DANCING & BANNERS in the BIBLE
from The Second College Edition of The American Heritage Dictionary
Dance (dans) v. 1. To move rhythmically to music, using prescribed or improvised steps and gestures.
2. To leap or skip about excitedly; caper.
3. To bob up and down.
1. A series of rhythmical motions and steps, usually to music. 2. The art of dancing. 3. A party or gathering of people for dancing; ball
Chuwl or Chiyl (khool) Strong's # 2342 - to twist or whirl in a circular or spiral manner; specifically, to dance, to turn around, to dance in a circle; also to writhe in pain ( esp. in childbirth), to be born, to bring forth, to travail.
See: Deuteronomy 2:25; Job 15:20; Psalms 55:4, 77:16; Isaiah 23:4 & 5, 26:17 & 18, 54:1, 66:7 & 8; Jeremiah 4:19, 30:23; Ezekiel 30:16; Joel 2:6.
Machowl (machowl) Strong's # 4234 (from #2342) - a round dance, dancing
See: Jeremiah 31:4 & 13; Psalms 30:11, 149:3, 150:4; Lamentations 5:15
Giyl (gheel) Strong's # 1523 - to spin round (under the influence of any violent emotion); usually rejoice or (as cringing) fear; be glad, joy, be joyful. rejoice; cry out, exalt.
See: I Chronicles 16:31; Psalms 2:11, 9:14, 13:4 & 5, 14:7, 16:9, 21:1, 31:7, 32:11, 35:9, 48:11, 51:8, 53:6, 89:16, 96:11, 97:8, 118:24, 149:2; Proverbs 2:14, 23:24 &25, 24:17; Song of Solomon 1:4; Isaiah 9:3, 25:9, 29:19, 35:1 & 2, 41:16, 49:13, 65:18 & 19, 66:10; Hosea 10:5; Joel 2:21 &23; Habakkuk 1:15, 3:18; Zephaniah 3:17; Zechariah 9:9, 10:7.
Mechowlah (mek-o-law') Strong's # 4246 (fem. of Machol 4234) a dance; company or chorus, dances.
See: Exodus 15:20, 32:19; Judges 11:34, 21:21; Samuel 18:6, 21:11, 29:5; Song of Solomon 6:13.
Karar (kaw-rar') Strong's # 3769 - to dance (whirl); dancing; to go around in a circle; to exult, leap, run.
See: 2 Samuel 6:14 & 16.
Raqad (raw-kad') Strong's # 7540 - to stamp, to spring about (wildly or for joy), dance, jump, leap, skip.
See: 1 Chronicles 15:29; Job 21:11; Psalms 29:6, 114:4 &6; Ecclesiastes 3:4; Isaiah 13:21; Joel 2:5; Nahum 3:2
Dalag (daw-lag') Strong's # 1801 - to spring or leap.
See: 2 Samuel 22:30; Psalm 18:29; Song of Solomon 2:8; Isaiah 35:6; Zephaniah 1:9
Pazaz (paw-zaz') Strong's # 6339 - to spring (as if separating the limbs); leap; be made strong; to refine (gold, as by fire), to solidify; to bound, be light or agile.
See: Genesis 49:24; 2 Samuel 6:16
Chagag (khaw-gag') Strong's # 2287 - to move in a circle, specifically to march in a sacred procession; to make a pilgrimage, keep a pilgrim feast; to observe a festival; to celebrate, dance keep or hold a solemn feast or holiday; keep festival; idea of leaping; to reel to and fro.
See: Exodus 5:1, 12:14, 23:14; Leviticus 23:39 &42; Numbers 29:12; Deuteronomy 16:15; Psalm 42:4; Nahum 1:15; Zechariah 14:16, 18, & 19; Malachi 2:7
Haliykah (hal-ee-kaw') Strong's # 1979 - a going, way, traveling company, a march, procession, a walking, a caravan or company.
See: Job 6:19; Psalm 68:24; Proverbs 31:27; Nahum 2:5; Habakkuk 3:6
Yadah (yaw-daw') Strong's # 3034 - to revere or worship with extended hands; to use the hand (motion of throwing a stone or arrow); to bemoan by wringing the hands, to cast out, make confession, praise, shout, give thanks, glorify; raising the hands with graceful gestures.
See: Genesis 29:35, 49:8; 2 Chronicles 7:3 &6, 20:21; Psalms 7:17, 9:1 &2,28:7, 33:2, 42:5 & 11, 43:4 & 5, 44:8, 45:17, 49:18, 52:9, 57:9, 67:3, 67:5, 71:22, 76:10, 86:12, 88;10, 89:5, 99:3, 107:8, 108:3,109:30, 111:1, 118:19; Isaiah 12:1, 25:1, 38:19 & 19; Jeremiah 33:11
Towdah (to-daw') Strong's # 8426 - extension of the hands; avowal, adoration; specifically a choir of worshipers; sacrifice of praise or thanks.
See: Psalms 42:4, 50:23, 56:12, 68:4 & 32, 75:9; Jeremiah 17:26, 33:11
Orcheomai Strong's # 3738 - from orchos, to dance in rank or regular motion; dance in row or ring; to dance. See: Matthew 11:17, 14:6; Mark 6:22; Luke 7:32
Agalliao Strong's # 5463 - from agallo, to make glorious, exalt; to exult, rejoice greatly; to jump for joy, be exceedingly glad or joyful. See: Luke 1:14 & 47, 10:21; John 5:35, 8:56; Acts 16:34; I Peter 1:6 & 8; Revelation 19:7.
Hallomai Strong's # 242 - to jump, gush, spring forth, leap up.
See: John 4:14, Acts3:8, 14:10.
Exallomai Strong's # 1814 (from 242 & 1537) - to spring forth, to leap up.
See: Acts 3:8
Skirtao Strong's # 4640 - to jump, to sympathetically move (as the quickening of a fetus), leap for joy. See: Luke 1:41 & 44, 6:23
Choros Strong's # 5525 - a dance, chorus, dancing; a round dance, a choir. See: Luke 15:25
Structured movement An action that communicates a thought An outward expression of an inward thought
Praise is a joyous declaration of who God is and what He has done for us, it is manifested outwardly ( you can have thanksgiving your heart).
Dance - To move rhythmically to music, using prescribed or improvised steps and gestures.
The American Heritage Dictionary
A Time to Dance by Barbara Knoll is an excellent resource (note: story of minister & Rabbi)
We are to offer our bodies as living sacrifices, holy acceptable to the Lord. We sing, clap, shout, lift our hands, leap, spin, dance all of these would be difficult without our physical bodies.
Ps 33:1 it is fitting for the upright to praise Him
Ps 149:3 Let them praise (halal) His name with dancing and make music to Him with tambourine and harp.
Ps 134:2 Lift up your hands in the sanctuary and praise the Lord
Ps 47:1 Clap your hands all you nations; shout (split the ears) to God with cries of joy
Ps 9:14 That I may declare your praises in the gates of the daughter of Zion and there rejoice (#1523-giyl; spin round (under a violent emotion) in your salvation
Ex 15:20 Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a timbrel and all (#3605 the whole approx 1 to 1.5 million) the women (#802 every female) went (#3318) out after (#310) her with timbrels and with dance (#4246 -mechowlah- a dance company) Miriam was over 80 yrs old and had lived a life of slavery
It is for all of us no matter out age, size, experience, etc (male & female)
Acts 6:5 - They choose seven men to be decons - 3rd one listed - Procorus:#4402-before, in front of; "leader of the chorus"#5525-round dance
David was a man after God's own heart, he was a worshipper and he was a man of war.
2 Samuel- 6:5 David and all Israel where celebrating (#7832-sachaq-to laugh, make merry, rejoice, play-music) with all their might VS 14 - David danced (3769-karar: to dance, whirl) before the Lord with all his might. VS 16 - Michal despised King David - he was leaping (6339-pazaz:leap, spring [as separating the limbs], refine as gold, to show agility, to be nimble) and dancing (3769-karar) before the Lord
Jer 31:4 I will build you up again (#5750 still, repeatedly, all life long) and you will be rebuilt O virgin Israel. Again (5750) you will take up your tambourines an go out to dance (#4234-machowl-a round dance) with the joyful (#7832-sachaq-to laugh, make merry, rejoice, play).
Ps 149:3 Let them praise (halal 1984) His name with dancing and make music to Him with timbrel and harp.
Luke 15:25 The older brother heard music and dancing (5525 choros (khor-os'); a ring, i.e. round dance ("choir"): KJV-- dancing. a band (of dancers and singers), a circular dance, a dance, dancing)
There was no distinction between religious dance and secular dance. It did not exist in early times. Dance was bound up with life itself and life was intimately bound up with religion. There are no less than eleven Hebrew verb roots to describe dancing activities and to highlight the nuances of dance movements. It makes a statement as to how important dance was.
In the account of David's dance there are four descriptive terms
Devotional dance: someone who dances in worship before the Lord, at home or in church. Everyone is called to be a devotional dance.
Dance troop: company whose purpose is to usher in God's presence, prepares the way for God's people.
Ministering to God's people: through edification and presentational dancers.
Dance is an expression of joy in our lives. It is a physical demonstration of the interior emotion. How will the world know we have joy if we do not show it? An expression like - laughing, crying, talking, singing, etc. God created us and we are whole beings made up of the body, soul and spirit (don't separate). Creativity of our movement is to show forth the Lord within us and to be a visual manifestation. If our dance is of God then He is the CHOREOGRAPHER, the one who arranges the movement (spontaneously or ahead of time).
Types of Dance
GOD IS AFTER OUR HEARTS NOT OUR FEET
Be modest Be aware of your surrounding Holiness
Banner Word Study
5251 nec something lifted up, a standard, a signal, a signal pole, an ensign, a banner, a sign, a sail
A banner is: standard (as rallying point), a signal, a standard (pole)
an ensign, a signal Isaiah 5:26He lifts up a banner (5251) for the distant nations, he whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Here they come, swiftly and speedily! (NIV) Exodus 17:15Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. (NIV) Psalm 60:4But for those who fear you, you have raised a banner (5251) to be unfurled against the bow. Selah (NIV) Isaiah 5:26He lifts up a banner (5251) for the distant nations, he whistles for those at the ends of the earth. Here they come, swiftly and speedily! (NIV) Isaiah 11:10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner (5251) for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. (NIV)
Isaiah11:12He will raise a banner (5251) for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel; he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth. (NIV) Isaiah 13:2Raise a banner (5251) on a bare hilltop, shout to them; beckon to them to enter the gates of the nobles. (NIV) Isaiah 18:3All you people of the world, you who live on the earth, when a banner (5251) is raised on the mountains, you will see it, and when a trumpet sounds, you will hear it. (NIV) Isaiah 30:17A thousand will flee at the threat of one; at the threat of five you will all flee away, till you are left like a flagstaff (8650) on a mountaintop, like a banner (5251) on a hill." (NIV) Isa 49:22This is what the Sovereign LORD says: "See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner (5251) to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. (NIV) Isa 62:10Pass through, pass through the gates! Prepare the way for the people. Build up, build up the highway! Remove the stones. Raise a banner (5251) for the nations. (NIV) Jer 50:2"Announce and proclaim among the nations, lift up a banner (5251) and proclaim it; keep nothing back, but say, `Babylon will be captured; Bel will be put to shame, Marduk filled with terror. Her images will be put to shame and her idols filled with terror.' (NIV) Jer 51:12Lift up a banner (5251) against the walls of Babylon! Reinforce the guard, station the watchmen, prepare an ambush! The LORD will carry out his purpose, his decree against the people of Babylon. (NIV)
Jer 51:27"Lift up a banner (5251) in the land! Blow the trumpet among the nations! Prepare the nations for battle against her; summon against her these kingdoms: Ararat, Minni and Ashkenaz. Appoint a commander against her; send up horses like a swarm of locusts. (NIV) Ezek 27:7Fine embroidered linen from Egypt was your sail and served as your banner; your awnings were of blue and purple from the coasts of Elishah. (NIV)
1714 degel (deh'gel);
from 1713; a flag: KJV banner, standard.
Numbers 2:2"The Israelites are to camp around the Tent of Meeting some distance from it, each man under his standard with the banners (1714) of his family." (NIV) Song 2:4He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner (1714) over me is love. (NIV)
1713 dagal (dawgal');
a primitive root; to flaunt, i.e. raise a flag; figuratively, to be conspicuous: KJV (set up, with) banners, chiefest.
Psalm 20:5We will shout for joy when you are victorious and will lift up our banners (1713) in the name of our God. May the LORD grant all your requests. (NIV) Psalm 20:5We will rejoice in thy salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners: the LORD fulfill all thy petitions. (KJV) Song 6:4You are beautiful, my darling, as Tirzah, lovely as Jerusalem , majestic as troops with banners (1713). (NIV) Song 6:4Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners. (KJV) Song 6:10 Who is she that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners (1713)? (KJV)
226 'owth (oth);
probably from 225 (in the sense of appearing); a signal (literally or figuratively), as a flag, beacon, monument, omen, prodigy, evidence, etc.:KJV mark, miracle, (en) sign, token.
Genisis 9:12And God said, This is the token (226-sign NIV) of the covenant which I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: (KJV) Exod 12:13 And the blood shall be to you for a token (226- sign NIV) upon the houses where ye are: and when I see the blood, I will pass over you, and the plague shall not be upon you to destroy you, when I smite the land of Egypt . (KJV)
Brenda Taylor, 1994