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Blessing
Bless • Bless, Blessing • Blessing and Woe • Temporal Blessings
Dictionaries
The Anchor Yale Bible Dictionary
Bless/Blessing
BLESS/BLESSING [Heb brk (ברך)]. The Hebrew root brk has diverse but unrelated etymological meanings, just as in other Semitic languages. There are the verbal and nominal forms related to “bless/blessing.” A verb “to kneel” and a noun “knee” (Gen 24:11; Ps 95:6; Isa 45:23) also derive from the same root.
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Bless, Blessing
Bless, Blessing. Pronouncement of the favor of God upon an assembled congregation. Worship services, especially observances of Holy Communion in Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and most Protestant churches, usually end with a blessing spoken by the senior clergyman present. This pronouncement (called
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Bless, Blessing
BLESS, BLESSING Pronouncement of the favor of God upon an assembled congregation. Worship services, especially observances of Holy Communion in Eastern Orthodox, Roman Catholic, and most Protestant churches, usually end with a blessing spoken by the senior clergyman present. This pronouncement (called
The New Bible Dictionary, Third Edition
Blessing
BLESSING. The OT word is berāḵâ and generally denotes a bestowal of good, usually conceived of as material (Dt. 11:26; Pr. 10:22; 28:20; Is. 19:24, etc.). Often it is contrasted with the curse (Gn. 27:12; Dt. 11:26–29; 23:5; 28:2; 33:23), and sometimes is used of the formula of words which constitute
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Bless, Blessing
Bless, BlessingThe Hebrew root brk bears a number of unrelated etymological meanings: the verbal and nominal forms of “bless”; the verbal and nominal forms of “kneel”; and a noun, “pool, pond, basin.” Even within the semantic range “bless,” brk can mean to bestow goodness or favor or to greet, congratulate,
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Blessing
Blessing (Heb. berāḵâ; Gk.eulogía).† The act or means of invoking or granting worship or praise, goodness and favor; also the words used or the gift or quality bestowed. Of particular significance in the ancient Near East was the blessing of a son by his father whereby a man passed on his property
Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels
Blessing and Woe
Blessing and woeThe Gospels frequently present “blessing” and “woe” as opposites. But whereas “blessing” indicates a state of happiness or joy associated with the eschatological new day occasioned by the presence and activity of Jesus, “woe” may be used more broadly. A woe may express either
Dictionary of Paul and His Letters
Benediction
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
Catholic Bible Dictionary
Blessing
BLESSING God’s bestowing of good things on his creatures, or the invocation of God’s goodness upon another. In Scripture all goodness, all blessings, come from God. Indeed, the whole of Scripture attests to the truth that God’s work is a blessing, from the first account of creation in Genesis to the
Dictionary of the Later New Testament & Its Developments
Blessing
BlessingThe English word blessing is used in two ways in the literature under review. These two ways are represented by two different Greek word groups, eulogia and makarismos. The difference between the two word groups is clarified when one compares their opposites. The opposite of eulogia is cursing.
The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church
blessing
blessing. The authoritative pronouncement of God’s favour. Instances in the OT are the blessing of Isaac (Gen. 27) and the prayer of Balaam (Num. 23 f.), both of which presuppose the automatic action of a blessing, independently of moral considerations. Later we see liturgical blessings of persons
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
Bless, Blessing
BLESS, BLESSING — the act of declaring, or wishing, favor and goodness upon others. The blessing is not only the good effect of words; it also has the power to bring them to pass. In the Bible, important persons blessed those with less power or influence. The patriarchs pronounced benefits upon their
Key passages
Nu 6:22–27

Yahweh spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, ‘You will bless the Israelites: You will say to them: Yahweh will bless you and keep you; Yahweh will make shine his face on you and be gracious to you; Yahweh will lift up his face upon …

Mt 14:19

And he commanded the crowds to recline for a meal on the grass. Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks. And after breaking them, he gave the loaves to the disciples, and the disciples gave them to the crowds.

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