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Bible Verses About Dance

Compiled by Shira




This is a partial list of Bible verses that make reference to dance. Although the Bible doesn't tell us anything about the type of technique used in this dancing, it does offer insights into types of musical instruments and motives for dancing.

"Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women went out after her with tambourines and dancing."

— Exodus 15:20, The Bible (English Standard Version)

"Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah; and behold, his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels and with dances." (Revised Standard Version)

— Judges 11:34

"The women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with songs of joy, and with musical instruments."

— 1 Samual 18:6

"And David was dancing before the Lord with great enthusiasm, and David was wearing a linen ephod [a priest’s upper garment]."

— 2 Samuel 6:14 (Amplified Bible)

"They send forth their little ones like a flock, and their children dance."

— Job 21:11 (Revised Standard Version)

"You turned my mourning into dancing; You removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy."

— Psalm 30:11

"Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with tambourine and lyre."

— Psalm 149:3

"Praise Him with tambourine and dancing, praise Him with stringed instruments and flutes."

— Psalm 150:4 (New International Version)

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance."

— Ecclesiastes 3:1, 4, The Bible (King James Version)

"Then young women will dance and be glad, young men and old as well."

— Jeremiah 31:13 (New International Version)

"Glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's."

— First Corinthians 6:20


ABOUT THE PHOTO: Shira is wearing a traditional Palestinian dress. Experts in the field trace this style of dress to ancient times. Photo by Pixie Vision, Glendale, California.




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