'Gift' in the Bible
“God has given me a good gift,” Leah said. “This time my husband will honor me because I have borne six sons for him,” and she named him Zebulun.
He spent the night there and took part of what he had brought with him as a gift for his brother Esau:
then tell him, ‘They belong to your servant Jacob. They are a gift sent to my lord Esau. And look, he is behind us.’”
You are also to say, ‘Look, your servant Jacob is right behind us.’” For he thought, “I want to appease Esau with the gift that is going ahead of me. After that, I can face him, and perhaps he will forgive me.”
So the gift was sent on ahead of him while he remained in the camp that night.
But Jacob said, “No, please! If I have found favor with you, take this gift from my hand. For indeed, I have seen your face, and it is like seeing God’s face, since you have accepted me.
Demand of me a high compensation and gift; I’ll give you whatever you ask me. Just give the girl to be my wife!”
Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: Put some of the best products of the land in your packs and take them down to the man as a gift—some balsam and some honey, aromatic gum and resin, pistachios and almonds.
The men took this gift, double the amount of money, and Benjamin. They made their way down to Egypt and stood before Joseph.
Since the men had heard that they were going to eat a meal there, they prepared their gift for Joseph’s arrival at noon.
When Joseph came home, they brought him the gift they had carried into the house, and they bowed to the ground before him.
“If his gift is a burnt offering from the herd, he is to bring an unblemished male. He must bring it to the entrance to the tent of meeting so that he may be accepted by the Lord.
“But if his gift for a burnt offering is from the flock, from sheep or goats, he is to present an unblemished male.
“If his gift to the Lord is a burnt offering of birds, he is to present his offering from the turtledoves or young pigeons.
“When anyone presents a grain offering as a gift to the Lord, his gift must consist of fine flour. He is to pour olive oil on it, put frankincense on it,
If your gift is a grain offering prepared on a griddle, it must be unleavened bread made of fine flour mixed with oil.
If your gift is a grain offering prepared in a pan, it must be made of fine flour with oil.
“When an ox, sheep, or goat is born, it must remain with its mother for seven days; from the eighth day on, it will be acceptable as a gift, a fire offering to the Lord.
The leaders also presented the dedication gift for the altar when it was anointed. The leaders presented their offerings in front of the altar.
This was the dedication gift from the leaders of Israel for the altar when it was anointed: 12 silver dishes, 12 silver basins, and 12 gold bowls.
All the livestock for the fellowship sacrifice totaled 24 bulls, 60 rams, 60 male breeding goats, and 60 male lambs a year old. This was the dedication gift for the altar after it was anointed.
Look, I have selected your fellow Levites from the Israelites as a gift for you, assigned by the Lord to work at the tent of meeting.
But you and your sons will carry out your priestly responsibilities for everything concerning the altar and for what is inside the veil, and you will do that work. I am giving you the work of the priesthood as a gift, but an unauthorized person who comes near the sanctuary will be put to death.”
Everyone must appear with a gift suited to his means, according to the blessing the Lord your God has given you.
Please do not leave this place until I return to You. Let me bring my gift and set it before You.”And He said, “I will stay until you return.”
Later on, during the wheat harvest, Samson took a young goat as a gift and visited his wife. “I want to go to my wife in her room,” he said. But her father would not let him enter.
“Suppose we do go,” Saul said to his attendant, “what do we take the man? The food from our packs is gone, and there’s no gift to take to the man of God. What do we have?”
But some wicked men said, “How can this guy save us?” They despised him and did not bring him a gift, but Saul said nothing.
Accept this gift your servant has brought to my lord, and let it be given to the young men who follow my lord.
When David came to Ziklag, he sent some of the plunder to his friends, the elders of Judah, saying, “Here is a gift for you from the plunder of the Lord’s enemies.”
Then he said to Uriah, “Go down to your house and wash your feet.” So Uriah left the palace, and a gift from the king followed him.
“There is a treaty between me and you, between my father and your father. Look, I have sent you a gift of silver and gold. Go and break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel so that he will withdraw from me.”
Then Naaman and his whole company went back to the man of God, stood before him, and declared, “I know there’s no God in the whole world except in Israel. Therefore, please accept a gift from your servant.”
So the king said to Hazael, “Take a gift with you and go meet the man of God. Inquire of the Lord through him, ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’”
Hazael went to meet Elisha, taking with him a gift: 40 camel-loads of all kinds of goods from Damascus. When he came and stood before him, he said, “Your son, Ben-hadad king of Aram, has sent me to ask you, ‘Will I recover from this sickness?’”
Ahaz also took the silver and gold found in the Lord’s temple and in the treasuries of the king’s palace and sent them to the king of Assyria as a gift.
At that time Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah since he heard that he had been sick.
Each of them would bring his own gift—items of silver and gold, clothing, weapons, spices, and horses and mules—as an annual tribute.
A gift opens doors for a manand brings him before the great.
A secret gift soothes anger,and a covert bribe, fierce rage.
The man who boasts about a gift that does not existis like clouds and wind without rain.
It is also the gift of God whenever anyone eats, drinks, and enjoys all his efforts.
God has also given riches and wealth to every man, and He has allowed him to enjoy them, take his reward, and rejoice in his labor. This is a gift of God,
At that time a gift will be brought to Yahweh of Hosts from a people tall and smooth-skinned, a people feared far and near, a powerful nation with a strange language, whose land is divided by rivers—to Mount Zion, the place of the name of Yahweh of Hosts.
At that time Merodach-baladan son of Baladan, king of Babylon, sent letters and a gift to Hezekiah since he heard that he had been sick and had recovered.
They will bring all your brothers from all the nations as a gift to the Lord on horses and chariots, in litters, and on mules and camels, to My holy mountain Jerusalem,” says the Lord, “just as the Israelites bring an offering in a clean vessel to the house of the Lord.
When Jeremiah had not yet turned to go, Nebuzaradan said to him: “Return to Gedaliah son of Ahikam, son of Shaphan, whom the king of Babylon has appointed over the cities of Judah, and stay with him among the people or go wherever you want to go.” So the captain of the guard gave him a ration and a gift and released him.
“This is what the Lord God says: If the prince gives a gift to each of his sons as their inheritance, it will belong to his sons. It will become their property by inheritance.
But if he gives a gift from his inheritance to one of his servants, it will belong to that servant until the year of freedom, when it will revert to the prince. His inheritance belongs only to his sons; it is theirs.
So if you are offering your gift on the altar, and there you remember that your brother has something against you,
leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled with your brother, and then come and offer your gift.
Then Jesus told him, “See that you don’t tell anyone; but go, show yourself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses prescribed, as a testimony to them.”
But you say, ‘Whoever tells his father or mother, “Whatever benefit you might have received from me is a gift committed to the temple”—
Also, ‘Whoever takes an oath by the altar, it means nothing. But whoever takes an oath by the gift that is on it is bound by his oath.’
Blind people! For which is greater, the gift or the altar that sanctifies the gift?
But you say, ‘If a man tells his father or mother: Whatever benefit you might have received from me is Corban’” (that is, a gift committed to the temple),
Jesus answered, “If you knew the gift of God, and who is saying to you, ‘Give Me a drink,’ you would ask Him, and He would give you living water.”
“Repent,” Peter said to them, “and be baptized, each of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.
But Peter told him, “May your silver be destroyed with you, because you thought the gift of God could be obtained with money!
The circumcised believers who had come with Peter were astounded because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
Therefore, if God gave them the same gift that He also gave to us when we believed on the Lord Jesus Christ, how could I possibly hinder God?”
For I want very much to see you, so I may impart to you some spiritual gift to strengthen you,
Now to the one who works, pay is not considered as a gift, but as something owed.
But the gift is not like the trespass. For if by the one man’s trespass the many died, how much more have the grace of God and the gift overflowed to the many by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ.
And the gift is not like the one man’s sin, because from one sin came the judgment, resulting in condemnation, but from many trespasses came the gift, resulting in justification.
Since by the one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, how much more will those who receive the overflow of grace and the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man, Jesus Christ.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
so that you do not lack any spiritual gift as you eagerly wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
I wish that all people were just like me. But each has his own gift from God, one person in this way and another in that way.
If I have the gift of prophecyand understand all mysteriesand all knowledge,and if I have all faithso that I can move mountainsbut do not have love, I am nothing.
When I arrive, I will send with letters those you recommend to carry your gracious gift to Jerusalem.
while you join in helping us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gift that came to us through the prayers of many.
And not only that, but he was also appointed by the churches to accompany us with this gift that is being administered by us for the glory of the Lord Himself and to show our eagerness to help.
Therefore I considered it necessary to urge the brothers to go on ahead to you and arrange in advance the generous gift you promised, so that it will be ready as a gift and not as an extortion.
Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift.
For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift—
I was made a servant of this gospel by the gift of God’s grace that was given to me by the working of His power.
Now grace was given to each one of us according to the measure of the Messiah’s gift.
Not that I seek the gift, but I seek the profit that is increasing to your account.
Do not neglect the gift that is in you; it was given to you through prophecy, with the laying on of hands by the council of elders.
Therefore, I remind you to keep ablaze the gift of God that is in you through the laying on of my hands.
For it is impossible to renew to repentance those who were once enlightened, who tasted the heavenly gift, became companions with the Holy Spirit,
Every generous act and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights; with Him there is no variation or shadow cast by turning.
Based on the gift each one has received, use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God.
And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give water as a gift to the thirsty from the spring of life.
Both the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Anyone who hears should say, “Come!” And the one who is thirsty should come. Whoever desires should take the living water as a gift.
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