May the Lord make you strong and be pleased with the work you do.
(Deut 33:11, NCV)

May you find favor in the sight of the Lord and may He know you by name.
(Exod 33:17, CJB)

May the joy of the Lord be your strength.
(NEH 8:10, KJV)

May your house be built by wisdom and may understanding make it secure.
(Prov 24:3, NIrV)

R. Scott Osborne

The Book of Blessings

God is the Author of all blessings. When we speak blessings from the Bible, we are literally imparting God’s blessing. The Lord has given us this authority along with the freedom to use it.

The Book of Blessings is a how-to-why-to book containing more than 500 Scripture blessings, sorted into 24 categories so that readers can apply the power of the Bible to almost any situation. This is for anyone wanting to enrich the lives of others by speaking the right word at the right time but may struggle to find the appropriate expression.

As we study and restore the practice of blessing by all people who love God, we will discover the profound influence His Word can have on our families, our communities, and our world.

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May the Lord protect you, care for you, and guard you like the pupil of His eye, as an eagle that stirs up her nest, hovers over her young, spreads out her wings, takes them, and carries them as she flies. (Deut. 32:10b-11, CJB)

In different translations of the Bible, the phrase “apple of the eye” is often translated as “pupil of the eye.” I used the latter expression in The Book of Blessings for the blessing from Deuteronomy 32. I like it because when I think of the pupil, I think of the unfailing, instinctive, continuous protection the eyelids provide for the pupil. When something approaches your eye, it closes without you giving a conscious command to close. It just happens. This is a beautiful picture of how “instinctive” it is for God to protect us. It is an inherent attribute of who He is as our protector.

There is another striking facet to this idiom. In Strong's Exhaustive Concordance we find the Hebrew word for pupil, “ishon,” is a diminutive form of the word man ('ish) thereby meaning “the little man of the eye.” Of course! When you look into another person’s eye, you can see a little reflected image of yourself; a “little man.”

The spiritual metaphor ties up like this. If you were to gaze into the eyes of God…you would see yourself. He is looking upon you at all times! He sees your vulnerabilities, whatever they may be, and He is “blinking” to protect you. He is watching you and He will be strong, no matter how weak you may be. How awesome and loving is the One True God!

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May the Lord bless you and keep you; may the Lord make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; may the Lord lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. (Num 6:24-26, NKJV)

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