'Blessing' in the Bible
And I will make you a great nation,And I will bless you,And make your name great;And so you shall be a blessing;
Perhaps my father will feel me, then I will be as a deceiver in his sight, and I will bring upon myself a curse and not a blessing.”
Now it came about, as soon as Isaac had finished blessing Jacob, and Jacob had hardly gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
And he said, “Your brother came deceitfully and has taken away your blessing.”
Then he said, “Is he not rightly named Jacob, for he has supplanted me these two times? He took away my birthright, and behold, now he has taken away my blessing.” And he said, “Have you not reserved a blessing for me?”
Esau said to his father, “Do you have only one blessing, my father? Bless me, even me also, O my father.” So Esau lifted his voice and wept.
So Esau bore a grudge against Jacob because of the blessing with which his father had blessed him; and Esau said to himself, “The days of mourning for my father are near; then I will kill my brother Jacob.”
May He also give you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your descendants with you, that you may possess the land of your sojournings, which God gave to Abraham.”
It came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph; thus the Lord’s blessing was upon all that he owned, in the house and in the field.
He blessed them that day, saying,“By you Israel will pronounce blessing, saying,‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh!’”Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh.
All these are the twelve tribes of Israel, and this is what their father said to them when he blessed them. He blessed them, every one with the blessing appropriate to him.
Then Moses said, “Dedicate yourselves today to the Lord—for every man has been against his son and against his brother—in order that He may bestow a blessing upon you today.”
then I will so order My blessing for you in the sixth year that it will bring forth the crop for three years.
Then Balak’s anger burned against Balaam, and he struck his hands together; and Balak said to Balaam, “I called you to curse my enemies, but behold, you have persisted in blessing them these three times!
“See, I am setting before you today a blessing and a curse:
the blessing, if you listen to the commandments of the Lord your God, which I am commanding you today;
“It shall come about, when the Lord your God brings you into the land where you are entering to possess it, that you shall place the blessing on Mount Gerizim and the curse on Mount Ebal.
“However, you may slaughter and eat meat within any of your gates, whatever you desire, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you; the unclean and the clean may eat of it, as of the gazelle and the deer.
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the Lord your God which He has given you.
Nevertheless, the Lord your God was not willing to listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you because the Lord your God loves you.
The Lord will command the blessing upon you in your barns and in all that you put your hand to, and He will bless you in the land which the Lord your God gives you.
“So it shall be when all of these things have come upon you, the blessing and the curse which I have set before you, and you call them to mind in all nations where the Lord your God has banished you,
I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, the blessing and the curse. So choose life in order that you may live, you and your descendants,
Now this is the blessing with which Moses the man of God blessed the sons of Israel before his death.
Of Naphtali he said,“O Naphtali, satisfied with favor,And full of the blessing of the Lord,Take possession of the sea and the south.”
Then afterward he read all the words of the law, the blessing and the curse, according to all that is written in the book of the law.
Then she said, “Give me a blessing; since you have given me the land of the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So he gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.
She said to him, “Give me a blessing, since you have given me the land of the Negev, give me also springs of water.” So Caleb gave her the upper springs and the lower springs.
Now therefore, may it please You to bless the house of Your servant, that it may continue forever before You. For You, O Lord God, have spoken; and with Your blessing may the house of Your servant be blessed forever.”
Then the Levites, Jeshua, Kadmiel, Bani, Hashabneiah, Sherebiah, Hodiah, Shebaniah and Pethahiah, said, “Arise, bless the Lord your God forever and ever!O may Your glorious name be blessedAnd exalted above all blessing and praise!
because they did not meet the sons of Israel with bread and water, but hired Balaam against them to curse them. However, our God turned the curse into a blessing.
“The blessing of the one ready to perish came upon me,And I made the widow’s heart sing for joy.
Salvation belongs to the Lord;Your blessing be upon Your people! Selah.
He shall receive a blessing from the LordAnd righteousness from the God of his salvation.
All day long he is gracious and lends,And his descendants are a blessing.
He also loved cursing, so it came to him;And he did not delight in blessing, so it was far from him.
Nor do those who pass by say,“The blessing of the Lord be upon you;We bless you in the name of the Lord.”
It is like the dew of HermonComing down upon the mountains of Zion;For there the Lord commanded the blessing—life forever. Cross references: Psalm 133:1 : Gen 13:8; Heb 13:1 Psalm 133:2 : Ex 29:7; 30:25, 30; Lev 8:12 Psalm 133:2 : Ex 28:33; 39:24 Psalm 133:3 : Prov 19:12; Hos 14:5; Mic 5:7 Psalm 133:3 : Deut 3:9; 4:48 Psalm 133:3 : Ps 48:2; 74:2; 78:68 Psalm 133:3 : Lev 25:21; Deut 28:8; Ps 42:8 Psalm 133:3 : Ps 21:4 end of crossrefs
It is the blessing of the Lord that makes rich,And He adds no sorrow to it.
By the blessing of the upright a city is exalted,But by the mouth of the wicked it is torn down.
He who withholds grain, the people will curse him,But blessing will be on the head of him who sells it.
But to those who rebuke the wicked will be delight,And a good blessing will come upon them.
In that day Israel will be the third party with Egypt and Assyria, a blessing in the midst of the earth,
‘For I will pour out water on the thirsty landAnd streams on the dry ground;I will pour out My Spirit on your offspringAnd My blessing on your descendants;
I will make them and the places around My hill a blessing. And I will cause showers to come down in their season; they will be showers of blessing.
The first of all the first fruits of every kind and every contribution of every kind, from all your contributions, shall be for the priests; you shall also give to the priest the first of your dough to cause a blessing to rest on your house.
Who knows whether He will not turn and relentAnd leave a blessing behind Him,Even a grain offering and a drink offeringFor the Lord your God?
It will come about that just as you were a curse among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so I will save you that you may become a blessing. Do not fear; let your hands be strong.’
Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, so that there may be food in My house, and test Me now in this,” says the Lord of hosts, “if I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you a blessing until it overflows.
While they were eating, Jesus took some bread, and after a blessing, He broke it and gave it to the disciples, and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
And He took them in His arms and began blessing them, laying His hands on them.
While they were eating, He took some bread, and after a blessing He broke it, and gave it to them, and said, “Take it; this is My body.”
While He was blessing them, He parted from them and was carried up into heaven.
just as David also speaks of the blessing on the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:
Is this blessing then on the circumcised, or on the uncircumcised also? For we say, “Faith was credited to Abraham as righteousness.”
I know that when I come to you, I will come in the fullness of the blessing of Christ.
Is not the cup of blessing which we bless a sharing in the blood of Christ? Is not the bread which we break a sharing in the body of Christ?
In this confidence I intended at first to come to you, so that you might twice receive a blessing;
in order that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we would receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
Where then is that sense of blessing you had? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your eyes and given them to me.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ,
For ground that drinks the rain which often falls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God;
For you know that even afterwards, when he desired to inherit the blessing, he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.
from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose that you might inherit a blessing.
saying with a loud voice,“Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing.”
And every created thing which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all things in them, I heard saying,“To Him who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb, be blessing and honor and glory and dominion forever and ever.”
saying,“Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.”
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