253 verses

Gen 31:27

(NIV)
Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so that I could send you away with joy and singing to the music of tambourines and harps?
(ESV)
Why did you flee secretly and trick me, and did not tell me, so that I might have sent you away with mirth and songs, with tambourine and lyre?

Lev 9:24

(NIV)
Fire came out from the presence of the  Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the fat portions on the altar. And when all the people saw it, they shouted for joy and fell face down.

(ESV)
And fire came out from before the  Lord and consumed the burnt offering and the pieces of fat on the altar, and when all the people saw it, they shouted and fell on their faces.

Num 10:10

(NIV)
Also at your times of rejoicing – your appointed festivals and New Moon feasts – you are to sound the trumpets over your burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, and they will be a memorial for you before your God. I am the  Lord your God.’

(ESV)
On the day of your gladness also, and at your appointed feasts and at the beginnings of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings. They shall be a reminder of you before your God: I am the  Lord your God.”

Deut 28:47

(NIV)
Because you did not serve the  Lord your God joyfully and gladly in the time of prosperity,
(ESV)
Because you did not serve the  Lord your God with joyfulness and gladness of heart, because of the abundance of all things,

Deut 32:43

(NIV)
Rejoice, you nations, with his people, ,
for he will avenge the blood of his servants;
he will take vengeance on his enemies
and make atonement for his land and people.
(ESV)
Rejoice with him, O heavens;
bow down to him, all gods,
for he avenges the blood of his children
and takes vengeance on his adversaries.
He repays those who hate him
and cleanses his people’s land.”

Judg 16:23

(NIV)
Now the rulers of the Philistines assembled to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to celebrate, saying, ‘Our god has delivered Samson, our enemy, into our hands.’

(ESV)
Now the lords of the Philistines gathered to offer a great sacrifice to Dagon their god and to rejoice, and they said, “Our god has given Samson our enemy into our hand.”

1Sam 18:6

(NIV)
When the men were returning home after David had killed the Philistine, the women came out from all the towns of Israel to meet King Saul with singing and dancing, with joyful songs and with tambourines and lyres.
(ESV)
As they were coming home, when David returned from striking down the Philistine, 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.

2Sam 6:12

(NIV)
Now King David was told, ‘The  Lord has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.’ So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.
(ESV)
And it was told King David, “The  Lord has blessed the household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing.

1Kgs 1:40

(NIV)
And all the people went up after him, playing pipes and rejoicing greatly, so that the ground shook with the sound.

(ESV)
And all the people went up after him, playing on pipes, and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth was split by their noise.

1Kgs 8:28

(NIV)
Yet give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy,  Lord my God. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence this day.
(ESV)
Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O  Lord my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you this day,

1Kgs 22:36

(NIV)
As the sun was setting, a cry spread through the army: ‘Every man to his town. Every man to his land!’

(ESV)
And about sunset a cry went through the army, “Every man to his city, and every man to his country!”

1Chr 12:40

(NIV)
Also, their neighbours from as far away as Issachar, Zebulun and Naphtali came bringing food on donkeys, camels, mules and oxen. There were plentiful supplies of flour, fig cakes, raisin cakes, wine, olive oil, cattle and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.

(ESV)
And also their relatives, from as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came bringing food on donkeys and on camels and on mules and on oxen, abundant provisions of flour, cakes of figs, clusters of raisins, and wine and oil, oxen and sheep, for there was joy in Israel.

1Chr 15:16

(NIV)
David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.

(ESV)
David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.

1Chr 15:25

(NIV)
So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of units of a thousand went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the  Lord from the house of Obed-Edom, with rejoicing.
(ESV)
So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the  Lord from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing.

1Chr 16:27

(NIV)
Splendour and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his dwelling-place.
(ESV)
Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.

1Chr 16:33

(NIV)
Let the trees of the forest sing,
let them sing for joy before the  Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
(ESV)
Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy
before the  Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.

1Chr 29:9

(NIV)
The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and wholeheartedly to the  Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.

(ESV)
Then the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the  Lord. David the king also rejoiced greatly.

1Chr 29:17

(NIV)
I know, my God, that you test the heart and are pleased with integrity. All these things I have given willingly and with honest intent. And now I have seen with joy how willingly your people who are here have given to you.
(ESV)
I know, my God, that you test the heart and have pleasure in uprightness. In the uprightness of my heart I have freely offered all these things, and now I have seen your people, who are present here, offering freely and joyously to you.

1Chr 29:22

(NIV)
They ate and drank with great joy in the presence of the  Lord that day.

Then they acknowledged Solomon son of David as king a second time, anointing him before the  Lord to be ruler and Zadok to be priest.
(ESV)
And they ate and drank before the  Lord on that day with great gladness.

And they made Solomon the son of David king the second time, and they anointed him as prince for the  Lord, and Zadok as priest.

2Chr 6:19

(NIV)
Yet,  Lord my God, give attention to your servant’s prayer and his plea for mercy. Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence.
(ESV)
Yet have regard to the prayer of your servant and to his plea, O  Lord my God, listening to the cry and to the prayer that your servant prays before you,

2Chr 20:22

(NIV)
As they began to sing and praise, the  Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated.
(ESV)
And when they began to sing and praise, the  Lord set an ambush against the men of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah, so that they were routed.

2Chr 20:27

(NIV)
Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the  Lord had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies.
(ESV)
Then they returned, every man of Judah and Jerusalem, and Jehoshaphat at their head, returning to Jerusalem with joy, for the  Lord had made them rejoice over their enemies.

2Chr 23:18

(NIV)
Then Jehoiada placed the oversight of the temple of the  Lord in the hands of the Levitical priests, to whom David had made assignments in the temple, to present the burnt offerings of the  Lord as written in the Law of Moses, with rejoicing and singing, as David had ordered.
(ESV)
And Jehoiada posted watchmen for the house of the  Lord under the direction of the Levitical priests and the Levites whom David had organized to be in charge of the house of the  Lord, to offer burnt offerings to the  Lord, as it is written in the Law of Moses, with rejoicing and with singing, according to the order of David.

2Chr 29:30

(NIV)
King Hezekiah and his officials ordered the Levites to praise the  Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness and bowed down and worshipped.

(ESV)
And Hezekiah the king and the officials commanded the Levites to sing praises to the  Lord with the words of David and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed down and worshiped.

2Chr 30:21

(NIV)
The Israelites who were present in Jerusalem celebrated the Festival of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great rejoicing, while the Levites and priests praised the  Lord every day with resounding instruments dedicated to the  Lord.

(ESV)
And the people of Israel who were present at Jerusalem kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with great gladness, and the Levites and the priests praised the  Lord day by day, singing with all their might to the  Lord.

2Chr 30:23

(NIV)
The whole assembly then agreed to celebrate the festival seven more days; so for another seven days they celebrated joyfully.
(ESV)
Then the whole assembly agreed together to keep the feast for another seven days. So they kept it for another seven days with gladness.

2Chr 30:26

(NIV)
There was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the days of Solomon son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.
(ESV)
So there was great joy in Jerusalem, for since the time of Solomon the son of David king of Israel there had been nothing like this in Jerusalem.

Ezra 3:12

(NIV)
But many of the older priests and Levites and family heads, who had seen the former temple, wept aloud when they saw the foundation of this temple being laid, while many others shouted for joy.
(ESV)
But many of the priests and Levites and heads of fathers’ houses, old men who had seen the first house, wept with a loud voice when they saw the foundation of this house being laid, though many shouted aloud for joy,

Ezra 3:13

(NIV)
No one could distinguish the sound of the shouts of joy from the sound of weeping, because the people made so much noise. And the sound was heard far away.
(ESV)
so that the people could not distinguish the sound of the joyful shout from the sound of the people’s weeping, for the people shouted with a great shout, and the sound was heard far away.

Ezra 6:16

(NIV)
Then the people of Israel – the priests, the Levites and the rest of the exiles – celebrated the dedication of the house of God with joy.
(ESV)
And the people of Israel, the priests and the Levites, and the rest of the returned exiles, celebrated the dedication of this house of God with joy.

Ezra 6:22

(NIV)
For seven days they celebrated with joy the Festival of Unleavened Bread, because the  Lord had filled them with joy by changing the attitude of the king of Assyria so that he assisted them in the work on the house of God, the God of Israel.

(ESV)
And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy, for the  Lord had made them joyful and had turned the heart of the king of Assyria to them, so that he aided them in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

Neh 8:10

(NIV)
Nehemiah said, ‘Go and enjoy choice food and sweet drinks, and send some to those who have nothing prepared. This day is holy to our  Lord. Do not grieve, for the joy of the  Lord is your strength.’

(ESV)
Then he said to them, “Go your way. Eat the fat and drink sweet wine and send portions to anyone who has nothing ready, for this day is holy to our Lord. And do not be grieved, for the joy of the  Lord is your strength.”

Neh 8:12

(NIV)
Then all the people went away to eat and drink, to send portions of food and to celebrate with great joy, because they now understood the words that had been made known to them.

(ESV)
And all the people went their way to eat and drink and to send portions and to make great rejoicing, because they had understood the words that were declared to them.

Neh 8:17

(NIV)
The whole company that had returned from exile built temporary shelters and lived in them. From the days of Joshua son of Nun until that day, the Israelites had not celebrated it like this. And their joy was very great.

(ESV)
And all the assembly of those who had returned from the captivity made booths and lived in the booths, for from the days of Jeshua the son of Nun to that day the people of Israel had not done so. And there was very great rejoicing.

Neh 12:27

(NIV)
At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.
(ESV)
And at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought the Levites in all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem to celebrate the dedication with gladness, with thanksgivings and with singing, with cymbals, harps, and lyres.

Neh 12:43

(NIV)
And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.

(ESV)
And they offered great sacrifices that day and rejoiced, for God had made them rejoice with great joy; the women and children also rejoiced. And the joy of Jerusalem was heard far away.

Neh 12:44

(NIV)
At that time men were appointed to be in charge of the storerooms for the contributions, firstfruits and tithes. From the fields around the towns they were to bring into the storerooms the portions required by the Law for the priests and the Levites, for Judah was pleased with the ministering priests and Levites.
(ESV)
On that day men were appointed over the storerooms, the contributions, the firstfruits, and the tithes, to gather into them the portions required by the Law for the priests and for the Levites according to the fields of the towns, for Judah rejoiced over the priests and the Levites who ministered.

Esth 8:16

(NIV)
For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy, gladness and honour.
(ESV)
The Jews had light and gladness and joy and honor.

Esth 8:17

(NIV)
In every province and in every city to which the edict of the king came, there was joy and gladness among the Jews, with feasting and celebrating. And many people of other nationalities became Jews because fear of the Jews had seized them.

(ESV)
And in every province and in every city, wherever the king’s command and his edict reached, there was gladness and joy among the Jews, a feast and a holiday. And many from the peoples of the country declared themselves Jews, for fear of the Jews had fallen on them.

Esth 9:17

(NIV)
This happened on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy.

(ESV)
This was on the thirteenth day of the month of Adar, and on the fourteenth day they rested and made that a day of feasting and gladness.

Esth 9:18

(NIV)
The Jews in Susa, however, had assembled on the thirteenth and fourteenth, and then on the fifteenth they rested and made it a day of feasting and joy.

(ESV)
But the Jews who were in Susa gathered on the thirteenth day and on the fourteenth, and rested on the fifteenth day, making that a day of feasting and gladness.

Esth 9:19

(NIV)
That is why rural Jews – those living in villages – observe the fourteenth of the month of Adar as a day of joy and feasting, a day for giving presents to each other.

(ESV)
Therefore the Jews of the villages, who live in the rural towns, hold the fourteenth day of the month of Adar as a day for gladness and feasting, as a holiday, and as a day on which they send gifts of food to one another.

Esth 9:22

(NIV)
as the time when the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month when their sorrow was turned into joy and their mourning into a day of celebration. He wrote to them to observe the days as days of feasting and joy and giving presents of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

(ESV)
as the days on which the Jews got relief from their enemies, and as the month that had been turned for them from sorrow into gladness and from mourning into a holiday; that they should make them days of feasting and gladness, days for sending gifts of food to one another and gifts to the poor.

Job 8:19

(NIV)
Surely its life withers away,
and from the soil other plants grow.
(ESV)
Behold, this is the joy of his way,
and out of the soil others will spring.

Job 20:5

(NIV)
that the mirth of the wicked is brief,
the joy of the godless lasts but a moment.
(ESV)
that the exulting of the wicked is short,
and the joy of the godless but for a moment?

Job 29:13

(NIV)
The one who was dying blessed me;
I made the widow’s heart sing.
(ESV)
The blessing of him who was about to perish came upon me,
and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.

Job 38:7

(NIV)
while the morning stars sang together
and all the angels shouted for joy?
(ESV)
when the morning stars sang together
and all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Ps 4:7

(NIV)
Fill my heart with joy
when their grain and new wine abound.
(ESV)
You have put more joy in my heart
than they have when their grain and wine abound.

Ps 5:11

(NIV)
But let all who take refuge in you be glad;
let them ever sing for joy.
Spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may rejoice in you.
(ESV)
But let all who take refuge in you rejoice;
let them ever sing for joy,
and spread your protection over them,
that those who love your name may exult in you.

Ps 16:11

(NIV)
You make known to me the path of life;
you will fill me with joy in your presence,
with eternal pleasures at your right hand.
(ESV)
You make known to me the path of life;
in your presence there is fullness of joy;
at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.

(NIV)

A prayer of David.

(ESV)

A Prayer of David.

Ps 17:1

(NIV)
Hear me,  Lord, my plea is just;
listen to my cry.
Hear my prayer –
it does not rise from deceitful lips.
(ESV)
Hear a just cause, O  Lord; attend to my cry!
Give ear to my prayer from lips free of deceit!

Ps 20:5

(NIV)
May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the  Lord grant all your requests.
(ESV)
May we shout for joy over your salvation,
and in the name of our God set up our banners!
May the  Lord fulfill all your petitions!

Ps 21:6

(NIV)
Surely you have granted him unending blessings
and made him glad with the joy of your presence.
(ESV)
For you make him most blessed forever;
you make him glad with the joy of your presence.

Ps 30:5

(NIV)
For his anger lasts only a moment,
but his favour lasts a lifetime;
weeping may stay for the night,
but rejoicing comes in the morning.
(ESV)
For his anger is but for a moment,
and his favor is for a lifetime.
Weeping may tarry for the night,
but joy comes with the morning.

Ps 30:11

(NIV)
You turned my wailing into dancing;
you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy,
(ESV)
You have turned for me my mourning into dancing;
you have loosed my sackcloth
and clothed me with gladness,

Ps 32:11

(NIV)
Rejoice in the  Lord and be glad, you righteous;
sing, all you who are upright in heart!
(ESV)
Be glad in the  Lord, and rejoice, O righteous,
and shout for joy, all you upright in heart!

Ps 33:1

(NIV)
Sing joyfully to the  Lord, you righteous;
it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
(ESV)
Shout for joy in the  Lord, O you righteous!
Praise befits the upright.

Ps 35:27

(NIV)
May those who delight in my vindication
shout for joy and gladness;
may they always say, ‘The  Lord be exalted,
who delights in the well-being of his servant.’
(ESV)
Let those who delight in my righteousness
shout for joy and be glad
and say evermore,
Great is the  Lord,
who delights in the welfare of his servant!”

Ps 42:4

(NIV)
These things I remember
as I pour out my soul:
how I used to go to the house of God
under the protection of the Mighty One
with shouts of joy and praise
among the festive throng.
(ESV)
These things I remember,
as I pour out my soul:
how I would go with the throng
and lead them in procession to the house of God
with glad shouts and songs of praise,
a multitude keeping festival.

Ps 43:4

(NIV)
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.
(ESV)
Then I will go to the altar of God,
to God my exceeding joy,
and I will praise you with the lyre,
O God, my God.
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