Praise, Ringing Cry – Hebrew: Ranan


The Hebrew word ranan means ‘ringing cry,’ ‘sing aloud,’ or ‘shout for joy.’ This word is used when one is so overcome with joy that they shout aloud for joy. There are 54 occurrences in Scripture.

When Yeshua rode into Jerusalem, the people cried ‘Hoshanna’ and wanted him to restore the Kingdom to Israel. However, some of the leaders wanted the disciples to reprimand the people for shouting. Yeshua responded: “I tell you that if they keep quiet, the stones will shout!” (Luke 19:39-40).

“Those who had been about to die would bless me, and I made widows ranan in their hearts for joy” (Job 29:13).

“When the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy [ranan]?” (Job 38:7).

“But let all who take refuge in you rejoice, let them forever shout for joy [ranan]!” (Psalm 5:11).

“This is why those living at the ends of the earth stand in awe of your signs. The places where the sun rises and sets you cause to sing for joy [ranan]” (Psalm 65:8).

“Come, let’s sing to Adonai! Let’s shout for joy to the Rock of our salvation!” (Psalm 95:1).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Shout for Joy – ranan – רנן

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

נ Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

ן Nun – A Fish means ‘life.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for ranan: highest authority’s life life.

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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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