An expression of happiness pervading both OT and NT. Scattered throughout the OT are references to the happiness derived from sexual love (Song 1:4), married life (Prov 5:18), the birth of children (Ps 113:9), and especially the pleasures of harvest (Deut 26:1-11) and feasting (Eccl 8:15). These, however, merely form the backdrop and establish the metaphors for the far more pervasive exultation in God’s actions on behalf of Israel (Ps 58:10). Under circumstances of oppression, however, the mood became more anticipatory as Israel looked ahead to the joy that would accompany their future deliverance by God (Isa 65:17-19). God’s own joy over this event is also anticipated (Zeph 3:17). The early Christians associated the advent of this ultimate joy with the birth, ministry, and resurrection of Jesus (Luke 2:20; Luke 10:17; Luke 24:52). Paul’s letters are filled with the mood of rejoicing (Phil 4:4), for the realization of joy is both the impetus (1Thess 2:19-20) and the goal (2Cor 1:24) of Paul’s apostolic ministry. Paul and other writers, however, stress the paradox that joy can be experienced in the midst of temporal afflictions, as believers share in the (temporary) sufferings of Christ (2Cor 11:23-12:10; 1Pet 1:6; 1Pet 4:13).

Song 1:4

4Draw me after you, let us make haste.
The king has brought me into his chambers.
We will exult and rejoice in you;
we will extol your love more than wine;
righ ... View more

Prov 5:18

18Let your fountain be blessed,
and rejoice in the wife of your youth,

Ps 113:9

9He gives the barren woman a home,
making her the joyous mother of children.
Praise the Lord!

Deut 26:1-11

First Fruits and Tithes
1When you have come into the land that the Lord your God is giving you as an inheritance to possess, and you possess it, and settle in i ... View more

Eccl 8:15

15So I commend enjoyment, for there is nothing better for people under the sun than to eat, and drink, and enjoy themselves, for this will go with them in their ... View more

Ps 58:10

10The righteous will rejoice when they see vengeance done;
they will bathe their feet in the blood of the wicked.

Isa 65:17-19

The Glorious New Creation
17For I am about to create new heavens
and a new earth;
the former things shall not be remembered
or come to mind.18But be glad and re ... View more

Zeph 3:17

17The Lord, your God, is in your midst,
a warrior who gives victory;
he will rejoice over you with gladness,
he will renew you in his love;
he will exult over y ... View more

Luke 2:20

20The shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all they had heard and seen, as it had been told them.

Luke 10:17

The Return of the Seventy
17The seventy returned with joy, saying, “Lord, in your name even the demons submit to us!”

Luke 24:52

52And they worshiped him, and returned to Jerusalem with great joy;

Phil 4:4

4Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.

1Thess 2:19-20

19For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?20Yes, you are our glory and joy!

2Cor 1:24

24I do not mean to imply that we lord it over your faith; rather, we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand firm in the faith.

2Cor 11:23-12:10

23Are they ministers of Christ? I am talking like a madman—I am a better one: with far greater labors, far more imprisonments, with countless floggings, and oft ... View more

1Pet 1:6

6In this you rejoice, even if now for a little while you have had to suffer various trials,

1Pet 4:13

13But rejoice insofar as you are sharing Christ's sufferings, so that you may also be glad and shout for joy when his glory is revealed.

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