'Joy' in the Bible
When a man is newly married, he need not go into the army nor be obligated in any way; he must be free to stay at home for a full year and bring joy to the wife he has married.
You have joy, Israel! Who is like you? You are a people delivered by the Lord, your protective shield and your exalted sword. May your enemies cringe before you; may you trample on their backs.
Majestic splendor emanates from him, he is the source of strength and joy.
Then let the trees of the forest shout with joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth!
I know, my God, that you examine thoughts and are pleased with integrity. With pure motives I contribute all this; and now I look with joy as your people who have gathered here contribute to you.
Jehoiada then assigned the duties of the Lord's temple to the priests, the Levites whom David had assigned to the Lord's temple. They were responsible for offering burnt sacrifices to the Lord with joy and music, according to the law of Moses and the edict of David.
The Israelites who were in Jerusalem observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy. The Levites and priests were praising the Lord every day with all their might.
The people of Israel -- the priests, the Levites, and the rest of the exiles -- observed the dedication of this temple of God with joy.
They observed the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with joy, for the Lord had given them joy and had changed the opinion of the king of Assyria toward them, so that he assisted them in the work on the temple of God, the God of Israel.
He said to them, "Go and eat delicacies and drink sweet drinks and send portions to those for whom nothing is prepared. For this day is holy to our Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."
So all the people departed to eat and drink and to share their food with others and to enjoy tremendous joy, for they had gained insight in the matters that had been made known to them.
So all the assembly which had returned from the exile constructed temporary shelters and lived in them. The Israelites had not done so from the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day. Everyone experienced very great joy.
And on that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced, for God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard from far away.
Now Mordecai went out from the king's presence in purple and white royal attire, with a large golden crown and a purple linen mantle. The city of Susa shouted with joy.
Throughout every province and throughout every city where the king's edict and his law arrived, the Jews experienced happiness and joy, banquets and holidays. Many of the resident peoples pretended to be Jews, because the fear of the Jews had overcome them.
Indeed, let that night be barren; let no shout of joy penetrate it!
Indeed, this is the joy of his way, and out of the earth others spring up.
that the elation of the wicked is brief, the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
when the morning stars sang in chorus, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
"The wings of the ostrich flap with joy, but are they the pinions and plumage of a stork?
But may all who take shelter in you be happy! May they continually shout for joy! Shelter them so that those who are loyal to you may rejoice!
You lead me in the path of life; I experience absolute joy in your presence; you always give me sheer delight.
Then we will shout for joy over your victory; we will rejoice in the name of our God! May the Lord grant all your requests!
For you grant him lasting blessings; you give him great joy by allowing him into your presence.
Now I will triumph over my enemies who surround me! I will offer sacrifices in his dwelling place and shout for joy! I will sing praises to the Lord!
The Lord strengthens and protects me; I trust in him with all my heart. I am rescued and my heart is full of joy; I will sing to him in gratitude.
For his anger lasts only a brief moment, and his good favor restores one's life. One may experience sorrow during the night, but joy arrives in the morning.
Then you turned my lament into dancing; you removed my sackcloth and covered me with joy.
You are my hiding place; you protect me from distress. You surround me with shouts of joy from those celebrating deliverance. (Selah)
Rejoice in the Lord and be happy, you who are godly! Shout for joy, all you who are morally upright!
You godly ones, shout for joy because of the Lord! It is appropriate for the morally upright to offer him praise.
May those who desire my vindication shout for joy and rejoice! May they continually say, "May the Lord be praised, for he wants his servant to be secure."
Then I will go to the altar of God, to the God who gives me ecstatic joy, so that I express my thanks to you, O God, my God, with a harp.
You love justice and hate evil. For this reason God, your God has anointed you with the oil of joy, elevating you above your companions.
They are bubbling with joy as they walk in procession and enter the royal palace.
The river's channels bring joy to the city of God, the special, holy dwelling place of the sovereign One.
It is lofty and pleasing to look at, a source of joy to the whole earth. Mount Zion resembles the peaks of Zaphon; it is the city of the great king.
Grant me the ultimate joy of being forgiven! May the bones you crushed rejoice!
Let me again experience the joy of your deliverance! Sustain me by giving me the desire to obey!
Rescue me from the guilt of murder, O God, the God who delivers me! Then my tongue will shout for joy because of your deliverance.
The pastures in the wilderness glisten with moisture, and the hills are clothed with joy.
But the godly are happy; they rejoice before God and are overcome with joy.
My lips will shout for joy! Yes, I will sing your praises! I will praise you when you rescue me!
For the music director; according to the gittith style; by Asaph. Shout for joy to God, our source of strength! Shout out to the God of Jacob!
I desperately want to be in the courts of the Lord's temple. My heart and my entire being shout for joy to the living God.
Satisfy us in the morning with your loyal love! Then we will shout for joy and be happy all our days!
For you, O Lord, have made me happy by your work. I will sing for joy because of what you have done.
Come! Let's sing for joy to the Lord! Let's shout out praises to our protector who delivers us!
Let the fields and everything in them celebrate! Then let the trees of the forest shout with joy
The godly bask in the light; the morally upright experience joy.
Worship the Lord with joy! Enter his presence with joyful singing!
When he led his people out, they rejoiced; his chosen ones shouted with joy.
I claim your rules as my permanent possession, for they give me joy.
At that time we laughed loudly and shouted for joy. At that time the nations said, "The Lord has accomplished great things for these people."
Those who shed tears as they plant will shout for joy when they reap the harvest.
The one who weeps as he walks along, carrying his bag of seed, will certainly come in with a shout of joy, carrying his sheaves of grain.
May your priests be clothed with integrity! May your loyal followers shout for joy!
May my tongue stick to the roof of my mouth, if I do not remember you, and do not give Jerusalem priority over whatever gives me the most joy.
Let the godly rejoice because of their vindication! Let them shout for joy upon their beds!
The hope of the righteous is joy, but the expectation of the wicked will remain unfulfilled.
When the righteous do well, the city rejoices; when the wicked perish, there is joy.
Deceit is in the heart of those who plot evil, but those who promote peace have joy.
Anxiety in a person's heart weighs him down, but an encouraging word brings him joy.
The heart knows its own bitterness, and with its joy no one else can share.
Even in laughter the heart may ache, and the end of joy may be grief.
A wise child brings joy to his father, but a foolish person despises his mother.
Folly is a joy to one who lacks sense, but one who has understanding follows an upright course.
A person has joy in giving an appropriate answer, and a word at the right time -- how good it is!
A bright look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the body.
Whoever brings a fool into the world does so to his grief, and the father of a fool has no joy.
Doing justice brings joy to the righteous and terror to those who do evil.
The father of a righteous person will rejoice greatly; whoever fathers a wise child will have joy in him.
May your father and your mother have joy; may she who bore you rejoice.
The man who loves wisdom brings joy to his father, but whoever associates with prostitutes wastes his wealth.
I did not restrain myself from getting whatever I wanted; I did not deny myself anything that would bring me pleasure. So all my accomplishments gave me joy; this was my reward for all my effort.
For no one can eat and drink or experience joy apart from him.
For to the one who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy, but to the sinner, he gives the task of amassing wealth -- only to give it to the one who pleases God. This task of the wicked is futile -- like chasing the wind!
For he does not think much about the fleeting days of his life because God keeps him preoccupied with the joy he derives from his activity.
So I recommend the enjoyment of life, for there is nothing better on earth for a person to do except to eat, drink, and enjoy life. So joy will accompany him in his toil during the days of his life which God gives him on earth.
Go, eat your food with joy, and drink your wine with a happy heart, because God has already approved your works.
I was beside myself with joy! There please give me your myrrh, O daughter of my princely people.
You have enlarged the nation; you give them great joy. They rejoice in your presence as harvesters rejoice; as warriors celebrate when they divide up the plunder.
Cry out and shout for joy, O citizens of Zion, for the Holy One of Israel acts mightily among you!"
Joy and happiness disappear from the orchards, and in the vineyards no one rejoices or shouts; no one treads out juice in the wine vats -- I have brought the joyful shouts to an end.
They howl in the streets because of what happened to the wine; all joy turns to sorrow; celebrations disappear from the earth.
Then the lame will leap like a deer, the mute tongue will shout for joy; for water will flow in the desert, streams in the wilderness.
those whom the Lord has ransomed will return that way. They will enter Zion with a happy shout. Unending joy will crown them, happiness and joy will overwhelm them; grief and suffering will disappear.
Shout for joy, O sky, for the Lord intervenes; shout out, you subterranean regions of the earth. O mountains, give a joyful shout; you too, O forest and all your trees! For the Lord protects Jacob; he reveals his splendor through Israel.
Leave Babylon! Flee from the Babylonians! Announce it with a shout of joy! Make this known! Proclaim it throughout the earth! Say, 'The Lord protects his servant Jacob.
Shout for joy, O sky! Rejoice, O earth! Let the mountains give a joyful shout! For the Lord consoles his people and shows compassion to the oppressed.
Certainly the Lord will console Zion; he will console all her ruins. He will make her wilderness like Eden, her desert like the Garden of the Lord. Happiness and joy will be restored to her, thanksgiving and the sound of music.
Those whom the Lord has ransomed will return; they will enter Zion with a happy shout. Unending joy will crown them, happiness and joy will overwhelm them; grief and suffering will disappear.
Listen, your watchmen shout; in unison they shout for joy, for they see with their very own eyes the Lord's return to Zion.
"Shout for joy, O barren one who has not given birth! Give a joyful shout and cry out, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one are more numerous than the children of the married woman," says the Lord.
Indeed you will go out with joy; you will be led along in peace; the mountains and hills will give a joyful shout before you, and all the trees in the field will clap their hands.
Then you will find joy in your relationship to the Lord, and I will give you great prosperity, and cause crops to grow on the land I gave to your ancestor Jacob." Know for certain that the Lord has spoken.
You were once abandoned and despised, with no one passing through, but I will make you a permanent source of pride and joy to coming generations.
to strengthen those who mourn in Zion, by giving them a turban, instead of ashes, oil symbolizing joy, instead of mourning, a garment symbolizing praise, instead of discouragement. They will be called oaks of righteousness, trees planted by the Lord to reveal his splendor.
Instead of shame, you will get a double portion; instead of humiliation, they will rejoice over the land they receive. Yes, they will possess a double portion in their land and experience lasting joy.
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