The Lord Bless You and Keep You

Written by: Ricky Spears       Recorded by: Ricky Spears

The Lord Bless You and Keep You

One of the most popular and powerful passages in scripture is "The Priestly Blessing" (also known as, "The Aaronic Blessing," or "Aaron's Benediction") from Number 6:22-27. In the original Hebrew, it's only 15-words long.

יְבָרֶכְךָ יהוה, וְיִשְׁמְרֶךָ (Yevhārēkh-khā Adhōnāy veyishmerēkhā)
[May] Adonai bless you, and guard you;
יָאֵר יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וִיחֻנֶּךָּ (Yāʾēr Adhōnāy pānāw ēlekhā viḥunnékkā)
[May] Adonai make His face shine unto you, and be gracious to you;
יִשָּׂא יהוה פָּנָיו אֵלֶיךָ, וְיָשֵׂם לְךָ שָׁלוֹם (Yissā Adhōnāy pānāw ēlekhā viyāsēm lekhā shālōm.")
[May] Adonai lift up His face unto you, and give to you peace.

You've likely heard the phrase, "much is lost in translation." This is especially true with languages such as Hebrew where words for abstract concepts such as 'bless' and 'grace' are translated from words that are filled with rich imagery. In this meditation, we'll explore the imagery behind many of these words to breath new life into this familiar passage. May the Lord bless you and keep you...

Scriptures: Numbers 6:22-27

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