7 Hebrew Words for Praise

BARAK

To bow down, or kneel before the Lord in quiet worship and adoration. 

For He delivers the needy when He calls, the poor and him who has no helper. He has pity on the weak and the needy, and saves the lives of the needy. From oppression and violence He redeems their life, and precious is their blood in His sight. Lord may He live; may gold of Sheba be given to Him! May prayer be made for Him continually, and blessings invoked for Him all the day!

Psalm 72: 12-15

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HALAL

To shine, boast, rave about, celebrate or even to be clamorously foolish.

Then he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the LORD, the God of Israel.

1 Chronicles 16:4

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SHABACH

To shout loudly, to command, to triumph.

O God, you are my God; earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land where there is no water. So I looked upon you in the sanctuary, beholding your power and glory. Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise you. So I will bless you as long as I live;

in your name I will lift up my hands.

Psalm 63:1-4 

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TEHILLIAH 

To sing unrehearsed, unplanned praises.

I will bless the LORD at all times; His praise shall continually be in my mouth.

Psalm 34:1

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TOWDAH

To extend or raise your hands in thanksgiving for something that hasn't yet occurred or that you haven't yet received.


The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifices glorifies me; to one who orders his way rightly I will show the salvation of God!

Psalm 50:23 

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YADAH

To extend your hands vigorously as in complete surrender.

And when he had taken counsel with the people, he appointed those who were to sing to the LORD and praise Him in holy attire, as they went before the army, and say, "Give thanks to the LORD, for His steadfast love endures forever."

2 Chronicles 20:21

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ZAMAR 

To touch the strings or a part of a musical instrument; to make music accompanied by voice, hence to celebrate in music and in song. 

Praise the LORD! Praise His sanctuary; praise Him in His mighty heavens! Praise Him for His mighty deeds; praise him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with lute and harp! Praise Him with tambourine and dance; praise Him with strings and pipe! Praise Him with cymbals; praise Him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD! Praise the LORD!

Psalm 150