Bible Benedictions

Long Green Valley Church of the Brethren
Glen Arm, Maryland USA

from the Old Testament                from the New Testament


"The LORD watch between you and me, when we are absent one from the other."    (Genesis 31:49b NRSV)

"The LORD bless you and keep you; the LORD make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you; the LORD lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace."    (Numbers 6:24-26 NRSV)

"Take good care to observe the commandment and instruction that Moses the servant of the LORD commanded you, to love the LORD your God, to walk in all his ways, to keep his commandments, and to hold fast to him, and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul."     (Joshua 22:5 NRSV)

"Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to his people Israel according to all that he promised; not one word has failed of all his good promise, which he spoke through his servant Moses. The LORD our God be with us, as he was with our ancestors; may he not leave us or abandon us,"    (1 Kings 8:56-57 NRSV)

"Let these words of mine, with which I pleaded before the LORD, be near to the LORD our God day and night, and may he maintain the cause of his servant and the cause of his people Israel, as each day requires; so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God; there is no other. Therefore devote yourselves completely to the LORD our God, walking in his statutes and keeping his commandments, as at this day."     (1 Kings 8:59-61 NRSV)

"Peace, peace to you, and peace to the one who helps you! For your God is the one who helps you."
(1 Chronicles 12:18b NRSV)

"Yours, O LORD, are the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty; for all that is in the heavens and on the earth is yours; yours is the kingdom, O LORD, and you are exalted as head above all."
                                                                         (1 Chronicles 29:11 NRSV)

"May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah that your way may be known upon earth, your saving power among all nations."   (Psalm 67:1-2 NRSV)

"The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty of everyone. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil."   (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 NRSV)


"And now I commend you to God and to the message of his grace, a message that is able to build you up and to give you the inheritance among all who are sanctified."     (Acts 20:32 NRSV)

"To all God's beloved in Rome, who are called to be saints: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."   (Romans 1:7 NRSV)

"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."     (Romans 15:13 NRSV)

"The God of peace be with all of you. Amen."     (Romans 15:33 NRSV)
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you."    (Romans 16:20b NRSV)
"The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with all of you ."    
(2 Thessalonians 3:18 NRSV)

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that has been given you in Christ Jesus, for in every way you have been enriched in him, in speech and knowledge of every kind-- just as the testimony of Christ has been strengthened among you-- "                                 (1 Corinthians 1:3-6 NRSV)

"God is faithful; by him you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."   (1 Corinthians 1:9 NRSV)

"‘For who has known the mind of the Lord so as to instruct him?’ But we have the mind of Christ."
(1 Corinthians 2:16 NRSV)

"Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? ...all things are yours, whether (of) ... life or death or the present or the future--all belong to you, and you belong to Christ, and Christ belongs to God."
                                                                    (1 Corinthians 3:16, 21-23 NRSV)

"...yet for us there is one God, the Father, from whom are all things and for whom we exist, and one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom are all things and through whom we exist."   (1 Cor 8:6 NRSV)

"Therefore, my beloved, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the work of the Lord, because you know that in the Lord your labor is not in vain."    (1 Cor 15:58 NRSV)

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all consolation, who consoles us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to console those who are in any affliction with the consolation with which we ourselves are consoled by God. For just as the sufferings of Christ are abundant for us, so also our consolation is abundant through Christ."
                                                                    (2 Corinthians 1:2-5 NRSV)

"For it is the God who said, "Let light shine out of darkness," who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ."   (2 Corinthians 4:6 NRSV)

"May the abundant grace of God, the constraining love of Christ and the indwelling witness of the Spirit make of us new creatures, so that old things pass away, behold all things become new."     (Adapted from 2 Corinthians 5 - W.A. Martin)

"Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and of spirit, making holiness perfect in the fear of God."    (2 Corinthians 7:1 NRSV)

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with all of you."
   (2 Corinthians 13:14 NRSV)

"Now to him who by the power at work within us is able to accomplish abundantly far more than all we can ask or imagine, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen."
                                                                 (Ephesians 3:20-21 NRSV)

"Peace be to the whole community, and love with faith, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.."
                                                                                            (Ephesians 6:23 NRSV)

"Grace be with all who have an undying love for our Lord Jesus Christ."     (Ephesians 6:24 NRSV)

"Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ."    (Philippians 1:2 NRSV)

"Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility regard others as better than yourselves. Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus,"
                                                                       (Philippians 2:3-5 NRSV)

"Therefore, my beloved, just as you have always obeyed me, not only in my presence, but much more now in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling; for it is God who is at work in you, enabling you both to will and to work for his good pleasure."   (Philippians 2:12-13 NRSV)

"It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain. But even if I am being poured out as a libation over the sacrifice and the offering of your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you--"    (Philippians 2:16-17 NRSV)

"The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit."     (Philippians 4:23 NRSV)

"And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly; And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him."
                                                                     (Colossians 3:15a, 16a, 17 NRSV)

"Now may our God and Father himself and our Lord Jesus direct our way to you. And may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all, just as we abound in love for you. And may he so strengthen your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints."   (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13 NRSV)

"May the God of peace himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be kept sound and blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ."     (1 Thessalonians 5:23 NRSV)

"Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times in all ways. The Lord be with all of you."
                                                                     (2 Thessalonians 3:16 NRSV)

"Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord."     (1 Timothy 1:2b NRSV)

"To the King of the ages, immortal, invisible, the only God, be honor and glory forever and ever. Amen."
(1 Timothy 1:17 NRSV)

"Grace be with you."    (1 Timothy 6:21b NRSV)

"The Lord be with your spirit. Grace be with you."     (2 Timothy 4:22 NRSV)

"Grace be with all of you."    (Titus 3:15b NRSV)

"I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective when you perceive all the good that we may do for Christ. I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother."    (Philemon 6- 7 NRSV)

"I have indeed received much joy and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you, my brother. For this reason, though I am bold enough in Christ to command you to do your duty,"     (Philemon 7-8 NRSV)

"so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible that God would prove false, we who have taken refuge might be strongly encouraged to seize the hope set before us. We have this hope, a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters the inner shrine behind the curtain, where Jesus, a forerunner on our behalf, has entered, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek."     (Hebrews 6:18-20 NRSV)

"Now may the God of peace, who brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, make you complete in everything good so that you may do his will, working among us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen."
                                                             (Hebrews 13:20-21 NRSV)

"Grace be with all of you."    ( Hebrews 13:25 NRSV)

"To (those) ... who have been chosen and destined by God the Father and sanctified by the Spirit to be obedient to Jesus Christ and to be sprinkled with his blood: May grace and peace be yours in abundance."    (1 Peter 1:1-2 NRSV)

"May grace and peace be yours in abundance."    (1 Peter 1:2b NRSV)

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! By his great mercy he has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead."      (1 Peter 1:3 NRSV)

Now unto you "who are being protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials, so that the genuineness of your faith--being more precious than gold that, though perishable, is tested by fire--may be found to result in praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Although you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and rejoice with an indescribable and glorious joy, for you are receiving the outcome of your faith, the salvation of your souls."    (1 Peter 1:5-9 NRSV)

"Therefore prepare your minds for action; discipline yourselves; set all your hope on the grace that Jesus Christ will bring you when he is revealed."   (1 Peter 1:13 NRSV)

"Like obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires that you formerly had in ignorance. Instead, as he who called you is holy, be holy yourselves in all your conduct; for it is written, ‘You shall be holy, for I am holy.’ If you invoke as Father the one who judges all people impartially according to their deeds, live in reverent fear during the time of your exile. You know that you were ransomed from the futile ways inherited from your ancestors, not with perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish."     (1 Peter 1:14-19 NRSV)

"And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen."
(1 Peter 5:10-11 NRSV)

"Greet one another with a kiss of love. Peace to all of you who are in Christ."
(1 Peter 5:14 NRSV)

"His divine power has given us everything needed for life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. For if these things are yours and are increasing among you, they keep you from being ineffective and unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ."     (2 Peter 1:3, 8 NRSV)

"Grace, mercy, and peace will be with us from God the Father and from Jesus Christ, the Father's Son, in truth and love."    (2 John 1:3 NRSV)

"May mercy, peace, and love be yours in abundance."    (Jude 1:2 NRSV)

"The one who testifies to these things says, "Surely I am coming soon." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus! The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all the saints. Amen."    (Revelation 22:20-21 NRSV)

From a list compiled by Rev. W.A. (Wip) Martin, 1985

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