The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Benediction A ceremonial blessing administered during a worship gathering. The descendants of Aaron offered such blessings over the Israelites in the name of God (Lev 9:22; Num 6:22–27; Deut 10:8; 2 Chr 30:27). The New Testament letters attest to the use of benedictions in the early church (e.g., 2 Cor
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Benediction. Pronouncement of God’s favor upon an assembled congregation (Gn 27:27–29; Lk 24:50; 2 Cor 13:11, 14).See Bless, Blessing.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Benediction A declaration of, or supplication for, divine blessing. Pronouncing the benediction was a regular part of the temple service in Israelite times. It was assigned to the Aaronites, who preserved the benediction of Nu. 6:24–26 (cf. Lev. 9:22; Dt. 10:8; 2 Ch. 30:27). All Aaronites of proper
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
BENEDICTION* Pronouncement of God’s favor upon an assembled congregation (Gn 27:27–29; Lk 24:50; 2 Cor 13:11, 14). See Bless, Blessing.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
benediction, a proclamation of God’s blessing on someone. The great priestly blessing of Num. 6:24–26 is a prominent example. Many nt letters close with benedictions (e.g., Rom. 15:13; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 13:20–21).
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
BENEDICTION. The invocation of blessing, and the expression in prayer for happiness and well-being. Technically, benediction is the act of a minister in pronouncing blessing upon others in the name and in the stead of the divine Lord. Thus benediction may be distinguished from prayer for blessing in
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Benediction, blessing, doxology, thanksgivingThe four terms benediction, blessing, doxology and thanksgiving and are used in the Pauline letters to describe a range of joyful responses to God’s gracious saving activity in creation and redemption. God’s action in Christ is that of grace; our response
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
BENEDICTION. An essential form of public worship was the priestly benediction, the form of which is prescribed in the law, “The Lord bless you, and keep you;/The Lord make his face shine on you,/And be gracious to you;/The Lord lift up His countenance on you,/And give you peace” (Num. 6:24–26), the promise
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Benedictionbenediction, a prayer for God’s blessing on someone or a prayer recognizing that blessing has been given. The great priestly blessing (Num. 6:24–26), the beatitudes (Matt. 5:2–12) and the ending of some letters (e.g., Rom. 15:13; 2 Cor. 13:14; Heb. 13:20–21) are prominent examples.
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
BENEDICTION — a prayer that God may bestow certain blessings on His people. In Old Testament times, a regular part of the Temple service was pronouncing the benediction. The form of the priestly benediction was prescribed in the law: “The Lord bless you and keep you; / The Lord make His face shine upon
Dictionary of Biblical Imagery
BenedictionWhereas a beatitude is a blessing pronounced by a person on either another person or on God, a benediction is God’s blessing conferred on a person or group by God’s designated human agent. Although benedictions are not limited to worship settings (e.g., Gen 9:26–27; 14:19–20; 27:27–29), they
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
BENEDICTION<ben-e-dik’-shun>: From the earliest times the records bear testimony that pronouncing the benediction or giving the blessing was a common practice. In the temple service, this duty was assigned to the Aaronites and was made an impressive part of the service. The form of the benediction used
Key passages
2 Co 13:14

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the love of God and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with all of you.

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Topics & Themes