But now bring me a minstrel
A piper, a man that knows how to play upon the harp, as the Targum; according to Procopius Gazaeus, this was one of the Levites he ordered to be fetched, who was used to the spiritual melody of David, and could play on musical instruments as he directed. This he did to allay his passion, and compose his spirits, ruffled at the sight of Jehoram, and to fit him to receive prophetic inspiration, which sometimes came upon the Lord's prophets when thus employed, see ( 1 Samuel 10:5 ) . Some think F8 the music the prophet called for is that sort the Greeks call "harmony", which is the gravest and saddest, and settles the affections:
and it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the
Lord came upon him;
the spirit of prophecy, as the Targum, which came by the power of God, and as a gift from his hand.
F8 Weemse's Christ. Synagog. l. 1. c. 6. sect. 4. p. 143.