The Aaronic Blessing: Numbers 6:24-26

The Aaronic blessing is one of my favorite passages in the Bible.  It is a beautiful blessing given by Aaron, the High Priest  to bless the nation of Israel. I have included the passage below and the Hebrew translation. May you feel Gods love for you today as you meditate on His words.

The passage begins chapter 6 verse 22:  The Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons, ‘This is how you are to bless the Israelites. Say to them:

The Aaronic Blessing

” ‘ “The Lord bless you and keep you;

the Lord make his face

 shine upon you 

and be gracious to you; 

the Lord turn his face toward you 

and give you peace. ” ‘

 – Numbers 6:24-26

This passage is also known as “The Priestly Blessing.”

God’s clearly instructs Moses to speak to his brother Aaron, the High Priest at the time, and to his Sons with the exact words to be used to bless the people of Israel. The last verse (27) saying- So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them“. The Bible specified that only Aaron or his descendants were allowed to impart this blessing upon the people of Israel.

Today, the Aaronic blessing (verses 24-26) is used often in both churches and synagogues as a benediction . “Bene” means “good” and “diction” means “pronouncement“. The pastor or priest will lift up his hand or hands and pronounce the blessing over the congregation.

I always love that!  I could feel the peace of the blessing.

The tradition partly derives from Psalm 134:2

Lift up your hands to the holy place and bless the Lord! 


Here is The Aaronic Blessing in Hebrew:

I thought it interesting.

הוהי ךכרבי ךילא וינפ הוהי ראי ךנחיו םולש םשיו ךילא וינפ הוהי אשי

Transliteration Yeh-va-reh-cheh-cha Yahveh veh-yeesh-meh-reh-cha Ya-air Yahveh pa-naiv ay-leych-cha vee-chu-neh-cha Yee …

The Original Hebraic Meaning:

The Aaronic Blessing has been examined for its original Hebraic meaning by the Ancient Hebrew Research Center as follows:

Yahweh will kneel before you presenting gifts and will guard you with a hedge of protection, Yahweh will illuminate the wholeness of his being toward you bringing order and he will beautify you, Yahweh will lift up his wholeness of being and look upon you and he will set in place all you need to be whole and complete.”

Click here to read the full explanation on their website. 

What is a Blessing according to the Bible?

In the Bible there are several words that translate into “bless or blessing”.

According to the Ancient Hebrew Research Center, the Hebrew words most often translated “bless” is “barak“, (interesting coincidence);
however,  it can also literally mean “to kneel”. 
Aberakah” is ablessing” but more literally, the bring of a gift to another on bended “knee”. explores the concept of the Biblical meaning of “bless”. Click here for a brief explanation.

The English Dictionary Meaning of Blessing:

According to the noun “blessing” is generally defined as follows:

1) the act or words of a person who blesses

2) a special favor, mercy or benefit ex: the blessings of liberty

3) a favor or gift bestowed by God

3) the invoking of God’s favor upon a person

5) praise; devotion; worship, especially grace said before a meal

What did you think? Did you learn anything new? I would love you comments.

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To God be the Glory!  -Julie


Julie Brice Beiersdorf -a native Texan, Christian & adventurous spirit, former entrepreneur. I love to try new things & explore. I seek/desire to be Useful & Fruitful for God (not so easy). I am at a crossroad in life, which way will I turn? Passions: Family | Food | Flowers | Photography | and God’s Beautiful Creation, which gives me Peace & can take my breath away! | Unusual fact- I survived a plane crash & drowning. Thank you, LORD, for Saving Me then and for All Eternity!

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  1. January 20, 2017 / 1:59 am

    Thank you I received a blessing as I read your thoughts on Numbers 6:24-26. I liked all the indepth thoughts with the Hebrew meanings. I am glad today that we can all impart a spiritual blessing upon one another for the glory of God in His Spirit of truth and grace.

  2. Sapati Neru
    June 28, 2018 / 1:17 pm

    I’m so blessed to receive this powerful blessings from God.
    To God be the glory for ever and ever amen

    • Julie
      July 2, 2018 / 11:13 am

      Thank you for your beautiful comment. I am so thankful it had blessed you. I love this post. It is one of my all-time most popular posts. To God be the glory always! -Julie

  3. September 24, 2018 / 4:56 pm

    I wrote this Bible verse for my husband to say at his Adult Day Care meetings, as he has Alzheimer’s and this is
    his special prayer, when daily he is asked to recite before his lunch meal with his group.

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