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What Does “Blessed” Mean?

Jesus Preaching (Checked TinEye)The answer to this question may seem obvious, but it isn’t. “Blessed” has a number of meanings, depending in part on its pronunciation. And this has led to confusion about what Jesus was really saying in the Beatitudes.

When used as a form of the verb “to bless,” blessed has one syllable, is pronounced blest, and means treated with great kindness, as in The earth has yielded its increase; God, our God, has blessed us (Psalm 67:6).” (When used to refer to God, it means praised, as in “Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time on and forevermore (Psalm 113:2).”

When used as an adjective, however, the word blessed has two syllables, is pronounced bless-ed, and means holy.… Read More