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What is the difference between the LORD'S face and His countenance in Numbers 6:24-27, which is known as the "priest's blessing"?

24 The Lord a bless you and b keep you; 
25 the Lord c make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; 
26 the Lord d lift up his countenance 3 upon you and give you peace. 

Numbers 6:24 - 27

ESV - 24 The Lord bless you and keep you. 25 The Lord make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you.

Clarify Share Report Asked January 14 2019 Data Lena Wms

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Mini Tim Maas Retired Quality Assurance Specialist with the U.S. Army
Without reference to any aspects of the Hebrew vocabulary or grammar used, I would say that (just in my opinion), the LORD making His face to shine upon and to be gracious to the person(s) being blessed would denote a more general condition of blessing and grace, in response to a universal need for that blessing and grace (comparable to the wide scope of the benefits of the sun's light), whereas the LORD lifting up His countenance upon the person(s) being blessed would describe a more personalized attention of looking with favor upon each specific individual, and the meeting of that individual's particular needs.

January 15 2019 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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Mini Jack Gutknecht ABC/DTS graduate, guitar music ministry Baptist church
“Face” according to Dr. Warren Wiersbe in Num. 6:25 is a
symbol for Acceptance/Blessing (Face Shine on You).


The last line of the blessing also has first the image and
then the parallel interpretation – for God to lift up his face (countenance) is for God to
give peace. The idea of the fallen face is one of anger (see Gen 4:6,7); and the idea of the hidden face is that of
withholding support, favor, or peace (see Deut 31:18; Ps 30:8; Ps 44:25). If God lifts his face toward his people, it means he
has given them peace – peace, prosperity, completeness, health, safety, general
well-being, and the like.

11 days ago 0 responses Vote Up Share Report


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