Selah (See´luh)

A word of uncertain origin and meaning found in certain psalms in the OT (Ps 3; Ps 4; Ps 52; Ps 88; Ps 143). It appears additionally in (Hab 3:3, Hab 3:9, Hab 3:13, verses that are part of a psalm preserved in that prophetic book. There has been much speculation about its meaning—a musical notation, a pause in singing for narration, instructions on dynamics to the choir or to instrumental accompaniment—but there is no agreement among scholars about its function or significance.

Ps 3

Trust in God under Adversity
A Psalm of David, when he fled from his son Absalom.
1O Lord, how many are my foes!
Many are rising against me;2many are saying to ... View more

Ps 4

Confident Plea for Deliverance from Enemies
To the leader: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.
1Answer me when I call, O God of my right!
You gave me r ... View more

Ps 52

Judgment on the Deceitful
To the leader. A Maskil of David, when Doeg the Edomite came to Saul and said to him, “David has come to the house of Ahimelech.”
1Why ... View more

Ps 88

Prayer for Help in Despondency
A Song. A Psalm of the Korahites. To the leader: according to Mahalath Leannoth. A Maskil of Heman the Ezrahite.
1O Lord, God of ... View more

Ps 143

Prayer for Deliverance from Enemies
A Psalm of David.
1Hear my prayer, O Lord;
give ear to my supplications in your faithfulness;
answer me in your righteousnes ... View more

Hab 3:3

3God came from Teman,
the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah
His glory covered the heavens,
and the earth was full of his praise.

Hab 3:9

9You brandished your naked bow,
sated were the arrows at your command. Selah
You split the earth with rivers.

Hab 3:13

13You came forth to save your people,
to save your anointed.
You crushed the head of the wicked house,
laying it bare from foundation to roof. Selah

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