The Hebrew for ‘rejoice’ is giyl and means ‘to spin around under the influence of violent emotion.’ This word is found 127 times in the Complete Jewish Bible.
“Then David danced and spun around with abandon before Adonai, wearing a linen ritual vest” (2 Samuel 6:14).
“Yitro rejoiced over all the good that Adonai had done for Isra’el by rescuing them from the Egyptians” (Exodus 18:9).
“Sing, daughter of Tziyon! Shout, Isra’el! Be glad and rejoice with all your heart, daughter of Yerushalayim!” (Zephaniah 3:14).
“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 shout over you with joy” (Zephaniah 3:17).
“Rejoice in union with the Lord always! I will say it again: rejoice!” (Philippians 4:4).
Hebrew Word Pictures
Rejoice – giyl – גיל
ג Gimel – A Camel means ‘lift up’ or ‘pride.’
י Yod – Closed Hands means ‘finished work.’
ל Lamed – Shepherd’s Staff means ‘urge forward.
The Hebrew Word Picture for gil: lift up finished work and urge forward.