Numbers 6:23
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New International Version
"Tell Aaron and his sons, 'This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

New Living Translation
"Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing:

English Standard Version
“Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,

New American Standard Bible
"Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:

King James Bible
Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Tell Aaron and his sons how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

International Standard Version
"Teach Aaron and his sons to bless the Israelis:

NET Bible
"Tell Aaron and his sons, 'This is the way you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"Tell Aaron and his sons, 'This is how you will bless the Israelites. Say to them:

Jubilee Bible 2000
Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, Thus shall ye bless the sons of Israel, saying unto them,

King James 2000 Bible
Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, In this way you shall bless the children of Israel, saying unto them,

American King James Version
Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, On this wise you shall bless the children of Israel, saying to them,

American Standard Version
Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel: ye shall say unto them,

Douay-Rheims Bible
Say to Aaron and his sons: Thus shall you bless the children of Israel, and you shall say to them:

Darby Bible Translation
Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel: saying unto them,

English Revised Version
Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel; ye shall say unto them,

Webster's Bible Translation
Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel, saying to them,

World English Bible
"Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'This is how you shall bless the children of Israel.' You shall tell them,

Young's Literal Translation
'Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons, saying, Thus ye do bless the sons of Israel, saying to them,
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:22-27 The priests were solemnly to bless the people in the name of the Lord. To be under the almighty protection of God our Saviour; to enjoy his favour as the smile of a loving Father, or as the cheering beams of the sun; while he mercifully forgives our sins, supplies our wants, consoles the heart, and prepares us by his grace for eternal glory; these things form the substance of this blessing, and the sum total of all blessings. In so rich a list of mercies worldly joys are not worthy to be mentioned. Here is a form of prayer. The name Jehovah is three times repeated. The Jews think there is some mystery; and we know what it is, the New Testament having explained it. There we are directed to expect the blessing from the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, 2Co 13:14; each of which Persons is Jehovah, and yet they are not three Lords, but one Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 23. - On this wise ye shall bless. In Leviticus 9:22 it is recorded that Aaron blessed the people, first by himself from the brazen altar of sacrifice, and afterwards in conjunction with Moses, when they came out of the tabernacle; and that he might so bless the people is mentioned as one object of his consecration (Deuteronomy 21:5; and cf. 1 Chronicles 23:13). Blessing in or with the name of the Supreme Being was an important part of all primitive religion, as appears from the case of Melchizedec and Abraham, of Isaac and his sons, of Jacob and Pharaoh. And this act of blessing was far from being a mere expression of good will, or from being a simple prayer; for" without all contradiction the less is blessed of the greater" (Hebrews 7:7), i.e., the blessing must be given by one who stands nearer to God to one who stands less near. The name of God could not be used in blessing save by one who had some right to such use of it, whether as prophet, as priest, or as patriarch. For that name in which the blessing was given was not inoperative, but was mighty with untold spiritual efficacy where rightly used as the name of blessing. To Aaron and to his sons was now confided this use of the Divine name, that all Israel might know and might hear in their appointed words the voice of God himself. Saying unto them. The benediction here appointed consists of three clauses, each complete in itself, and each consisting of two members, the second of which seems to present the application and result in experience of the grace besought in the first. Both, therefore, in its form and its contents this benediction is one of the most profound and most fruitful of the Divine oracles; and this indeed we might have expected, because (if we may venture to say so) God is never so entirely and absolutely himself as in blessing.

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

Speak unto Aaron, and unto his sons,.... Aaron and his sons that succeeded him in all after generations, being the persons that were in a public manner to bless the people of Israel, they are particularly addressed, see Deuteronomy 10:8,

saying, on this wise ye shall bless the children of Israel; in such manner and with such words as after expressed; standing upon an eminence, lifting up their hands on high, spreading out their fingers, and raising their voices, and pronouncing the blessing in the Hebrew language, in the name of Jehovah, with their face towards the people; all which, according to the Jewish writers (d), were to be strictly observed:

saying unto them; as follows.

(d) Maimon. Hilchot Neshiut Cappim. c. 14. sect. 11. Gersom in loc.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

Nu 6:23-27. The Form of Blessing the People.

23-27. Speak unto Aaron and unto his sons, saying, On this wise ye shall bless the congregation of Israel, &c.—This passage records the solemn benediction which God appointed for dismissing the people at the close of the daily service. The repetition of the name "Lord" or "Jehovah" three times, expresses the great mystery of the Godhead—three persons, and yet one God. The expressions in the separate clauses correspond to the respective offices of the Father, to "bless and keep us"; of the Son, to be "gracious to us"; and of the Holy Ghost, to "give us peace." And because the benediction, though pronounced by the lips of a fellow man, derived its virtue, not from the priest but from God, the encouraging assurance was added, "I the Lord will bless them."

Numbers 6:23 Additional Commentaries
Context
Aaron's Blessing
22Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, 23"Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them: 24The LORD bless you, and keep you;…
Cross References
Exodus 39:43
Moses inspected the work and saw that they had done it just as the LORD had commanded. So Moses blessed them.

Numbers 6:22
The LORD said to Moses,

1 Kings 8:55
He stood and blessed the whole assembly of Israel in a loud voice, saying:

1 Chronicles 23:13
The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. Aaron was set apart, he and his descendants forever, to consecrate the most holy things, to offer sacrifices before the LORD, to minister before him and to pronounce blessings in his name forever.

2 Chronicles 30:27
The priests and the Levites stood to bless the people, and God heard them, for their prayer reached heaven, his holy dwelling place.
Treasury of Scripture

Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, On this wise you shall bless the children of Israel, saying to them,

Genesis 14:19,20 And he blessed him, and said, Blessed be Abram of the most high God, …

Genesis 24:60 And they blessed Rebekah, and said to her, You are our sister, be …

Genesis 27:27-29 And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his …

Genesis 28:3,4 And God Almighty bless you, and make you fruitful, and multiply you, …

Genesis 47:7,10 And Joseph brought in Jacob his father, and set him before Pharaoh: …

Genesis 48:20 And he blessed them that day, saying, In you shall Israel bless, …

Leviticus 9:22,23 And Aaron lifted up his hand toward the people, and blessed them, …

Deuteronomy 10:8 At that time the LORD separated the tribe of Levi, to bear the ark …

Deuteronomy 21:5 And the priests the sons of Levi shall come near; for them the LORD …

Deuteronomy 33:1 And this is the blessing, with which Moses the man of God blessed …

Joshua 8:33 And all Israel, and their elders, and officers, and their judges…

1 Chronicles 23:13 The sons of Amram; Aaron and Moses: and Aaron was separated, that …

Luke 24:50,51 And he led them out as far as to Bethany, and he lifted up his hands, …

Romans 1:7 To all that be in Rome, beloved of God, called to be saints: Grace …

1 Corinthians 1:3 Grace be to you, and peace, from God our Father, and from the Lord Jesus Christ.

2 Corinthians 13:14 The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the …

Hebrews 7:1,7 For this Melchisedec, king of Salem, priest of the most high God, …

Hebrews 11:20,21 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come…

1 Peter 1:2 Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification …

2 Peter 1:2,3 Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God, …

2 John 1:3 Grace be with you, mercy, and peace, from God the Father, and from …

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