Bless God blesses his people when he bestows on them some gift temporal or spiritual ( Genesis 1:22 ; 24:35 ; Job 42:12 ; Psalms 45:2 ; Psalms 104:24 Psalms 104:35 ).
We bless God when we thank him for his mercies ( Psalms 103:1 Psalms 103:2 ; Psalms 145:1 Psalms 145:2 ).
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 ).
One blesses another when he expresses good wishes or offers prayer to God for his welfare ( Genesis 24:60 ; 31:55 ; 1 Samuel 2:20 ). Sometimes blessings were uttered under divine inspiration, as in the case of Noah, Isaac, Jacob, and Moses ( Genesis 9:26 Genesis 9:27 ; Genesis 27:28 Genesis 27:29 Genesis 27:40 ; 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 ( 2 Corinthians 13:14 ; Ephesians 6:23 Ephesians 6:24 ; 2 th Ephesians 3:16 Ephesians 3:18 ; Hebrews 13:20 Hebrews 13:21 ; 1 Peter 5:10 1 Peter 5:11 ).
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 1 Corinthians 10:16 , where the apostle speaks of the "cup of blessing."
These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.
Bibliography InformationEaston, Matthew George. "Entry for Bless". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .