( Forgive - David praised God for the assurance of “forgiveness” of sins: “Bless the Lord, O my soul … , who forgiveth all thine iniquities …” ( Hosea - Very highly indebted hath the church been, in all ages, for their ministry; and believers in the present hour, find daily cause to Bless God the Holy Ghost, for the instrumentality of those men. What grace, mercy, love, and condescension in the Lord marrying our adulterous nature! What Blessedness is set forth in that betrothing nature, for ever! What sweet views of Jesus doth this man's writings give concerning his recoveries of his people under all their backslidings, and departures, and rebellions, and ingratitude! Surely, it is impossible for any enlightened eye to read the records of the prophet, and not perceive the Saviour in almost every chapter and verse, from beginning to end, And how Blessed was it and gracious in God the Holy Ghost, in those distant ages from Christ, when the prophecy of Hosed was delivered; and how Blessed and gracious now in our day, upon whom "the ends of the world are come;" that this man's ministry should be made instrumental to comfort and refresh both, concerning the glorious person, love, grace, and mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ. Oh, what a sweet proof of the constant and unceasing love watching over and Blessing the church of Jesus, by God the Holy Ghost, (See Isaiah 27:3)...
There was another Hosea in the church, who was last king of Israel
Irony - In the Hebrew text of Job 1:5 , Job offered sacrifices because he feared his children may have “blessed” (Hebrew text) God. The writer really meant “curse,” as most translations render the Hebrew word, but he wrote “blessed” somewhat in the English sense of “blessed out. Instead of getting rich on Moabite gold by cursing Israel, he was thwarted by God and had to Bless Israel and curse Moab
Balaam - When they pronounced a Blessing or a curse, it was considered as true prophecy. Later in four vivid messages Balaam insisted that God would Bless Israel (Numbers 23-24 ). As God wills, He changes curses into Blessings
Knowledge - Watch against the pride of your own reason, and a vain conceit of your own intellectual powers, with the neglect of divine aid and Blessing. Offer up, therefore, your daily requests to God, the Father of Lights, that he would Bless all your attempts and labours in reading, study, and conversation
Choose - 105:26- 27), and gave them the Levites “to Bless in the name of the Lord” ( Heaven - 26:15: “Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and Bless thy people Israel
Plough - This beautiful image the Prophet Isaiah has reversed, and applied to the establishment of that profound and lasting peace which is to Bless the church of Christ in the latter days: "And they shall beat their swords into ploughshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war any more," Isaiah 2:4
Amen - ...
Amen is never used solely to confirm a Blessing in the Old Testament, but Israel did accept the curse of God on sin by it (twelve times in Deuteronomy 27 , and in Nehemiah 5:13 ), and once Jeremiah affirms God's statements of the Blessings and the curses of the covenant with an amen (Jeremiah 11:5 ). Because God is trustworthy, Isaiah can call him "the God of amen, " in whose name his servants should invoke Blessings and take oaths (Isaiah 65:16 ; see also Revelation 3:14 ). ...
Paul's use of amen returns to the Old Testament world, except that he utters amen only to Bless, not to curse. Other letters end with a Blessing on his readers, again completed with amen (1Col 16:23-24; Galatians 6:18 ). In all this Paul and Revelation resemble the Jewish custom of the day, in which Jews said amen when they heard another Bless the Lord whether in private prayer (Tobit 8:8 ) or in worship
Eagle - " (Isaiah 40:27-31) And while the Lord thus comforts his church with the assurance of the renewings of spiritual strength, like the eagle in nature, the church is described as praising God under the view of renewing grace, in the same figure: "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, Bless his holy name: who forgiveth all thine iniquities, and healeth all thy diseases: who redeemeth thy life from destruction, and crowneth thee with loving kindness and tender mercies: who satisfieth thy mouth with good things, so that thy youth is renewed as the eagle's?" (Psalms 103:1-5)...
Balaam - But after Balaam's vain effort to curse, and God's constraining him to Bless, Israel, "he went and returned to his place" (Numbers 24:14; Numbers 24:25). Dismissed by the Moabites in dissatisfaction, He suffered his mind to dwell on the honors and riches which he had lost by Blessing Israel, and so instead of going home he turned to the Midianites, who were joined with Moab in the original application to him. He who made the cursing prophet Bless could make an ass, His own creature, speak (Nehemiah 13:2; Joshua 24:9-10). This famed diviner, brought to curse, Blesses; lured by love of gain which depended on his cursing, he contradicts his own nature by forfeiting the promised gain, to Bless a people from whom he expected no gain. This truth moreover came with more weight, from him than from any other, and this publicly before a king and a whole people, the most esteemed soothsayer in spite of himself proclaiming Israel's Blessedness. Trying to combine prophecy and soothsaying, the service of God and the wages of iniquity, he made the choice that ruined him for ever! He wanted to do opposite things at once, to curse and to Bless (James 3:10-12), to earn at once the wages of righteousness and unrighteousness, if possible not to offend God, yet not to lose Balak's reward
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The Revisers had an avowed Unitarian amongst them, and how could God Bless such dishonour on His beloved Son?...
All the above remarks refer to the New Testament
Amen - ' "He who Blesseth himself in the earth, shall Bless himself in the God of 'truth ;' and he that sweareth in the earth, shall swear by the God of 'truth
Amen - (Revelation 3:14) And the meaning of it, in the original language, shews the great Blessedness of it, as it concerns his people, in the Lord Jesus condescending to do so. And the prophet Isaiah (Isaiah 65:16) describes the believer in the gospel church, as saying, That he who Blesseth himself in the earth shall Bless himself in the God of truth; that is, the God Amen
Repentance - As to punishment which He has threatened, or Blessing He has promised. On the other hand, the promises to Bless Israel when in the land were made conditionally on their obedience, so that God would, if they did evil, turn from or repent of the good that He had said He would do, either to Israel or in fact to any nation
Resurrection - ...
Isaiah 26:19 ; Ezekiel 37:1-14 ; and Daniel 12:2 , are often quoted as testimony to resurrection; but these passages are figurative and refer to Israel being raised up as from their national decease (the consequence of their departure from the Lord, Isaiah 1:1-4 ), when God will again Bless them on the earth
Haggai - ...
The fourth address (Haggai 2:10-19 ) returns to the theme of the first address in linking worship, work, and the Blessings of God. The results were that they robbed themselves of the full measure of God's Blessing. God withholds Blessing and fertility from a selfish people who do not glorify Him (Haggai 1:5-11 ). God does not Bless an impure people who do not repent (Haggai 2:15-17 ). God will Bless His attentive people in the future (Haggai 2:18-19 )
Jacob - ...
Though Jacob was heir of the promises, and valued God's Blessing in a selfish manner, he sought it not by faith, but tried in an evil and mean way to obtain it: first in buying the birthright when his brother was at the point of death; and then, in obtaining the Blessing from his father by lying and deceit: a Blessing which would surely have been his in God's way if he had waited: cf. The promises as to the land being possessed by his descendants, and all nations being Blessed in his Seed, were confirmed to him, with this difference that in connection with the latter promise it says "in thee and in thy seed ," because it includes the earthly Blessings to his seed in the millennium. He made a vow that if God would Bless him and bring him back in peace, Jehovah should be his God. He was lamed, yet he clung, and in faith said, "I will not let thee go, except thou Bless me. When Jacob and his household arrived in Egypt, he as a prince of God Blessed Pharaoh king of Egypt. ...
Jacob at the close of his life rose up to the height of God's thoughts, and by faith Blessed the two sons of Joseph, being led of God to cross his hands, and gave the richest Blessing to Ephraim. Then, as a true prophet of God, he called all his sons before him, and Blessed them, with an appropriate prophecy as to the historical future of each (considered under each of the sons' names)
the Angel of the Lord - " Upon his death bed he gives the names of God and Angel to this same person: "The God which fed me all my life long unto this day, the Angel which redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads. "The Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time from heaven, and said, By myself have I sworn, saith the Lord, (JEHOVAH,) that since thou hast done this thing, in Blessing will I Bless thee
Jacob - ...
Though Jacob was heir of the promises, and valued God's Blessing in a selfish manner, he sought it not by faith, but tried in an evil and mean way to obtain it: first in buying the birthright when his brother was at the point of death; and then, in obtaining the Blessing from his father by lying and deceit: a Blessing which would surely have been his in God's way if he had waited: cf. The promises as to the land being possessed by his descendants, and all nations being Blessed in his Seed, were confirmed to him, with this difference that in connection with the latter promise it says "in thee and in thy seed ," because it includes the earthly Blessings to his seed in the millennium. He made a vow that if God would Bless him and bring him back in peace, Jehovah should be his God. He was lamed, yet he clung, and in faith said, "I will not let thee go, except thou Bless me. When Jacob and his household arrived in Egypt, he as a prince of God Blessed Pharaoh king of Egypt. ...
Jacob at the close of his life rose up to the height of God's thoughts, and by faith Blessed the two sons of Joseph, being led of God to cross his hands, and gave the richest Blessing to Ephraim. Then, as a true prophet of God, he called all his sons before him, and Blessed them, with an appropriate prophecy as to the historical future of each (considered under each of the sons' names)
Asher, Aser - When Moses ordained that certain of the tribes should stand on Mount Gerizim to Bless the people, and certain others on Mount Ebal to curse, Asher was one of those chosen to stand on the latter. And when Moses Blessed the tribes before he died, he said of Asher, "Let Asher be Blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil. ...
In Jacob's prophecy as to this tribe there is depicted the future Blessing of all Israel after the salvation of the Lord has come in, announced at the close of Dan's apostasy. Asher is one of the tribes still to come into Blessing, and have a portion in the land
Anathema - ...
An Aramaic watchword of the first age, suitable for believers in all ages: If He come not to Bless, He shall come to smite with a curse) alludes to Malachi 4:5-6; "To those who fear in the New Testament 'love' the Lord's name, He comes as the Sun of Righteousness with healing on His wings;" but to those who fear and love Him not, lie will come smiting the earth with a "curse" (cheerem or anathema). Paul pronounces the anathema on those loving Him not, while as yet He is not come, that by fleeing to Him now they may escape the curse and gain the Blessing
Noah - These precepts are seven in number: the first was against the worship of idols; the second, against blasphemy, and required to Bless the name of God; the third, against murder; the fourth, against incest and all uncleanness; the fifth, against theft and rapine; the sixth required the administration of justice; the seventh was against eating flesh with life
Outcasts - (Isaiah 11:12)...
What a Blessed consideration ariseth out of this view of the outcasts both of the Jewish and the Gentile church. " And after many Blessings of grace that the Lord promiseth shall be shown to Egypt in smiting and healing, it is added, "whom the Lord of hosts will Bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of mine hands, and Israel mine inheritance
Blessing - Consistently the Bible refers to the gifts that God gives, whether material or spiritual, as Blessings (Genesis 9:1; Leviticus 25:21; Numbers 6:22-26; Psalms 115:12-15; Proverbs 10:22; Ephesians 1:3; Hebrews 6:7). Often it contrasts God’s Blessings with his cursings or punishments (Deuteronomy 11:26-28; Deuteronomy 27:12-13; Deuteronomy 30:19). ...
Even in ordinary human relationships, to desire Blessing or cursing for another person meant to desire benefits or calamities for that person (Genesis 27:12; Numbers 22:6; Romans 12:14; James 3:10-11). A Blessing in this sense was not a mere expression of good wishes, but an announcement that people believed carried with it the power to make the wishes come true (Genesis 27:27-29; Genesis 27:33; Genesis 49:1; Genesis 49:28; Numbers 24:10; 2 Samuel 7:29). )...
People gave Blessings on important occasions, most notably at births, marriages and farewells (Genesis 14:18-19; Genesis 24:60; Ruth 4:14-15; Mark 10:13-16; Luke 2:33-35; Luke 24:50). Usually the person of higher status Blessed the one of lower status (Hebrews 7:7; cf. ...
The Blessing that people in Israelite families wanted most was the prophetic announcement by which the head of the family passed on favours to his children (Genesis 27:36-41; Genesis 48:8-22; Genesis 49:1-28; Deuteronomy 33; Hebrews 11:20-21; Hebrews 12:17). Probably the most striking example of a Blessing carrying with it the power of certain fulfilment was God’s Blessing to Abraham that promised him a people and a land (Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 26:24). ...
Since a Blessing expressed the desire for a person’s well-being, it was also used as a formal greeting, even from an inferior to a superior (Genesis 47:7-10). A Blessing could therefore become an expression of praise, and in this sense grateful people can Bless God (Psalms 28:6; Psalms 31:21; Psalms 41:13; Daniel 2:19-20; Mark 11:9-10; Luke 1:68; Romans 1:25; Ephesians 1:3). A thanksgiving to God such as before eating a meal is sometimes called a Blessing (Mark 6:41; Mark 8:7; Mark 14:22; 1 Corinthians 10:16). ...
There is another word sometimes translated ‘blessed’ that refers to the happiness or well-being of a person. Such joy is a foretaste of the greater Blessedness that will be theirs when they are with Christ in the day of his kingdom’s final glory (Matthew 5:2-11; Matthew 25:34; John 15:11; see JOY)
Amos - But after the punishment of the captivity, God would restore the nation and Bless its people again (9:11-15)
Praise - ...
Note: In Luke 1:64 , AV, eulogeo, "to Bless," is translated "praised" (RV, "blessing")
Tongue - The Spirit teaches them to control the tongue and makes them realize the inconsistency of using the same tongue to Bless God and curse their fellows (Galatians 5:17; Galatians 5:22; Ephesians 4:30-31; Colossians 4:6; Titus 2:8; James 1:26; James 3:9-12; see BlessING; CURSE; MALICE; PRAISE)
Druids - Having secured this sacred plant, he descended the tree; the bulls were sacrificed; and the Deity invoked to Bless his own gift, and render it efficacious in those distempers in which it should be administered
Jehoshaphat, Valley of - Possibly "the valley of Berachah", where between Tekoa and the main road from Bethlehem to Hebron Jehoshaphat assembled the people to Bless Jehovah for the victory over Ammon, Moab, etc
Laying on of Hands - Its significance can be fruitfully evaluated in connection with four concepts: Blessing, miraculous power, separation, and the coming of the Holy Spirit. ...
Although the imposition of hands accompanies the pronouncement of Blessing relatively infrequently in Scripture, the association occurs with remarkable consistency. Just as Jacob Blesses Joseph's children by the imposition of hands (Genesis 48:14 ), so Jesus takes little children in his arms, places his hands on them, and Blesses them (Mark 10:13-15 ; cf. Related to these passages are those that speak of the high priest raising his hands over the people in order to Bless them (Leviticus 9:22 ), a pattern Jesus follows when he, perhaps acting as the great high priest, Blesses his followers immediately before his ascension (Luke 24:50 ). Although the term "blessing" does not appear in these contexts, certainly those who experienced these healings understood in an especially powerful way the benediction of God's favor (Mark 5:23 ; 7:32 ; 8:23-25 ; Luke 4:40 ; 13:13 ; Acts 9:12,17 ; 28:8 ; 5:12 ). ...
Often the imposition of hands is associated not with Blessing but with separation from the larger group. Even in the context of formal Blessings and astonishing miracles, the imposition of hands signifies the separation of a person, a people, or even a bodily part (Mark 8:25 ) as the recipient of an unusual manifestation of God's grace
Be - In passages setting forth Blessing or cursing, for example, this verb not only is used to specify the object of the action but also the dynamic forces behind and within the action. 12:2, for example, records that God told Abram: “… I will Bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be [1] a Blessing. ” Abram was already Blessed, so God’s pronouncement conferred upon him a future Blessedness. The use of hâyâh in such passages declares the actual release of power, so that the accomplishment is assured— Abram will be Blessed because God has ordained it. Hence, the Blessing becomes a promise and the curse a threat (cf. ...
Finally, in a still weaker use of hâyâh, the Blessing or curse constitutes a wish or desire (cf
Solomon - God would continue to Bless him and establish his house in Israel, on the condition that Solomon was obedient, and turned not to other gods
Gospel, the, - It was good news to Abraham, when called out by God to be Blessed by Him, to be told that he should have a son in his old age; that his seed should possess the land, and that in his Seed should all the nations of the earth be Blessed. ...
In the future there will be glad tidings for Israel when God's time is come to Bless them
Haggai - But from the day of laying the foundation of Jehovah's temple He would Bless them
Poor - release the debt for the year except when no poor person is concerned, which may happen, "for the Lord shall greatly Bless thee": you may call in a loan on the year of release, when the borrower is not poor
Bless, Blessed, Blessedness, Blessing - , "to speak well of" (eu, "well," logos, "a word"), signifies, (a) "to praise, to celebrate with praises," of that which is addressed to God, acknowledging His goodness, with desire for His glory, Luke 1:64 ; 2:28 ; 24:51,53 ; James 3:9 ; (b) "to invoke Blessings upon a person," e. The present participle Passive, "blessed, praised," is especially used of Christ in Matthew 21:9 ; 23:39 , and the parallel passages; also in John 12:13 ; (c) "to consecrate a thing with solemn prayers, to ask God's Blessing on a thing," e. , Luke 9:16 ; 1 Corinthians 10:16 ; (d) "to cause to prosper, to make happy, to bestow Blessings on," said of God, e. ...
A — 2: ἐνευλογέω (Strong's #1757 — Verb — eneulogeomai — en-yoo-log-eh'-o ) "to Bless," is used in the Passive Voice, Acts 3:25 ; Galatians 3:8 . The prefix en apparently indicates the person on whom the Blessing is conferred. ...
A — 3: μακαρίζω (Strong's #3106 — Verb — makarizo — mak-ar-id'-zo ) from a root mak---, meaning "large, lengthy," found also in makros, "long," mekos, "length," hence denotes "to pronounce happy, Blessed," Luke 1:48 ; James 5:11 . ...
B — 1: εὐλογητός (Strong's #2128 — Adjective — eulogetos — yoo-log-ay-tos' ) akin to A, 1, means "blessed, praised;" it is applied only to God, Mark 14:61 ; Luke 1:68 ; Romans 1:25 ; 9:5 ; 2 Corinthians 1:3 ; 11:31 ; Ephesians 1:3 ; 1 Peter 1:3 . In the beatitudes the Lord indicates not only the characters that are "blessed," but the nature of that which is the highest good. , "good speaking, praise," is used of (a) God and Christ, Revelation 5:12,13 ; 7:12 ; (b) the invocation of Blessings, benediction, Hebrews 12:17 ; James 3:10 ; (c) the giving of thanks, 1 Corinthians 10:16 ; (d) a Blessing, a benefit bestowed, Romans 15:29 ; Galatians 3:14 ; Ephesians 1:3 ; Hebrews 6:7 ; of a monetary gift sent to needy believers, 2 Corinthians 9:5,6 ; (e) in a bad sense, of fair speech, Romans 16:18 , RV, where it is joined with chrestologia, "smooth speech," the latter relating to the substance, eulogia to the expression. ...
C — 2: Μακεδονία (Strong's #3109 — Noun Location — makarismos — mak-ed-on-ee'-ah ) akin to A, 3, "blessedness," indicates an ascription of Blessing rather than a state; hence in Romans 4:6 , where the AV renders it as a noun, "(describeth) the Blessedness;" the RV rightly puts "(pronounceth) Blessing. In Galatians 4:15 the AV has "blessedness," RV, "gratulation. , "holy things," is translated "mercies" (AV), "blessings" (RV)
Balaam - But the Lord commanding him not to go, for that the people, the prince of Moab wished him to curse, were Blessed; Balaam sent the messengers away, without going with them. We are not informed by what means the Lord communicated to Balaam his command: probably by a vision of the night; but, certainly, in such a way as left Balaam with full impressions on his mind, had he not heard the history of Israel before, that they were "a people Blessed of the Lord. But the thing had been determined before by the Lord's telling Balaam, that the people were Blessed. How then could he dare to tempt the Lord by any farther enquiry? and how could he presume to go forth, at the call of this idolatrous prince, to curse those whom the Lord had told him were Blessed? We cannot but suppose that Balaam, coming out of the East, must have heard of Israel, and the Lord's care over them. ...
But what decides the infamy of Balaam's character is this, that under all the impressions that the Lord had Blessed Israel, and would Bless them, Balaam was still so very earnest to oblige Balak, and get his promised reward, that he set off expressly the purpose of cursing Israel; neither, as the apostle saith, did "the dumb ass, speaking with man's voice, forbidding the madness of the prophet," keep back his feet from the evil of his journey; so much did he love the wages of unrighteousness? (See 2 Peter 2:16)...
I need not go through with a comment on the several interesting particulars of Balaam's tampering with his conscience while with Balak, in seeking enchantments, and in using every effort to curse God's people, while all he said and did the Lord over-ruled to make him Bless them. But there is one feature in the history and character of this man, which will serve to explain the whole; and to shew, that when disappointed of all the means he had used to gratify Balak, though compelled by a power he could not resist, to Bless those he wished to curse; yet he gave Balak an advice concerning Israel, by way of accomplishing their ruin, which, but for the Lord's preventing and pardoning grace, would indeed have tended to the ruin of Israel more than all Balak's arms, or Balaam's enchantments; namely, in counseling Balak to tempt Israel to come to the sacrifices, and to open an intercourse of Israel's sons with the daughters of Moab. When we read the many Blessed things which the Lord, as he had graciously said, compelled Balaam to utter concerning his Israel, "the word that I shall speak unto thee, (said the Lord) that thou shalt speak. " (Numbers 24:15-16) When we hear such things dropping from his lips, and in the same moment hiring himself out for the honours of this world, as an enchanter, to curse the people of God, whom God had told him were Blessed; what an awful picture doth this afford of human depravity! Many of God's dear children, from mistaken views of such characters, have been frequently tempted to call in question their own sincerity, and to fear, lest like Balaam, they should be found apostates in the end. How shall we mark the difference? The thing is very easy, under the Blessed Spirits teaching; "when the Spirit witnesseth to our spirits that we are his children
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O all ye works of the Lord, Bless ye the Lord. ...
Blessed art thou, O Lord, the God of Israel, Our Father. ...
Blessed art thou, O Lord, the God of our fathers. ...
The Breviary also contains three canticles from the New Testament, the Benedictus, Magnificat, and Nunc Dimittis, respectively recited each day at Lauds, Vespers, and Compline: ...
Benedictus Dominus, Deus Israel...
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel. ...
Canticle of the Blessed Virgin, Luke 1:46-55. On February 2, Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin or Candlemas, at the Blessing of the candles
Ishmael - Abraham prayed that Ishmael might live before God, but typically he represents the seed of Abraham according to the flesh, hence though God answered that He would Bless Ishmael, and multiply him exceedingly, he should also beget twelve princes, and God would make him a great nation; yet the covenant should be established with Isaac. In this act Abraham acknowledged in faith that the Blessing asked for his natural seed could not be had through the strength of the flesh: all the mercies of God are secured in resurrection
Eating - (Luke 15:2) How Blessedly the apostle speaks on the subject: "The kingdom of God is not meat and drink, but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. None of the company begin to eat until that the governor or master of the feast hath broken bread, and craved a Blessing. One of the fathers gives us the usual words of this Blessing. The words were "Blessed be thou, O Lord, our God, the King of the world, for it is thou who produceth the bread of the earth. When they have eaten, he takes the vessel of wine in his right hand, saying as before "Blessed be thou, O Lord our God, the King of the world, who hast produced the fruit of the vine. Was not this with an eye to Christ, the bread of life? (John 6:48) A cup is usually washed at the close of the entertainment, and is filled with wine, when the governor or master of the feast saith, elevating it to the view of the whole company, "Let us Bless him, of whose benefits we have been partaking. " The company answer, "Blessed be he who hath heaped his favours on us, and by his goodness hath now fed us. Blessed Lord Jesus! How dost thou daily witness the graceless tables of thousands that call themselves after thee, Christians, but where not the vestige of the Christian is to be found
Esau - The elder brother of Jacob, who despised the Blessing, and was rejected. For ye know how that afterward when he would have inherited the Blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears. The covenant Blessing he still despised. And if the reader looks attentively to what the Apostle hath said concerning his repentance, he will next discover, that Esau's repentance was not in respect to the promised Blessing, in spiritual things conveyed to Jacob, but mere temporal possessions. "And hence he cried with an exceeding bitter cry, and said, Hast thou but one Blessing, my father, Bless me, even me, also, O my father!" (Genesis 27:34-38) The reader will perceive, that in this whole account here nothing but the natural feelings at work. The repentance of Esau is wholly concerning earthly possessions, and not a word spoken about the covenant Blessing given to Abraham concerning the rejection of Esau's repentance is the rejection of his earthly father Isaac, and hath nothing to do with the rejection of the Lord. The Blessing in Christ he regarded no more then, than he did when he sold his birthright
Elisha - " And the Lord, when speaking in promises to his people, saith, "He" (Exodus 23:25-26) "shall Bless thy bread and thy water, and I will take sickness away from the midst of thee. The prophet's cruse of salt cast into the waters, under the Lord's Blessing, healed the land
Chronicles, Books of - Readers today can use these books under the leadership of God's Spirit to call their nation back to God and to encourage wholehearted devotion to God and His house as the only way to build an enduring and Blessed nation, family, and/or individual life. Moreover, God's final promise is to Bless with His presence those who indeed go up to build (2 Chronicles 36:23 ). The people are those of faith whose lineage goes back to Adam through Seth to Shem to Abraham (1Chronicles 1:1,1Chronicles 1:17,1 Chronicles 1:28 ) to whom God made the promise of the seed (the Christ) through whom He would Bless all nations (Genesis 12:1-4 ; Genesis 15:4-6 ; Genesis 17:7 ; Genesis 22:16-18 ; Galatians 3:16 ). That is the reason he shared with them God's promise to be with them to Bless as they obediently went up to build. He demonstrated thereby God's Blessing upon those who built and otherwise honored God's house, but God's judgment upon those who neglected, thwarted the building of, or desecrated the house of God. ...
1,2Chronicles: Blessings for Building God's House...
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I. God's Blessing of Solomon to build (2 Chronicles 1:1-17 )...
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Promise - God's announcement of His plan of salvation and Blessing to His people, one of the unifying themes integrating the message and the deeds of the Old and New Testaments. The Blessing of land and of growth as a nation as well as the call to Bless the nations was part of the promise to Abraham. ...
Varying Formulations of the Promise in the Old Testament In Genesis 1-11 , the promise of God is represented by the successive “blessings” announced both in the creative order and on the human family—even in spite of their sin. The promise of Blessing therefore, was both introductory to the promise and part of the promise itself. ...
This triple promise included: (1) the promise of a seed or offspring (an heir; Genesis 12:7 ; Genesis 15:4 ; Genesis 17:16 ,Genesis 17:16,17:19 ; Genesis 21:12 ; Genesis 22:16-18 ; Genesis 26:3-4 ,Genesis 26:3-4,26:24 ; Genesis 28:13-14 ; Genesis 35:11-12 ), (2) the promise of land (an inheritance; Genesis 12:1 ,Genesis 12:1,12:7 ; Genesis 13:17 ; Genesis 15:18 ; Genesis 17:8 ; Genesis 24:7 ; Genesis 26:3-5 ; Genesis 28:13 ,Genesis 28:13,28:15 ; Genesis 35:12 ; Genesis 48:4 ; Genesis 50:24 ;) (Genesis 3:1 ) the promise of Blessing on all the nations (a heritage of the gospel; Genesis 12:3 ; Genesis 18:18 ; Genesis 22:17-18 ; Genesis 26:4 ; Genesis 28:14 ). ...
There are other subjects related to God's promise: rest (Hebrews 4:1 ); the new covenant with its prospect of an eternal inheritance (Hebrews 9:15 ); the new heavens and new earth (2 Peter 3:13 ); the resurrection (Acts 26:6 ); the Blessing of numerous descendants (Hebrews 6:14 ); the emergence of an unshakable kingdom (Hebrews 12:28 ), and Gentiles as recipients of the same promise (Ephesians 2:11-13 ). Promises relate to what is good, desirable, and that which Blesses and enriches. ...
The promise-plan of God, then, is indeed His own Word and plan, both in His person and His works, to communicate a Blessing to Israel and thereby to Bless all the nations of the earth
Abraham - ' In this name (Abraham) the Blessing of the Gentiles is secured by God. God would Bless him and make him a Blessing, and Bless all who Blessed him and would curse all who cursed him. He thus became the depositary of God's promise and Blessing. He refused to take even a thread of the spoil from the king of Sodom: he would not be made rich from such a source; but he was Blessed by Melchisedec, king of Salem, the priest of the most high God, who brought forth bread and wine: to whom Abraham gave tenths of all. — a figure of the law, that is, man's attempt to possess the Blessing by his own effort. " After the death and resurrection in figure of Isaac, the unconditional promise is confirmed to Abraham that in his seed — which is Christ — should all the nations of the earth be Blessed. give in type a prophetical outline of events: namely, the sacrifice of Christ; the setting aside of Israel for a time; the call of the bride; and the final settlement of the nations in Blessing in the end of the days. Still the land was given to them, and when God's set time comes they will surely be brought back to their 'fatherland' and after trial and discipline will be Blessed therein
Levi - The curse became subsequently a Blessing to the nation by Levi's separation to divine service. But Jacob does not intimate this, a proof of the genuineness of his Blessing as recorded in Genesis. Bless, Lord, his substance (rather his power) and accept the work of his hands
Evangelism - God's care for the first couple after they had sinned, His plan to “bless” all people through the Israelite nation, and His continuing attempts through the prophets and through discipline to forge His people into a usable nation all speak of His concern
Ruth - Boaz's actions are witnessed, and he is Blessed by the people and the elders for his role as kinsman in Episode H (Ruth 4:9-12 ). The hint of Blessing was seen in the tearful parting of Naomi from Orpah and the determined love of Ruth for her mother-in-law (Ruth 1:6-14 ). In the Ordinary Actions of a Foreigner, God Began to Prepare the Way of Blessing (Ruth 2:1-23 ). The encounter of Boaz and Ruth opened the way for God to Bless in an unexpected manner (Ruth 2:14-23 ). The Blessing of God began to be given to Ruth and Naomi through Boaz (Ruth 3:14-18 ). Through Boaz, the “Kinsman Redeemer,” God “Filled” the “Emptiness” of Naomi and Demonstrated His Presence Through the Blessing of His People (Ruth 4:1-22 ). Before the assembled witnesses, Boaz fulfilled the custom of levirate marriage and received the Blessing of witnesses (Ruth 4:7-12 )
Rejoice - ” In the place the Lord chooses, Israel is “to be joyful” in all in which the Lord Blesses them ( Bless thee … therefore thou shalt surely rejoice
Healing, Divine - “Bless the Lord who healeth all thy diseases” (Psalm 103:2-3 )
Seal - Ahasuerus's solemn decree to annihilate the Jews (Esther 3:12 ) and then to Bless them (8:8,10) was sealed with his signet ring. "The Lord knows those who are his" and "Everyone who confesses the name of the Lord must turn away from wickedness" (2 Timothy 2:19 ), the insignias etched into the seal placed on "God's firm foundation, " are at the same time a Blessing and a warning
Laying on of Hands - Jacob (“Israel”) Blessed Ephraim and Manasseh by laying his hands on their heads (Genesis 48:13-20 ), and the Psalmist celebrated the Lord's protection as a Blessing bestowed by God's having “laid thine hand upon me” (Psalm 139:5 ). Some view healing by laying on of hands as an extension of the Old Testament Blessing. A more explicit example of this is Jesus' laying hands on children to Bless them (Mark 10:16 ; Matthew 19:13-15 )
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Proverbs 8:18 (c) Here we see a type of all the virtues and graces given by the Lord to His children to adorn society, Bless the church, and bring honor and glory to GOD. ...
Isaiah 45:3 (a) The promise made to Cyrus was one of unusual Blessing from GOD. The Lord would let him have the peculiar treasure of kings, the Lord would enable him to obtain the Blessings of power, the Lord would give to him unusual experiences of happiness and joy. ...
Luke 12:21 (a) This Blessing should be enjoyed by all of GOD's people, the Blessing of being rich toward GOD and far GOD. ...
Romans 10:12 (a) GOD has the Blessing of eternal riches. ...
1 Corinthians 4:8 (a) Paul is using irony and sarcasm in this passage, and is referring to the self- sufficiency of these people wherein they are satisfied with their lot, and seem to have no need of any Blessing. ...
2 Corinthians 6:10 (a) The apostle is referring to the fact that his ministry brought much Blessing to those who heard him, and who sat under his ministry. They were Blessed with all spiritual Blessings in CHRIST. ...
Hebrews 11:26 (b) We find here a symbol of the great Blessing that comes to the soul through being affiliated with, associated with, and related to the Lord JESUS. They felt they had need of no spiritual Blessing or help
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The Lord appears in theophanies both to Bless and to judge
Send - 28:8: “The Lord shall command the Blessing upon thee in thy storehouses, and in all that thou settest thine hand unto; and he shall Bless thee
Eating - When they sit down to table, the master of the house, or the chief person in the company, taking bread, breaks it, but does not wholly separate it; then, putting his hand on it, he recites this Blessing: "Blessed be thou, O Lord our God, the King of the world, who producest the bread of the earth. " Having distributed the bread among the guests, he takes the vessel of wine in his right hand, saying, "Blessed art thou, O Lord our God, King of the world, who hast produced the fruit of the vine. They take care that, after meals, there shall be a piece of bread remaining on the table; the master of the house orders a glass to be washed, fills it with wine, and, elevating it, says," Let us Bless Him of whose benefits we have been partaking:" the rest answer, "Blessed be He who has heaped his favours on us, and by his goodness has now fed us
Redeem - “Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: … who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with loving-kindness and tender mercies” ( Bless the inheritance of the Lord?” He receives in answer the advice to hang seven of Saul’s sons in compensation
Serve - Furthermore, “… the Lord separated the tribe of Levi … to minister unto him, and to Bless in his name …” (
Generation - Human history in its simplest form of family history is then the way God tells His story of working with human beings to Bless them and to accomplish His purposes for them
Nimrod - " Not a mere Hebrew superlative, but as in Genesis 27:7 "bless thee before Jehovah," i
Mercy, Merciful - ]'>[5] , His gracious disposition towards His chosen regarded in their dependence and necessities, His readiness to help, Bless, relieve, forgive them J″ Moab, Moabites - Balaam was compelled by God to Bless them instead of cursing them, buthe gave to Balak the fatal advice to try to weaken them by seductive alliances (which would cause them to fall under the Lord's discipline), and this, alas, was only too successful: cf
Tithes - And the Levite, (because he hath no part nor inheritance with thee,) and the stranger, and the fatherless, and the widow, which are within thy gates, shall come, and shall eat and be satisfied; that the Lord thy God may Bless thee in all the work of thine hand which thou doest,"...
Deuteronomy 14:28 ; Deuteronomy 26:12
ju'Das Iscar'Iot - (4) Perhaps to teach the Church that God can Bless and the gospel can succeed even though some bad men may creep into the fold
Mourning (2) - It is also one of the conditions mentioned in the Beatitudes as bearing a special Blessing (Matthew 5:4, but cf. The mourner was allowed to eat only in his own house; he might eat no flesh and drink no wine; nor could he ask Blessing before or after food. A mourner being ‘free’ must attend the synagogue; when he appeared, the congregation faced him as he entered, and said: ברוד מינחם אבל ‘Blessed is He that comforteth the mourner. The following is the prescribed prayer before meat to be used in the house of the mourner after burial:—...
‘Blessed art thou, O God our Lord, King of the universe, God of our Fathers, our Creator, our Redeemer, our Sanctifier, the Holy One of Jacob, the King of Life, who art good and doest good; the God of truth, the righteous Judge who judgest in righteousness, who takest the soul in judgment, and rulest alone in the universe, who doest in it according to His will, and all His ways are in Judgment, and we are His people and His servants, and in everything we are bound to praise Him and to Bless Him, who shields all the calamities of Israel and will shield us in this calamity, and from this mourning will bring us to life and peace. Blessed art Thou, O God, the Comforter of Zion, and that buildest again Jerusalem’ (Jewish prayer-books from יודה רעה)
Zephaniah, Book of - God's judgment will subject His enemies and Bless the remnant of His people (Zephaniah 2:4-15 )
Haggai - On the 24th day of the 9th month, when building materials were collected and the workmen had begun to build; from this time God promises to Bless them
Michal - ...
His ardor for her was certainly at first the same, as his keenness to claim her proves; but she alienated him from her forever by her cutting sneer when, after dancing with all his might before Jehovah, in a thin ephod with short-shoulder dress, as representative of the priestly nation, stripped of royal robes in the presence of the great King, "he returned to Bless his household"; instead of pious and affectionate congratulations at the bringing up of Jehovah's ark to Zion, already "despising him in her heart" she came out to meet him, and said in bitter irony, "how glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovered himself!"...
Michal had teraphim (1 Samuel 19:13), but like Saul she had no regard for Jehovah's ark (1 Chronicles 13:3), and was offended at the king because in pious enthusiasm he humbled himself to the level of the priests and nation before Jehovah
Deborah - The praise, "blessed above women in the tent (i. Yet faith is precious and "blessed" in spite of grievous infirmities, and will at last outgrow and stifle them utterly. "...
But now deliverance is come, for which "bless the Lord. ...
Meroz might have intercepted the retreating foe and Sisera, but is "cursed by the angel of Jehovah" for not doing so; and Jael is Blessed" for her zeal, though mixed with earthly alloy
Soul - For instance, in Psalm 103:1 , we read, “Bless, Yahweh, O my soul
Presence of God - Before Isaac died, he determined to Bless his son "in the presence of the Lord" (Genesis 27:7 ). ...
But God's presence is also a place of Blessing. David counted it a joy to experience the Lord's presence (Acts 2:25,28 ), and Peter described it as the source of Blessing for all who place their faith in Christ (Acts 3:19 ). ...
In the age to come, God's presence will be the ultimate Blessing, for believers will see him face to face (1 John 3:2 )
Shimei - " An undesigned coincidence between David's language in the history and in the independent psalms, a mark of genuineness (Psalms 109:17; Psalms 109:28, "let them curse, but Bless Thou"; Psalms 25:18, "look upon mine affliction," etc
Host - This heavenly “host” not only worships God but serves to do all His will: “Bless ye the Lord, all ye his hosts; ye ministers of his, that do his pleasure” ( Remember - God delivered Lot from Sodom because of His covenant with Abraham to Bless all the nations through him ( Supper - Unless the vilest hypocrisy accompany an action, which, by its very nature, professes to flow from warm affection, the love of Christ will constrain them to fulfil the purposes of his death, by "living unto him who died for them;" and we have reason to hope, that, in the places where he causes his name to be remembered, he will come and Bless his people
Praise (2) - Blessing, § 1). If a distinction can be drawn, praise pure and simple is rather to be associated with extolling God’s perfections and holiness, while Blessing (thanksgiving) is connected rather with thankful recognition of His goodness, beneficence, and mercy. in the liturgical formula חַללוּ־יָה = Hallelujah), חוֹדָה ‘give thanks’ (Revised Version NT 1881, OT 1885 ), בֵּרַךְ ‘bless,’ וִכֵּד ‘make melody’; rare synonyms are—שִׁבַּח’ ‘laud’ (but very frequent in Jewish liturgy), רוֹמֵם ‘exalt,’ נִּרֵּל, חִנְרִּיל ‘magnify. ]'>[4] The former of these, in its shortest form, runs thus:...
‘Be Thy name lauded for ever, O our King, the great and holy God and King, in heaven and on earth; for unto Thee, O Lord our God and God of our fathers, song and laud are becoming, praise and psalm, strength and dominion, victory, greatness and might, renown and glory, holiness and sovereignty, Blessings and thanksgivings, from henceforth, even for ever. Blessed art Thou, O Lord, God and King, great in praises, God of thanksgivings, Lord of wonders, who makest choice of melodious song, O King and God, the Life of all worlds. ’...
In the Kaddish the following characteristic paragraph occurs:...
‘Blessed, lauded, and glorified, exalted, extolled and honoured, magnified and praised be the name of the Holy One, Blessed be He; though He be high above all the Blessings and songs, hymns of praise and consolation, which are uttered in the world. in the ‘Eighteen Blessings’—cf. ; δοξάζω usually = בִּבֵּר in LXX Septuagint ]; διδὀνιαι δόξαν τῷ θεῶ, Luke 17:18; εὐλογεῖν ‘bless’
(c)‘Blessed is …’; especially in the phrase, ‘Blessed is he that Cometh in the name of the Lord’ (εὐλογημένος ὁ ἐρχόμενος ἐν ὁνόματι Κυρίου), Matthew 2:19; Matthew 23:39, Mark 11:9, Luke 13:35; Luke 19:38, John 12:13. The use of ‘blessed’ (μαχάριος) in the Beatitudes is also notable; cf. ...
See, further, Blessing, Hallel, Hosanna, Hymn
Foreigner - 12) commences with Blessing as a family receives a divine pledge of land and a promise of progeny that will Bless the alienated nations. ...
And yet Israel's entire existence was bound up with being a Blessing to foreigners (Genesis 12:3 )
Oil - " The image of two olive trees supplying one lampstand with oil suggests that these two men together were the means through which the Lord would Bless Israel
Seventy Weeks of Daniel - "...
Seeing however that the Lord Jesus is referred to in the Seventy Weeks, not only in His being 'cut off' but also in His coming again to subdue His enemies, to Bless His ancient people Israel, and to establish His kingdom on earth, it becomes His saints to study such a prophecy as this, and to be assured that nothing can happen to hinder or set aside the purposes of God: all is being ordered, and is hastening on to the time when the Lord Jesus will be acknowledged on earth as King of kings and Lord of lords
Knowledge of God (1) - The several branches of human science are intended only to Bless and adorn our present existence; but religious knowledge bids us provide for an immortal being, sets the path of salvation before us, and is our inseparable companion in the road to glory
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Noah's words after Shem's dutifulness in covering his father's shame, in filial reverence, with Japheth (compare the Blessing, Exodus 20:12), "blessed be Jehovah, the God of Shem, and Canaan shall be his servant," not only Bless God for putting the pious feeling into his heart, but prophesy that Jehovah should be especially the God of Shem, which was fulfilled in choosing Abraham and Israel his descendants as God's peculiar people. When Shem was 98 and Noah 600 the flood came; two years later Shem the heir of the Blessing (Genesis 9:18-27) begat Arphaxad (Genesis 5:32; Genesis 7:6; Genesis 11:10)
Holy Ghost - Our Blessed Lord, over and above the sacred names the Holy Ghost hath in common with the Father and the Son in the essence of the GODHEAD, hath graciously taught his church the special titles and appellations by which the Lord the Spirit is known. (Romans 8:1-16) As the Holy Ghost the Comforter, the Lord Jesus most Blessedly describes him. (2 Corinthians 13:14) And it is most Blessed to every child of God, when brought into the fellowship and communion of the Holy Ghost, to discover how that almighty Comforter opens a communication between Christ and the soul, and keeps it open by the exercises of his grace; so that, while the person of the Father, or the Son, is coming forth to Bless the soul, he draws forth and leads out the actings of the soul's faith and love upon the glorious persons of the GODHEAD, and gives "a joy unspeakable and full of glory. " (John 16:8-11) In short, so many, so diversified, so constant, and so unremitting are the operations of the Holy Ghost on the hearts and minds of the Lord's people, that it must with truth be said, that he, and he only, is the almighty minister in the church of Christ, and to him alone the who efficiency of the gospel, both in work and Blessing, is committed. God the Father appears in the Old, Testament dispensation, holding forth the promised Saviour with all his Blessings, as coming for salvation; God the Son takes up the wonderful subject under the New Testament dispensation, as thus coming and finishing all that was promised in the Old; and now that the Son of God hath finished transgression, made an end of sin, and is returned unto glory, God the Holy Ghost is come down, agreeably to Jesus's and his Father's most sure promise, to render effectual the whole purpose of redemption, by his divine offices in the hearts of the redeemed
Borrow - And who shall say what eventual Blessed consequences may arise out of it? Who knows, but from this may spring up, as from a grain of mustard seed, a glorious harvest to our God? Oh! for that happy period when, according to this sweet prophecy, "the Lord of hosts himself shall Bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hand, and Israel mine inheritance
Stand - With “to” the verb can signify being in a certain place to accomplish a predesignated task—so Moses said that certain tribes should “stand upon mount Gerizim to Bless the people” ( Land - ...
'Ădâmâh may be used specifically to describe what has been and will be cultivated by a given group of people, or what they possess to this end: “Look down from thy holy habitation, from heaven, and Bless thy people Israel, and the land which thou hast given us, as thou swarest unto our fathers, a land that floweth with milk and honey” ( Balaam - But how absurd is it to subject a miraculous event to the ordinary rules of reasoning! "Say what you will of the formation of the tongue and jaws being unfit for speaking," says Bishop Newton, "yet an adequate cause is assigned for this wonderful event; for it is expressly said that ‘the Lord opened the mouth of the ass;' and who that believes a God, can doubt his power to do this and much more? The miracle was by no means needless or superfluous; it was well adapted to convince Balaam that the mouth and tongue were under God's direction, and that the same divine power which caused the dumb ass to speak contrary to its nature, could, in like manner, make him utter Blessings contrary to his inclination. And, accordingly, he was overruled to Bless the people, though he came prepared and disposed to curse them; which was the greater miracle of the two; for the ass was merely passive, but Balaam resisted the good motions of God
Body - The relation which God the Holy Ghost hath given, concerning the Son of God becoming incarnate, is said to the church in so many sweet and Blessed words, that the soul of the believer, methinks, would chime upon them for ever. )...
This, therefore, being determined on in the council of peace, that He who undertook to redeem our nature, should partake of the same nature as those he redeemed; the next enquiry is, What saith the Scripture concerning the Son of God resuming our nature, and how was it wrought?...
The Scriptures, with matchless grace and condescension, have shewn this, and in a way, considering the dulness of our faculties in apprehension, so plain and circumstantial, that under the Blessed Spirit teaching, the humblest follower of the Lord, taught by the Holy Ghost, can clearly apprehend the wonderful subject. ) But how was the Son of God to assume this body? The Holy Ghost takes up the Blessed subject, and by his servant the Evangelist Luke, records the whole particular's of a conference which took place between an angel and a Virgin Called Mary, whose womb, by his miraculous impregnation, and without the intervention of a human father, was to bring forth this glorious Holy One, as the great Saviour of his people. (Luke 1:26-53) And I would farther beg him to turn to the Scriptures of the prophets, who, with one voice, pointed to this great event in all their ministrations, (Isaiah 7:14; Isa 9:6; Micah 5:2) And when the reader hath gone over all these Scriptures of the Old Testament, I request him to finish the enquiry in reading the history of the facts themselves, as they are recorded in the New, and Bless God for his grace and condescension in bringing the church acquainted with such an event, in the interest of which our present and everlasting happiness is so intimately concerned
Exaltation - In his sovereign rule, God has seen fit to Bless and to elevate those he has chosen. Abraham and Isaac enjoyed God's spiritual and material Blessing (Genesis 24:35 ; 26:13 ), and the miraculous crossing of the Jordan River served to "exalt" Joshua as a leader close to the stature of Moses (Joshua 3:7 )
Land, Ground - If His people hearken to his commands, He will Bless the ground which will then produce grain, wine, and oil. ...
Ground with its produce as the sphere of living A series of Blessings and curses is part of Deuteronomy 28:4 ,Deuteronomy 28:4,28:11 ,Deuteronomy 28:11,28:18 ,Deuteronomy 28:18,28:33 ,Deuteronomy 28:33,28:42 ,Deuteronomy 28:42,28:51 . The implication here is that the ground was fruitful because Job had been faithful to God and God had Blessed his land (compare Deuteronomy 28:4 ,Deuteronomy 28:4,28:11 ,Deuteronomy 28:11,28:18 ,Deuteronomy 28:18,28:33 ,Deuteronomy 28:33,28:42 ,Deuteronomy 28:42,28:51 ). God told Abraham that all the families of the inhabited earth would be Blessed in him (Genesis 12:3 ). This is enigmatic: God did not tell Abraham how they would be Blessed. God said the same thing to Jacob ( Genesis 28:14 ): Through what God did in Abraham's family, Blessing would come to all families of the inhabited earth
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Punishment and Blessing . And even though there were very few grapes, figs, or olives growing in the land, God promised that "from this day on I will Bless you" (2:19). Obedience always brings Blessing, and the people's willingness to put God first in their lives would bring material as well as spiritual Blessing
Piety - It turns the curse into a Blessing; it enters the house of mourning, and soothes the troubled mind; it prepares us for all, sustains us in all, sanctifies us by all, and delivers us from all. Finally, it will Bless old age: we shall look back with pleasure on some instances of usefulness; to some poor traveller, to whom we have been a refreshing stream; some deluded wanderer we guided into the path of peace
Peniel - " (Jeremiah 32:41) Here again, supposing it is Jesus-Mediator which thus speaks, nothing can be more plain and nothing more Blessed, for we know that his whole heart and soul is his people's; but concerning the Lord JEHOVAH, in his threefold character of person, Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, we dare not, because we are not authorized in any part of Scripture thus to speak of him as possessing parts or passions. " (1 Timothy 1:17) Hence, When the read in the word of God that the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and his ears open to their prayers, and that he openeth his hand and satisfieth the desire of every living thing, these expressions are literally true, as well as Blessedly refreshing, considered as spoken of Him in whom it hath pleased the Father that "all fulness should dwell," and who is the Head of all principality and power; but cannot be said of JEHOVAH in his absolute nature and GODHEAD, "dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto, whom no man hath seen or can see. " (1 Timothy 6:16)...
I shall find cause to Bless God if these observations on Peniel, and the thoughts arising out of the same, be directed of the Lord to throw the least light on a subject so highly interesting, and enable any precious lover of Jesus to form clearer views of him, whom truly to know is life eternal. (John 17:2-3) Surely nothing can be more Blessed than to discover Jesus thus refreshing Old Testament saints with such precious manifestations of himself, as if to shew what love he had to his church and people, and how much he longed for the time appointed when he would openly manifest himself as our glorious Head, and Surety, and Saviour. Precious Jesus! methinks I would say for myself and reader, grant many Peniel visits to thy redeemed now, and make all the manifestations of the full GODHEAD in glory to thy redeemed in heaven tenfold more sweet and Blessed, by the communications in thee, and through thee, to flow in upon the souls of thy whole church in eternal happiness for ever
Angels - Jacob, in Blessing the sons of Joseph, said, "The Angel which redeemed me from all evil Bless the lads
a'Braham - On the death of his father, Abram, then in the 75th year of his age, with Sarai and Lot, pursued his course to the land of Canaan, whither he was directed by divine command, ( Genesis 12:5 ) when he received the general promise that he should become the founder of a great nation, and that all the families of the earth should be Blessed in him. The captives and plunder were all recovered, and Abram was greeted on his return by the king of Sodom, and by Melchizedek king of Salem, priest of the most high God, who mysteriously appears upon the scene to Bless the patriarch and receive from him a tenth of the spoil. " (Hebrews 11:19 ) The sacrifice was stayed by the angel of Jehovah, the promise of spiritual Blessing made for the first time, and Abraham with his son returned to Beersheba, and for a time dwelt there
Harvest - And they answered him, The Lord Bless thee," Ruth 2:4
David - His preparations for the building of the temple, and the public service in which he devoted all to Jehovah, and called on all the people to Bless the Lord God of their fathers, crown with singular beauty and glory the life of this eminent servant of God
Print - We must all have seen, again and again, figures of the Lord in glory raising His wounded hands to Bless, or pleading even on the throne of judgment with those who have rejected Him by the marks of His death, so showing that by these He is still known; that by these He still proclaims the unchanging Gospel, “Redemption through sacrifice” ’ (Westcott, The Revelation of the Risen Lord, p
Heaven - Others suppose the air to be the seat of the Blessed. That God's graciously connecting Blessings with the obedience of his people, serves to show not only his love to Christ and to them, but his regard to righteousness. Therefore it follows that they shall know one another; and consequently they who have walked together in the ways of God, and have been useful to one another as relations and intimate friends, in what respects more especially their spiritual concerns, these shall Bless God for the mutual advantages which they have received, and consequently shall know one another. Make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness, that, when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations; especially if by these everlasting habitations be meant heaven, as many suppose it is; and then the meaning is, that they whom you have relieved, and shown kindness to in this world, shall express a particular joy upon your being admitted into heaven; and consequently they shall know you, and Bless God for your having been so useful and beneficial to them. " "To this it may be replied, that if it be allowed that the saints shall know that some whom they loved on earth are not in heaven, this will give them no uneasiness: since that affection which took its rise principally from the relation which we stood in to persons on earth, or the intimacy, that we have contracted with them, will cease in another world, or rather run in another channel, and be excited by superior motives; namely, their relation to Christ; that perfect holiness which they are adorned with; their being joined in the same Blessed society, and engaged in the same employment, together with their former usefulness one to another in promoting their spiritual welfare, as made subservient to the happiness they enjoy there. Some think that there shall; and that, as persons of all nations and tongues shall make up that Blessed society, so they shall praise God in the same language which they before used when on earth; and that this worship may be performed with the greatest harmony, and to mutual edification, all the saints shall, by the immediate power and providence of God, be able to understand and make use of every one of those different languages, as well as their own
Tribulation - Paul exhorts other converts to be ‘patient in tribulation,’ and to Bless them that persecute them (Romans 12:12; Romans 12:14). In the case of the Christian, tribulation results in increased energy and Blessedness of the spiritual life
Temple, the - God cannot Bless them until His anointed One is owned, and therefore this temple will be destroyed. This is fully described in Ezekiel 40 — Ezekiel 44 ; it will be built when the land is once again divided amongst the twelve tribes, and all brought into Blessing
Magnify - ” Abraham’s servant reported: “And the Lord hath Blessed my master greatly; and he is become great …” ( Bless thee, and make thy name great …” ( Jacob - The birthright secured to him who possessed it (1) superior rank in his family (Genesis 49:3 ); (2) a double portion of the paternal inheritance (Deuteronomy 21:17 ); (3) the priestly office in the family (Numbers 8:17-19 ); and (4) the promise of the See d in which all nations of the earth were to be Blessed (Genesis 22:18 ). ...
Soon after his acquisition of his father's Blessing (Genesis 27 ), Jacob became conscious of his guilt; and afraid of the anger of Esau, at the suggestion of Rebekah Isaac sent him away to Haran, 400 miles or more, to find a wife among his cousins, the family of Laban, the Syrian (28). At length the end of his checkered course draws nigh, and he summons his sons to his bedside that he may Bless them
Paul as a Controversialist - After Mary, Paul's mother must surely have been the most Blessed of women. Now, if any of you have any of that rare original in you, Bless God for it every day, and Bless all men round about you with it every day. For there is no greater Blessing to men and glory to God in all this self-enclosed and alienated life
Nabal - And they answered him, The Lord Bless thee. ' And because of the Blessing of all the poor and needy round about, and because of the beauty and the good understanding of Abigail, her husband was the happiest and the most open-handed man that day among all the men in Maon. Hear those churlish men as they pass by and wag their heads, and rail at David's Son cast out upon the cross from among men, while, all the time, He dies to save and Bless them. Not rendering evil for evil, or railing for railing, but contrariwise Blessing; knowing that ye are thereunto called, that ye should inherit a Blessing
Prayer - When God is seen as desiring to Bless (James 1:5 ) and sovereignly free to respond to persons (Jonah 3:9 ), then prayer will be seen as dialogue with God
Praise - Words that are often used as synonyms or in parallel with "praise, " and so help point to its meaning, are "bless, " "exalt, " "extol, " "glorify, " "magnify, " "thank, " and "confess. Nehemiah leads in praise by saying, "Blessed be your glorious name, and may it be exalted above all Blessing and praise. ...
Very appropriately, then, does the Christian community repeatedly resort in its worship to the Gloria Patri, "Glory be to the Father" and in clusters large and small sing, "Praise God from whom all Blessings flow
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Lastly: the Pharisees contended that God stood engaged to Bless the Jews, to make them all partakers of the terrestrial kingdom of the Messiah, to justify them, and make them eternally happy
Coming to Christ - The whole motive does not in all cases lie open to us, but in many we know, and in others there is no room for doubt, that there was behind the coming an attraction of His person, a perception of and faith in His power to Bless, a confidence in His mercy and grace, apart from which even the most needy would not have been moved to come to Him. This testing of faith shows the spiritual significance of the incidents, even where the Blessing craved and granted, looked at merely from the outside, is purely physical. They should not only themselves be satisfied, but by the ‘receiving’ of the Holy Spirit should become sources of Blessing to others. It is its recognition in act, the act of trust, of His readiness to receive and His power to Bless. ...
While, then, ‘coming to Christ’ means, on the one hand, faith in Him, a movement of the soul to Him for the acceptance of the Blessings He offers, it means, on the other hand, no less clearly an absolute surrender of the soul, of the whole man to Him
Philip: Deacon And Evangelist - And the woman would welcome Philip, and would say to him, Come in, thou Blessed of the Lord, for when I was thirsty He gave me drink. I was sensible what great cause I had to Bless God for the use He had made of my husband hitherto, and I thought that if He now employed other ministers more I could entirely acquiesce in His will. Buell's meeting; and when I heard of it, I sat still in entire willingness that God should Bless his labours among us as much as He pleased, even though it were to the refreshing of every saint and the conversion of every sinner in the whole town
Joel - God will Bless His people (Joel 3:18-21 )
Remember, Remembrance - The call for God to remember his unique relation to Israel does not mean that God always remembers to Bless, for in his justice he will also punish (Jeremiah 14:10 ; Hosea 7:2 ; 8:13 ; 9:9 ). Mary said, " [2] has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful" (Luke 1:54 ); and Zechariah Blessed God and recalled how God would perform the mercy promised to our fathers, remembering his holy covenant (Luke 1:72 )
Samuel - Samuel assures them nevertheless God will forgive and Bless them if loyal to Him, but otherwise He will consume both them and their king (1 Samuel 9-12)
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The lifting of the hand, was used in affirmation and swearing, and in prayer imported a solemn wishing of Blessings from God. Numbers 27; 1 Timothy 4 ...
It was also used in Blessing persons
Zechariah, Book of - Zechariah 14:1 envisions the Mount of Olives splitting in two, with fresh water (representing the Blessings of God) flowing east and west watering the world. God has punished Judah and now will Bless her (Zechariah 8:14-15 )
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In Matthew 21 the Lord rode triumphantly as Zion's king into Jerusalem, claiming His inheritance, accompanied by a great crowd, which cried, "Hosanna to the Son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. Christ will be found again with Israel on earth, and then Bless them and the Gentiles through them
Exodus - Also take your flocks and your herds, as ye have said, and be gone; and Bless me also
Lord's Supper - The head of the Passover company who were reclining on couches began by a Blessing "for the day and for the wine," over a cup [1] of which he and the others drank. Then they ate of the lamb, and a third cup [3], "the cup of Blessing," was handed round. ...
As to the "breaking of bread" (Luke 24:30-35; Acts 2:42), neither of the two disciples at Emmaus were present at the institution of the Lord's supper, so that the meal there cannot refer to it, which disposes of Rome's argument for administration with bread only; He as master took the lead in the Blessing over the bread. ...
The Holy Communion was at first regularly connected with these lovefeasts; "the breaking of bread," with the customary thanksgiving Blessing of the master of the feast, referred not to the eucharist consecration but to the lovefeast, as Acts 27:35 proves, where the eucharist is out of the question, and where simply as a devout Jew Paul gave thanks before "breaking bread" and eating. ...
The consecration is not by priestly authority but is the corporate act of the church represented by the minister, "the cup which we (I and you, the whole congregation) Bless. " The joint Blessing and the consequent drinking together constitute the "communion" of believers with their Lord and with one another
Election - This directive came to Abraham from God who also promised to Bless his descendants and all peoples on earth through them
Issachar - Israel was appointed to stand on Gerizim to Bless (Deuteronomy 27:12). Obed Edom's seventh son, doorkeeper of the sanctuary (1 Chronicles 26:5), one of the eight sons given Obed Edom, "for God Blessed him
Truth - Paul especially this fact of experience brought the assurance of God’s readiness to save and Bless all men through faith in Jesus Christ without the necessity of their submitting to any rite of Jewish origin
Reproach (2) - ’ The allusion apparently is to the sin-offering on the Day of Atonement without the camp of Israel, and to the suffering of Jesus without the city gate; and the meaning is that those Jewish-Christians must forsake the sphere of the OT religion, break off the old ties of national fellowship, and face all the pain and contumely that this would involve, so that they might share in the better Blessings of the great Sin-offering. On the other hand, both honour and Blessing belong to undeserved reproach falling upon Christ’s people for their Master’s sake. Paul to Bless when he was reviled (1 Corinthians 4:12). Peter wrote, ‘If ye be reproached (ὀνειδίζεσθε) for the name of Christ, Blessed are ye’ (1 Peter 4:14)
Samuel, Books of - God Blesses efforts for peace (2 Samuel 2:8-28 ). God promises to Bless the house of David forever (2 Samuel 7:1-17 )
Assyria - One remarkable passage speaks of Assyria with Egypt and Israel as being brought into Blessing, Isaiah 19:23-25 , "Whom the Lord of hosts shall Bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance
Prophets, the - Some of the prophecies are appeals, reminding the people of what God had done for them, and declaring how willing and ready He was to Bless them if they would be faithful to Him; though interwoven with this are constant predictions of that which will be for the Blessing of Israel in the future, after they have for the time been set aside. Beyond and above all, there is God's universal government; in which everything is in result to be made subject to the Messiah, while God's promises are made good to Israel, for all Israel will again be brought into Blessing, with Jehovah in their midst surrounded with glory, and the nations will be Blessed with them. Those given after a portion of Judah had returned from exile, when they were helped by the prophecies of Haggai, Zechariah, and Malachi, which present the time of the Messiah on earth, and go even beyond to future Blessing. ...
To these may be added the prophecies in the Gospels, the Epistles, and the Revelation, embracing the judgements of God upon apostate Christendom and the nations generally; the final overthrow of Satan, and universal Blessing, ending with the judgement of the dead and a glorious outlook into the eternal state. This recovery and Blessing by God of His ancient people, in their Messiah, may be said to be a golden thread running through all the prophets
Solomon - Then Solomon, being on his throne, prostrated himself with his face to the ground; and rising up, and turning toward the sanctuary, he addressed his prayer to God, and besought him that the house which he had built might be acceptable to him, that he would Bless and sanctify it, and hear the prayers of those who should address him from this holy place. Then turning himself to the people, he solemnly Blessed them
Jacob - " He by becoming a curse for us became a Blessing to the true Israel; contrast Hebrews 12:16-17. ...
Having bought the birthright from Esau, he afterward, at Rebekah's instigation, stole the Blessing which his father intended for Esau, but which God had appointed to him even when the two sons were yet unborn; "the elder shall serve the younger" (Genesis 25:23; Genesis 27:29; Malachi 1:3; Romans 9:12). If he had waited in faith God's time, and God's way, of giving the Blessing promised by God, and not unlawfully with carnal policy foiled Isaac's intention, God would have defeated his father's foolish purpose and Jacob would have escaped his well deserved chastisement. Then followed God's promise of (1) the land and (2) of universal Blessing to all families of the earth "in his seed," i. "I have found by experience (Hebrew "by omens from serpents," the term showing Laban's paganness: Genesis 30:19; Genesis 30:32) that the Lord hath Blessed me for thy sake. The most characteristic scene of Jacob's higher life was his wrestling until break of day (compare Luke 6:12) with the Angel of Jehovah, in human form, for a Blessing. ...
"I will not let Thee go except Thou Bless me" is a model prayer (Genesis 32:26). There followed therefore the wrestling "alone" with Jehovah (compare Matthew 14:23; Mark 1:35); his being named "Israel"; and his asking God's name, to which the only reply was, God "blessed him there. " Blessing is God's name, i. At 130 Jacob Blessed Pharaoh and termed his life a "pilgrimage" of days "few and evil" (47; Hebrews 11:9; Hebrews 11:13). His true grandeur and sublimity burst forth at his latter end; his triumphant and grateful review of life," God, before whom my fathers did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, the Angel which redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lad!" His Blessing Joseph's sons was an act of "faith" (Hebrews 11:21), "leaning upon the top of his staff," an additional fact brought out by Paul (adopting Septuagint), as he worshipped on his bed (Genesis 47:31; Genesis 48:2); the staff symbolized his "pilgrim" spirit seeking the heavenly city (Genesis 32:10). In Genesis 49:28 his prophecy as to his several sons and the tribes springing from them is called a "blessing" because, though a portion was denunciatory, yet as a whole all were within the covenant of Blessing, but with modifications according to their characteristics. Epistle to Hebrew omits his last Blessing on his 12 sons, because Paul "plucks only the flowers by his way and leaves the whole meadow to his hearers" (Delitzsch)
Hosea - God will Bless His restored covenant people (Hosea 2:21-23 )
Ark of the Covenant - In the thorn of man's curse appeared the angel of the covenant to Moses, to Bless man; and out of its wood was formed the ark of the covenant, the typical source of his Blessing. As the ark Blessed the house of Obed Edom, so Christ is the true bestower of Blessings (Acts 3:20)
Abraham - Put simply, without unquestioning submission to God's stipulations there could be neither fellowship with the Lord nor Blessings poured out upon the covenant people. It seems that Abraham assumed that Ishmael was to function in that capacity, but when this was denied he acknowledged the Lord's will obediently, and awaited in faith the fulfillment of the promise that all the nations of the earth would be Blessed in him (Genesis 18:18 ). ...
The prophecy whereby all human families would be Blessed (or "bless themselves") came to fruition in the work of Jesus Christ, the Messiah of God, who was the long-promised descendant of Abraham (Matthew 1:1 ; Galatians 3:16 ). This privileged group is Blessed by the assurance of God's love and his saving power that sustain all who trust in him. But while being a recipient of Blessing, the Christian church is commanded to fulfill covenant responsibilities (Matthew 28:14 ) in a manner unknown to the covenant people of Old Testament times. It is by this means, however, that the Abrahamic Blessings come into effect when both Jewish and Gentile sinners find forgiveness and spiritual rebirth in Christ through the proclamation of the gospel. The atoning work of Christ on Calvary, achieved by a man as fully obedient to God's commands (Philippians 2:8 ) as Abraham ever was, has released a flood of divine grace upon an undeserving world, and has brought the Blessed fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 ) into the believer's life. While Christians can rejoice in the realization that the Blessings of Abraham's covenant have become their very own, it is important for them to remember that, as Jesus taught, the true children of Abraham perform the deeds of Abraham (John 8:39 ). Only those members whose lives manifested the obedience and trust of the patriarch would participate in covenant Blessings
Begotten - The eternal generation of the Son of God as God, is declared in Scripture as a most Blessed reality; and as such, forms an express article of our faith. And if so, and my view of this sublime subject is agreeable to the unerring word of the holy Scripture, and if the reader's apprehension of this doctrine corresponds with mine, he will find (what I Bless the Lord I have found,) much sweetness in such precious views of the Lord Jesus Christ. The distinction is essential, that we may not confound things, and thereby lessen our proper conception of the Son of God, "one with the Father over all, God Blessed for ever. " And it is no less most Blessed and interesting to behold the Son of God thus begotten of the Father, the God-man Mediator, when, for the gracious purposes of salvation, he stood up in his covenant character, that he might be both the head of union and of fulness for communication to his people in grace, and in glory, for ever. And I beg of him farther to pause and remark with me, the wonderful grace manifested to creatures, such as we are, in the Lord's giving such Blessed manifestations of himself
Hebrews - They lived in expectation of the Messiah, the Desire of all nations, to complete their hopes and wished, and fully to instruct and Bless them
Jonathan - With the self deceiving folly of idolaters Micah then said, "now I know that Jehovah will do me good seeing I have a Levite to my priest," as if a Levite's presence could Bless where both priest and patron were apostates from the God of all Blessing
Covenant - In his sovereign will God chose one man, Abraham, promising him a multitude of descendants who would become a nation, receive Canaan as their homeland, and be God’s channel of Blessing to the world (Genesis 12:1-3; Genesis 15:18-21; Genesis 17:2-8; Luke 1:72-73). The covenant depended upon God, but only those who were obedient to God experienced the communion with God that was the covenant’s central Blessing (Genesis 17:9-14; see CIRCUMCISION; OBEDIENCE. As in the covenant with Abraham, so in the covenant with his descendants, the central Blessing was communion with God; for he was their God and they were his people (Genesis 17:7; Exodus 6:7; Leviticus 26:12). Again, the people would enjoy this Blessing only as they were holy in life and obedient to God (Exodus 19:5-6). God had no obligation to Bless his people when they disobeyed his covenant commands, though in his mercy he was patient with them (Leviticus 26:27-33; Deuteronomy 4:25-31; Deuteronomy 7:9-10; Nehemiah 9:33; Hebrews 3:16-19). But if people are to enjoy that life-giving relationship with God which is the covenant’s central Blessing, they must respond to God’s grace in faith and obedience (Galatians 3:14; Hebrews 5:9; 1 Peter 1:2). Covenant grace is fully revealed, and the Blessings that flow from it are eternal (Hebrews 10:16-18; Hebrews 13:20)
Moses - He made his choice accordingly (Hebrews 11:25-27 ), assured that God would Bless his resolution for the welfare of his people. Then, after Blessing the tribes (33), he ascends to "the mountain of Nebo (q
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The gift from God of the twin sons was the answer to Isaac's prayer, after 20 years of childless marriage; for God in giving the greatest Blessings delays fulfilling His promise in order to call forth His people's persevering, waiting, prayerful faith (Genesis 25:21). When Isaac was 137, the age at which Ishmael died 14 years before, the thought of his brother's death at that age suggested thoughts of his own, and the desire to Bless his favorite before dying. " Isaac's unexpected prolongation of life probably deterred Esau from his murderous purpose against Jacob for having stolen his Blessing. Isaac lived to see Jacob whom he had sent with his Blessing (for faith at last prevailed over his partiality, and he gave Jacob the Blessing of Abraham, Genesis 28:1; Genesis 28:4) to seek a wife in Padan-aram return with a large family to him at Hebron (Genesis 35:27),...
Before he died at 180; the longest lived of the three patriarchs, the least migratory, the least prolific, and the least favored with revelations. His Blessing Jacob and Esau "even (Greek) concerning things to come," as if they were actually present, and not merely concerning things present, is quoted (Hebrews 11:20) as evidencing his faith; as similar dying charges evidenced Jacob's and Joseph's faith
King - 2 Samuel 8:17 , 1 Kings 2:26-27 ; 1 Kings 2:35 ), and both Bless the people ( 2 Samuel 6:18 , 1 Kings 8:14 )
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Jeremiah 11 — Jeremiah 12 The responsibility of the people is pressed: they had entered into covenant with God, yet they had gone into idolatry, so that the Lord asks, "What hath my beloved [1] to do in mine house?" Judgement must follow; but here and there future Blessings are spoken of. Woe to the shepherds, but there was a day of Blessing coming, when the true Son of David, the righteous Branch and King, should reign and prosper. The new covenant Blessings concern both Judah and Israel. God will appear for them, and the restoration will be full and complete with universal Blessing. The faithfulness of the Rechabites is held up as a worthy example: God would Bless them and their posterity. He was delivered by Ebed-melech, an Ethiopian, on whom a Blessing was pronounced. This was a sort of type of the judgement of the last empire in a future day when Israel will be fully restored and Blessed
Song of Solomon - by supposing that wherever Blessing is there spoken of, it must refer to the church. God has Blessed and will Bless others besides the church, especially His ancient people Israel. This is the union spoken of, with which the words of affection, that pass between Christ as Jehovah and the remnant of Israel that will be brought into Blessing, are in accord. ...
When Israel is thus brought into Blessing she will be, as the virgins say in Song of Solomon 6:10 , "terrible as an army with banners. The virgins speak of their 'little sister:' what shall be done for her? This is doubtless an allusion to the ten tribes, who did not have to do with Christ when on earth, and who will be dealt with differently from the two tribes; but will be brought into the land and Blessed there
Job, Theology of - Since the righteous are always Blessed and the wicked always receive God's judgment, Job must be a sinner since God has removed his physical Blessings. God is not bound by this man-made dogma but normally will Bless the righteous and punish the wicked. ...
The Book of Job also refutes the corollary that God is obligated to Bless man if he obeys. When Job assumes that God owes him physical Blessing since he has been obedient to Him, he was imbibing a concept that undergirded ancient Near Eastern religions—that the human relationship to the gods was like a business contract of mutual claims that was binding in court
Simeon - Simeon is omitted in Moses' Blessing, possibly because of the idolatry of Peor. Simeon stands first of the tribes appointed to Bless the people on Mount Gerizim (Deuteronomy 27:12). " When Jesus' parents brought Him into the temple to redeem Him as the firstborn with five shekels according to the law (Numbers 18:15), and to present Him to the Lord, Simeon took Him up in his arms, and Blessing God said, "Lord, now Thou dost let Thy servant depart in peace (not a prayer, but a thanksgiving; again like Jacob, Genesis 46:30); for mine eyes (not another, Job 19:27) have seen (1 John 1:1) Thy (Isaiah 28:16; Luke 3:6) salvation: which Thou hast prepared before the face of all people (the universality of the gospel): a light to lighten the Gentiles (Isaiah 9:2), and (not only light, but also) the glory of Thy people Israel" (Isaiah 60:1-3)
Excommunication - … The whole thought stands in the closest relation to the theory of the confession-inscriptions, in which those who have been punished by the god thank and Bless him for the chastisement’ (Ramsay in Expository Times x
Ideas (Leading) - From the beginning the idea of the Kingdom may be traced throughout the Gospels, and everywhere it will be found to indicate the supreme Blessing which comes to man from God. It is thus both a present Blessing and an ideal to guide all future development. —‘Blessed are the pure in heart,’ said the Lord; ‘for they shall see God. ...
This teaching shows clearly that our Lord designed to give to men a Blessing which should be, not merely an illumination for the soul of the individual, but a social bond. He set free a principle which would Bless all in the Blessing of each. The kingdom of God is thus the kingdom of Love in which each is Blessed in the Blessing of all. Our love is to be, like God’s, a Blessing for all who need it, the evil as well as the good, the just as well as the unjust, our enemies as well as our friends. Our Lord broke through the most inveterate of prejudices, and taught the universal obligation to love and to Bless. But all alike are ways of describing that one glorious end which is the Summum Bonum, the true and final good, that end in which God Himself with all His children shall have one undivided Blessedness
Omnipresence - To trace the tokens of the presence of God’s workmanship in the colours of the lily, or in the provision God has made for feeding the ravens, yielded great joy to the Saviour’s heart because it suggested so strikingly that God is ‘round about us,’ and enabled Him the better to impress on the hearts of His disciples, when their faith was so feeble, that God was very near to them, to sympathize, to succour, and to Bless, as well as to further the interests of His Kingdom. They cannot go where He is not present, to succour and to Bless
History - Scripture notes God's Blessing for the ordering of the seasons (Genesis 8:20-22 ) and recognizes that apart from God the cycle may lead to a hopeless understanding of life (Ecclesiastes 1:4 ). He intended and still intends to Bless the whole world through His chosen people (Genesis 12:3 ; Acts 3:25-26 ). The Blessing of the land and Davidic government teach that God's Blessing requires faithfulness over time
Kings, 1 And 2 - Deuteronomy 28:1-14 describes the Blessings that will belong to Israel if they obey God's commandments. ...
This word of God's Blessing was fulfilled in Israel's history. They were an obedient people, and God Blessed their efforts with victory. They had heard God's commandment to be faithful and His warnings of the accompanying Blessings and curses. The Blessings of Deuteronomy 28:1-14 could still be theirs. Perhaps the writer was encouraging the exiles with the possibility that God would Bless them again and raise Israel above all peoples ( Deuteronomy 28:1 ) just as Jehoiachin was given preference above other prisoners in captivity (2 Kings 25:28 )
Gospel - Psalm 96:1-3 summons the whole earth to tell of Yahweh's salvation, to "bless his name" and "declare his glory. Even the destitute and the afflicted must learn that it is being personally related to God as subject to sovereign and as child to father, which makes one "blessed" (Matthew 5:3-10 ). Even those who are already "poor in spirit" in the sense defined above, are not really "blessed" until they acknowledge the truth of Jesus' claims (Matthew 11:6 ) and commit themselves to a life of obedience on his terms (Matthew 4:23 )
Micah, Theology of - ...
Micah's theology represents both aspects of the Lord's covenant with Israel: the Lord will sentence his covenant people to exile out of the land of Blessing if they fail to keep his righteous law, but he will always preserve from them a righteous remnant to whom he will give his sworn land after the exile (2:5) and through whom he will Bless the nations (4:1-5). It is often said that Micah is the champion of the poor; in truth, he champions the cause of Israel's middle classstalwart farmers whose wives live in luxurious homes and whose children enjoy the Lord's Blessing (2:9)
Salvation - For example, the Genesis narrative develops the theme of God's Blessing, which though resting on certain individuals, renders them agents for some greater work of God. And the Blessing of the promise of nationhood and land for Abraham was not only for his descendants but for all families on the earth (Genesis 12:1-3 ). This gospel, says Paul, was given in advance in the form of God's promise to Bless all the nations through Abraham (Galatians 3:8 )
Hosanna - And (3) was not the occasion of Christ’s entry into Jerusalem one that must have seemed eminently suitable alike to His disciples who began it (Luke 19:37) and to the candid (Matthew 21:15) and grateful (John 12:17) Israelites who joined them in the celebration of it? The Jews, we know, were accustomed to associate with the feast of Tabernacles the highest of those Blessings which Messiah was to bring. ’ We can understand how, in this sense, ‘Hosanna’ should be followed by salutations or acclamations, ‘Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord (Psalms 118:26, Matthew 21:9, Mark 11:9), ‘Blessed is the kingdom of our father David, that cometh in the name of the Lord’ (Mark 11:10), or ‘Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord’ (John 12:13). The sequence of the thoughts is natural: for if Jesus be once conceived of as able to save (either by His own power or by that of Him that sent Him), the next thing, obviously, for His people to do, after asking Him to exert His power in their behalf, is to rejoice that He has come, and to Bless Him for coming. Luke, in his paraphrase of the Hosanna, employs what we may call a dative clause: his ‘Peace in heaven, and glory in the highest,’ are introduced so as to show us these as the result of Christ’s coming as King in the name of the Lord: it is for these ends that He has come; and on this account the people call Him Blessed
Plagues of Egypt - Jesus puts a Blessing into our most common comforts, and the whole is sanctified. I cannot better close the subject on the history of the plagues of Egypt, than by referring the reader to the apostle's divine conclusions on the same, and very earnestly begging the reader to go over, with suitable diligence and attention, and with prayer to God the Holy Ghost attention, and with prayer to God the Holy Ghost to Bless him in the perusal, the ninth chapter of the Epistle to the Romans (Exodus 1:1)
the Man Who Had Not on a Wedding Arment - Or this: Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits. My Blessed Lord, you will say, I know only too well what Thou hast done for me
David - ' David was the son of Jesse, a descendant of Boaz and Ruth, a Jew and a Gentile: both Jews and Gentiles are to be Blessed in the Christ whom David typified. The sovereign grace of God rises above the ordinances that are connected with Blessing when that Blessing is rejected. David would Bless the Lord at all times: he cried, and the Lord heard him; but the psalm is manifestly prophetic of Christ: see Psalm 34:20 and others. David, girded with a linen ephod, danced before the ark, and as the anointed of God he Blessed the people and distributed his good things. Psalm 72 ends thus: "Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And Blessed be his glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with his glory
History - Scripture notes God's Blessing for the ordering of the seasons (Genesis 8:20-22 ) and recognizes that apart from God the cycle may lead to a hopeless understanding of life (Ecclesiastes 1:4 ). He intended and still intends to Bless the whole world through His chosen people (Genesis 12:3 ; Acts 3:25-26 ). The Blessing of the land and Davidic government teach that God's Blessing requires faithfulness over time
Eucharist - The worthy communicant feeds upon that sacrifice, and so appropriates the Blessing won thereby. ...
But while it is true that it is only the worthy communicant who obtains the Blessing, St. ‘The cup of Blessing which we Bless,’ ‘the bread which we break,’ suggest that during or after the meal there was a solemn Blessing of a cup, and a solemn breaking of bread, in virtue of which the cup become ‘the cup of Blessing,’ and both it and the bread which is broken assume their special character. It seems clear that the ‘blessing’ is a solemn liturgical act, and the parallelism with the breaking of bread indicates that that has the same character. The ‘cup of Blessing’ is the cup over which a Blessing has been said, or the cup which has been Blessed. Paul speaks of the cup which ‘we Bless,’ but this does riot necessarily mean that the whole assembly Blessed the cup, or broke the bread. A definite ‘blessing’ of a cup and ‘breaking of bread’ would seem to imply that the supper as a whole was not the communion, though the supper as a whole was the Lord’s Supper, for the Lord was host. 1 Corinthians 11:25), the president Blessed the cup and broke the bread; and the cup so Blessed and the bread so broken assumed their special and sacred character. The bread since it has been broken, and the cup since it has been Blessed, have assumed special characters. The fact that no cup is mentioned is no sort of evidence that the meal did not include the Blessing and partaking of a cup
Priest, Priesthood - Deuteronomy 21:5 is particularly instructive regarding these responsibilities of the priests: "The priests, the sons of Levi" were charged to "pronounce Blessings in the name of the Lord and to decide all cases of dispute and assault. " The standard priestly Blessing formula found in Numbers 6:24-26 was given as a means of invoking the name of the Lord upon the nation so that he might Bless them in their various endeavors ( Numbers 6:27 )
Abraham - , Genesis 12:1( which I will show thee;" and with it a promise, temporal (that God would Bless him, and make him founder of a great nation) and spiritual (that in him all families of the earth should be Blessed). Melchizedek, one of the only native princes who still served Jehovah, and was at once king and priest, Blessed Abraham in the name of the Most High God, possessor of heaven and earth, and Blessed God in Abraham's name, by a beautiful reciprocation of Blessing, and ministered to him bread and wine; and Abraham "gave him tithes of all. ...
Its temporal Blessings Ishmael shall share, but the spiritual and everlasting with the temporal are only to be through Sarah's son
the Samaritan Who Shewed Mercy - A kind thought, a kind look, a kind word, a kind deed; carry about that oil and that wine with you, and you will not lack wounded and half-dead men and women to Bless the day on which they first saw your face and heard your voice
the Angel of the Church in Smyrna - I Bless Thee that Thou hast counted me worthy of this day and this hour
Numbers, Book of - This peculiar separation to Jehovah is followed by instructions to Aaron and his sons as to the manner of Blessing the people, the words they were to use being given, closing with "They shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will Bless them. In spite of Israel's failure in walk, the Lord turned the attempt to curse them into the pronouncing of Blessings. Balaam saw in his successive visions the elect people of God, and announced their sanctification (Numbers 23:8-10 ); justification ( Numbers 23:19-24 ); acceptance and consequent Blessing (Numbers 24:5-9 ); the rise of a Star out of Jacob, and the destruction of the hereditary enemies of Israel
Judas - And so unconscious were the rest of the disciples who the traitor was, when the Lord at the table intimated that one of them should betray him, that they were exceeding sorrowful, and began to say unto him every one, Lord, is it I? And when the Lord to the enquiry of Judas declared that he was the person, there is nothing said of his departure, but that the Lord proceeded to Bless the bread and the cup, and said, "Drink ye all of it. The most Blessed purposes are in the design. Blessed be the Lord for presiding over his word, and preserving to us the sweet passage; for surely, to all true believers in Jesus, such views of Jesus are among the loveliest and most endearing parts in his divine character
Priest - ...
However, it seems that, on certain occasions, the judges and the kings of the Hebrews offered sacrifices unto the Lord, especially before a constant place of worship was fixed at Jerusalem; for in 1 Samuel 7:8 , we are told that Samuel, who was no priest, offered a lamb for a burnt-sacrifice to the Lord; and in 1 Samuel 9:13 , it is said that this prophet was to Bless the offering of the people, which should seem to be a function appropriated to the priests; lastly, 1 Samuel 16:5 , he goes to Bethlehem, where he offers a sacrifice at the inauguration or anointing of David. They publicly Blessed the people in the name of the Lord
Nehemiah - " Nehemiah used means, "setting a watch day and night," at the same time "praying unto our God" to Bless the means
Temple - Already in the patriarchs we find the promise of God's presence: "Do not be afraid, for I am with you, I will Bless you" (Genesis 26:24 ). God appears to the newly created covenantal community, a community formed by the exodus and, now at Sinai (which parallels Jerusalem as a place par excellence for "visions" of God), given an identity, including instructions where Yahweh's presencewith the full implication of both Blessing and dangerwould be manifest (Exodus 24-26 ; 33:12-17 ). The one who enters the temple not only receives spiritual Blessings but material ones as well (Psalm 36:7-9 ). Blessing and forgiveness, priestly functions, are pronounced by Jesus in the shadow of the temple. Thus, in Jesus' acts and words we see the temple once again as a place of holiness, of danger (words of judgment; Jesus's own death) as well as Blessing, and further extensions of the symbol are generated
Gestures - Christ heals or Blesses with an outward gesture. , Acts 13:3, Acts 19:6 and Acts 9:12, Acts 28:8; the last two are cases of healing, (d) Jesus laid on hands to Bless, as in the case of the little children (Mark 10:16 and || Mt. In another way we read of Jesus’ Blessing with a gesture of the hand, as at the Last Supper (λαβὠν—εὐλογήσας, Mark 14:23) and at the meal at Emmaus (Luke 24:30; Luke 24:35)
Paul as the Chief of Sinners - They curse themselves the more you Bless them
Peter - His Master spoke words of approval, and praise, and even Blessing to Peter the like of which He never spoke to any other man. You may be sure that it was as much to himself as to the murderers of the Prince of Life that Peter went on that day to preach and say, "Repent, therefore, that your sins may be blotted out; since God hath sent His Son to Bless you, in turning away every one of you from his iniquities
the Queen of Sheba - Only, Blessed be His name, even if you are sick till you have no spirit left in you at the sight of other men's great houses, and great riches, and wise words, and fame, and great happiness-even so, Blessed be his name, He will not despise you nor spit upon you. Only, had she known it, and seen the end of it, she was far more happy herself; as much more happy as it is to be faithful over a few things, and to admire rather than to be admired, and to Bless than to be Blessed, and to give than to receive. And He shall live, and to Him shall be given of the gold of Sheba: and Blessed be His glorious Name for ever; and let the whole earth be filled with His glory
Agony - That the truth and grace of God in Him should meet with this insult and injury from the race which He had come to save and Bless—this it was that caused His agony
Matthias the Successor to Judas Iscariot - Jesus saith to him "Thomas, because thou hast seen, thou hast believed; Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. " And you will all recall Sir Thomas Browne's noble protestation: "Now, honestly, I Bless myself that I never saw Christ nor His disciples. For then had my faith been thrust upon me, nor should I enjoy that greater Blessing pronounced to all that believe and saw not
Sacrifice And Offering - Not that sacrifice could be offered at any spot the worshipper might choose; it must be one hallowed by the tradition of a theophany: ‘in every place where I record my name I will come unto thee and I will Bless thee’ ( Exodus 20:24 RV Minister, Ministration - So, when we follow His example and are lifted out of ourselves by His Spirit of ministering love, everything that came to Him will come to us, according to the measure in which we, who are infinitely inferior to Him, will be found meet for it,—God’s approval of our life, increasing influence for good, that true greatness which consists in our becoming better able to elevate and Bless our fellow-men (cf
Saul - Love your enemies, Bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them that despitefully use you and persecute you
Zechariah, Theology of - People were expected to come to Zion for the pilgrim feasts if they wanted to receive heaven's Blessings (14:16-17). However, it is the Lord who Blesses the farmer with showers in response to prayer (Zechariah 10:1-2 ). As a reward for their obedient response in rebuilding the temple, God would Bless his people with prosperity (8:9-13)
Magi - "God be merciful to us and Bless us; that thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health unto all nations
Pentateuch - The 65 laws in the Book of the Covenant (see Numbers 18:21-324 ) include rules about images and kinds of altars (Exodus 20:22-26 ); Hebrew slaves (Exodus 21:1-11 ); offences penalized by death (Exodus 21:12-17 ); bodily injury (Exodus 21:18-24 ); offences against property (Exodus 21:25-22:17 ); miscellaneous social and cultic laws (Exodus 22:18-23:9 ); a cultic calendar (Exodus 23:10-19 ); Blessing and curse (Exodus 23:20-33 ). This Code deals with the slaughter of animals and sacrifice ( Leviticus 17:1-16 ); forbidden sexual relations (Leviticus 18:1-30 ); relationships with neighbors (Leviticus 19:1-37 ); penalties (stoning, burning); rules for personal life of the priests (Leviticus 20:1-22:16 ); the quality of sacrifices (Leviticus 22:17-33 ); a cultic calendar (Leviticus 23:1-44 ); rules for lights in the sanctuary and the shewbread (Leviticus 24:1-9 ); blasphemy (Leviticus 24:10-23 ); the sabbatic year and jubilee (Leviticus 25:1-55 ); Blessings and curses (Leviticus 26:1-46 ). These are “preached” laws, full of admonitions and exhortations to heed and obey so that the Lord may Bless them and they may live in the land (Deuteronomy 12:1 ,Deuteronomy 12:1,12:13 ,Deuteronomy 12:13,12:19 ,Deuteronomy 12:19,12:28 ; Deuteronomy 13:18 ; Deuteronomy 14:1 ; Deuteronomy 15:10 ,Deuteronomy 34:5-8:18 ; Deuteronomy 16:12 ; Deuteronomy 17:20 ,Deuteronomy 17:20,17:29 )
Ham - And then he kneeled in prayer and in thanksgiving, and he Blessed the God of his fathers that she had gone down, and that the waters still prevailed. Millions every day Bless the day he did it, and pledge his name for doing it; while other millions curse the day. But, Blessed be the Lord God of Shem; and God from that hour shall surely enlarge Japheth
Paul as a Man of Prayer - After a sermon to make a prayer and desire a Blessing, and to pray for the minister. Upon the sight of beautiful persons to Bless God for His creatures; to pray for the beauty of their souls, and that He would enrich them with inward grace to be answerable to the outward
David - in His Races - Dreadful sin! that can only be propitiated by blood, and then washed off heart and life by blood upon blood! Dreadful holiness! that can only be attained through tears and blood! But, Blessed holiness that is still attainable by us all at that, or at any other price possible to be paid by God or man! As David's holiness was, and as all their holiness is, to whom David is set forth as a portent, and at the same time as an encouragement. If any one has the steadiness of eye and the strength of head, and the spiritual ambition and enterprise, to penetrate into this region of things, he will find a field rich in these and in many suchlike spiritual Blessings in Jonathan Edwards's Religious Affections. And, till you have had time to compose a psalm exactly suitable to your own standing in grace, you might meantime sing this psalm of David every morning with a spiritual mind and a thankful heart:...
Bless, O my soul, the Lord thy God,...
And not forgetful be...
Of all His gracious benefits...
He hath bestow'd on thee
Alpha And Omega (2) - 3, God is said to Bless Israel from א to ח (because Leviticus 16:3; Leviticus 16:16 begins with א and ends with ח), but to curse only from ו to מ (because Leviticus 16:14-34 begins with ו and ends with מ). In Pauline language it represents that the people of Messiah were ‘blessed with every spiritual Blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, inasmuch as God chose them in his person before the foundation of the world … and foreordained them to be an adoption of sons,’ Ephesians 1:4-5; cf
Jonathan - ' Nor this, 'Thou didst Bless with thy mouth, whilst thou didst curse inwardly. There was something in Jonathan's love that David had never met with in any of the women whose love he had ever been Blessed with, Abigail's, or Michal's, or Solomon's mother's love, or any love his fathers had told him of in their days
David - in His Services - I Bless David's name for the Blessing my own soul gets out of his Psalms every day I live. But when I trace that Blessing up to its true source, I find that true and grace-gushing source in Jesus of Nazareth, whom I see growing in grace every day as He goes about in Galilee with David's Psalms never out of His hands. To know God, and to be in constant communion with God, this is life to David; this is better than life; this is love; this is Blessedness. Then, again, it is told of Luther in his 'Table Talk,' that being asked one day which were his favourite Psalms-Why, to be sure, he answered, Paul's four Psalms,-'Blessed is the man whose transgressions are forgiven, whose sin is covered,' 'Have mercy upon me, O God,' 'Out of the depths,' and 'Enter not into judgment with Thy servant. 'Even as David describeth the righteousness of the man unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, saying, Blessed is that man
Circumcision - The first engagement in it was, that God would "greatly Bless" Abraham; which promise, although it comprehended temporal Blessings, referred, as we learn from St. Paul, more fully to the Blessing of his justification by the imputation of his faith for righteousness, with all the spiritual advantages consequent upon the relation which was thus established between him and God, in time and eternity. The next promise was, that God would always be "a God to Abraham and to his seed after him," a promise which is connected with the highest spiritual Blessings, such as the remission of sins, and the sanctification of our nature, as well as with a visible church state. The final engagement in the Abrahamic covenant was, that in Abraham's "seed, all nations of the earth should be Blessed;" and this Blessing, we are expressly taught by St. Paul, was nothing less than the justification of all nations, that is, of all believers in all nations, by faith in Christ: "And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Heathen by faith, preached before the Gospel to Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be Blessed. So then they who are of faith are Blessed with believing Abraham;" they receive the same Blessing, justification, by the same means, faith, Galatians 3:8-9 . Circumcision was practised among them all by virtue of its divine institution at first; and was extended to their foreign servants, and to proselytes, as well as to their children; and wherever the sign of the covenant of grace was by divine appointment, there it was a seal of that covenant, to all who believingly used it; for we read of no restriction of its spiritual Blessings, that is, its saving engagements, to one line of descent from Abraham only. The temporal Blessings and external privileges comprised under general expressions in the covenant with Abraham, were explained and enlarged under that of Moses, while the spiritual Blessings remained unrestricted as before. It was a confirmation of the temporal Blessings of the Abrahamic covenant, now, by a covenant of peculiarity, made over to them, while it was still recognized as a consuetudinary rite which had descended to them from their fathers, and as the sign and seal of the covenant of grace, made with Abraham and with all his descendants without exception. But the object on which this faith rested, was "the Seed of Abraham," in whom the nations of the earth were to be Blessed: which Seed, says St. Circumcision also as an institution of Moses, who continued it as the sign and seal of the Abrahamic covenant both in its spiritual and temporal provisions, but with respect to the latter made it also a sign and seal of the restriction of its temporal Blessings and peculiar religious privileges to the descendants of Israel, was terminated by the entrance of our Lord upon his office of Mediator, in which office all nations were to be Blessed in him. ) It might be practiced and enjoined as the sign and seal of the Mosaic covenant, which was still the Abrahamic covenant with its spiritual Blessings, but with restriction of its temporal promises and special ecclesiastical privileges to the line of Jacob, with a law of observances which was obligatory upon all entering that covenant by circumcision
Transubstantiation - We most assuredly believe that the bread which we break is the communion of Christ's body, and the cup which we Bless is the communion of his blood; so that we confess and undoubtedly believe, that the faithful in the right use of the Lord's table so do eat the body and drink the blood of the Lord Jesus, that he remaineth in them and they in him; yea, that they are so made flesh of his flesh, and bones of his bones, that as the eternal Godhead hath given to the flesh of Christ Jesus life and immortality, so doth Christ Jesus's flesh and blood, eaten and drunken by us, give to us the same prerogatives
Poetry of the Hebrews - ...
Sing unto the Lord, and Bless his name. Lebanon is often put metaphorically for the whole state or people of Israel, for the temple, for the king of Assyria; Carmel, for the Blessings of peace and prosperity
Forgiveness - God would Bless them with prosperity in the land promised to the fathers, so long as they kept the law revealed through Moses; otherwise they would come under the curses of the covenant
Christ, Christology - For God had ‘raised him up’ in the sense in which He ‘raised up’ prophets of old, and ‘sent him to Bless’ His people in turning away every one of them from their iniquities (Acts 3:26)
Solomon - After kneeling in prayer Solomon stood to Bless God, at the same time begging Him to incline Israel's heart unto Himself and to "maintain their cause at all times as the matter shall require" (Hebrew "the thing of a day in its day") 1 Kings 8:59; Luke 11:3. )...
His apostasy was the more glaring, contrasted with God's goodness in appearing to him twice, Blessing him so much, and warning him so plainly; also with his own former scrupulous regard for the law, so that he would not let his Egyptian queen remain in the neighbourhood of the ark; and especially with his devout prayer at the dedication
Abraham - God chose Abraham, and called him, and Blessed him. It is very Blessed to speak and to hear about Christ and His friendship to death in the sanctuary tonight; but it will all die out of our hearts in the shop, in the office, in the kitchen, in the drawing-room, and in the dining-room tomorrow. Bless them that curse you
Eli - Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits
Balaam - I Bless God for my crushed foot. The sight of Israel lying below made the spirit of Blessing to come upon Balaam again, till Balak smote his hands together, and in his anger dismissed Balaam to his home without his wages, since he had not done his work
Plagues of Egypt - ...
"For when all things were wrapt in still silence, ...
And night, in her proper speed, holding her mid course, Thy all powerful oracle leapt down from heaven, ...
Out of the royal throne, a fierce warrior, ...
Into the midst of the land of destruction, Wielding a sharp sword, thine unfeigned command, ...
And standing up, he filled the whole with death, ...
He touched the heavens, indeed, but trod upon the earth!" ...
"And Pharaoh rose up in the night, he and all his servants, and all the Egyptians; and he called for," or sent to, "Moses and Aaron by night, and said, Get you forth from among my people, both ye and the children of Israel; and go, serve the Lord, as ye said; take also your flocks and your herds, and be gone; and Bless me also
Egypt - in that day shall Israel be the third with Egypt and with Assyria, even a Blessing in the midst of the land; whom the Lord of hosts shall Bless, saying, Blessed be Egypt my people, and Assyria the work of my hands, and Israel mine inheritance. Surely these statements apply to a time when God will bring Egypt into Blessing. This might not have been expected, seeing that Egypt is a type of the world — the place where nature gratifies its lusts, and out of which the Christian is brought — but in the millennium the earth will be brought into Blessing, and then no nation will be Blessed except as they own Jehovah and His King who will reign over all the earth. Afterwards God will also heal and bring it into Blessing: in grace He says "Blessed be Egypt my People
Anger - Paul claims that, ‘when reviled, we Bless; when persecuted, we bear it patiently; when slandered, we try to conciliate’ (1 Corinthians 4:12), thus following the example of Jesus (1 Peter 2:23)
Prayer - It is his appointed means for the obtaining of both temporal and spiritual Blessings. He could Bless his creatures in another way: but he will be inquired of, to do for them those things of which they stand in need, Ezekiel 36:37 . The revelation which he has given of his goodness lays a foundation for our asking with confidence the Blessings we need, and his ability encourages us to hope for their bestowment. From them we learn only, that God has appointed it; that he enjoins it to be offered in faith, that is, faith in Christ, whose atonement is the meritorious and procuring cause of all the Blessings to which our desires can be directed; and that prayer so offered is an indispensable condition of our obtaining the Blessings for which we ask. Again: if we pray for spiritual Blessings aright, that is, with an earnestness of desire which arises from a due apprehension of their importance, and a preference of them to all earthly good, who does not see that this implies such a deliverance from the earthly and carnal disposition which characterizes our degenerate nature, that an agency far above our own, however we may employ it, must be supposed? or else, if our own prayers could be efficient up to this point, we might, by the continual application of this instrument, complete our regeneration, independent of that grace of God, which, after all, this theory brings in. It may indeed be said, that the grace of God operates by our prayers to produce in us a state of moral fitness to receive the Blessings we ask. " It is then equally in mercy to us, as in respect to his own honour and acknowledgment, that the divine Being has suspended so many of his Blessings, and those of the highest necessity to us, upon the exercise of prayer; an act which acknowledges his uncontrollable agency; and the dependence of all creatures upon him; our insufficiency, and his fulness; and lays the foundation of that habit of gratitude and thanksgiving which is at once so meliorating to our own feelings, and so conducive to a cheerful obedience to the will of God. It is a part of the divine plan, as revealed in his word, to give many Blessings to man independent of his own prayers, leaving the subsequent improvement of them to himself
Missions - It is one of the paradoxes of history, that the missionary propaganda which aimed at the conversion and Blessing of the world, sprang from a people whose predominant characteristics were pride in racial privileges, expectation of national greatness, and contempt for all who were not of the seed of Abraham. there is the recognition of the coming of Christ as a fulfilment of prophecy, as a carrying out of the covenant made with Abraham (‘And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be Blessed’); further, in the words, ‘Unto you first God, having raised up his Servant (παῖς), sent him to Bless you,’ there is the recognition of a wider field to be entered in due time
Lord's Prayer (ii) - ’ The phrase speaks to us of His greatness and holiness, of the reverence we owe Him, of His power to Bless. The first petition of this second group shows that it is right and proper to pray for material as well as for spiritual Blessings. Blessed is the man that endureth it (James 1:12); but what of him who is drawn away by his own lusts and enticed, and so falls into the snare of the devil? By putting this petition into our lips Jesus reminds us that the hour of temptation is always a dangerous hour
Acts of the Apostles (2) - Along with this, indeed, should be taken also Acts 3:26 ‘God sent him to Bless you in turning away every one of you from your iniquities
Jesus Christ - Jesus was always more accessible than His disciples, they all rebuked the parents who brought their infants for Him to Bless (Luke 18:15-17), they all would have sent the woman of Canaan away
Priest (2) - If the priest did other duties, such as teaching, receiving tithes, and Blessing the people, these were superadded functions and not inherent in the priesthood. The Levites could teach and the kings could Bless, but by no possibility could either do the essential duties of the priesthood in representing man to God
Biblical Theology - He chooses Abram through whom to redeem a people, thereby Blessing all the nations of the earth (12:3). His aim to Bless all nations in keeping with his promise to Abraham is still at work. God faithfully raises up and Blesses leaders who are charged with guiding God's people in God's ways
Offerings And Sacrifices - Wherever I cause my name to be honored, I will come to you and Bless you
Gospel (2) - And when the child of God has entered into this Blessed relationship with his Father in heaven, that Father may be trusted implicitly (Matthew 6:25-34). The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9) ‘shows the gospel to be the Fatherhood of God applied to the whole of life; to be an inner union with God’s will and God’s kingdom, and a joyous certainty of eternal Blessings and protection from evil’ (Harnack). God and man—man not losing himself in God, God not remaining aloof from man—meet in a living communion, so that man’s dependence on God should no longer be one of compulsion, but of free and joyful self-consecration, and that the sovereignty of God over man should no more appear a tyranny, but a rule which we love and Bless. It is a spiritual Blessedness, infinitely transcending the ceremonial righteousness secured by legalism, and the political supremacy envied by the patriots. Mark 14:32-39 ||), but Blessed for men (John 14:3)
Sirach - Further, the passage 39:13, 14, in which the ‘holy sons’ are addressed and bidden ‘bless the Lord for all his works,’ is very like a reference to the hymn of the ‘three holy children’ inserted in the Greek Daniel 3:52. -To any one who compares the lines of Ben-Sira with the corresponding passages of the OT it is apparent that the latter have been subjected to Procrustean treatment; thus Genesis 17:5, ‘a father of many nations have I made thee,’ becomes in Sirach 44:19, ‘Abraham was a great father of many people’; but for Genesis 22:18, ‘in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be Blessed,’ Sirach 45:21 b substitutes, ‘that nations should be Blessed in his seed
Beatitude - —The Latin word beatitudo is derived from beâtus, the past participle of beâre, ‘to make happy,’ ‘to Bless’ (cf. ...
The primary meaning of ‘beatitude’ is Blessedness. In the earliest example of its use quoted in Murray’s Dictionary (1491, Caxton), it signifies supreme Blessedness; hence it was frequently used to describe the bliss of heaven. ’...
Trapp applies the word to ‘such as are set out of the reach of evil in the most joyous condition, having just cause to be everlastingly merry as being beati re et spe, “blessed in hand and in hope. ” ’ But there is nothing in the connotation of the word itself to suggest whether the Blessedness is enjoyed on earth or in heaven; the context must show whether it refers to an experience in the present or to a hope for the future. ...
The secondary meaning of ‘beatitude’ is a declaration of Blessedness. The Pope considers his claims to beatitude; and if these are approved, proclaims his admission to the Beatific Vision, and sanctions the ascription to him by the faithful of the title ‘Blessed. —In our Lord’s declarations of Blessedness He used a word (μακάριος) which has an instructive history, and passed by the pagan word for ‘happiness’ or ‘well-being’ (εὐδαιμονία) which is not found in the New Testament. In Homer the gods are the Blessed (μάκαρες) ones, because they excel mortal men in power or in knowledge rather than in virtue. The Greek despair of attaining Blessedness on earth led to the frequent use of ‘blessed’ as synonymous with dead; Aristotle also distinguishes between μακαρισμός or Divine Blessedness, and εὐδαιμονία or human Blessedness (Ethic. It is therefore suggestive that the Christian conception of beatitude should find expression in a word closely associated with descriptions of the Blessedness of the gods and ‘originally stronger and more ideal than εὐδαίμων. ...
But the word which describes the Blessedness of those who lack no good is ennobled by our Lord’s use of it. He turns the thoughts of His disciples from outward to inward good; He teaches that Blessedness is determined not by fortune, but by goodness, and that it is attainable on earth by all who put themselves into right relation to God. In His Beatitudes, therefore, it is desirable to translate μακάριοι ‘blessed’ rather than ‘happy. the saying of Carlyle that those who ‘find Blessedness’ can ‘do without happiness’). Since the word ‘blessed’ fell from the lips of Christ, His Beatitudes have worthily set forth an ideal of character loftier than the aristocratic virtue of the Platonists, a joy unknown to the most noble-minded of the pleasure-seeking Epicureans, a satisfaction of soul beyond the reach of the self-sufficient Stoic. Like the chiming of sweet bells, the Beatitudes call men to enter the kingdom in which to be righteous is to be Blessed; they appeal to a universal longing of the human heart, and they promise a satisfaction of soul which can be found only in obedience to the law which the Son of Man proclaims in order that His brethren may be Blessed. The Beatitudes of our Lord bring the word ‘blessed’ down to earth and there set up the kingdom of heaven; they portray no remote bliss, nor even a pleasure near at hand, but a fulness of joy within the soul. Henceforth Blessedness is seen to be the privilege not only of those who are exalted above all earthly care and suffering, but also of those who still share the limitations of this mortal life; it depends not on outward conditions such as wealth or education (cf. —‘Beatitude’ is not a Biblical word, but it is properly applied to all the sayings of our Lord which contain a declaration of the conditions of human Blessedness. The following is a list (omitting Luke 14, 15) of the single sayings of Jesus in which He declares the Blessedness of those who possess spiritual graces, or who exemplify some quality of virtue in their actions:—...
‘Blessed is he, whosoever shall find none occasion of stumbling in me. ...
‘Blessed are your eyes, for they see; and your ears, for they hear. ...
‘Blessed art thou, Simon Bar-Jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. ...
‘Blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it. ...
‘Blessed are those servants, whom the Lord when he cometh shall find watching. ...
‘If ye know these things, Blessed are ye if ye do them. ...
‘Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed. These scattered sayings suffice to indicate how often our Lord’s teaching was expressed in words of Blessing. Paul, and one found in the Codex Bezae—...
‘It is more Blessed to give than to receive. ...
‘If thou knowest what thou doest, thou art Blessed; but if thou knowest not, thou art under a curse, and a transgressor of the law. Paul is represented as giving utterance not only to some of the Beatitudes of Jesus, but also to such sayings as these—...
‘Blessed are they that keep themselves chaste, because they shall be called the temple of God. ’...
‘Blessed be they who keep the baptism, for they shall rest in Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. —When the word ‘Beatitude’ is used in the plural, it refers as a rule to those sayings of Jesus, grouped at the beginning of the Sermon on the Mount, in which He solemnly announces who are the Blessed in the Kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are they that have been persecuted for righteousness’ sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ‘Blessed are ye when men shall reproach you, and persecute you, and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. This general truth is first expressed; it is immediately afterwards brought home to the disciples as our Lord, using ‘ye’ instead of ‘they,’ reaffirms (Luke 6:11) the Blessedness of His hearers, should they endure reproach for His sake. This course is followed by some because the eighth Beatitude is not a declaration of the Blessedness of character, and by others because its promise of the Kingdom of heaven merely repeats what has already been said. Bruce refers to the ‘seven golden sentences’ which sum up the felicity of the Kingdom, though he afterwards enumerates eight classes of the Blessed (The Training of the Twelve, p. ) prefers the mystical significance of eight to similar interpretations of seven; for if seven is the number of rest after labour, ‘eight is the number of Blessedness and glory after rest’; he also dwells on the annexing of the promise of the Kingdom of heaven to the eighth Beatitude as well as to the first: ‘This is the consummation of Blessedness; the recurring note of the beatific octave; also in the eighth Beatitude the word “blessed” is repeated for the sake of greater certainty and emphasis. ’...
This repetition of the word ‘blessed’ in what is here called the eighth Beatitude is the ground assigned by some for dividing it into two Beatitudes. The words ‘rejoice and be exceeding glad’ (Matthew 5:12) are regarded as equivalent to ‘blessed. The difference between Matthew and Luke is shown in the following table, the variations in Luke being printed in italics:—...
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The chief elements in the problem to be solved are: the presence in Matthew alone of Beatitudes 3, 5, 6, 7; Luke’s variations from Matthew’s wording of Beatitudes 1, 2, 4, 8, especially (a) the absence from 1 and 4 of words which make Blessedness depend upon spiritual conditions, and (b) the use of the second person throughout. The declaration of Blessedness having been made in its most general form, it is then reaffirmed and expounded in its special bearing upon the men to whom our Lord was speaking. For example, all who would enter the Kingdom of heaven need to be told that its Blessings are bestowed on the poor in spirit; but it is to His true disciples and not to the multitude that Jesus says, ‘Ye, in your poverty, are Blessed. The theory that Luke gives the more primitive form involves the assumption that Matthew omitted the Woes and inserted an equal number of Blessings. Yet Wright’s conclusion, after a thorough study of the Synoptic problem, is that the Woes in Luke are either ‘conflated from another source’ or ‘editorial inversions of the Blessings. On the authority of one who probably heard these words of Blessing, the Beatitudes peculiar to Matthew are regarded not only as authentic sayings of Jesus, but also as parts of the original discourse. ), or because γῆ represents mystically a higher stage of Blessedness (Greg. ’ The six Beatitudes that intervene unfold different aspects of Christian virtue and set forth its peculiar Blessedness, for each Blessing promised is the fitting reward of the inward grace, and each is included in the promise of the Kingdom. Yet it seems better to distinguish the eighth Beatitude from the other seven; it diners from them essentially, for it attaches Blessedness to endurance of opposition and not to inward qualities, to conduct and not to character, to something a man does and not to what he is. ‘As the first three, the trilogy of spiritual humiliation, lead up to and produce that Blessed hunger after Divine righteousness; so the second three, a trilogy of characteristic Christian graces, are the fulfilment of the soul’s hunger. ’...
With a ‘proposal of the end—blessedness,’ says Jeremy Taylor, ‘our excellent and gracious Lawgiver begins His sermon’ (The Great Exemplar, pt. The ‘Beatitudes’ reveal the nature of true Blessedness and the conditions of its attainment; they reflect the light which shines from the Hebrew Scriptures that declare the Blessedness of the righteous; but they are illumined not only by the Prophets and Psalmists who went before, but also by the Apostles and Teachers who come after
Old Testament (i. Christ as Fulfilment of) - ’ These were expressions of an ideal as yet unformed; passing through the mind of Jesus, they appear in the form, ‘Love your enemies, and pray for them that persecute you’ (Matthew 5:44), or more completely in Luke 6:27 b, Luke 6:28 ‘Love your enemies, do good to them that hate you, Bless them that curse you, pray for them that despitefully use you
Papias, Bishop of Hierapolis - And when any of the saints shall take hold of a cluster, another shall cry out, I am a better cluster, take me, and Bless the Lord through me
Romans, Epistle to the - His Blessedness was the Blessedness of the man whose sins are hidden, St. This Blessing came to Abraham before circumcision, on which clearly it did not depend. What larger Blessing will not God bestow when He restores His people? The Gentiles must see in the fall of Israel the goodness of God towards themselves, and the possibilities of mercy for the Jews. The Jews are enemies now, in order that God may Bless the Gentiles
Messiah - 652, 794) of a glorious time when under a Divinely supported king (doubtless a member of the Hasmonæan house) war was to cease and God was to Bless the righteous and punish the wicked
Enoch Book of - -Enoch takes up his parable: God’s coming to judgment to help and Bless the righteous and destroy the ungodly (i. 22), Store-chambers of Blessing in heaven will be opened (xi. ); his charge to Methuselah to hand on the books to the generations of the world; Blessing on the observers of the true system of reckoning-year of 364 days (lxxxii. 21); the righteous are admitted to the tree of life and live patriarchal lives with very material joys and Blessings
Confession - From which time I could not remain silent; nor, indeed, did he cease to Bless me with many acts of kindness; and so great was the favour of which he thought me worthy in the land of my captivity. ' In short, no objection can be made against this assertion in the creed, but what would hold as strongly against that declaration of our Blessed Lord, ‘He that believeth, and is baptized, shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned,' Mark 16:15 . The necessity of a true belief in all whom Providence has Blessed with the means and opportunities of learning it, in order to entitle them federally to eternal salvation, being thus established upon Scripture proof, the creed goes on very regularly to declare what is that true belief so indispensably necessary