Halal – Praise


Psalm 150:1-6 Praise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty firmament! Praise Him for His mighty acts; Praise Him according to His excellent greatness! Praise Him with the sound of the trumpet; Praise Him with the lute and harp! Praise Him with the timbrel and dance; Praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes! Praise Him with loud cymbals; Praise Him with clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD. Praise the LORD!

In the King James Version it says “Praise ye the Lord.” This was the favor proclimation of my mother’s father, Glenn Hartman, when he would walk into a room or great someone.

Halal is the most common Hebrew word for praise. It is what makes up the word Hallelujah which is translated, “praise ya” or “praise the Lord.” Ya is short for Yawah which was translated as Jehovah by King James’ scholars who did not realize that the scribes put the vowels of the word Adoni with Yawah to keep them from accidentally pronouncing God’s name.

Halal means to be boastful, to be excited, to enjoy, to flash forth light. It is an explosion of enthusiasm in the act of praising. It can also mean to act foolishly.

Could this be a way to describe David as the disrobed and danced before God with all of his might?

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