Where Does the Word “Hallelujah” Really Come From?

Hallelujah! This single word is formed by combining two Hebrew words: hallel and Yahweh.

  • Hallel simply means “to praise,” and it is used in various places throughout the Old Testament.
  • Yahweh is the personal name for God revealed to Moses in Exodus 3–6.

Some English Bible translations keep the word as hallelujah, while many others translate its meaning: “Praise the Lord.” Hallelujah did not appear to be used until around 600 BC during the time that Israel experienced defeat from foreign enemies and exile from their homeland. The word first appears in the Bible in Psalm 104:35 and then frequently through the end of the book of Psalms, though it appears nowhere else in the Old Testament. Hallelujah is used twenty-three times and is, in fact, the very last word of the book of Psalms (Ps. 150:6).

Psalms Bible Study (Rose Visual Bible Study Series)

In this six-session study, explore how the Psalms are worship-prayer songs lifted to God. Whether chanted in a synagogue, sung from a hymnal, or read from projectors on walls, the Psalms have given us the content of our prayers and defined both our worship and faith for generations. By studying, praying, and living the Psalms, our lives become an enduring song of praise to the Lord, like strong, fruitful trees that thrive through every season.

This study is an invitation to the wild beauty that comes from experiencing God as we journey deeper in relationship with him through the Psalms. Study different types of worship-prayer songs from the book of Psalms, consider the background of specific psalms and their connections with Jesus, and explore how the songs we sing and the song of our lives reflect the themes of the book of Psalms.

The six sessions include:

  1. Blessed is the One Who Praises the Lord (Psalms 1 and 150)
  2. The Heavens Declare and the Word Shines a Light (Psalms 19 and 119)
  3. Even in Darkest Valleys, the Lord Is My Shepherd (Psalms 22–24)
  4. Unfailing Love and Forgiveness (Psalms 51 and 32)
  5. Lord, You Have Been Our Home (Psalms 90 and 46)
  6. Bless the Lord, O My Soul (Psalm 103)
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