Are you Happy or Blessed?

“If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them.” John 13:17 KJV.

“If you know these things blessed are you if you do them.” John 13:17 NKJV.

It is interesting to see how we can easily invite the world’s ways into our definitions especially in the translation of God’s Word.

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From Etymology Dictionary: happy (adj.)

late 14c., “lucky, favored by fortune, being in advantageous circumstances, prosperous;” of events, “turning out well,” from hap (n.) “chance, fortune” + -y (2). Sense of “very glad” first recorded late 14c. Meaning “greatly pleased and content” is from 1520s. Old English had eadig (from ead “wealth, riches”) and gesælig, which has become silly. Old English bliðe “happy” survives as blithe. From Greek to Irish, a great majority of the European words for “happy” at first meant “lucky.” An exception is Welsh, where the word used first meant “wise.”

Happy medium “the golden mean” is from 1702. Happy ending in the literary sense recorded from 1756. Happy as a clam (1630s) was originally happy as a clam in the mud at high tide, when it can’t be dug up and eaten.

Blessed, makarios, Strong’s #3107, blessed, possessing the characteristic of deity, Makariotes. It indicates the state of the believer in Christ (Mt.5:3-11: “Blessed … for my sake;” Lk. 6:20-22, “blessed… for the Son of Man’s sake”). He is indwelt by God because of Christ and as a result is fully satisfied.

Makarios differs from happy because happy is the person who has good luck (from the root hap, favorable circumstances). A blessed person is one whom God makes fully satisfied, not because of favorable circumstances, but because He indwells the believer through Christ.

To be makarious, blessed, is equivalent to having God’s kingdom within one’s heart (Mt. 5:2, 11; Lk.17:21). Makarios is the one who is in the world yet independent of the world; his satisfaction comes from God and not from favorable circumstances.

Alright fess up all those rabbit’s foots!

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