speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord,
Ephesians 5:19 Additional TranslationsClarke's Commentary on the Bible
Speaking to yourselves in psalms - We can scarcely say what is the exact difference between these three expressions. Psalms, ψαλμοι, may probably mean those of David.
Hymns - Ὑμνοις· Extemporaneous effusions in praise of God, uttered under the influence of the Divine Spirit, or a sense of his especial goodness. See Acts 16:25.
Songs - Ωιδαις· Odes; premeditated and regular poetic compositions; but, in whatever form they were composed, we learn that they were all πνευματικα, spiritual - tending to magnify God and edify men.
Singing and making melody in your heart - The heart always going with the lips. It is a shocking profanation of Divine worship to draw nigh to God with the lips, while the heart is far from him. It is too often the case that, in public worship, men are carried off from the sense of the words by the sounds that are put to them. And how few choirs of singers are there in the universe whose hearts ever accompany them in what they call singing the praises of God!
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Acts 16:25 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises to God: and the prisoners heard them.
1 Corinthians 14:26 How is it then, brothers? when you come together, every one of you has a psalm, has a doctrine, has a tongue, has a revelation...
Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs...
James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
psalms. Psalms, [psalmos,] from [psallo,] to touch or play on a musical instrument, properly denotes such sacred songs or poems as are sung to stringed instruments, and may here refer to those of David; hymns, [humnos,] from [hudo,] to sing, celebrate, praise, signifies songs in honour of God; and songs [ode,] from [aeido,] to sing, denotes any regular poetic composition adapted to singing, and is here restricted to those which are spiritual.
Psalm 95:2 Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise to him with psalms.
Psalm 105:2 Sing to him, sing psalms to him: talk you of all his wondrous works.
Matthew 26:30 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
Psalm 47:7,8 For God is the King of all the earth: sing you praises with understanding...
Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times; you people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.
Psalm 86:12 I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart: and I will glorify your name for ever more.
Psalm 105:3 Glory you in his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice that seek the LORD.
Psalm 147:7 Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; sing praise on the harp to our God:
Isaiah 65:14 Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart, but you shall cry for sorrow of heart, and shall howl for vexation of spirit.
Matthew 15:8 This people draws near to me with their mouth, and honors me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
John 4:23,24 But the hour comes, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth...
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