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Dance – Hebrew: Machol


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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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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Praise, New Song – Hebrew: Tehillah


The Hebrew word tehillah means ‘spontaneous new song.’ This is worship from the heart that is unplanned whether it’s singing or playing an instrument. The most familiar tehillah is the 144,000 who stand on Mount Tziyon and ‘sing a new song’ or tehillah (Revelation 14:3). Tehillah is found 57 times in Scripture.

“Nevertheless, you are holy, enthroned on the tehillah of Isra’el” (Psalm 22:3).

“Sing to Adonai a new song! Let his tehillah be sung from the ends of the earth by those sailing the sea and by everything in it, by the coastlands and those living there” (Isaiah 42:10).

“Heal me, Adonai, and I will be healed; save me, and I will be saved, for you are my tehillah ” (Jeremiah 17:14).

Hebrew Word Pictures

New Song – tehillah – תהלה

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

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

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

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for sign reveals urging forward, behold.

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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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