'Bless' in the Bible
Then I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you, and I will make your name great, so that you will exemplify divine blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, but the one who treats you lightly I must curse, and all the families of the earth will bless one another by your name."
I will bless her and will give you a son through her. I will bless her and she will become a mother of nations. Kings of countries will come from her!"
As for Ishmael, I have heard you. I will indeed bless him, make him fruitful, and give him a multitude of descendants. He will become the father of twelve princes; I will make him into a great nation.
I will indeed bless you, and I will greatly multiply your descendants so that they will be as countless as the stars in the sky or the grains of sand on the seashore. Your descendants will take possession of the strongholds of their enemies.
Stay in this land. Then I will be with you and will bless you, for I will give all these lands to you and to your descendants, and I will fulfill the solemn promise I made to your father Abraham.
The Lord appeared to him that night and said, "I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you. I will bless you and multiply your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham."
Then prepare for me some tasty food, the kind I love, and bring it to me. Then I will eat it so that I may bless you before I die."
Bring me some wild game and prepare for me some tasty food. Then I will eat it and bless you in the presence of the Lord before I die.'
Then you will take it to your father. Thus he will eat it and bless you before he dies."
Jacob said to his father, "I am Esau, your firstborn. I've done as you told me. Now sit up and eat some of my wild game so that you can bless me."
Isaac said, "Bring some of the wild game for me to eat, my son. Then I will bless you." So Jacob brought it to him, and he ate it. He also brought him wine, and Isaac drank.
May peoples serve you and nations bow down to you. You will be lord over your brothers, and the sons of your mother will bow down to you. May those who curse you be cursed, and those who bless you be blessed."
He also prepared some tasty food and brought it to his father. Esau said to him, "My father, get up and eat some of your son's wild game. Then you can bless me."
When Esau heard his father's words, he wailed loudly and bitterly. He said to his father, "Bless me too, my father!"
Esau said to his father, "Do you have only that one blessing, my father? Bless me too!" Then Esau wept loudly.
May the sovereign God bless you! May he make you fruitful and give you a multitude of descendants! Then you will become a large nation.
But God came to Laban the Aramean in a dream at night and warned him, "Be careful that you neither bless nor curse Jacob."
I have the power to do you harm, but the God of your father told me last night, 'Be careful that you neither bless nor curse Jacob.'
Then the man said, "Let me go, for the dawn is breaking." "I will not let you go," Jacob replied, "unless you bless me."
Joseph said to his father, "They are the sons God has given me in this place." His father said, "Bring them to me so I may bless them."
the Angel who has protected me from all harm -- bless these boys. May my name be named in them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac. May they grow into a multitude on the earth."
So he blessed them that day, saying, "By you will Israel bless, saying, 'May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.'" So he put Ephraim before Manasseh.
because of the God of your father, who will help you, because of the sovereign God, who will bless you with blessings from the sky above, blessings from the deep that lies below, and blessings of the breasts and womb.
Also, take your flocks and your herds, just as you have requested, and leave. But bless me also."
You must make for me an altar made of earth, and you will sacrifice on it your burnt offerings and your peace offerings, your sheep and your cattle. In every place where I cause my name to be honored I will come to you and I will bless you.
You must serve the Lord your God, and he will bless your bread and your water, and I will remove sickness from your midst.
"Tell Aaron and his sons, 'This is the way you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:
"The Lord bless you and protect you;
So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them."
So now, please come and curse this nation for me, for they are too powerful for me. Perhaps I will prevail so that we may conquer them and drive them out of the land. For I know that whoever you bless is blessed, and whoever you curse is cursed."
Indeed, I have received a command to bless; he has blessed, and I cannot reverse it.
Balak said to Balaam, "Neither curse them at all nor bless them at all!"
When Balaam saw that it pleased the Lord to bless Israel, he did not go as at the other times to seek for omens, but he set his face toward the wilderness.
Then Balak became very angry at Balaam, and he struck his hands together. Balak said to Balaam, "I called you to curse my enemies, and look, you have done nothing but bless them these three times!
He will love and bless you, and make you numerous. He will bless you with many children, with the produce of your soil, your grain, your new wine, your oil, the offspring of your oxen, and the young of your flocks in the land which he promised your ancestors to give you.
Then the Levites (because they have no allotment or inheritance with you), the resident foreigners, the orphans, and the widows of your villages may come and eat their fill so that the Lord your God may bless you in all the work you do.
However, there should not be any poor among you, for the Lord will surely bless you in the land that he is giving you as an inheritance,
For the Lord your God will bless you just as he has promised; you will lend to many nations but will not borrow from any, and you will rule over many nations but they will not rule over you.
You must by all means lend to him and not be upset by doing it, for because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you attempt.
You should not consider it difficult to let him go free, for he will have served you for six years, twice the time of a hired worker; the Lord your God will bless you in everything you do.
You are to celebrate the festival seven days before the Lord your God in the place he chooses, for he will bless you in all your productivity and in whatever you do; so you will indeed rejoice!
You may lend with interest to a foreigner, but not to your fellow Israelite; if you keep this command the Lord your God will bless you in all you undertake in the land you are about to enter to possess.
You must by all means return to him at sunset the item he gave you as security so that he may sleep in his outer garment and bless you for it; it will be considered a just deed by the Lord your God.
Whenever you reap your harvest in your field and leave some unraked grain there, you must not return to get it; it should go to the resident foreigner, orphan, and widow so that the Lord your God may bless all the work you do.
Look down from your holy dwelling place in heaven and bless your people Israel and the land you have given us, just as you promised our ancestors -- a land flowing with milk and honey."
"The following tribes must stand to bless the people on Mount Gerizim when you cross the Jordan: Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Joseph, and Benjamin.
The Lord will decree blessing for you with respect to your barns and in everything you do -- yes, he will bless you in the land he is giving you.
The Lord will open for you his good treasure house, the heavens, to give you rain for the land in its season and to bless all you do; you will lend to many nations but you will not borrow from any.
What I am commanding you today is to love the Lord your God, to walk in his ways, and to obey his commandments, his statutes, and his ordinances. Then you will live and become numerous and the Lord your God will bless you in the land which you are about to possess.
Bless, O Lord, his goods, and be pleased with his efforts; undercut the legs of any who attack him, and of those who hate him, so that they cannot stand.
Of Joseph he said: May the Lord bless his land with the harvest produced by the sky, by the dew, and by the depths crouching beneath;
Now at that very moment, Boaz arrived from Bethlehem and greeted the harvesters, "May the Lord be with you!" They replied, "May the Lord bless you!"
Eli would bless Elkanah and his wife saying, "May the Lord raise up for you descendants from this woman to replace the one that she dedicated to the Lord." Then they would go to their home.
When you enter the town, you can find him before he goes up to the high place to eat. The people won't eat until he arrives, for he must bless the sacrifice. Once that happens, those who have been invited will eat. Now go on up, for this is the time when you can find him!"
When Samuel came to him, Saul said to him, "May the Lord bless you! I have done what the Lord said."
Now be willing to bless your servant's dynasty so that it may stand permanently before you, for you, O sovereign Lord, have spoken. By your blessing may your servant's dynasty be blessed on into the future!"
David said to the Gibeonites, "What can I do for you, and how can I make amends so that you will bless the Lord's inheritance?"
Jabez called out to the God of Israel, "If only you would greatly bless me and expand my territory! May your hand be with me! Keep me from harm so I might not endure pain!" God answered his prayer.
Now you are willing to bless your servant's dynasty so that it may stand permanently before you, for you, O Lord, have blessed it and it will be blessed from now on into the future."
The Levites -- Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah, and Pethahiah -- said, "Stand up and bless the LORD your God!" "May you be blessed, O LORD our God, from age to age. May your glorious name be blessed; may it be lifted up above all blessing and praise.
whose heart did not bless me as he warmed himself with the fleece of my sheep,
For the music director; to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a psalm, a song. May God show us his favor and bless us! May he smile on us! (Selah)
The earth yields its crops. May God, our God, bless us!
May God bless us! Then all the ends of the earth will give him the honor he deserves.
He loved to curse others, so those curses have come upon him. He had no desire to bless anyone, so he has experienced no blessings.
They curse, but you will bless. When they attack, they will be humiliated, but your servant will rejoice.
The Lord takes notice of us, he will bless -- he will bless the family of Israel, he will bless the family of Aaron.
He will bless his loyal followers, both young and old.
May the Lord bless you from Zion, that you might see Jerusalem prosper all the days of your life,
May the Lord, the Creator of heaven and earth, bless you from Zion!
There is a generation who curse their fathers and do not bless their mothers.
They will not work in vain, or give birth to children that will experience disaster. For the Lord will bless their children and their descendants.
The Lord God of Israel who rules over all says, "I will restore the people of Judah to their land and to their towns. When I do, they will again say of Jerusalem, 'May the Lord bless you, you holy mountain, the place where righteousness dwells.'
The seed is still in the storehouse, isn't it? And the vine, fig tree, pomegranate, and olive tree have not produced. Nevertheless, from today on I will bless you.'"
bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you.
God raised up his servant and sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each one of you from your iniquities."
Bless those who persecute you, bless and do not curse.
Is not the cup of blessing that we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread that we break a sharing in the body of Christ?
saying, "Surely I will bless you greatly and multiply your descendants abundantly."
With it we bless the Lord and Father, and with it we curse people made in God's image.
Do not return evil for evil or insult for insult, but instead bless others because you were called to inherit a blessing.
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