Dictionary Mode: easton:Bless
Bless @ (1.) God blesses his people when he bestows on them some gift temporal or spiritual Genesis:1:22 Genesis:24:35; Job:42:12; Psalms:45:2 Psalms:104:24 Psalms:104:35). (2.) We bless God when we thank him for his mercies Psalms:103:1-2 Psalms:145:1-2). (3.) A man blesses himself when he invokes God's blessing Isaiah:65:16), or rejoices in God's goodness to him Deuteronomy:29:19; Psalms:49:18). (4.) One blesses another when he expresses good wishes or offers prayer to God for his welfare Genesis:24:60 Genesis:31:55; 1Samuel:2:20). Sometimes blessings were uttered under divine inspiration, as in the case of Noah, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses Genesis:9:26-27 Genesis:27:28-29, 40; 48:15-20; 49:1-28; Deuteronomy:33). The priests were divinely authorized to bless the people Deuteronomy:10:8; Numbers:6:22-27). We have many examples of apostolic benediction ( 2Corinthians:13:14; Ephesians:6:23-24; 2Thessalonians:3:16-18; Hebrews:13:20-21; 1Peter:5:10-11). (5.) Among the Jews in their thank-offerings the master of the feast took a cup of wine in his hand, and after having blessed God for it and for other mercies then enjoyed, handed it to his guests, who all partook of it. Psalms:116:13 refers to this custom. It is also alluded to in 1Corinthians:10:16, where the apostle speaks of the "cup of blessing."
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