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Praise – Hebrew: Hallel


The Hebrew word hallel means ‘to boast,’ ‘celebrate’ and ‘shine.’ The word is found 165 times in Scripture. The word ‘halleluyah’ comes from hallel and means ‘Praise Yah.’ Psalms chapters 113 to 118 are known as ‘The Hallel.’ These Psalms were sung as prayers by worshipers climbing the steps to the Temple to worship Adonai during the three festival gatherings: Pesach, Shavuot, Sukkot and Hanukkah.

“Let them hallel the name of Adonai, for he commanded and they were created” (Psalm 148:2-5).

“Let them hallel his name with dancing, make melody to him with tambourine and lyre …” (Psalm 149:3).

“The poor will eat and be satisfied; those who seek Adonai will hallel him; Your hearts will enjoy life forever” (Psalm 22:26).

“Charm can lie, beauty can vanish, but a woman who fears Adonai should be hallel” (Proverbs 31:30).

Hebrew Word Pictures

praise – hallel – הלל

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

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

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

The Hebrew Word Picture for hallel: behold and urge forward, urge forward.

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