Blessings on Abraham, Isaac and Jacob
Genesis 14:18-19 King Melchizedek of Salem blesses Abram with God's blessing.
Genesis 22:17 Because Abraham obeyed God's voice, he was blessed by becoming the father of many nations, his blessing was promised to all his descendants as well.
Genesis 24:35 Abraham was blessed in many ways, including being very wealthy.
Genesis 25:11 After the death of Abraham, God blessed his son Isaac.
12 Isaac sowed seed in that land, and in the same year reaped a hundredfold. The LORD blessed him,
13 and the man became rich; he prospered more and more until he became very wealthy.
14 He had possessions of flocks and herds, and a great household, so that the Philistines envied him.
Genesis 27:27-29 Isaac blesses his son Jacob
27 So he came near and kissed him; and he smelled the smell of his garments, and blessed him, and said, "Ah, the smell of my son is like the smell of a field that the LORD has blessed.
28 May God give you of the dew of heaven, and of the fatness of the earth, and plenty of grain and wine.
29 Let peoples serve you, and nations bow down to you. Be lord over your brothers, and may your mother's sons bow down to you. Cursed be everyone who curses you, and blessed be everyone who blesses you!"
1 Then Isaac called Jacob and blessed him, and charged him, "You shall not marry one of the Canaanite women.
2 Go at once to Paddan-aram to the house of Bethuel, your mother's father; and take as wife from there one of the daughters of Laban, your mother's brother.
3 May God Almighty bless you and make you fruitful and numerous, that you may become a company of peoples.
4 May he give to you the blessing of Abraham, to you and to your offspring with you, so that you may take possession of the land where you now live as an alien -- land that God gave to Abraham."
Jacob wrestles with God to obtain a blessing
Jacob is blessed by God before he meets his brother Esau who hates him to death because he took away his blessing deceitfully from his father.
24 Jacob was left alone; and a man wrestled with him until daybreak.
25 When the man saw that he did not prevail against Jacob, he struck him on the hip socket; and Jacob's hip was put out of joint as he wrestled with him.
26 Then he said, "Let me go, for the day is breaking." But Jacob said, "I will not let you go, unless you bless me."
27 So he said to him, "What is your name?" And he said, "Jacob."
28 Then the man said, "You shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with humans, and have prevailed."
29 Then Jacob asked him, "Please tell me your name." But he said, "Why is it that you ask my name?" And there he blessed him.
30 So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "For I have seen God face to face, and yet my life is preserved."
God appears to Jacob again
9 God appeared to Jacob again when he came from Paddan-aram, and he blessed him.
10 God said to him, "Your name is Jacob; no longer shall you be called Jacob, but Israel shall be your name." So he was called Israel.
11 God said to him, "I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall come from you, and kings shall spring from you.
12 The land that I gave to Abraham and Isaac I will give to you, and I will give the land to your offspring after you."
13 Then God went up from him at the place where he had spoken with him.
14 Jacob set up a pillar in the place where he had spoken with him, a pillar of stone; and he poured out a drink offering on it, and poured oil on it.
15 So Jacob called the place where God had spoken with him Bethel.
The blessings on Joseph
Joseph was the youngest son of Jacob, he won the favour of his father and because of this he was hated by his brothers. He was sold to some Ismaelites on the way to Egypt. Joseph ended up in the house of one of Pharao's officials and became highly appreciated by Pharaoh because he was a very wise man and he could interpret dreams.
Joseph is favored with the blessing of the Lord
5 From the time that he made him overseer in his house and over all that he had, the LORD blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake; the blessing of the LORD was on all that he had, in house and field.
6 So he left all that he had in Joseph's charge; and, with him there, he had no concern for anything but the food that he ate.
There was a time of great famine in the land, Judah son of Jacob, went to Egypt to get some food. Joseph was the person in charge of the food supplies, when they came to ask for food Joseph recognized them, but they did not, so he asked them to bring their father and their younger brother. They were very confused about it because they did not know the whereabouts of Joseph. He revealed his identity to them later and forgave them, he asked them to bring his father before him.
They did so, then Joseph was reunited with his family. Jacob, Joseph's father whose name was changed to Israel, blessed Pharaoh, and his blessing was upon the land of Egypt.
Jacob blesses his twelve sons
Before Jacob died, he summoned his twelve sons to appear before him and he blessed each one of them with a suitable blessing, he told them that they were the great people of God, the heads of the twelve tribes of Israel.
This is what he said to them:
25 by the God of your father, who will help you, by the Almighty who will bless you with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies beneath, blessings of the breasts and of the womb.
26 The blessings of your father are stronger than the blessings of the eternal mountains, the bounties of the everlasting hills; may they be on the head of Joseph, on the brow of him who was set apart from his brothers.
27 Benjamin is a ravenous wolf, in the morning devouring the prey, and at evening dividing the spoil."
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