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        (1.) God blesses his people when he bestows on them some gift
        temporal or spiritual (Gen. 1:22; 24:35; Job 42:12; Ps. 45:2;
        104:24, 35).
        (2.) We bless God when we thank him for his mercies (Ps.
        103:1, 2; 145:1, 2).
        (3.) A man blesses himself when he invokes God's blessing
        (Isa. 65:16), or rejoices in God's goodness to him (Deut. 29:19;
        Ps. 49:18).
        (4.) One blesses another when he expresses good wishes or
        offers prayer to God for his welfare (Gen. 24:60; 31:55; 1 Sam.
        2:20). Sometimes blessings were uttered under divine
        inspiration, as in the case of Noah, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses
        (Gen. 9:26, 27; 27:28, 29, 40; 48:15-20; 49:1-28; Deut. 33). The
        priests were divinely authorized to bless the people (Deut.
        10:8; Num. 6:22-27). We have many examples of apostolic
        benediction (2 Cor. 13:14; Eph. 6:23, 24; 2 Thess. 3:16, 18;
        Heb. 13:20, 21; 1 Pet. 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. Ps. 116:13 refers to this custom.
        It is also alluded to in 1 Cor. 10:16, where the apostle speaks
        of the "cup of blessing."

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Easton, Matthew George. M.A., D.D., "Biblical Meaning for 'Bless' Eastons Bible Dictionary". - Eastons; 1897.

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