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Study Resources :: Dictionaries :: Shoshannim

Dictionaries :: Shoshannim

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Shoshannim:

lilies, the name of some musical instrument, probably like a lily in shape (Psa 45; 69, title). Some think that an instrument of six strings is meant.

Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary

Shoshannim:

those that shall be changed

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Shoshannim:

(lilies). "To the chief musician upon Shoshannim" is a musical direction to the leader of the temple choir which occurs in Psalm 45:1; 69:1 and most probably indicates the melody "after" or "in the manner of" (Authorized Version "upon") which the psalms were to be sung. Shoshannim‐eduth occurs in the same way in the title of Psalm 80:1) … As the words now stand they signify "lilies, a testimony," and the two are separated by a large distinctive accent. In themselves they have no meaning in the present text, and must therefore be regarded as probably a fragment of the beginning of an older psalm with which the choir were familiar.

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