Dance – Hebrew: Machol

מחול

The Hebrew word machol means ‘dance. Its root comes from chuwl and means ’round dance’ or ‘circle dance.’ This is not an individual dance, but a group that dances in a circle. Chuwl is the ‘father of Heman’ who was a worship singer in Solomon’s Temple (1 Chronicles 25:6, 1 Chronicles 6:18, 1 Chronicles 16:41). This suggests that there was dancing in the Temple along with musical instruments. Machol is found 6 times in Scripture.

 Once again, I will build you; you will be rebuilt, virgin of Isra’el. Once again, equipped with your tambourines, you will go out and ‘circle’ dance with the merrymakers” (Jeremiah 31:4).

“Joy has vanished from our hearts, our dancing has turned into mourning” (Lamentations 5:15).

“You turned my mourning into ‘circle’ dancing! You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy” (Psalm 30:11).

“Let them praise his name with ‘circle’ dancing, make melody to him with tambourine and lyre” (Psalm 149:3).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Dance – machol – מחול

מ Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

ח Chet – A Fence means ‘protect.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ל Lamed – Shepherd’s Staff means ‘urge forward.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for machol: mighty protect binding and urging forward.

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