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Blessing and Cursing.

Blessing (benediction) and cursing are both used effectively in Christ's kingdom, as will be evident on the Last Day (Mt 25:31, 41; 1 Co 16:22). God blessed by bestowing temporal and spiritual benefits on men (Nm 6:22–27; Gn 1:22; 2: 3; 9:1–7; Ps 103). Men bless God by praising and thanking Him (Ps 103); they bless their fellow men by invoking God's favor on them (Gn 27:27–29; 48; 49; Dt 33; Ps 129:8).

Cursing is solely a prerogative of God (see Anathema). God's curse rests on sinners till they have forgiveness (Dt 27:15–26). All cursing by men, except their pronouncement of God's curse on sin and unbelief, is sinful and forbidden.

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