What does hallelujah mean?

It isn’t terribly uncommon for people to use Bible words without knowing their meaning. For example, consider the word “hallelujah.”

Hallelujah is a word we read in the scriptures (depending upon the translation), sing in songs, and may even use in conversational exchanges … but is it possible some of us don’t understand what we’re saying? Odds are, the answer is yes.

The meaning of hallelujah is quite simple to understand and remember. Primarily made of two Hebrew words, hallel/hallal (meaning to praise, to celebrate or to boast) and Jah/Yah (the principal portion of YHWH, translated as LORD/Lord, who is the God of the Bible). When these two words are combined it brings forth the phrase “praise the Lord” or “praise God” or “praise be to God.” At times, the words “hallel” and “Jah” are recorded next to each other but are not combined (Psalm 150:1); but whether standing alone or combined into one phrase, the meaning remains unchanged.

If you didn’t understand what was really being said when the word hallelujah was used, now you do; and being more aware of its meaning may give you more opportunities to joyfully say it.

After these things I heard a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Alleluia! Salvation and glory and honor and power belong to the Lord our God!” (Revelation 19:1 NKJV)

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