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
They ate some of the produce of the land the day after the Passover, including unleavened bread and roasted grain. The manna stopped appearing the day they ate some of the produce of the land; the Israelites never ate manna again. read more. When Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him holding a drawn sword. Joshua approached him and asked him, "Are you on our side or allied with our enemies?" He answered, "Truly I am the commander of the Lord's army. Now I have arrived!" Joshua bowed down with his face to the ground and asked, "What does my master want to say to his servant?" The commander of the Lord's army answered Joshua, "Remove your sandals from your feet, because the place where you stand is holy." Joshua did so.
Give sincere homage! Otherwise he will be angry, and you will die because of your behavior, when his anger quickly ignites. How blessed are all who take shelter in him!
An evil person suffers much pain, but the Lord's faithfulness overwhelms the one who trusts in him.
How blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen to be his special possession.
for they will provide a long and full life, and they will add well-being to you.
then your barns will be filled completely, and your vats will overflow with new wine.
Wisdom is supreme -- so acquire wisdom, and whatever you acquire, acquire understanding!
"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. "Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and say all kinds of evil things about you falsely on account of me.
Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
Now as Jesus was starting out on his way, someone ran up to him, fell on his knees, and said, "Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?"
Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, "How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!"
Then he looked up at his disciples and said: "Blessed are you who are poor, for the kingdom of God belongs to you. "Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied. "Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh. read more. "Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil on account of the Son of Man!
"Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you and insult you and reject you as evil on account of the Son of Man! Rejoice in that day, and jump for joy, because your reward is great in heaven. For their ancestors did the same things to the prophets. read more. "But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your comfort already. "Woe to you who are well satisfied with food now, for you will be hungry. "Woe to you who laugh now, for you will mourn and weep. "Woe to you when all people speak well of you, for their ancestors did the same things to the false prophets.
Now at one point the Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God was coming, so he answered, "The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, nor will they say, 'Look, here it is!' or 'There!' For indeed, the kingdom of God is in your midst."
Jesus replied, "I tell you the solemn truth, unless a person is born from above, he cannot see the kingdom of God." Nicodemus said to him, "How can a man be born when he is old? He cannot enter his mother's womb and be born a second time, can he?" read more. Jesus answered, "I tell you the solemn truth, 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. The one who rejects the Son will not see life, but God's wrath remains on him.
But whoever drinks some of the water that I will give him will never be thirsty again, but the water that I will give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up to eternal life."
"I tell you the solemn truth, the one who hears my message and believes the one who sent me has eternal life and will not be condemned, but has crossed over from death to life.
The one who eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.
Now this is eternal life -- that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you sent.
So even David himself speaks regarding the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
Is this blessedness then for the circumcision or also for the uncircumcision? For we say, "faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness."
Where then is your sense of happiness now? For I testify about you that if it were possible, you would have pulled out your eyes and given them to me!
This accords with the glorious gospel of the blessed God that was entrusted to me.
-- whose appearing the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, will reveal at the right time.
Happy is the one who endures testing, because when he has proven to be genuine, he will receive the crown of life that God promised to those who love him.