“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ . . .” – Eph 1:3
Three times in this short verse Paul uses some form of the Greek word εὐλογέω (yoo-log-eh’-o). This word is where we get our modern English word “eulogy.” When someone dies, it is usually the responsibility of a close relative or friend to give a eulogy at the funeral. They will say something nice about or speak well of the deceased. In a sense, they are “praising” the person as having lived a “good life” as a “good person.”
When the ancient authors of the New Testament wrote Greek they put the words that they wanted to emphasize or the words that were most important at the beginning of the sentence. While the English translators of the Bible translate the sentence correctly, the English sentences sometimes fail to communicate the importance that the original writers intended to convey. The first word Paul uses in the sentence is “Blessed” (εὐλογητός). He wants his readers to understand what is so significant about their God. Eὐλογητός is actually made up of two words “εὐ” (eu), which means “good”, and λόγος (logos), which means “word.” So this compound Greek word can literally be translated “to speak a good word” or more loosely, “to praise.”
Another word that we get from εὐλογέω is the English word “adorable.” I have often used this term many times to describe my own nieces and nephews. However, the original meaning of this word has changed over time. The word “adorable” comes from two words meaning “able to be adored.” We use the word “adore” a lot in modern English. I’ve heard young teenage girls say something like, “I simply adore him” when referring to their favorite pop star. This is actually getting closer to the original meaning. To “adore” something means “to have a strong affection for.” Little children are adorable (able to be adored) because often their innocence stirs our hearts with love and affection for them. Young teens “adore” their favorite pop stars. Their hearts prize and value them very highly and often more than anyone else. For us it is God who is to be adored, treasured, and worshiped above everything and everyone else.