The Aaronic benediction, Nm 6:2426, was used in Temple and synagogue at the end of the liturgical part of the service. It was used in the early church (Apostolic Constitutions, II, 57) and was retained by Luther as the only one commanded by God. it conveys to the assembled cong., which has accepted the salvation of God in the means of grace, the blessing of the Triune God. The Apostolic benediction, 2 Co 13:14, is customarily used at the end of the minor services. The blessing in Gn 31:49 is called Mizpah benediction.
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