BLESSED. The most frequent OT word is bārûḵ. When applied to God it has the sense of praise (Gn. 9:26; 1 Ki. 1:48; Ps. 28:6, etc.), and when used of man denotes a state of happiness (1 Sa. 26:25; 1 Ki. 2:45). ’ašerê (‘how happy!’, Ps. 1:1) is always used of man and has for its NT equivalent makarios.