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Psalm 33:2

2 Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

Read Psalm 33:2 Using Other Translations

Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
Praise the LORD with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.

What does Psalm 33:2 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
Psalms 33:2

Praise the Lord with harp
An instrument David was well skilled in the use of, the inventor of which was Jubal, ( Genesis 4:21 ) ;

sing unto, him with the psaltery;
the name of this instrument is in the Hebrew language "nebel": the account which Josephus F23 gives of this, and of the former, is,

``the harp is extended with ten strings, and is plucked with a quill; the "nabla", or psaltery, has twelve sounds, and is played upon with the fingers;''

some make this and the next to be the same:

[and] an instrument of ten strings;
and read them together thus, "with the psaltery of ten strings": and so the Targum, Septuagint, and other versions F24: but it seems from Josephus that it was not a stringed instrument, but had holes, and those twelve; and besides it is distinguished from the instrument of ten strings, ( Psalms 92:3 ) ; it was in the form of a bottle, from whence it had its name.


F23 Antiqu. l. 7. c. 12. s. 3.
F24 Vid. Jarchium in loc. & R. Mosem in Aben Ezra in loc.
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