The substantive does not occur either in AV or RV of the OT, and has rightly been expunged from the RV of Ro 4:6,9; Ga 4:15, where alone it had place in the AV of the NT. 'Blessed' and 'happy' are found in both Testaments as a varying translation of the same Heb. or Gr. word; 'blessed' greatly pre-ponderating. The Biblical blessedness represents a conception of happiness in which the religious relation is taken into account, with its emotions and its issues. In the OT these issues sometimes lie rather in material prosperity
On the day following Passover on that exact day they ate the produce of the land, unleavened cakes and parched grain. The manna ceased on the day they ate the produce of the land. Since the Israelis no longer received manna, they ate crops from the land of Canaan that year. read more. Now it happened that while Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and much to his amazement, he saw a man standing in front of him, holding a drawn sword in his hand! Joshua approached him and asked him, "Are you one of us, or are you with our enemies?" "Neither," he answered. "I have come as commander of the LORD's Army." Joshua immediately fell on his face to the earth and worshipped, saying to him, "Lord, what do you have for your servant by way of command?" The commander of the LORD's Army replied to Joshua, "Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you're standing is holy." So Joshua did so.
Kiss the son before he becomes angry, and you die where you stand. Indeed, his wrath can flare up quickly. How blessed are those who take refuge in him. A Davidic Psalm, when he fled from his son Absalom.
The wicked have many sorrows, but gracious love surrounds those who trust in the LORD.
How blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD, the people he has chosen as his own inheritance.
For they will add length to your days, years to your life, and abundant peace to you.
so your barns will be filled with abundance, and your vats will burst open with new wine.
Wisdom is of utmost importance, therefore get wisdom, and with all your effort work to acquire understanding.
"How blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, because the kingdom from heaven belongs to them! "How blessed are you whenever people insult you, persecute you, and say all sorts of evil things against you falsely because of me!
"Then the king will say to those on his right, "Come, you who have been blessed by my Father! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world,
As Jesus was setting out again, a man ran up to him, knelt down in front of him, and asked him, "Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Then Jesus looked around and told his disciples, "How hard it will be for those who are wealthy to enter the kingdom of God!"
Then Jesus looked at his disciples and said, "How blessed are you who are destitute, because the kingdom of God is yours! How blessed are you who are hungry now, because you will be satisfied! How blessed are you who are crying now, because you will laugh! read more. "How blessed are you whenever people hate you, avoid you, insult you, and slander you because of the Son of Man!
"How blessed are you whenever people hate you, avoid you, insult you, and slander you because of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, because your reward in heaven is great! That's the way their ancestors used to treat the prophets. read more. "But how terrible it will be for you who are rich, because you have had your comfort! How terrible it will be for you who are full now, because you will be hungry! How terrible it will be for you who are laughing now, because you will mourn and cry! "How terrible it will be for you when everyone says nice things about you, because that's the way their ancestors used to treat the false prophets!"
Once Jesus was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come. He answered them, "The kingdom of God is not coming with a visible display. People won't be saying, "Look! Here it is!' or "There it is!' because now the kingdom of God is among you."
Jesus replied to him, "Truly, I tell you emphatically, unless a person is born from above he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus asked him, "How can a person be born when he is old? He can't go back into his mother's womb a second time and be born, can he?" read more. Jesus answered, "Truly, I tell you emphatically, unless a person is born of water and Spirit he cannot enter the kingdom of God.
The one who believes in the Son has eternal life, but the one who disobeys the Son will not see life. Instead, the wrath of God remains on him.
But whoever drinks the water that I will give him will never become thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become a well of water for him, springing up to eternal life."
"Truly, I tell all of you emphatically, whoever hears what I say and believes in the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be judged, but has passed from death to life.
Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I'll raise him to life on the last day,
And this is eternal life: to know you, the only true God, and the one whom you sent Jesus the Messiah.
Likewise, David also speaks of the blessedness of the person whom God regards as righteous apart from actions:
Now does this blessedness come to the circumcised alone, or also to the uncircumcised? For we say, "Abraham's faith was credited to him as righteousness."
What, then, happened to your positive attitude? For I testify that if it had been possible, you would have torn out your eyes and given them to me.
that agrees with the glorious gospel of the blessed God, which he entrusted to me.
At the right time, he will make him known. God is the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords.
How blessed is the man who endures temptation! When he has passed the test, he will receive the victor's crown of life that God has promised to those who keep on loving him.