Hidden Bible Verses About Dance… Updated & REVEALED!

I’ll admit, the first time I thought about doing a Bible study on dancing, I didn’t think I’d find anything new or exciting to talk about; and maybe on the surface that is the case, but in the last ten months I’ve learned there is SOOOO much more hidden underneath the words and meanings in the Bible.

Our GOD Dance – Chris Tomlin

It’s been almost a year since I said I would research Bible verses about dance.  Since then, I put it off,  thinking there was nothing interesting to discover other then a few brief mentions in the old testament here and there.

But this week I dived in the Bible headfirst and it’s been hard to come out after going down so deep.  I did finally come back to the surface; and now I’m ready to reveal to you what I’ve seen, learned, and discovered under those thin, hard-to-tear pages.

(Truth be told I actually did my studying on an iPod Bible and online Strong’s LOL)

“Our GOD” by Chris Tomlin – New Heights Dance Ministry

First things first: statistics.   I discovered that dancing is mentioned at least 40 TIMES in scriptures (34 Old Testament, 7 New Testament).

Now you won’t find exactly 41 references if you’re just looking at the surface, but if you take the Hebraic root words that mean dance and add those to the list it will increase the total exponentially.

With that being said, let us move on to the three BIGGEST discoveries I found while researching this subject.

The first topic we will be discussing is the hidden verses concerning dancing in the Scriptures.  This whole study got started when I read the following verse:

1 Chronicles 16:29-30

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

When I read this verse, something didn’t sound right when it came to the start of verse 30.  It said: “Fear before Him”, right after it had said “Worship the LORD“.  I decided to look into this more and find the root word for the word fear in this particular verse.

When I did, I was stunned.

The Hebrew word for “Fear” in this particular verse, is Chuwl, which means to twirl, to spin, and to DANCE.  This word is used in over half of the verses pertaining to dance and is THE ROOT WORD for Dancing;   So now that I had the right translation for the word, I substituted it with fear and this is how the verse read:

“Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness. DANCE before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.”

While I was at it, I decided to see if any other verses had the same Hebrew word for fear this verse had;  turned out, there was one other verse in the Psalms, which read:

Psalm 96:9

“O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: fear before him, all the earth.”

Again, another scripture pertaining to worship which would only make sense if dancing was the word used here.  Why the translators interpreted this verse as fear I will never know, but it makes more sense to me for dance to be the word.  After replacing the word the verse reads:

“O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness: dance before him, all the earth.”

While I was still exploring deep down, I thought I would check out all the other words and items that are closely associated with dance, which turned out to be:
(Rejoicing, Gladness, Joy, Mirth, Make Merry,
 Tabrets, Timbrels, Playing, Music, Singing, Fear, Feast, Tabernacles)
Music with Dancing, of course, is a hand-in-glove relationship. You could have singing and music without dancing, but you can’t have dancing without those two; Because seriously, could you imagine dancing without the music?   This quote came to my mind as I thought how absurd that would be:

Moving on to other associated words, it makes perfect sense that dancing goes hand-in-hand with words like: Rejoicing, Gladness, and being merry and joyful.  Dancing is for happy occasions, like weddings.  Old clips from the birth of the nation of Israel shows dancing (start at 2:08)

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For me, that clip made the expression I’ve heard many times come to life:

“I’m so happy I could dance!”

On the other end, I don’t think anyone is in the mood for dancing if you’re sad, crying or another form of “down in the dumps”.   I think you’re getting what I’m trying to say: No one’s going to dance on a sad or solemn day; (Yom Kippur, 9-11, Holocaust ,etc.)  It would be a disgrace and just plain out of line.

In closing on this topic, I would like to go out with a few verses in the Bible with rejoicing and happiness converted to dancing.  Now mind you, rejoicing doesn’t always have to translate as dance, but here are the best verses I found whose chances of meaning dancing are very high; so here you go!

P.S.  Don’t forget to read PART TWO this MONDAY named: “Dancing: The Good, The Bad, & The Biblical”     Shalom!

Exodus 5:1     And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may dance (hold a feast) unto me in the wilderness.

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Leviticus 23:40     And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall dance (rejoice) before the Lord your God seven days.

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Deuteronomy 12:12     And ye shall dance (rejoice) before the Lord your God, ye, and your sons, and your daughters, and your menservants, and your maidservants, and the Levite that is within your gates; forasmuch as he hath no part nor inheritance with you.

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Deuteronomy 14:26     And thou shalt bestow that money for whatsoever thy soul lusteth after, for oxen, or for sheep, or for wine, or for strong drink, or for whatsoever thy soul desireth: and thou shalt eat there before the Lord thy God, and thou shalt dance (rejoice), thou, and thine household,

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Deuteronomy 16:15     Seven days shalt thou keep a solemn feast unto the Lord thy God in the place which the Lord shall choose: because the Lord thy God shall bless thee in all thine increase, and in all the works of thine hands, therefore thou shalt surely dance (rejoice).

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Deuteronomy 24:5     When a man hath taken a new wife, he shall not go out to war, neither shall he be charged with any business: but he shall be free at home one year, and shall  dance (cheer up) [with] his wife which he hath taken.

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Deuteronomy 33:18     And of Zebulun he said, Dance (Rejoice), Zebulun, in thy going out; and, Issachar, in thy tents.

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1 Chronicles 16:32     Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields dance (rejoice), and all that is therein.

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Job 21:12     They take the timbrel and harp, and dance (rejoice) at the sound of the organ.

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Psalm 42:4     When I remember these things, I pour out my soul in me: for I had gone with the multitude, I went with them to the house of God, with the voice of joy and praise, with a multitude that kept dancing (holyday.)

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Psalm 53:6     Oh that the salvation of Israel were come out of Zion! When God bringeth back the captivity of his people, Jacob shall rejoice, and Israel shall dance (be glad.)

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Psalm 66:6     He turned the sea into dry land: they went through the flood on foot: there did we dance (rejoice) in him.

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Psalm 85:6     Wilt thou not revive us again: that thy people may dance (rejoice) in thee?

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Psalm 90:14     O satisfy us early with thy mercy; that we may dance (rejoice) and be glad all our days.

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Psalm 92:4     For thou, Lord, hast made me glad through thy work: I will dance (triumph) in the works of thy hands.

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Psalm 96:11     Let the heavens dance (rejoice), and let the earth be glad; let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof.

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Psalm 106:4-5     O visit me with thy Yahshua (Salvation);
5 That I may see the good of thy chosen, that I may dance (rejoice) in the gladness of thy nation, that I may glory with thine inheritance.

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Psalm 118:24     This is the day which the Lord hath made; we will dance (rejoice) and be glad in it.

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Proverbs 5:18     Let thy fountain be blessed: and dance (rejoice) with the wife of thy youth.

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Proverbs 12:25     Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it dance (glad).

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Isaiah 9:3     Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they dance (joy) before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

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Isaiah 24:8   The dancing of tabrets ceaseth, the noise of them that rejoice endeth, the joy of the harp ceaseth.

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Isaiah 24:11   [There is] a crying for wine in the streets; all joy is darkened, the dancing of the land is gone.

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Isaiah 35:10     And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and dancing (gladness), and sorrow and sighing shall flee away.

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Isaiah 51:3     For the Lord shall comfort Zion: he will comfort all her waste places; and he will make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like the garden of the Lord; dancing (joy) and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody.

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Isaiah 51:11     Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain dancing (gladness) and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away.

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Isaiah 56:7     Even them (the sons of the stranger) will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them dance (joyful) in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people.

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Isaiah 62:5   For [as] a young man marrieth a virgin, [so] shall thy sons marry thee: and [as] the bridegroom dances over the bride, [so] shall thy God rejoice over thee.

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Isaiah 66:10  Rejoice ye with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all ye that love her: dance for joy with her, all ye that mourn for her:

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Jeremiah 31:13     Then shall the virgin rejoice in the dance, both young men and old together: for I will turn their mourning into dancing (joy), and will comfort them, and make them rejoice from their sorrow.

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Hosea 2:11   I will also cause all her dancing to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts.

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Joel 2:23     Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and dance (rejoice) in the Lord your God: for he hath given you the former rain moderately, and he will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month.

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Zephaniah 3:14     Sing, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel; be glad and dance (rejoice) with all the heart, O daughter of Jerusalem.

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Zechariah 2:10     Sing and dance (rejoice), O daughter of Zion: for, lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord.

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Zephaniah 3:17  The LORD thy God in the midst of thee [is] mighty; he will save, he will dance over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing.

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Zechariah 8:19    Thus saith the Lord of hosts; The fast of the fourth month, and the fast of the fifth, and the fast of the seventh, and the fast of the tenth, shall be to the house of Judah dancing (joy) and gladness, and cheerful feasts; therefore love the truth and peace.

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Zechariah 10:6-7      And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I am the Lord their God, and will hear them.
7 And they of Ephraim shall be like a mighty man, and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see it, and dance (be glad); their heart shall rejoice in the Lord.

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Zechariah 14:16-19

16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to dance [at] (keep) the feast of tabernacles.

18 And if the family of Egypt go not up, and come not, that have no rain; there shall be the plague, wherewith the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to dance [at] the feast of tabernacles.

19 This shall be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all nations that come not up to dance [at] the feast of tabernacles.

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Luke 6:22-23
22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man’s sake.
23  Dance (Rejoice) ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

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Hungry for more Bible Verses on Dancing?  Read New Heights’ article on that subject HERE

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Don’t forget to read PART TWO this MONDAY named: “Dancing: The Good, The Bad, & The Biblical”     Shalom!

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*Last Updated Nov. 21st, 2012

Kyle Perry

Instructor at New Heights Dance Ministry

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6 responses to “Hidden Bible Verses About Dance… Updated & REVEALED!

  1. As an expressive worship dancer, I am so inspired to see these Scriptures about dance that were certainly hidden as you said.
    Thank you for sharing. I mean to commit them to memory. God bless.

  2. Thank u so much on ur article about dance has helped me a lot I didn’t know that much was hidden about dance in the word. I dance and sign for the glory of God and that’s my worship to him.

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