Most of the time, I use the auxiliary verb 'may' to say something more politely.

However, when you read articles on 'christianity' or the bible, I often find many scriptures saying with 'may'.

It sounds like it's got a meaning of 'hope' or 'wish'.



May God bless you


What's the meaning of 'may' here, I wonder ?

I kind of understand the meaning of the sentence, however, even so, I don't know how to use the 'may' to make such a sentence.

Does it make sense? Well, I hope so.

Thanks in advance.
How about "May it come to pass that God sees fit to bless you." So yes, roughtly, "I hope God blesses you."

May the Lord bless you and keep you, etc.
It is a helping word for the verb "bless"

God / may bless / you
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Thanks, Anonymous!

However, I already have understood that it's a helping verb.

Do you mean that it helps the speaker to say more politely (<= probably not this one as it's a helping verb) or Do you mean it has the same meaning of 'God will bless you.' or 'I hope that the God bless you' and it just happens to be an old way of saying ( I don't think a lot of young people'd like to say in such a style) ?

Thanks again!
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Thanks, Mrs. GG.

How are you today?

I hope you're having a lovely day!

Well, Mrs. GG, I wish I could say like you:)!!

Hopefully one day, like hero 'Terry Fox' did when he did marathon across the Canada.

I've read about him today and it was very touching and was mixture of sad and happy ending.

I wished he was still alive after his achievement.

Running across the Canada, well, that's almost impossible thing to even normal people. Besides, I can't even run more than 1 hour.

It has been said, 'Where there is a will, then there is a way'!

I believe it and I believe in what God has said in the bible.

May the Lord bless you and your family!!
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May God Bless (You) - MGB Emotion: smile

It is used as in Third Person

You're NOT in control and wishing someone
Also, it is a Hope, a Pray, or a Goodwill...

" H A P P Y E A S T E R "

Can we say, I might steal this picture or I should steal this picture, which one correct?

I might steal this picture. Fine. This expresses a possibility.

I should steal this picture. Fine. This expresses an obligation.

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