'Joy' in the Bible
Why did you run away secretly and deceive me and not tell me, so that [otherwise] I might have sent you away with joy and with songs, with [music on the] tambourine and lyre?
and all the firstborn in the land [the pride, hope, and joy] of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne, to the firstborn of the slave girl who is behind the hand-mill, and all the firstborn of cattle as well.
then the man shall bring his wife to the priest, and he shall bring as an offering for her, a tenth of an ephah of barley meal; he shall not pour oil on it nor put frankincense on it [the symbols of favor and joy], because it is a grain offering of jealousy, a memorial grain offering, a reminder of [the consequences of] wickedness.
As they were coming [home], when David returned from killing the Philistine, the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul with tambourines, [songs of] joy, and musical instruments.
On the eighth (fifteenth) day he sent the people away and they blessed the king. Then they went to their tents joyful and in good spirits because of all the goodness which the Lord had shown to David His servant and Israel His people.
Also those who were [living] near them [from] as far as [the tribes of] Issachar, Zebulun, and Naphtali, brought food on donkeys, camels, mules, and oxen, abundant supplies of flour, cakes of figs and raisins, wine, [olive] oil, oxen, and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.
Then David told the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives as the singers, with instruments of music—harps, lyres, and cymbals—to play loudly and to raise sounds of joy [with their voices].
So David, with the elders of Israel and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-edom with joy.
Splendor and majesty are [found] in His presence;Strength and joy are [found] in His place (sanctuary).
Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord;For He comes to judge and govern the earth.
I know also, my God, that You test the heart and delight in uprightness and integrity. In the uprightness of my heart I have willingly offered all these things. So now with joy I have seen Your people who are present here, make their offerings willingly and freely to You.
Then they returned to Jerusalem with joy, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, led by Jehoshaphat, for the Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies.
The Israelites who were present in Jerusalem celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy. The Levites and priests praised the Lord day after day, singing to the Lord with loud instruments.
Then the whole assembly decided to celebrate [the feast] for another seven days; and they celebrated it another seven days with joy.
So there was great joy in Jerusalem, because there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem since the time of Solomon the son of David, king of Israel.
But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ households, the old men who had seen the first house (temple), wept with a loud voice when the foundation of this house was laid before their eyes, while many shouted aloud for joy,
so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the shout of joy from the sound of the weeping of the people, for the people shouted with a loud shout, and the sound was heard far away.
And all Israel—the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the [former] exiles—celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.
They observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with joy, for the Lord had caused them to rejoice and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them, so that he encouraged them and strengthened their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.
Then Ezra said to them, “Go [your way], eat the rich festival food, drink the sweet drink, and send portions to him for whom nothing is prepared; for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be worried, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and your stronghold.”
Also on that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because God had given them great joy; the women and children also rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard from far away.
For [at this time] the Jews had light [a dawn of new hope] and gladness and joy and honor.
In each and every province and in each and every city, wherever the king’s command and his decree arrived, the Jews celebrated with gladness and joy, a feast and a holiday. And many among the peoples of the land became Jews, for the fear of the Jews [and their God] had fallen on them.
“Then I would still have consolation,And I would jump for joy amid unsparing pain,That I have not denied or hidden the words of the Holy One.
“Behold, this is the joy of His way;And from out of the dust others will spring up and grow [to take his place].
That the triumphing of the wicked is short,And the joy of the godless is only for a moment?
“People will clap their hands at him [to mock and ridicule him]And hiss him out of his place.
“The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,And I made the widow’s heart sing for joy.
“He will pray to God, and He shall be favorable to him,So that he looks at His face with joy;For God restores to man His righteousness [that is, his right standing with God—with its joys].
“If they hear and serve Him,They will end their days in prosperityAnd their years in pleasantness and joy.
When the morning stars sang togetherAnd all the sons of God (angels) shouted for joy?
You have put joy in my heart,More than [others know] when their wheat and new wine have yielded abundantly.
But let all who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice,Let them ever sing for joy;Because You cover and shelter them,Let those who love Your name be joyful and exult in You.
You will show me the path of life;In Your presence is fullness of joy;In Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
O Lord the king will delight in Your strength,And in Your salvation how greatly will he rejoice!
For You make him most blessed [and a blessing] forever;You make him joyful with the joy of Your presence.
And now my head will be lifted up above my enemies around me,In His tent I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy;I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.
For His anger is but for a moment,His favor is for a lifetime.Weeping may endure for a night,But a shout of joy comes in the morning.
Be glad in the Lord and rejoice, you righteous [who actively seek right standing with Him];Shout for joy, all you upright in heart.
Let them shout for joy and rejoice, who favor my vindication and want what is right for me;Let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, who delights and takes pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”
Then I will go to the altar of God,To God, my exceeding joy;With the lyre I will praise You, O God, my God!
O clap your hands, all you people;Shout to God with the voice of triumph and songs of joy.
Fair and beautiful in elevation, the joy of all the earth,Is Mount Zion [the City of David] in the far north,The city of the great King.
Make me hear joy and gladness and be satisfied;Let the bones which You have broken rejoice.
Restore to me the joy of Your salvationAnd sustain me with a willing spirit.
So they who dwell at the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs [the evidence of Your presence].You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.
The pastures of the wilderness drip [with dew],And the hills are encircled with joy.
The meadows are clothed with flocksAnd the valleys are covered with grain;They shout for joy and they sing.
Let the nations be glad and sing for joy,For You will judge the people fairlyAnd guide the nations on earth. Selah.
My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You,And my soul, which You have redeemed.
Sing aloud to God our strength;Shout for joy to the God of Jacob (Israel).
My soul (my life, my inner self) longs for and greatly desires the courts of the Lord;My heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God.
The singers as well as the players of flutes will say,“All my springs and sources of joy are in you [Jerusalem, city of God].”
Let the field be exultant, and all that is in it.Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy
Light is sown [like seed] for the righteous and illuminates their path,And [irrepressible] joy [is spread] for the upright in heart [who delight in His favor and protection].
Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth;Shout [in jubilation] and sing for joy and sing praises.
Let the rivers clap their hands;Let the mountains sing together for joy and delight
He brought out His people with joy,And His chosen ones with a joyful shout,
And let them offer the sacrifices of thanksgiving,And speak of His deeds with shouts of joy!
The Lord is God, and He has given us light [illuminating us with His grace and freedom and joy].Bind the festival sacrifices with cords to the horns of the altar.
They who sow in tears shall reap with joyful singing.
Let Your priests be clothed with righteousness (right living),And let Your godly ones shout for joy.
“Her priests also I will clothe with salvation,And her godly ones will shout aloud for joy.
Let my tongue cling to the roof of my mouthIf I do not remember you,If I do not prefer JerusalemAbove my chief joy.
Let the godly ones exult in glory;Let them sing for joy on their beds.
When it goes well for the righteous, the city rejoices,And when the wicked perish, there are shouts of joy.
A virtuous and excellent wife [worthy of honor] is the crown of her husband,But she who shames him [with her foolishness] is like rottenness in his bones.
Deceit is in the heart of those who devise evil,But counselors of peace have joy.
The heart knows its own bitterness,And no stranger shares its joy.
A man has joy in giving an appropriate answer,And how good and delightful is a word spoken at the right moment—how good it is!
He who becomes the parent of a fool [who is spiritually blind] does so to his sorrow,And the father of a fool [who is spiritually blind] has no joy.
Haughty and arrogant eyes and a proud heart,The lamp of the wicked [their self-centered pride], is sin [in the eyes of God].
When justice is done, it is a joy to the righteous (the upright, the one in right standing with God),But to the evildoers it is disaster.
The father of the righteous will greatly rejoice,And he who sires a wise child will have joy in him.
For to the person who pleases Him God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting so that he may give to one who pleases God. This too is vanity and chasing after the wind.
For he will not often consider the [troubled] days of his life, because God keeps him occupied and focused on the joy of his heart [and the tranquility of God indwells him].
The heart of the wise [learns when it] is in the house of mourning,But the heart of fools is [senseless] in the house of pleasure.
Go your way, eat your bread with joy and drink your wine with a cheerful heart [if you are righteous, wise, and in the hands of God]; for God has already approved and accepted your works.
“My very own vineyard is at my disposal;The thousand [shekels of silver] are for you, O Solomon,And two hundred are for those who tend the fruit.”
You [O God] will increase the nation,You will multiply their joy;They will rejoice before YouLike the joy and jubilation of the harvest,As men rejoice when they divide the spoil [of victory].
Therefore with joy you will draw waterFrom the springs of salvation.
Gladness and joy are taken away from the fruitful field;In the vineyards there will be no singing or joyful sound;No treader treads out wine in the presses,For I (God) put an end to the joyful shouting.
The mirth of the timbrels (tambourines) ceases,The noise of those who rejoice ends,The joy of the harp ceases.
There is an outcry in the streets concerning the wine;All jubilation is darkened,The joy of the earth is banished.
Your dead will live;Their dead bodies will rise.You who lie in the dust, awake and shout for joy!For your dew is a dew of [celestial] light [heavenly, supernatural],And the earth will give birth to the spirits of the dead.
The afflicted also will increase their joy in the Lord,And the needy of mankind will rejoice and celebrate in the Holy One of Israel.
Therefore the Lord waits [expectantly] and longs to be gracious to you,And therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you.For the Lord is a God of justice;Blessed (happy, fortunate) are all those who long for Him [since He will never fail them].
For the land of my people growing over with thorns and briars—Yes, [mourn] for all the houses of joy in the joyous city.
For the palace has been abandoned, the populated city deserted;The hill [of the city] and the watchtower have become caves [for wild animals] forever,A delight for wild donkeys, a pasture for flocks,
It will blossom abundantlyAnd rejoice with joy and singing.The glory of Lebanon will be given to it,The majesty of [Mount] Carmel and [the plain] of Sharon.They will see the glory of the Lord,The majesty and splendor of our God.
Then the lame will leap like a deer,And the tongue of the mute will shout for joy.For waters will break forth in the wildernessAnd streams in the desert.
And the ransomed of the Lord will returnAnd come to Zion with shouts of jubilation,And everlasting joy will be upon their heads;They will find joy and gladness,And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
Shout for joy, O heavens, and rejoice, O earth,And break forth into singing, O mountains!For the Lord has comforted His peopleAnd will have compassion on His afflicted.
For the Lord will comfort Zion [in her captivity];He will comfort all her ruins.And He will make her wilderness like Eden,And her desert like the garden of the Lord;Joy and gladness will be found in her,Thanksgiving and the voice of a melody.
So the redeemed of the Lord will returnAnd come with joyful shouting to Zion;Everlasting joy will be on their heads.They will obtain gladness and joy,And sorrow and sighing will flee away.
But now, what do I have here,” declares the Lord, “seeing that My people have been taken away without reason? Those who rule over them howl [with taunting and mockery of salvation],” declares the Lord, “and My name is continually blasphemed all day long.
Listen! Your watchmen lift up their voices,Together they shout for joy;For they will see face to faceThe return of the Lord to Zion.
“Why do you spend money for that which is not bread,And your earnings for what does not satisfy?Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good,And let your soul delight in abundance.
“For you will go out [from exile] with joyAnd be led forth [by the Lord Himself] with peace;The mountains and the hills will break forth into shouts of joy before you,And all the trees of the field will clap their hands.
“Then you will see and be radiant,And your heart will tremble [with joy] and rejoiceBecause the abundant wealth of the seas will be brought to you,The wealth of the nations will come to you.
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