Praise, Thanksgiving – Hebrew: Todah



The Hebrew word todah means ‘thanks’ or ‘thanksgiving.’ In the Hebrew language, todah means ‘thank you.’ When we offer thanks to Adonai in song, we are also praising him and receiving blessing. The peace or shalom offering was called a ‘thanksgiving’ offering. After the Jews returned to Jerusalem and rebuilt the Temple, choirs offered praises of thanksgiving. Todah is found 32 times in the Scriptures.

When Yeshua entered one village, ten men with tzara’at met him. They stood at a distance and called out, “Yeshua! Rabbi! Have pity on us!” On seeing them, he said, “Go and let the cohanim [priests] examine you!” And as they went, they were cleansed. One of them, as soon as he noticed that he had been healed, returned shouting praises to God,  and fell on his face at Yeshua’s feet to thank him” (Luke 17:11-18).

“I brought the leaders of Y’hudah up onto the wall and appointed two large choirs to give todah and to walk in procession. One went to the right on the wall toward the Dung Gate” (Nehemiah 12:31).

“But I, speaking my todah aloud, will sacrifice to you; what I have vowed, I will pay. Salvation comes from Adonai!” (Jonah 2:9).

“For Adonai will comfort Tziyon, will comfort all her ruined places, will make her desert like ‘Eden, her ‘Aravah like the garden of Adonai. Joy and gladness will be there, todah and the sound of music” (Isaiah 51:3).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Thanksgiving – todah – תודה

ת Tav – Crossed Sticks mean ‘sign’ or ‘covenant.’

ו Vav – A Nail means ‘binding.’

ד Dalet – A Door means ‘pathway.’

ה Hey – A Window means ‘reveal’ or ‘behold.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for todah: covenant sign binding pathway revealed.

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