Hebrew and Greek words for Praise

Greek and Hebrew Words for Praise

Understanding Praise from the Greek and Hebrew words for it

We can learn a lot about what it means to Praise God from the original words used in the Bible to describe it.

When using Greek and Hebrew definitions, don’t get so caught up in technical definitions that you miss what God is saying. Catch the Spirit of what is being said. You can know Greek and Hebrew and still not know what God is saying.

However, there is insight we can learn from the Greek and Hebrew words God has chosen to use.

To Praise is: to boast, to rave (about), to commend, to speak well of, to laud


Old Testament Hebrew words for Praise:

Halal (haw-lal’)

Strongs #1984

– to be clear (…of sound…); to shine, to make a show
– to boast; to be clamourously foolish, make foolish
– to rave, to celebrate, commend
– to sing praise, renowned

Yadah (yaw-daw’)

Strongs #3034

– to use / hold out the hand, throw out hands
– to revere or worship (with extended hands)
– confession, praise, give thanks, thanksgiving

Tehillah (the-hil-law’)

Strongs #8416

– laudation, praise

Zamar (zaw-mar’)

Strongs #2167

– to touch the strings or parts of a musical instrument
– to play upon it, to make music accompanied by the voice
– to celebrate in song and music
– to strike (a musical instrument / strings) with fingers

Barak (baw-rak’)

Strongs #1288

– to kneel (see thanksgiving)
– kneel down, salute, bless God, act of adoration

Shabach (shaw-bakh’)

Strongs #7623

– to address in a loud tone, ie LOUD
– commend, glory, praise, triumph

Shebach (Sheb-akh’)

Strongs #7624

– to adulate, ie to adore

Todah (to-daw)

Strongs #8426

– an extension of the hand, adoration, a choir of worshippers


– confession, sacrifice of praise, thanks, thanksgiving

Mahalal (mah-hal-awl’)

Strongs #4110

– fame


New Testament Greek word for Praise

Epainos (ep’ahee-nos)

Strongs #1868

– laudation, a commendable thing

Doxa (dox’-ah)

Strongs #1391

– glory

Eulogeo (Eu-log-eh’-o)

Strongs #2127

– to speak well of

Arete (ar-et’ay)

Strongs #703

– manliness (valour) – ie excellence

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