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ATS Bible DictionaryDancing
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 Dictionary1. (p. pr. & vb. n.) of Dance.
International Standard Bible EncyclopediaDANCING
dan'-sing. See GAMES.
Greek5525. 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
Strong's Hebrew4246. 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
4234. machol -- a dance
2287. chagag -- to make a pilgrimage, keep a pilgrim feast
65. Abel Mecholah -- Elisha's birthplace in Palestine
4235. Machol -- father of Heman
3753. kirkarah -- dromedary
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ThesaurusDancing (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)
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)
Bible ConcordanceDancing (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.
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.
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.
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