Hebrew Words For Praise & Dancing

There are at least 7-8 Hebrew words for praise that actually mean different actions in speech or physical action, and there’s dancing. We see that a physical action of obedience made a difference when they held up Moses’ arms. (Exodus 17:11-12)

We also know that when David played music for Saul that the demon departed from him. “And whenever the harmful spirit from God was upon Saul, David took the lyre and played it with his hand. So Saul was refreshed and was well, and the harmful spirit departed from him.”

‭‭1 Samuel‬ ‭16:23‬ ‭ESV‬‬


In this episode, I study the Hebrew words for praise and dancing. How do we stay on fire for God? We can do this by drawing into His presence. We spend time with Him in praise and worship. Dive deeper into God’s Word with me, as I talk about the Hebrew words for praise and dancing.

Bible Study Scripture References:

Shachah - to bow Ps. 5:7

Barak - to bless Job 1:21

Tehilla - singing Ex. 15:11

Yadah - throw hands Ps. 136:1

Nasa - lift up Ps. 63:4

Towdah - prophetic praise & thanks Ps. 50:14

Shabach - a shout of praise Is. 12:6

Halal - praise Ps. 113:1

Zamar - praise with stringed instruments Ps. 150:4

Machowl - dancing Ps. 30:11

Karar- to whirl, dance 2 Sam. 6:14

Raqad - dance, skip, leap Ecc. 3:4

Shachah - to bow

“But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭5:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Barak - to bless, or to kneel

“And he said, "Naked I came from my mother's womb, and naked shall I return. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord."”

‭‭Job‬ ‭1:21‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Tehilla - singing

“For long ago in the days of David and Asaph there were directors of the singers, and there were songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.”

‭‭Nehemiah‬ ‭12:46‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Yadah - throw hands

“Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever.”

‭‭Psalm‬ ‭136:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Nasa - lift up

“So I will bless you as long as I live; in your name I will lift up my hands.”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭63:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Towdah - prophetic praise & thanks

“Offer to God a sacrifice of thanksgiving, and perform your vows to the Most High, and call upon me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify me."”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭50:14-15‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Shabach - a shout of praise

“Shout, and sing for joy, O inhabitant of Zion, for great in your midst is the Holy One of Israel."”

‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭12:6‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Halal - root word for praise in “HalleluYah” meaning praise Yahweh

“Praise the Lord! Praise, O servants of the Lord, praise the name of the Lord!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭113:1‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Zamar - to sing and praise with stringed instruments

“Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe!”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭150:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Machowl - to dance, dancing

“You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; you have loosed my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness,”

‭‭Psalms‬ ‭30:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Karar - to whirl, dance

“And David danced before the Lord with all his might. And David was wearing a linen ephod.”

‭‭2 Samuel‬ ‭6:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬


Raqad - to dance, leap, skip

“a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;”

‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭ESV‬‬


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