Psalms 33:2

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

Psalms 33:2 in Other Translations

2 Praise the LORD with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instrument of ten strings.
2 Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; make melody to him with the harp of ten strings!
2 Praise the LORD with melodies on the lyre; make music for him on the ten-stringed harp.
2 Use guitars to reinforce your Hallelujahs! Play his praise on a grand piano!
2 Praise the Lord with the lyre; make music to Him with a ten-stringed harp.

Psalms 33:2 Meaning and Commentary

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.

Psalms 33:2 In-Context

1 Sing joyfully to the LORD, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him.
2 Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.
3 Sing to him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy.
4 For the word of the LORD is right and true; he is faithful in all he does.
5 The LORD loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of his unfailing love.

Cross References 2

  • 1. S Genesis 4:21; 1 Corinthians 14:7; Revelation 5:8
  • 2. Psalms 92:3; Psalms 144:9
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