'Gifts' in the Bible
Then he brought out objects of silver and gold, and garments, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious gifts to her brother and her mother.
And Abraham gave gifts to the sons of his concubines, but while he was still alive he sent them eastward, away from his son Isaac, to the land of the East.
It will be on Aaron’s forehead so that Aaron may bear the guilt connected with the holy offerings that the Israelites consecrate as all their holy gifts. It is always to be on his forehead, so that they may find acceptance with the Lord.
“Speak to Aaron, his sons, and all the Israelites and tell them: Any man of the house of Israel or of the foreign residents in Israel who presents his offering—whether they present freewill gifts or payment of vows to the Lord as burnt offerings—
These are in addition to the offerings for the Lord’s Sabbaths, your gifts, all your vow offerings, and all your freewill offerings that you give to the Lord.
“The contribution of their gifts also belongs to you. I have given all the Israelites’ presentation offerings to you and to your sons and daughters as a permanent statute. Every ceremonially clean person in your house may eat it.
You must present the entire offering due the Lord from all your gifts. The best part of the tenth is to be consecrated.
with the choice gifts of the landand everything in it;and with the favor of Himwho appeared in the burning bush.May these rest on the head of Joseph,on the crown of the prince of his brothers.
He sent gifts to those in Bethel, in Ramoth of the Negev, and in Jattir;
He brought his father’s consecrated gifts and his own consecrated gifts into the Lord’s temple: silver, gold, and utensils.
When Gehazi came to the hill, he took the gifts from them and stored them in the house. Then he dismissed the men, and they left.
He brought his father’s consecrated gifts and his own consecrated gifts into God’s temple: silver, gold, and utensils.
Some of the Philistines also brought gifts and silver as tribute to Jehoshaphat, and the Arabs brought him flocks: 7,700 rams and 7,700 male goats.
Their father had given them many gifts of silver, gold, and valuable things, along with fortified cities in Judah, but he gave the kingdom to Jehoram because he was the firstborn.
Many were bringing an offering to the Lord to Jerusalem and valuable gifts to King Hezekiah of Judah, and he was exalted in the eyes of all the nations after that.
The king held a great banquet for all his officials and staff. It was Esther’s banquet. He freed his provinces from tax payments and gave gifts worthy of the king’s bounty.
This explains why the rural Jews who live in villages observe the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a time of rejoicing and feasting. It is a holiday when they send gifts to one another.
because during those days the Jews got rid of their enemies. That was the month when their sorrow was turned into rejoicing and their mourning into a holiday. They were to be days of feasting, rejoicing, and of sending gifts to one another and the poor.
The daughter of Tyre, the wealthy people,will seek your favor with gifts.
You ascended to the heights, taking away captives;You received gifts from people,even from the rebellious,so that the Lord God might live there.
May the kings of Tarshishand the coasts and islands bring tribute,the kings of Sheba and Seba offer gifts.
He will not be appeased by anythingor be persuaded by lavish gifts.
Many seek a ruler’s favor,and everyone is a friend of one who gives gifts.
See, the Lord God comes with strength,and His power establishes His rule.His reward is with Him,and His gifts accompany Him.
Men give gifts to all prostitutes, but you gave gifts to all your lovers. You bribed them to come to you from all around for your sexual favors.
When they made every firstborn pass through the fire, I defiled them through their gifts in order to devastate them so they would know that I am Yahweh.
When you offer your gifts, making your children pass through the fire, you continue to defile yourselves with all your idols to this day. So should I be consulted by you, house of Israel? As I live”—this is the declaration of the Lord God—“I will not be consulted by you!
“As for you, house of Israel, this is what the Lord God says: Go and serve your idols, each of you. But afterward you will surely listen to Me, and you will no longer defile My holy name with your gifts and idols.
For on My holy mountain, Israel’s high mountain”—the declaration of the Lord God—“there the entire house of Israel, all of them, will serve Me in the land. There I will accept them and will require your contributions and choicest gifts, all your holy offerings.
The best of all the firstfruits of every kind and contribution of every kind from all your gifts will belong to the priests. You are to give your first batch of dough to the priest so that a blessing may rest on your homes.
But if you make the dream and its interpretation known to me, you’ll receive gifts, a reward, and great honor from me. So make the dream and its interpretation known to me.”
Then the king promoted Daniel and gave him many generous gifts. He made him ruler over the entire province of Babylon and chief governor over all the wise men of Babylon.
Then Daniel answered the king, “You may keep your gifts, and give your rewards to someone else; however, I will read the inscription for the king and make the interpretation known to him.
Though they offer sacrificial giftsand eat the flesh,the Lord does not accept them.Now He will remember their guiltand punish their sins;they will return to Egypt.
Therefore, send farewell gifts to Moresheth-gath;the houses of Achzib are a deceptionto the kings of Israel.
Entering the house, they saw the child with Mary His mother, and falling to their knees, they worshiped Him. Then they opened their treasures and presented Him with gifts: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him?”
For all these people have put in gifts out of their surplus, but she out of her poverty has put in all she had to live on.”
As some were talking about the temple complex, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and gifts dedicated to God, He said,
After many years, I came to bring charitable gifts and offerings to my nation,
since God’s gracious gifts and calling are irrevocable.
According to the grace given to us, we have different gifts:If prophecy,use it according to the standard of one’s faith;
Now there are different gifts, but the same Spirit.
to another, faith by the same Spirit,to another, gifts of healing by the one Spirit,
And God has placed these in the church:first apostles, second prophets,third teachers, next miracles,then gifts of healing, helping,managing, various kinds of languages.
Do all have gifts of healing?Do all speak in other languages?Do all interpret?
But desire the greater gifts. And I will show you an even better way.
Pursue love and desire spiritual gifts, and above all that you may prophesy.
For it says:When He ascendedon high,He took prisoners into captivity;He gave gifts to people.
For even in Thessalonica you sent gifts for my need several times.
At the same time, God also testified by signs and wonders, various miracles, and distributions of gifts from the Holy Spirit according to His will.
For every high priest taken from men is appointed in service to God for the people, to offer both gifts and sacrifices for sins.
For every high priest is appointed to offer gifts and sacrifices; therefore it was necessary for this priest also to have something to offer.
Now if He were on earth, He wouldn’t be a priest, since there are those offering the gifts prescribed by the law.
This is a symbol for the present time, during which gifts and sacrifices are offered that cannot perfect the worshiper’s conscience.
By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was approved as a righteous man, because God approved his gifts, and even though he is dead, he still speaks through his faith.
Those who live on the earth will gloat over them and celebrate and send gifts to one another because these two prophets brought judgment to those who live on the earth.
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