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 6:2227; Gn 1:22; 2: 3; 9:17; 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 27:2729; 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 27:1526). All cursing by men, except their pronouncement of God's curse on sin and unbelief, is sinful and forbidden.
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