Praise, Loud – Hebrew: Shabach


The Hebrew word shabach means ‘laud’ and ‘praise’ in a loud voice. It also means loud declaration or adoration for Adonai. Shabach is found 16 times in Scripture; the majority are found in Daniel.

The most familiar shabach is at the battle of Jericho. A loud shout or shabach brought the walls of the city down so the Israelites could enter the Promised Land.

“Adonai your God is right there with you, as a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you and be glad, he will be silent in his love, he will shabach over you with joy” (Zephaniah 3:17).

“For your grace is better than life. My lips will shabach you” (Psalm 63:3).

“So now I, N’vukhadnetzar, praise, shabach the King of heaven …” (Daniel 4:34).

“Each generation will praise your works to the next and proclaim your mighty acts” (Psalm 145:4).

“Sabach Adonai, Yerushalayim! Shabach your God, Tziyon!” (Psalm 147:12)

Hebrew Word Pictures

Loud Praise – Shabach – שבך

ש Shin – A Tooth means ‘consume’ or ‘destroy.’

ב Bet – A House means ‘house’ or ‘family.’

ך Kaf – An Open Palm means ‘open’ or ‘cover.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for shebach: consume the house covering.

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