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The Hebrew word signified "to leap for joy," Psalm 30:11; and the action of the lame man healed by Peter and John, Acts 3:8, more nearly resembled the Hebrew dancing than the measured artificial steps of modern times do. The Jewish dances were expressive of religious joy and gratitude. Sometimes they were in honor of a conqueror, as in the case of David, 1 Samuel 18:6,7; when he had slain the Philistine giant, "the women came out all the cities of Israel singing and dancing." It was practiced on occasions of domestic joy. See the case of the prodigal son's return. In the religious dance, the timbrel was used to direct the ceremony, and some one led, whom the rest followed with measured step and devotional songs; thus Miriam led the women of Israel, Exodus 15:20,21, and king David the men, 2 Samuel 6:14 Psalm 150:4.

Several important conclusions have been drawn from a careful comparison of the portions of Scripture in which there is allusions to dancing. It was religious in its character; practiced exclusively on joyous occasions; only by one of the sexes; usually in the daytime, and in the open air: no instances are on record in which the two sexes united in the exercise; and it was not practiced for amusement. The exceptions to this latter assertion are "vain fellows," alluded to by Michal, 2 Samuel 6:20, the ungodly rich families referred to by Job, Job 21:11, and the daughter of Herodias, Matthew 14:6.

Among the Greeks and Romans dancing was a common pastime, resorted to in order to enliven feasts, and also on occasions of domestic joy. Still Cicero says, "No one dances, unless he is either drunk or mad;" and these words express the prevailing sense as to the impropriety of respectable individuals taking part in the amusement. Hence the gay circles of Rome, as is the case in the East at the present time, derived their entertainment from the performances of professional dancers. These were women of abandoned character; and their dances, like those in heathen temples, were often grossly indecent, Isaiah 23:16.

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Dance.

2. (p. a. & vb. n.) from Dance.

International Standard Bible Encyclopedia

dan'-sing. See GAMES.

5525. choros -- a dance, chorus
... a dance, chorus. Part of Speech: Noun, Masculine Transliteration: choros Phonetic
Spelling: (khor-os') Short Definition: a dance, dancing Definition: a dance ...
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3815. paizo -- to play as a child
... Verb Transliteration: paizo Phonetic Spelling: (paheed'-zo) Short Definition: I
play, sport Definition: I play, sport (includes singing and dancing), play in ...
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Strong's Hebrew
4246. mecholah -- a dance
... a dance. Transliteration: mecholah or mecholah Phonetic Spelling: (mek-o-law')
Short Definition: dancing. Word Origin fem. ... company, dancing. ...
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3769. karar -- to dance
... karar. 3770 . to dance. Transliteration: karar Phonetic Spelling: (kaw-rar') Short
Definition: dancing. ... root Definition to dance NASB Word Usage dancing (2). ...
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4234. machol -- a dance
... machol. 4235 . a dance. Transliteration: machol Phonetic Spelling: (maw-khole')
Short Definition: dancing. ... dancing. From chuwl; a (round) dance -- dance(-cing) ...
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2287. chagag -- to make a pilgrimage, keep a pilgrim feast
... root Definition to make a pilgrimage, keep a pilgrim feast NASB Word Usage celebrate
(9), celebrate a feast (3), dancing (1), keeping festival (1), observe (1 ...
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65. Abel Mecholah -- Elisha's birthplace in Palestine
... Abel-meholah. From 'abel and mchowlah; meadow of dancing; Abel-Mecholah, a place
in Palestine -- Abel-meholah. see HEBREW 'abel. see HEBREW mchowlah. 64, 65. ...
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4235. Machol -- father of Heman
... Mahol. The same as machowl; dancing; Machol, an Israelite -- Mahol. see HEBREW
machowl. 4234, 4235. Machol. 4236 . Strong's Numbers.
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3753. kirkarah -- dromedary
... swift beast. From karar; a dromedary (from its rapid motion as if dancing) -- swift
beast. see HEBREW karar. 3752, 3753. kirkarah. 3754 . Strong's Numbers.
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The Dancing of Herodias. The Keeping of Oaths.
... Book X. 22. The Dancing of Herodias. The Keeping of Oaths. Wherefore John,
endued with prophetic boldness and not terrified at the ...
/.../origens commentary on the gospel of matthew/22 the dancing of herodias.htm

... IV. DANCING. DANCING is the expression of inward feelings by means of
rhythmical movements of the body. Usually these movements ...
/.../judy/questionable amusements and worthy substitutes/iv dancing.htm

The Surprise Party.
... evening very much. But late in the evening some one proposed dancing, and
the boys began to choose their partners. A very strange ...
/.../byrum/the value of a praying mother/chapter xiv the surprise party.htm

St. Ambrose Teaches Out of the Prophet Isaiah what they must do ...
... who have fallen. Then referring to our Lord's proverbial expression respecting
piping and dancing, he condemns dances. Next by the ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter vi st ambrose teaches.htm

Having Mentioned the Baptist, St. ...
... Ambrose enters into a description of the events concerning his death, and speaks
against dancing and the festivities of the wicked. 26. ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter vi having mentioned the.htm

The Red Shoes
... And Karen also stretched out her little foot. "Look, what pretty dancing shoes!"
said the old soldier. ... "Look, what beautiful dancing shoes!". ...
/.../wells/bible stories and religious classics/the red shoes.htm

The Social Challenge to the Church
... that perform much the same function as the Grange, and the more or less permanent
groupings for purely recreational purposes, such as dancing parties, card ...
/.../vogt/church cooperation in community life/chapter iv the social challenge.htm

St. Ambrose, Speaking of Tears, Explains David's Saying, "Every ...
... by unrestrained feasts, or nuptial concerts, for in such modesty is not safe, and
temptation may be suspected where excessive dancing accompanies festivities. ...
/.../ambrose/works and letters of st ambrose/chapter v st ambrose speaking.htm

... WITH drunkenness, gambling, and dancing, theater-going dates from the beginning
of history, and with these it is not only questionable in morals, but it is ...
/.../judy/questionable amusements and worthy substitutes/v theater-going.htm

The Swift Decay of Love
... And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf,
and the dancing: and Moses' anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of ...
/.../maclaren/expositions of holy scripture k/the swift decay of love.htm

Dancing (21 Occurrences)
... 2. (pa & vb. n.) from Dance. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. DANCING. dan'-sing.
See GAMES. Multi-Version Concordance Dancing (21 Occurrences). ...
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Games (2 Occurrences)
... GAMES. gamz: I. ISRAELITISH GAMES 1. Children's Games Mimicry 2. Sports 3. Games
of Chance and Skill 4. Story-Telling 5. Dancing 6. Proverbs 7. Riddles II. ...
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Abel-meholah (3 Occurrences)
... Meadow of dancing, or the dancing-meadow, the birth-place and residence of the prophet
Elisha, not far from Beth-shean (1 Kings 4:12), in the tribe of Issachar ...
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Abelmeholah (3 Occurrences)
... Meadow of dancing, or the dancing-meadow, the birth-place and residence of the prophet
Elisha, not far from Beth-shean (1 Kings 4:12), in the tribe of Issachar ...
/a/abelmeholah.htm - 9k

Michal (18 Occurrences)
... in which she figures indicates that her love had cooled and had even turned to disdain,
for after David's enthusiastic joy and ecstatic dancing before the ...
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Leaping (8 Occurrences)
... the ark of Yahweh came into the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul
looked out at the window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before Yahweh ...
/l/leaping.htm - 9k

Frolic (3 Occurrences)
... Noah Webster's Dictionary 1. (a.) Full of levity; dancing, playing, or
frisking about; full of pranks; frolicsome; gay; merry. 2 ...
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Dance (18 Occurrences)
... 5:1). Hence the peculiarity of David's conduct in dancing before the ark of the
Lord (2 Samuel 6:14). The women took part in it with their timbrels. ...
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Despiseth (23 Occurrences)
... Jehovah hath come in to the city of David, and Michal daughter of Saul, hath looked
through the window, and seeth king David moving and dancing before Jehovah ...
/d/despiseth.htm - 13k

Ten (234 Occurrences)
... The 2nd commandment was too high even for Israel to grasp at that early day; a few
weeks later the people were dancing about the golden calf at the foot of ...
/t/ten.htm - 60k

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Bible ConcordanceBible DictionaryBible EncyclopediaTopical BibleBible Thesuarus
Dancing (21 Occurrences)

Matthew 14:6
But when Herod's birthday came, the daughter of Herodias was dancing before them, and Herod was pleased with her.

Luke 15:25
"Now his elder son was in the field. As he came near to the house, he heard music and dancing.

Exodus 15:20
And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

Exodus 32:19
It happened, as soon as he came near to the camp, that he saw the calf and the dancing: and Moses' anger grew hot, and he threw the tablets out of his hands, and broke them beneath the mountain.

Judges 11:34
And Jephthah came to Mizpah unto his house, and, behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances; and she was his only child; beside her he had neither son nor daughter.

Judges 21:21
and see, and, behold, if the daughters of Shiloh come out to dance in the dances, then come ye out of the vineyards, and catch you every man his wife of the daughters of Shiloh, and go to the land of Benjamin.
(See NIV)

Judges 21:23
And the children of Benjamin did so, and took them wives, according to their number, of them that danced, whom they carried off; and they went and returned unto their inheritance, and built the cities, and dwelt in them.
(See NIV)

1 Samuel 18:6
It happened as they came, when David returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tambourines, with joy, and with instruments of music.

1 Samuel 30:16
When he had brought him down, behold, they were spread around over all the ground, eating, drinking, and dancing, because of all the great spoil that they had taken out of the land of the Philistines, and out of the land of Judah.

2 Samuel 6:14
And David, clothed in a linen ephod, was dancing before the Lord with all his strength.

2 Samuel 6:16
It was so, as the ark of Yahweh came into the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before Yahweh; and she despised him in her heart.

2 Samuel 6:21
And David said to Michal, I was dancing before the Lord, who put me over your father and all his sons, to make me a ruler over the people of the Lord, over his people Israel: and I will go on playing before the Lord;

1 Chronicles 15:29
It happened, as the ark of the covenant of Yahweh came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David dancing and playing; and she despised him in her heart.

Job 41:22
Strength is in his neck, and fear goes dancing before him.

Psalms 30:11
You have turned my mourning into dancing for me. You have removed my sackcloth, and clothed me with gladness,

Psalms 149:3
Let them praise His name in the dance; let them sing praises unto Him with the timbrel and harp.

Psalms 150:4
Praise him with tambourine and dancing! Praise him with stringed instruments and flute!

Ecclesiastes 3:4
A time for weeping and a time for laughing; a time for sorrow and a time for dancing;

Song of Songs 2:8
The voice of my loved one! See, he comes dancing on the mountains, stepping quickly on the hills.

Isaiah 13:21
But the beasts of the waste land will have their holes there; and the houses will be full of crying jackals, and ostriches will have their place there, and evil spirits will be dancing there.

Lamentations 5:15
The joy of our hearts is ended; our dancing is changed into sorrow.



Dancing: General Scriptures Concerning

Dancing: Herodias Dances in the Presence of Herod (Antipas)

Dancing: Idolatrous

Related Terms

Games (2 Occurrences)

Abel-meholah (3 Occurrences)

Abelmeholah (3 Occurrences)

Michal (18 Occurrences)

Leaping (8 Occurrences)

Frolic (3 Occurrences)

Dance (18 Occurrences)

Despiseth (23 Occurrences)

Ten (234 Occurrences)

Playing (37 Occurrences)

Window (24 Occurrences)

Watched (50 Occurrences)

Commandments (181 Occurrences)

Despised (96 Occurrences)

Seemed (89 Occurrences)

Foolish (259 Occurrences)

Older (43 Occurrences)

Joy (422 Occurrences)

Jumping (14 Occurrences)

Joyful (83 Occurrences)

Leap (20 Occurrences)

Learn (76 Occurrences)

Lutes (16 Occurrences)

Girdest (6 Occurrences)

Flute (16 Occurrences)

Farm (9 Occurrences)

Three-stringed (1 Occurrence)

Teach (172 Occurrences)

Timbrels (9 Occurrences)

Tambours (8 Occurrences)

Tambourine (8 Occurrences)

Transaction (2 Occurrences)

Tables (41 Occurrences)

Tread (60 Occurrences)

Tambourines (13 Occurrences)

Triangles (1 Occurrence)

Tambour (7 Occurrences)

Tabrets (6 Occurrences)

Reveling (3 Occurrences)

Easy (14 Occurrences)

Danceth (1 Occurrence)

Drew (162 Occurrences)


Musick (10 Occurrences)

Mask (3 Occurrences)

Musical (14 Occurrences)

Moses's (15 Occurrences)

Balance (12 Occurrences)

Burneth (67 Occurrences)

Banquet (58 Occurrences)

Breaketh (49 Occurrences)

Ball (2 Occurrences)

Bounding (2 Occurrences)

Beneath (73 Occurrences)

Conducted (14 Occurrences)

Casteth (54 Occurrences)

Climbing (3 Occurrences)

Celebrate (66 Occurrences)

Countryside (19 Occurrences)

Chamois (1 Occurrence)

Celebrating (7 Occurrences)

Approached (61 Occurrences)

Song (207 Occurrences)

Slaying (21 Occurrences)

Shattered (42 Occurrences)

Stepping (13 Occurrences)

Shaker (1 Occurrence)

Sounds (64 Occurrences)

Waxed (57 Occurrences)

Herodias (7 Occurrences)

Singing (65 Occurrences)

Breaking (69 Occurrences)

Shiloh (34 Occurrences)

Clothed (153 Occurrences)

Laughing (38 Occurrences)

Returned (328 Occurrences)

Sing (147 Occurrences)

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