Scriptures that Encourage Dancing as a Form of Praising God
                                
Psalm 149:1-4    
Praise the Lord. Sing to the Lord a new song, His praise in the assembly of the saints. Let Israel rejoice in their maker; let the people of Zion be glad in their King. Let them praise His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and harp. For the Lord takes delight in His people; He crowns the humble with salvation.

Jeremiah 31:13
Then maidens will dance and be glad, young men and old as well. I will turn their mourning into gladness; I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.

Psalm 150:3-4
Praise Him with the sounding of the trumpet, praise Him with the harp and lyre, praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with the strings and flute, praise Him with the clash of cymbals, praise Him with resounding cymbals.

Ecclesiastes 3:1,4
There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under Heaven...a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance...

Exodus 15:20
Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the woman followed her, with the tambourines and dancing. (NIV)

Psalm 150:4
Praise Him with the timbrel and dance, praise Him with the stringed instruments and flutes. (NKJV)

2 Samuel 6:5
David and the whole house of Israel were celebrating with all their might before the Lord, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines, sistrums and cymbals. (NIV)

2 Samuel 6:14-15
David, wearing a linen ephod, danced before the Lord with all his might, while he and the entire house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sounds of trumpets. (NKJV)

Jeremiah 31:4
Again I will build you, and you shall be rebuilt, o virgin of Israel!  Again you shall take up your tambourines, and go forth to the dances of the merrymakers. (NASB)


   
HEBREW WORDS FOR DANCE  (Strong's reference no. included)

CHIYL (2342) - to twist or whirl in a circular manner        Judges 21:21

MACHOWL (4234) - a round dance         Psalm 30:11, Jeremiah 31:4

MECHOWLAH (4246) - a dance; company of dancers    Judges 11:34,  Exodus 15:20

DALAG (1801) - to leap or spring    Song of Solomon 2:8       Isaiah 35:6

CHAGAG (2287) - to move in a circle; march in a sacred procession; celebrate a festival; dance     Psalm 42:4, Zechariah 14:18, Nahum 1:15

KARAR (3769) - to dance or whirl (even like a whirlwind)     2 Samuel 6:14

RAQAD (7540) - to stamp; spring about; dance; jump; leap; skip    1 Chronicles 15:29, Ecclesiastes 3:4

PAZAZ (6339) - to spring or leap     2 Samuel 6:16

PACACH (6452) - to hop; skip over;  to dance     1 Kings 18:26

GIYL/GUWL (1523) - to spin round under the influence of emotion (usually joy)
1 Chronicles 16:31, Psalm 9:14

ALATS (5970) - to jump for joy; be joyful; rejoice;  triumph     Proverbs 28:12,   
Psalm 68:3



GREEK WORDS FOR DANCE

ORCHEOMAI (3738) - to dance      Matthew 11:17

CHOROS (5525) - a round dance        Luke 15:25

AGALLIAO (21) - jump for joy; rejoice greatly        Matthew 5:12, Revelation 19:7

SKIRTAO (4640) - jump for joy     Luke 1:41,  Luke 6:23       
   



HEBREW WORDS FOR WORSHIP

SCHACAH (7812) - to worship and to bow down      Genesis 22:5, Exodus 34:8

BARAK (1288) - to kneel and to bless     1 Chronicles 29:20,  NeHemiah 8:6

HALLAL (1984) - praise and celebration      1 Chronicles 16:4, Ezra 3:11


   
   
GREEK WORDS FOR WORSHIP

PROSKUNEO (4352) - to worship, to kiss (like a dog licking its master's hand),
to prostrate oneself in homage      John 4:23,  Revelation 7:11

LATREUO (3000) - to serve, minister, worship     Phillipians 3:3, Luke 2:37
   
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How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news, who proclaim peace, who bring good tidings, who proclaim salvation, who say to Zion, "Your God reigns!"

Isaiah 52:7

  

"...the captives will be released,
the blind will see, and the downtrodden
will be freed from their oppressors..."

The Words of Jesus

 

Behold on the mountain the feet of him who brings good news, who announces peace!  Celebrate (chagag:  move in a circle, march in a sacred processional, observe a festival, to be giddy, to celebrate, to dance, to keep a solemn feast, to reel to and fro)  your feasts (feast is also chagag -- so it could also read "dance your dances o praisers), O Judah...For never again will the wicked one pass through you; he is cut off completely.

Nahum 1:15

 


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