What does Bless mean?


3:47 AM - Mar 21, 2001 #1

What does Bless mean?
I ahve heard this thrown around and used in many different ways. Catholisism uses it to lift up Mary, Word of Faith, use it like God is Santa. What does it Really mean? Examples: To Bless, Blessings, Blessed, it is used in the Beatitudes. deb

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6:42 AM - Mar 21, 2001 #2

the hebrew word " barak" {baw-rak'}
AV - bless 302, salute 5, curse 4, blaspheme 2, blessing 2, praised 2,
kneel down 2, congratulate 1, kneel 1, make to kneel 1, misc 8; 330
1) to bless, kneel
1a) (Qal)
1a1) to kneel
1a2) to bless
1b) (Niphal) to be blessed, bless oneself
1c) (Piel) to bless
1d) (Pual) to be blessed, be adored
1e) (Hiphil) to cause to kneel
1f) (Hithpael) to bless oneself
2) (TWOT) to praise, salute, curse

the greek word " eulogeo" {yoo-log-eh'-o} (literally = a "good word")
AV - bless 43, praise 1; 44
1) to praise, celebrate with praises
2) to invoke blessings
3) to consecrate a thing with solemn prayers
3a) to ask God's blessing on a thing
3b) pray God to bless it to one's use
3c) pronounce a consecratory blessing on
4) of God
4a) to cause to prosper, to make happy, to bestow blessings on
4b) favoured of God, blessed

It seems to me that the word means "to praise". Blessing someone means giving something positive to the person (words of praise or honor, perhaps physical gifts, or non-physical gifts like peace or happiness or respect).