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Hebrew Praise and Worship Words...

Listed below are several Hebrew words related to praise and worship. Scripture references are given for each word with the translated word in bold. We will be using the New King James Version unless otherwise noted. Most of the Hebrew definitions have been compiled from Strong's Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible.

We have taken the 10 most prominent words and listed them first. There are 58 words in the entire list.

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Barak-to kneel or bow, to give reverence to God as an act of adoration, implies a continual conscious giving place to God, to be atuned to him and his presence

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful to him, and bless his name.

Psalm 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.



Guwl-to spin around, under the influence of any violent emotion

Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Psalm 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; It shall rejoice in his salvation.

Psalm 118:24 This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it.



Hallal-to praise, to make a show or rave about, to glory in or boast upon, to be clamorously foolish about you adoration of God

Psalm 22:23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify him, and fear him, all you offspring of Israel!

Psalm 44:8 In God we boast all day long, and praise your name forever. Selah

Psalm 63:5 My soul shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness, and my mouth shall praise you with joyful lips.



Ranan-to creak, to emit a stridulous sound, to shout aloud for joy

Psalm 7:17 I will praise the Lord according to his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High.

Psalm 33:1 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous! For praise from the upright is beautiful.

Psalm 98:4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.



Shachah-to depress or prostrate in homage or loyalty to God, bow down, fall down flat

Psalm 29:2 Give unto the Lord the glory due to his name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

Psalm 66:4 All the earth shall worship you and sing praises to You; They shall sing praises to your name." Selah

Psalm 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.



Shuwr-strolling minstrelsy, to sing, singer (man or woman)

Psalm 18:49 Therefore I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name.

Psalm 33:3 Sing to him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

Psalm 144:9 I will sing a new song to you, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to you...



Tehillah-to sing hallal, a new song, a hymn of spontaneous praise glorifying God in song

Psalm 34:1 I will bless the Lord at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 40:3 He has put a new song in my mouth -- praise to our God; Many will see it and fear, and will trust in the Lord.

Psalm 149:1 Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and his praise in the assembly of saints.



Todah-an extension of the hand, avowal, adoration, a choir of worshipers, confession, sacrifice of praise, thanksgiving

Psalm 50:14 Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High.

Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Psalms 100:4 Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise. Be thankful to him, and bless his name.



Yadah-to use, hold out the hand, to throw (a stone or arrow) at or away, to revere or worship (with extended hands, praise thankful, thanksgiving)

Psalm 33:2 Praise the Lord with the harp; Make melody to him with an instrument of ten strings.

Psalm 61:8 So I will sing praise to your name forever, that I may daily perform my vows.

Psalm 18:49 Therefore I will give thanks to you, O Lord, among the Gentiles, and sing praises to your name.



Zamar-to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument i.e. play upon it, to make music accompanied by the voice, to celebrate in song and music, give praise, sing forth praises, psalms

Psalm 66:2 Sing out the honor of his name; Make his praise glorious.

Psalm 71:22 Also with the lute I will praise you -- and your faithfulness, O my God! To you I will sing with the harp, O Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 144:9 I will sing a new song to you, O God; On a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to you...





Alats-to jump for joy, exult, be joyful, rejoice, triumph

Psalm 5:11 But let all those rejoice who put their trust in you; Let them ever shout for joy, because you defend them; Let those also who love your name be joyful in you.

Psalm 9:2 I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High.

Ps 68:3 But let the righteous be glad; Let them rejoice before God; Yes, let them rejoice exceedingly.



Alaz-to jump for joy, exult, be joyful, rejoice, triumph

Psalm 28:7 The Lord is my strength and my shield; My heart trusted in him, and I am helped; Therefore my heart greatly rejoices, and with my song I will praise him.

Psalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; Extol him who rides on the clouds, by his name YAH, and rejoice before him.

Psalm 98:4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.



Anah-to eye or to heed, pay attention, to respond, to begin to speak, to sing, shout, testify, announce, give, account, afflict

Psalm 147:7 Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises on the harp to our God...



Calal-to mound up, exalt, reflex, to oppose, cast up, exalt (self), extol, make plain, raise up

Psalm 68:4 Sing to God, sing praises to his name; Extol him who rides on the clouds, by His name YAH, and rejoice before him.



Caphar-to score with a mark, to inscribe, to enumerate, recount, celebrate, show forth, speak, talk, tell

Psalm 9:14 That I may tell of all your praise in the gates of the daughter of Zion. I will rejoice in your salvation.

Psalm 79:13 So we, your people and sheep of your pasture, will give you thanks forever; We will show forth your praise to all generations.

Isaiah 43:21 This people I have formed for myself; They shall declare my praise.



Chagag-to move in a circle, to march in a sacred procession, to observe a festival, to be giddy, celebrate, dance, to keep or hold a solemn feast (holiday), to reel to and fro

1 Sam 30:16-17 And when he had brought him down, there they were, spread out over all the land, eating and drinking and dancing, because of all the great spoil which they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from the land of Judah.



Chuwl-to twist or whirl in a circular spiral manner, to dance

Judges 21:23 And the children of Benjamin did so; they took enough wives for their number from those who danced, whom they caught. Then they went and returned to their inheritance, and they rebuilt the cities and dwelt in them.



Dagal-to flaunt, to raise a flag, to be conspicuous, set up with banners, cheifest

Psalm 20:5 We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners! May the Lord fulfill all your petitions.



Gadal-to cause to be large, increase in estate, honor or pride, advance, boast, bring up, exceed, excellent, lift up, magnify, promote, speak proudly of

Psalm 34:3 Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.

Psalm 69:30 I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify him with thanksgiving.

Psalm 70:4 Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; And let those who love your salvation say continually, "Let God be magnified!"



Giyl-a revolution (of time and age), exceeding joy, gladness, greatly, rejoice

Psalm 32:11 Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous; And shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Psalm 65:12 They drop on the pastures of the wilderness, and the little hills rejoice on every side.



Gol-to call aloud, a voice or sound, bleating, crackling, cry, fame, lightness, lowing, noise, proclaiming, sing, sound, thunder, voice, yell

Psalms 95:1 Oh come, let us sing to the Lord! Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.

Psalm 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to him with psalms.

Psalm 98:4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.



Hilluwl-a sense of rejoicing, a celebration of thanksgiving for harvest, merry, praise

Leviticus 19:24 But in the fourth year all its fruit shall be holy, a praise to the Lord.



Kabed-numerous, rich, honorable, to make weighty

Psalm 22:23 You who fear the Lord, praise him! All you descendants of Jacob, glorify him, and fear him, all you offspring of Israel!

Psalm 86:9 All nations whom you have made shall come and worship before you, O Lord, and shall glorify your name.

Psalm 86:12 12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart, and I will glorify your name forevermore.



Kabod-splendor, copiousness, glorious, glory, honorable

Psalm 29:1 Give unto the Lord, O you mighty ones, Give unto the Lord glory and strength.

Psalm 66:2 Sing out the honor of his name; Make his praise glorious.

Psalm 96:8 Give to the Lord the glory due his name; Bring an offering, and come into his courts.



Kara-to bend the knee, to sink, to prostrate, bow down self, bring down low

Psalm 22:29 All the prosperous of the earth shall eat and worship; All those who go down to the dust shall bow before him, even he who cannot keep himself alive.

Psalm 95:6 Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the Lord our maker.



Karar-to dance, whirl

2 Samuel 6:14 Then David danced before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.



Macha-to rub or strike the hands together (in exultation), clap

Psalm 98:8 Let the rivers clap their hands; Let the hills be joyful together before the Lord...



Machowl-a round dance, dancing

Psalm 30:11 You have turned for me my mourning into dancing; You have put off my sackcloth and clothed me with gladness...

Psalm 149:3 Let them praise his name with the dance; Let them sing praises to him with the timbrel and harp.

Jeremiah 31:13 13 "Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, and the young men and the old, together; For I will turn their mourning to joy, will comfort them, and make them rejoice rather than sorrow."



Mangiynah-a satire, music

Lamentations 3:63 Look at their sitting down and their rising up; I am their taunting song.



Massa-a burden, an utterance chiefly a doom, especially singing, prophecy, song, tribute

Habakkuk 1:1 The burden which the prophet Habakkuk saw.

Note: Habakkuk 3:19 The Lord God is my strength; He will make my feet like deer's feet, and he will make me walk on my high hills. To the Chief Musician. With my stringed instruments.



Mechowlah-a dance company, dances

Exodus 15:20 Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Jeremiah 31:4 Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, O virgin of Israel! You shall again be adorned with your tambourines, And shall go forth in the dances of those who rejoice.



Mizmowr-instrumental music, a poem set to notes, the word most frequently used for titles of the Psalms

Psalm 3:1 A Psalm of David when he fled from Absalom his son.

Psalms 13:1 To the Chief Musician. A Psalm of David.

Psalm 15:1 A Psalm of David.



Nacah-to lift, exalt, extol, hold, up, honorable, magnify, regard, respect, yield

Psalm 28:2 Hear the voice of my supplications when I cry to you, when I lift up my hands toward your holy sanctuary.

Psalm 63:4 Thus I will bless you while I live; I will lift up my hands in your name.

Psalm 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary, and bless the Lord.



Nagan-to thrum, to beat a tune with the fingers, to play a stringed instrument, to make music, sing to stringed instruments

Psalm 33:3 Sing to him a new song; Play skillfully with a shout of joy.



Natsach-to glitter from afar, to be eminent (as a superintendent), especially of the temple services and it's' music, to be permanent, excel, chief musician (singer), overseer, set forward, used in the title of the Psalms

Psalm 4:1 To the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

Psalm 5:1 To the Chief Musician. With flutes. A Psalm of David.

Psalm 8:1 To the Chief Musician. On the instrument of Gath. A Psalm of David.



Negiynath-instrumental music, a stringed instrument, a poem set to music, an epigram

Lamentations 5:14 The elders have ceased gathering at the gate, and the young men from their music.



Paras-to break apart, disperse, break, chop in pieces, lay open, scatter, spread (abroad, forth, selves, out), stretch (forth, out

Psalms 143:6 I spread out my hands to you; My soul longs for you like a thirsty land. Selah



Patsach-to break out (in joyful sound), break forth into joy, make a loud noise

Psalm 98:4 Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; Break forth in song, rejoice, and sing praises.

Psalm 98:6 With trumpets and the sound of a horn; Shout joyfully before the Lord, the King.

Psalm 100:1 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!



Pazaz-to solidify (as if by refining), to spring (as if separating the limbs), leap, be made strong

2 Samuel 6:16 Now as the ark of the Lord came into the City of David, Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and saw King David leaping and whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.



Ragad-to stamp, to spring about (wildly or for joy), aloud, noise, shouted

Ecclesiastes 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; A time to mourn, and a time to dance...

1 Chronicles 15:29 And it happened, as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the City of David, that Michal, Saul's daughter, looked through a window and saw King David whirling and playing music; and she despised him in her heart.



Renanah-a shout (for joy), joyful voice, singing, triumphing

Psalm 100:2 Serve the Lord with gladness; Come before his presence with singing.



Rinnah-a shrill sound, shout of grief or joy, gladness, proclamation, rejoicing, shouting, triumph, singing

Psalm 107:22 Let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare his works with rejoicing.

Psalm 118:15 The voice of rejoicing and salvation is in the tents of the righteous; The right hand of the Lord does valiantly.

Psalm 126:6 He who continually goes forth weeping, bearing seed for sowing, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.



Rowmam-exaltation, praise, be extolled

Psalm 66:17 I cried to him with my mouth, and he was extolled with my tongue.



Ruwa-to split the ears with sound, shout (for alarm or joy), blow an alarm, make a joyful noise, shout for joy, sound an alarm

Joshua 6:20 So the people shouted when the priests blew the trumpets. And it happened when the people heard the sound of the trumpet, and the people shouted with a great shout, that the wall fell down flat. Then the people went up into the city, every man straight before him, and they took the city.

Psalm 47:1 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!

Psalm 65:13 The pastures are clothed with flocks; The valleys also are covered with grain; They shout for joy, they also sing.



Samach-to brighten up, cheer up, make glad, make merry

Psalm 31:7 I will be glad and rejoice in your mercy, for you have considered my trouble; you have known my soul in adversities...

Psalm 48:11 Let Mount Zion rejoice, let the daughters of Judah be glad, because of your judgments.

Psalm 105:3 Glory in his holy name; Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord!



Sameach-blithe or gleeful, glad, joyful, making merry, hearted, rejoice

Psalm 96:11 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; Let the sea roar, and all its fullness...



Sason-cheerfulness, welcome, gladness, joy, rejoicing, mirth

Psalm 119:111 Your testimonies I have taken as a heritage forever, for they are the rejoicing of my heart.



Shabach-to address in a loud tone, a loud adoration, a shout, proclaiming with a loud voice (unashamed), to glory, triumph, power, a testimony of praise

Psalm 63:3 Because your lovingkindness is better than life, my lips shall praise you.

Psalm 106:47 Save us, O Lord our God, and gather us from among the Gentiles, to give thanks to your holy name, to triumph in your praise.

Psalm 145:4 One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts.



Shaown-uproar (as a rushing), destruction, noise, pomp, rushing, tumult

Psalm 66:1 Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth!

Psalm 81:1 Sing aloud to God our strength; Make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob.



Shebach-adore, praise, to adulate

Daniel 2:23 "I thank you and praise you, O God of my fathers; You have given me wisdom and might, and have now made known to me what we asked of you, For you have made known to us the king's demand."

Daniel 4:34 And at the end of the time I, Nebuchadnezzar, lifted my eyes to heaven, and my understanding returned to me; and I blessed the Most High and praised and honored him who lives forever: For his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation.



Shiryah-a song, singing, musical song

Psalm 96:1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! Sing to the Lord, all the earth.

Psalm 98:1 Oh, sing to the Lord a new song! For he has done marvelous things; His right hand and his holy arm have gained him the victory.



Suws-to be bright, cheerful, be glad, make mirth, rejoice

Psalm 35:9 And my soul shall be joyful in the Lord; It shall rejoice in his salvation.

Psalm 40:16 Let all those who seek you rejoice and be glad in you; Let such as love your salvation say continually, "The Lord be magnified!"

Psalms 119:162 I rejoice at your word as one who finds great treasure.



Taga-to clatter, slap hands together, clang an instrument, to become bondsman by hand clasping, blow a trumpet

Psalms 47:1 Oh, clap your hands, all you peoples! Shout to God with the voice of triumph!



Teruwah-an acclamation of joy or a battle cry, clangor of trumpets, sounding of an alarm

Psalm 27:6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me; Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in his tabernacle; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.



Zammar-an instrumental musician, singer

Ezra 7:24 Also we inform you that it shall not be lawful to impose tax, tribute, or custom on any of the priests, Levites, singers, gatekeepers, Nethinim, or servants of this house of God.



Zemar-instrumental music

Daniel 3:7 So at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the horn, flute, harp, and lyre, in symphony with all kinds of music, all the people, nations, and languages fell down and worshiped the gold image which King Nebuchadnezzar had set up.

Daniel 3:10 You, O king, have made a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, shall fall down and worship the gold image...



Zemirah-a song to be accompanied by instrumental music

Psalms 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to him with psalms.



Zimrah-a musical piece, song to be accompanied by an instrument, melody, psalm

Psalm 81:2 Raise a song and strike the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the lute.

Psalm 98:5 Sing to the Lord with the harp, with the harp and the sound of a psalm...