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Birkat Kohanim “Aaronic Blessing” (Numbers 6:24-26)

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The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face to shine upon you, and be gracious unto you; The LORD lift up His countenance toward you and give you peace. 

The text of the blessing is in three parts and is therefore called "the three in one blessing."  Notice that it is phrased in the singular rather than plural because it is meant to have personal application, not to be a general benediction over a crowd of people.  Notice that the phrase, “The LORD lift up His face toward you...” pictures the beaming face of a parent as he lifts up his beloved child in joy... The repetitive construction of God “lifting up His face” suggests that God's justice has been fully satisfied and His compassion now flows outward to the child in loving grace.  



Source:  http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Blessings/Synagogue_Blessings/Priestly_Blessing/priestly_blessing.html