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46 Bible Verses about Dance

Want to know what the Bible says about Dance? Here are 46 Bible verses about Dance from the Old and New Testaments of the Holy Bible, New International Version (NIV), sorted from the most relevant to the least relevant.

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Ecclesiastes 3:4 NIV
    a time to weep and a time to laugh,
    a time to mourn and a time to dance,
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Jeremiah 31:13 NIV
Then young women will dance and be glad,
    young men and old as well.
I will turn their mourning into gladness;
    I will give them comfort and joy instead of sorrow.
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2 Samuel 6:14 NIV
Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the Lord with all his might,
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Exodus 15:20 NIV
Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing.
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Jeremiah 31:4 NIV
I will build you up again,
    and you, Virgin Israel, will be rebuilt.
Again you will take up your timbrels
    and go out to dance with the joyful.
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Judges 11:34 NIV
When Jephthah returned to his home in Mizpah, who should come out to meet him but his daughter, dancing to the sound of timbrels! She was an only child. Except for her he had neither son nor daughter.
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Job 21:11 NIV
They send forth their children as a flock;
    their little ones dance about.
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Luke 15:25 NIV
“Meanwhile, the older son was in the field. When he came near the house, he heard music and dancing.
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1 Chronicles 15:29 NIV
As the ark of the covenant of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.
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Exodus 15:20-21 NIV
20 Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:
“Sing to the Lord,
    for he is highly exalted.
Both horse and driver
    he has hurled into the sea.”
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Exodus 32:19 NIV
When Moses approached the camp and saw the calf and the dancing, his anger burned and he threw the tablets out of his hands, breaking them to pieces at the foot of the mountain.
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1 Samuel 30:16 NIV
He led David down, and there they were, scattered over the countryside, eating, drinking and reveling because of the great amount of plunder they had taken from the land of the Philistines and from Judah.
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1 Samuel 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 timbrels and lyres.
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Mark 6:22 NIV
When the daughter of Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his dinner guests.
The king said to the girl, “Ask me for anything you want, and I’ll give it to you.”
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Luke 7:32 NIV
They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other:
“‘We played the pipe for you,
    and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
    and you did not cry.’
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Lamentations 5:15 NIV
Joy is gone from our hearts;
    our dancing has turned to mourning.
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1 Samuel 29:5 NIV
Isn’t this the David they sang about in their dances:
“‘Saul has slain his thousands,
    and David his tens of thousands’?”
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Matthew 11:17 NIV
“‘We played the pipe for you,
    and you did not dance;
we sang a dirge,
    and you did not mourn.’
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1 Samuel 21:11 NIV
But the servants of Achish said to him, “Isn’t this David, the king of the land? Isn’t he the one they sing about in their dances:
“‘Saul has slain his thousands,
    and David his tens of thousands’?”
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2 Samuel 6:16 NIV
As the ark of the Lord was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the Lord, she despised him in her heart.
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