Why did you run off secretly and deceive me? Why didn’t you tell me, so I could send you away with joy
and singing to the music of timbrels and harps?
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 facedown.
ful at your festival—you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, and the Levites, the foreigners, the fatherless and the widows who live in your towns.
For seven days celebrate the festival to the Lord your God at the place the Lord will choose. For the Lord your God will bless you in all your harvest and in all the work of your hands, and your joy
will be complete.
Because you did not serve the Lord your God joy
fully and gladly in the time of prosperity,
So have you acted honorably and in good faith toward Jerub-Baal and his family today? If you have, may Abimelek be your joy
, and may you be his, too!
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 joy
ful songs and with timbrels and lyres.
On the following day he sent the people away. They blessed the king and then went home, joy
ful and glad in heart for all the good things the Lord had done for his servant David and his people Israel.
Also, their neighbors 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
David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joy
ful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.
Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy
are in his dwelling place.
Let the trees of the forest sing, let them sing for joy
before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.
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.
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.
On the twenty-third day of the seventh month he sent the people to their homes, joy
ful and glad in heart for the good things the Lord had done for David and Solomon and for his people Israel.
Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joy
fully to Jerusalem, for the Lord had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies.
The whole assembly then agreed to celebrate the festival seven more days; so for another seven days they celebrated joy
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.”
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.
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.
At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joy
fully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres.
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.
When Mordecai left the king’s presence, he was wearing royal garments of blue and white, a large crown of gold and a purple robe of fine linen. And the city of Susa held a joy
For the Jews it was a time of happiness and joy
, gladness and honor.
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.