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27 Bible Verses about Benedictions
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“Tell Aaron and his sons how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them: May Yahweh bless you and protect you; may Yahweh make His face shine on you
and be gracious to you;read more.
may Yahweh look with favor on you
and give you peace. In this way they will pronounce My name over the Israelites, and I will bless them.”
Then the priests, the sons of Levi, will come forward, for Yahweh your God has chosen them to serve Him and pronounce blessings in His name, and they are to give a ruling in every dispute and case of assault.
When Solomon finished praying this entire prayer and petition to the Lord, he got up from kneeling before the altar of the Lord, with his hands spread out toward heaven, and he stood and blessed the whole congregation of Israel with a loud voice: “May the Lord be praised! He has given rest to His people Israel according to all He has said. Not one of all the good promises He made through His servant Moses has failed.read more.
May the Lord our God be with us as He was with our ancestors. May He not abandon us or leave us so that He causes us to be devoted to Him, to walk in all His ways, and to keep His commands, statutes, and ordinances, which He commanded our ancestors. May my words I have made my petition with before the Lord be near the Lord our God day and night, so that He may uphold His servant’s cause and the cause of His people Israel, as each day requires, and so that all the peoples of the earth may know that Yahweh is God. There is no other! Let your heart be completely devoted to the Lord our God to walk in His statutes and to keep His commands, as it is today.”
Then Melchizedek, king of Salem, brought out bread and wine; he was a priest to God Most High. He blessed him and said:Abram is blessed by God Most High,
Creator of heaven and earth, and I give praise to God Most High
who has handed over your enemies to you.And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
When David returned home to bless his household, Saul’s daughter Michal came out to meet him. “How the king of Israel honored himself today!” she said. “He exposed himself today in the sight of the slave girls of his subjects like a vulgar person would expose himself.”
Then the king turned and blessed the entire congregation of Israel while they were standing. He said:May the Lord God of Israel be praised!
He spoke directly to my father David,
and He has fulfilled the promise
by His power.
He said, “Since the day I brought My people Israel
out of the land of Egypt,
I have not chosen a city to build a temple in
among any of the tribes of Israel,
so that My name would be there,
and I have not chosen a man
to be ruler over My people Israel.read more.
But I have chosen Jerusalem
so that My name will be there,
and I have chosen David
to be over My people Israel.” Now it was in the heart of my father David
to build a temple for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. However, Yahweh said to my father David,
“Since it was your desire to build a temple for My name,
you have done well to have this desire. Yet, you are not the one to build the temple,
but your son, your own offspring,
will build the temple for My name.” So Yahweh has fulfilled what He promised.
I have taken the place of my father David
and I sit on the throne of Israel, as Yahweh promised.
I have built the temple for the name of Yahweh, the God of Israel. I have put the ark there,
where Yahweh’s covenant is
that He made with the Israelites.
Joshua blessed them and sent them on their way, and they went to their homes. Moses had given territory to half the tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, but Joshua had given territory to the other half, with their brothers, on the west side of the Jordan. When Joshua sent them to their homes and blessed them, he said, “Return to your homes with great wealth: a huge number of cattle, and silver, gold, bronze, iron, and a large quantity of clothing. Share the spoil of your enemies with your brothers.”
This is the blessing that Moses, the man of God, gave the Israelites before his death. He said:The Lord came from Sinai
and appeared to them from Seir;
He shone on them from Mount Paran
and came with ten thousand holy ones,
with lightning from His right hand for them. Indeed He loves the people.
All Your holy ones are in Your hand,
and they assemble at Your feet.
Each receives Your words.read more.
Moses gave us instruction,
a possession for the assembly of Jacob. So He became King in Jeshurun
when the leaders of the people gathered
with the tribes of Israel. Let Reuben live and not die
though his people become few. He said this about Judah:Lord, hear Judah’s cry and bring him to his people.
He fights for his cause with his own hands,
but may You be a help against his foes. He said about Levi:Your Thummim and Urim belong to Your faithful one;
You tested him at Massah
and contended with him at the waters of Meribah. He said about his father and mother,
“I do not regard them.”
He disregarded his brothers
and didn’t acknowledge his sons,
for they kept Your word
and maintained Your covenant. They will teach Your ordinances to Jacob
and Your instruction to Israel;
they will set incense before You
and whole burnt offerings on Your altar. Lord, bless his possessions,
and accept the work of his hands.
Smash the loins of his adversaries and enemies,
so that they cannot rise again. He said about Benjamin:The Lord’s beloved rests securely on Him.
He shields him all day long,
and he rests on His shoulders. He said about Joseph:May his land be blessed by the Lord
with the dew of heaven’s bounty
and the watery depths that lie beneath; with the bountiful harvest from the sun
and the abundant yield of the seasons; with the best products of the ancient mountains
and the bounty of the eternal hills; with the choice gifts of the land
and everything in it;
and with the favor of Him
who appeared in the burning bush.
May these rest on the head of Joseph,
on the crown of the prince of his brothers. His firstborn bull has splendor,
and horns like those of a wild ox;
he gores all the peoples with them
to the ends of the earth.
Such are the ten thousands of Ephraim,
and such are the thousands of Manasseh. He said about Zebulun:Rejoice, Zebulun, in your journeys,
and Issachar, in your tents. They summon the peoples to a mountain;
there they offer acceptable sacrifices.
For they draw from the wealth of the seas
and the hidden treasures of the sand. He said about Gad:The one who enlarges Gad’s territory
will be blessed.
He lies down like a lion
and tears off an arm or even a head. He chose the best part for himself,
because a ruler’s portion was assigned there for him.
He came with the leaders of the people;
he carried out the Lord’s justice
and His ordinances for Israel. He said about Dan:Dan is a young lion,
leaping out of Bashan. He said about Naphtali:Naphtali, enjoying approval,
full of the Lord’s blessing,
take possession to the west and the south. He said about Asher:May Asher be the most blessed of the sons;
may he be the most favored among his brothers
and dip his foot in olive oil. May the bolts of your gate be iron and bronze,
and your strength last as long as you live. There is none like the God of Jeshurun,
who rides the heavens to your aid,
the clouds in His majesty. The God of old is your dwelling place,
and underneath are the everlasting arms.
He drives out the enemy before you
and commands, “Destroy!” So Israel dwells securely;
Jacob lives untroubled
in a land of grain and new wine;
even his skies drip with dew. How happy you are, Israel!
Who is like you,
a people saved by the Lord?
He is the shield that protects you,
the sword you boast in.
Your enemies will cringe before you,
and you will tread on their backs.
She said to them, “Each of you go back to your mother’s home. May the Lord show faithful love to you as you have shown to the dead and to me. May the Lord enable each of you to find security in the house of your new husband.” She kissed them, and they wept loudly.
So he came closer and kissed him. When Isaac smelled his clothes, he blessed him and said:Ah, the smell of my son
is like the smell of a field
that the Lord has blessed. May God give to you—
from the dew of the sky
and from the richness of the land—
an abundance of grain and new wine. May peoples serve you
and nations bow down to you.
Be master over your brothers;
may your mother’s sons bow down to you.
Those who curse you will be cursed,
and those who bless you will be blessed.
And Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons God has given me here.”So Jacob said, “Bring them to me and I will bless them.” Now his eyesight was poor because of old age; he could hardly see. Joseph brought them to him, and he kissed and embraced them. Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, but now God has even let me see your offspring.” read more.
Then Joseph took them from his father’s knees and bowed with his face to the ground. Then Joseph took them both—with his right hand Ephraim toward Israel’s left, and with his left hand Manasseh toward Israel’s right—and brought them to Israel. But Israel stretched out his right hand and put it on the head of Ephraim, the younger, and crossing his hands, put his left on Manasseh’s head, although Manasseh was the firstborn. Then he blessed Joseph and said:The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, the Angel who has redeemed me from all harm—
may He bless these boys.
And may they be called by my name
and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they grow to be numerous within the land. When Joseph saw that his father had placed his right hand on Ephraim’s head, he thought it was a mistake and took his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s. Joseph said to his father, “Not that way, my father! This one is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head.” But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know! He too will become a tribe, and he too will be great; nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his offspring will become a populous nation.” So he blessed them that day with these words:The nation Israel will invoke blessings by you, saying,
“May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh,”
putting Ephraim before Manasseh. Then Israel said to Joseph, “Look, I am about to die, but God will be with you and will bring you back to the land of your fathers. Over and above what I am giving your brothers, I am giving you the one mountain slope that I took from the hand of the Amorites with my sword and bow.”
Then Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather around, and I will tell you what will happen to you in the days to come. Come together and listen, sons of Jacob;
listen to your father Israel: Reuben, you are my firstborn,
my strength and the firstfruits of my virility,
excelling in prominence, excelling in power.read more.
Turbulent as water, you will no longer excel,
because you got into your father’s bed
and you defiled it—he got into my bed. Simeon and Levi are brothers;
their knives are vicious weapons. May I never enter their council;
may I never join their assembly.
For in their anger they kill men,
and on a whim they hamstring oxen. Their anger is cursed, for it is strong,
and their fury, for it is cruel!
I will disperse them throughout Jacob
and scatter them throughout Israel. Judah, your brothers will praise you.
Your hand will be on the necks of your enemies;
your father’s sons will bow down to you. Judah is a young lion—
my son, you return from the kill.
He crouches; he lies down like a lion
or a lioness—who dares to rouse him? The scepter will not depart from Judah
or the staff from between his feet
until He whose right it is comes
and the obedience of the peoples belongs to Him. He ties his donkey to a vine,
and the colt of his donkey to the choice vine.
He washes his clothes in wine
and his robes in the blood of grapes. His eyes are darker than wine,
and his teeth are whiter than milk. Zebulun will live by the seashore
and will be a harbor for ships,
and his territory will be next to Sidon. Issachar is a strong donkey
lying down between the saddlebags. He saw that his resting place was good
and that the land was pleasant,
so he leaned his shoulder to bear a load
and became a forced laborer. Dan will judge his people
as one of the tribes of Israel. He will be a snake by the road,
a viper beside the path,
that bites the horses’ heels
so that its rider falls backward. I wait for Your salvation, Lord. Gad will be attacked by raiders,
but he will attack their heels. Asher’s food will be rich,
and he will produce royal delicacies. Naphtali is a doe set free
that bears beautiful fawns. Joseph is a fruitful vine,
a fruitful vine beside a spring;
its branches climb over the wall. The archers attacked him,
shot at him, and were hostile toward him. Yet his bow remained steady,
and his strong arms were made agile
by the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob,
by the name of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, by the God of your father who helps you,
and by the Almighty who blesses you
with blessings of the heavens above,
blessings of the deep that lies below,
and blessings of the breasts and the womb. The blessings of your father excel
the blessings of my ancestors
and the bounty of the eternal hills.
May they rest on the head of Joseph,
on the crown of the prince of his brothers. Benjamin is a wolf; he tears his prey.
In the morning he devours the prey,
and in the evening he divides the plunder.” These are the tribes of Israel, 12 in all, and this was what their father said to them. He blessed them, and he blessed each one with a suitable blessing.
To all who are in Rome, loved by God, called as saints.Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
The God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.
and all the brothers who are with me:To the churches of Galatia. Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins to rescue us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father.read more.
To whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.
Peace to the brothers, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
To Timothy, my true son in the faith.Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep—with the blood of the everlasting covenant, equip you with all that is good to do His will, working in us what is pleasing in His sight, through Jesus Christ. Glory belongs to Him forever and ever. Amen.
Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory in Christ Jesus, will personally restore, establish, strengthen, and support you after you have suffered a little.
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Benedictions » Old testament examples of
Benedictions » Apostolic
The God of peace
Benedictions » Other passages appropriate to use as
Now to Him who is able
Now the God of all grace, who called you to His eternal glory
Now to the King
Now may the God of peace, who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus—the great Shepherd of the sheep
Benedictions » Instances of » By half the tribes, who stood on mount gerizim
When the Lord your God brings you into the land you are entering to possess, you are to proclaim the blessing at Mount Gerizim and the curse at Mount Ebal. Aren't these mountains across the Jordan, beyond the western road in the land of the Canaanites, who live in the Arabah, opposite Gilgal, near the oaks of Moreh?
On that day Moses commanded the people, "When you have crossed the Jordan, these [tribes] will stand on Mount Gerizim to bless the people: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin. And these [tribes] will stand on Mount Ebal to deliver the curse: Reuben, Gad, Asher, Zebulun, Dan, and Naphtali.
All Israel, foreigner and citizen alike, with their elders, officers, and judges, stood on either side of the ark of the Lord’s covenant facing the Levitical priests who carried it. As Moses the Lord’s servant had commanded earlier, half of them were in front of Mount Gerizim and half in front of Mount Ebal,
Benedictions » Divinely appointed
“At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi
Then the priests, the sons of Levi, will come forward, for Yahweh your God has chosen them to serve Him and pronounce blessings in His name, and they are to give a ruling in
Benedictions » Instances of » By solomon, upon the people
and he stood and blessed the whole congregation of Israel with a loud voice: "May the Lord be praised! He has given rest to His people Israel according to all He has said. Not one of all the good promises He made through His servant Moses has failed. May the Lord our God be with us as He was with our ancestors. May He not abandon us or leave us. read more.
May He incline our hearts toward Him to walk in all His ways and to keep His commands, ordinances, and judgments, which He commanded our ancestors.
Benedictions » Instances of » By isaac » Upon jacob
He did not recognize him, because his hands were hairy like those of his brother Esau; so he blessed him. Again he asked, "Are you really my son Esau?" And he replied, "I am." Then he said, "Serve me, and let me eat some of my son's game so that I can bless you." Jacob brought it to him, and he ate; he brought him wine, and he drank. read more.
Then his father Isaac said to him, "Please come closer and kiss me, my son." So he came closer and kissed him. When Isaac smelled his clothes, he blessed him and said: Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the Lord has blessed. May God give to you- from the dew of the sky and from the richness of the land- an abundance of grain and new wine. May peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. Be master over your brothers; may your mother's sons bow down to you. Those who curse you will be cursed, and those who bless you will be blessed.
Isaac summoned Jacob, blessed him, and commanded him: "Don't take a wife from the Canaanite women. Go at once to Paddan-aram, to the house of Bethuel, your mother's father. Marry one of the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother. May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and multiply you so that you become an assembly of peoples. read more.
May God give you and your offspring the blessing of Abraham so that you may possess the land where you live as an alien, the land God gave to Abraham."
Benedictions » Instances of » By melchizedek. Upon abraham
He blessed him and said: Abram is blessed by God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and give praise to God Most High who has handed over your enemies to you. And Abram gave him a tenth of everything.
Then his father Isaac answered him: Look, your dwelling place will be away from the richness of the land, away from the dew of the sky above. You will live by your sword, and you will serve your brother. But when you rebel, you will break his yoke from your neck.
Benedictions » Instances of » By the people, upon ruth
The elders and all the people who were at the gate said, "We are witnesses. May the Lord make the woman who is entering your house like Rachel and Leah, who together built the house of Israel. May you be powerful in Ephrathah and famous in Bethlehem. May your house become like the house of Perez, the son Tamar bore to Judah, because of the offspring the Lord will give you by this young woman."
Benedictions » Instances of » By joshua
Joshua blessed them and sent them on their way, and they went to their homes. Moses had given [territory] to half the tribe of Manasseh in Bashan, but Joshua had given [territory] to the other half, with their brothers, on the west side of the Jordan. When Joshua sent them to their homes and blessed them,
Benedictions » Instances of » By jacob » Upon pharaoh
Joseph then brought his father Jacob and presented him before Pharaoh, and Jacob blessed Pharaoh. Then Pharaoh said to Jacob, "How many years have you lived?" Jacob said to Pharaoh, "My pilgrimage has lasted 130 years. My years have been few and hard, and they have not surpassed the years of my fathers during their pilgrimages." read more.
So Jacob blessed Pharaoh and departed from Pharaoh's presence.
Benedictions » Instances of » By aaron
Aaron lifted up his hands toward the people and blessed them. He came down after sacrificing the sin offering, the burnt offering, and the fellowship offering. Moses and Aaron then entered the tent of meeting. When they came out, they blessed the people, and the glory of the Lord appeared to all the people.
Benedictions » Levitical, forms of
Benedictions » Instances of » By araunah, upon david
Benedictions » Instances of » By joshua » Upon caleb
Benedictions » Instances of » By david » Upon barzillai
Benedictions » Instances of » By bethuel's household, upon rebekah
Benedictions » Instances of » By naomi, upon ruth and orpah
She said to them, "Each of you go back to your mother's home. May the Lord show faithful love to you as you have shown to the dead and to me. May the Lord enable each of you to find security in the house of your [new] husband." She kissed them, and they wept loudly.
Benedictions » Instances of » By jesus, upon his followers
Benedictions » Instances of » By eli, upon elkanah
Benedictions » Instances of » By david » upon the people
God blessed Noah and his sons and said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth. The fear and terror of you will be in every living creature on the earth, every bird of the sky, every creature that crawls on the ground, and all the fish of the sea. They are placed under your authority.
Benedictions » Instances of » By simeon, upon jesus
Benedictions » By God » Upon creatures he had made
God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful, multiply, fill the earth,