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A Priestly Blessing

The Benediction

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In Numbers 6, the Lord instructed Moses to have Aaron and his sons bless the children of Israel with this special prayer. It is also known as The Benediction. The prayer is often said at the close of a Christian church service to pronounce a blessing upon the congregation, or in a wedding ceremony to bless the bride and groom.

A Priestly Blessing

Numbers 6:24-26

(NKJV)

The LORD bless you and keep you;
The LORD make His face shine upon you,
And be gracious to you;
The LORD lift up His countenance upon you,
And give you peace.

(NIV)

The LORD bless you
and keep you;
the LORD make his face shine upon you
and be gracious to you;
the LORD turn his face toward you
and give you peace."

(NLT)

May the LORD bless you
and protect you.
May the LORD smile on you
and be gracious to you.
May the LORD show you his favor
and give you his peace.

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