Muth-labben [N]

occurring only in the title of Psalms 9 . Some interpret the words as meaning "on the death of Labben," some unknown person. Others render the word, "on the death of the son;" i.e., of Absalom ( 2 Samuel 18:33 ). Others again have taken the word as the name of a musical instrument, or as the name of an air to which the psalm was sung.

These dictionary topics are from
M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition,
published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain, copy freely.

[N] indicates this entry was also found in Nave's Topical Bible

Bibliography Information

Easton, Matthew George. "Entry for Muth-labben". "Easton's Bible Dictionary". .


"To the chief musician upon Muth-labben" is the title of ( Psalms 9:1 ) which has given rise to infinite conjecture. It may be either upon the death (muth ) of the fool (labben ), as an anagram on Nabal or as Gesenius, "to be chanted by boys with virgins voices," i.e. in the soprano.

Bibliography Information

Smith, William, Dr. "Entry for 'Muthlabben'". "Smith's Bible Dictionary". . 1901.