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Bible Word Studies: PRAISE



The concept of Praise is conveyed in the Old Testament Scriptures by the use of three different Hebrew words.

Praise, Hebrew: shabach (pronounced shah-vahch); S#7623.

“…My lips shall praise You…” – Psalm 63:3

To commend, praise, to adore, to glory in something. In the Biblical text, Shabach can be used in two different ways – either in “praising” someone, or in “calming” someone. In the above scripture reference (Psalm 63:3), King David is using Shabach to praise God for His power, glory, and lovingkindness to Him. Our heavenly Father takes delight when we express our love and gratitude in the form of worship and praise unto Him.

Praise, Hebrew: Halah (pronounced hah-lahl); S#1984.

“…to stand every morning to “thank and praise the LORD, and likewise at evening…” – 1 Chronicles 23:30

To praise and to thank; rejoice, boast about someone. Halal is the root from which we get the word “halleluyah”. The phrase is actually a command: halleuyah (all of you must praise Jah, also spelled Yah, from the transliterated terms Yahweh, Jehovah, or the Hebrew tetragrammaton YHWH, the proper name of God.) Halah conveys the idea of speaking or singing about the glories, vitues, or honor of our God Yahovah.

Praise, Hebrew: Tehillah (pronounced te-hilah, or in the plural, te-hil-lim); S#8416.

“Enter into His gates with thanksgiving, And into His courts with praise…” – Psalm 100:4

A Tehillah is a praise, a psalm, or a song. The Hebrew title of the Book of Psalms is Tehillim, literally “Praises.” The Book of Psalms was actually compiled as a songbook for worship events in the temple of Jerusalem. Although especially designed for singing, we use it today for prayer and recitation, as well as singing. A Tehillah is a celebration, a lauding of God’s praiseworthiness; the praise, admiration or exaltation of God.

– Luis Josephus