selah


selah

noun

  1. an expression occurring frequently in the Psalms, thought to be a liturgical or musical direction, probably a direction by the leader to raise the voice or perhaps an indication of a pause.

noun

  1. a Hebrew word of unknown meaning occurring in the Old Testament psalms, and thought to be a musical direction

1520s, Hebrew word occurring frequently at the end of verse in Psalter. Supposed to be a liturgical direction, perhaps meaning “pause,” or perhaps a musical direction to raise the voice (cf. Hebrew base s-l-l “to raise, lift”).

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