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The offering of thanks, especially for gifts received. Scripture emphasises the importance of giving thanks to God for all his gifts and works, both as an expression of our dependence upon him and gratitude to him.

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Thanksgiving is sometimes linked with praise to God

Psalm 69:30 NRSV
I will praise the name of God with a song; I will magnify him with thanksgiving.
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The duty of thanksgiving to God

1 Timothy 4:3–4 NRSV
They forbid marriage and demand abstinence from foods, which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For everything created by God is good, and nothing is to be rejected, provided it is received with thanksgiving;
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The expression of thanksgiving to God

Through OT offerings

Psalm 50:14 NRSV
Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.
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In Christian gatherings

1 Corinthians 10:16 NRSV
The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a sharing in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a sharing in the body of Christ?
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Through song

Psalm 95:2 NRSV
Let us come into his presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to him with songs of praise!
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Through prayer

1 Timothy 2:1 NRSV
First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for everyone,
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Through giving

2 Corinthians 9:11–12 NRSV
You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.

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Believers are to give thanks in all circumstances

1 Thessalonians 5:18 NRSV
give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.
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Thanksgiving for the blessings of salvation

1 Corinthians 15:57 NRSV
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
See also ; for victory through Christ; for God’s grace; for Jesus Christ himself; ; for union with Christ

Examples of those who gave thanks to God

Jesus Christ

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Paul

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Heavenly beings

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