An emphatic expression of joy, "They clapped their hands (nakhah), and said, Long live (the King James Version "God save") the king" (2 Kings 11:12); "Oh clap your hands (taqa`), all ye peoples" (Psalms 47:1); or exultation (caphaq, Lamentations 2:15; macha', Ezekiel 25:6; taqa`, Nahum 3:19); or repudiation (caphaq, Job 27:23; 34:37).


To denote Nature's "sympathy" with God's people. "Let the floods clap (macha') their hands" (Psalms 98:8); "All the trees of the field shall clap their hands" (Isaiah 55:12; compare Judges 5:20).

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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. "Entry for 'CLAP'". "International Standard Bible Encyclopedia". 1915.