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Dictionaries :: Harp

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Easton's Bible Dictionary

Harp:

(Heb. kinnor), the national instrument of the Hebrews. It was invented by Jubal (Gen 4:21). Some think the word kinnor denotes the whole class of stringed instruments. It was used as an accompaniment to songs of cheerfulness as well as of praise to God (Gen 31:27; 1Sa 16:23; 2Ch 20:28; Psa 33:2; 137:2).

In Solomon's time harps were made of almug-trees (1Ki 10:11,12). In 1Ch 15:21 mention is made of "harps on the Sheminith;" Revised Version, "harps set to the Sheminith;" better perhaps "harps of eight strings." The soothing effect of the music of the harp is referred to 1Sa 16:16, 23; 18:10; 19:9. The church in heaven is represented as celebrating the triumphs of the Redeemer "harping with their harps" (Rev 14:2).

International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia

Harp:

harp.

See MUSIC

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words
A-1 Noun Strong's Number: g2788 Greek: kithara

Harp:

whence Eng., "guitar," denotes "a lyre" or "harp;" it is described by Josephus as an instrument of ten strings, played by a plectrum (a smaller instrument was played by the hand); it is mentioned in 1Cr 14:7; Rev 5:8; 14:2; 15:2.

B-1 Verb Strong's Number: g2789 Greek: kitharizo

Harp:

signifies "to play on the harp," 1Cr 14:7; Rev 14:2. In the Sept., Isa 23:16.

Smith's Bible Dictionary

Harp:

The harp was the national instrument of the Hebrews, and was well known throughout Asia. Moses assigns its invention to Jubal during the antediluvian period (Genesis 4:21). Josephus records that the harp had ten strings, and that it was played on with the plectrum. Sometimes it was smaller having only eight strings, and was usually played with the fingers.

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