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Blessing. Genesis 12:2. This word is variously used in Scripture. God is said to bless his creatures. This is not merely the expression of a wish for their welfare, but the actual bestowal of some good, or the means towards a good. Genesis 1:22; Genesis 32:29; Job 42:12; Acts 8:26; and elsewhere. Sometimes creatures are said to bless their Creator, when they acknowledge his kindnesses and seek to show forth his praise. Psalms 103:1-2; Psalms 134:1-2. Sometimes men bless their fellow-creatures, when they express their gratitude for favors received, pray for a blessing upon them, or predict their prosperity. Genesis 14:18-20; Genesis 28:1; Numbers 24:10; Job 29:13. And, as thus to bless is the expression of gratitude or kindness, so a token of gratitude or kindness, that is, a gift, is sometimes called a blessing. 2 Kings 5:15.

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Rice, Edwin Wilbur, DD. Entry for 'Blessing'. People's Dictionary of the Bible. 1893.

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