Hebrew Words for Praise

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Hebrew Words for Praise

yadah (53x praise, 32x give thanks)
definition: extending hands in longing and desire like a child
(longing for reassurance of relationship, love, affection, intimacy and closeness)
Scripture examples:
Gen 29.35, Ps 9:1; 28:7; 43:4;139.14, Is 38:19 Ps134.2

Strong's #3034 - yadah (yaw-daw'); literally, to use (i.e. hold out) the hand; physically, to throw (a stone, an arrow) at or away; especially to revere or worship (with extended hands); intensively, to bemoan (by wringing the hands)


towdah
definition: extending hands as an offering of thanksgiving; a confession of praise and adoration, with a group, sacrifice of praise.
Scripture examples:

Lev.7:12; 2 Chr.29:31;Ps. 42:4; 50:14,23; Jer. 30:19

Strong's #8426 - towdah (to-daw'); an extension of the hand, i.e. (by implication) avowal, or (usually) adoration; specifically, a choir of worshippers; thank-offering


tehillah (50x OT)
a hymn of praise, God enthroned, Spirit-praise 
Scripture examples:


Deut.10:21; 2 Chr.20:22; Ps.22:3; 40:3; 51:15; 106:12; Isa.42:8,10,12; Hab.3:3

Strong's #8416 - tehillah (teh-hil-law'); laudation; specifically (concretely) a hymn: praise, adoration, thanksgiving (paid to God); the act of general or public praise; a praise-song (as a Hebrew title); praise (demanded by qualities or deeds or attributes of God)


halal (99x OT)
to make a show, to be outrageously and completely foolish in expression, to celebrate, to spin around with violent emotion, to shine 
Scripture examples:


1Chr.16:10; 2Chr.5:13; Ps. 34:2; 69:30; 84:4; 105:3; 113:1; 148:1-5; 150:1-6 ; 1 Sam 21: 13 ; Ps 35: 13; Prov. 31: 28

Strong's #1984 - halal (haw-lal'); to be clear (orig. of sound, but usually of color); to shine; hence, to make a show, to boast; and thus to be (clamorously) foolish; to rave; causatively, to celebrate


zamar (40x in Psalms)
to touch or strike strings (used in poetry), play a musical instrument, to sing accompanied by music, to celebrate in music. 
Scripture examples:


Jud.5:3; Ps.27:6; 33:2; 57:9; 92:1; 98:4,5; 108:1; 149:3; Isa.12:5

Strong's #2167 - zamar (zaw-mar'); perhaps ident. with OT:2168 through the idea of striking with the fingers]; properly, to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument, i.e. play upon it; to make music, accompanied by the voice; hence to celebrate in song and music


Shabach / ruwa (7x OT)
to shout loudly, declare, triumph, to glorify with words, extol, to clap, to tear the eardrums with sound, cry aloud.

Scripture examples:


Ps 63.3, Ps 117.1; Josh 6; 2 Chron 13.15

Strong's #7623 - shabach (shaw-bakh'); to address in a loud tone, i.e. (specifically) loud; figuratively, to pacify (as if by words):commend, glory, keep in, praise, still, triumph


barak (200x blessings, 70x praise)
to kneel, submit, to salute, to bless (to speak well of, glve a gift), to declare God as origin of power; to call upon the Lord
Scripture examples:


Ps.34:1; 63:4; 72:15,17-19; 95:6; 103:1,2,20-22; 134:1-3

Strong's #1288 - barak (baw-rak'); to kneel; by implication to bless God (as an act of adoration), and (vice-versa) man (as a benefit); bless, congratulate, kneel (down), praise, salute, thank.