Psalm 81:2
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New International Version
Begin the music, strike the timbrel, play the melodious harp and lyre.

New Living Translation
Sing! Beat the tambourine. Play the sweet lyre and the harp.

English Standard Version
Raise a song; sound the tambourine, the sweet lyre with the harp.

New American Standard Bible
Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.

King James Bible
Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Lift up a song--play the tambourine, the melodious lyre, and the harp.

International Standard Version
Sing a song and play the tambourine, the pleasant-sounding lyre along with the harp.

NET Bible
Sing a song and play the tambourine, the pleasant sounding harp, and the ten-stringed instrument!

New Heart English Bible
Raise a song, and bring here the tambourine, the pleasant lyre with the harp.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
Take tambourines and lyres and those pleasant on harps.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Begin a psalm, and strike a tambourine. Play lyres and harps with their pleasant music.

JPS Tanakh 1917
Take up the melody, and sound the timbrel, The sweet harp with the psaltery.

New American Standard 1977
Raise a song, strike the timbrel,
            The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.

Jubilee Bible 2000
Take the song and play the timbrel, the harp of joy with the psaltery.

King James 2000 Bible
Take a psalm, and bring here the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.

American King James Version
Take a psalm, and bring here the tambourine, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.

American Standard Version
Raise a song, and bring hither the timbrel, The pleasant harp with the psaltery.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel: the pleasant psaltery with the harp.

Darby Bible Translation
Raise a song, and sound the tambour, the pleasant harp with the lute.

English Revised Version
Take up the psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.

Webster's Bible Translation
Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.

World English Bible
Raise a song, and bring here the tambourine, the pleasant lyre with the harp.

Young's Literal Translation
Lift up a song, and give out a timbrel, A pleasant harp with psaltery.
Study Bible
Sing Aloud to God, Our Strength!
1For the choir director; on the Gittith. A Psalm of Asaph. Sing for joy to God our strength; Shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. 2Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp. 3Blow the trumpet at the new moon, At the full moon, on our feast day.…
Cross References
Exodus 15:20
Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took the timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dancing.

Psalm 71:22
I will also praise You with a harp, Even Your truth, O my God; To You I will sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 92:3
With the ten-stringed lute and with the harp, With resounding music upon the lyre.

Psalm 95:2
Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving, Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

Psalm 98:5
Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, With the lyre and the sound of melody.

Psalm 108:2
Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn!

Psalm 144:9
I will sing a new song to You, O God; Upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You,

Psalm 147:7
Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre,

Psalm 149:3
Let them praise His name with dancing; Let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre.
Treasury of Scripture

Take a psalm, and bring here the tambourine, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.

Psalm 92:3 On an instrument of ten strings, and on the psaltery; on the harp …

Psalm 95:1,2 O come, let us sing to the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the …

Psalm 149:1-3 Praise you the LORD. Sing to the LORD a new song, and his praise …

Mark 14:26 And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing …

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching …

James 5:13 Is any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.

(2) Take a psalm.--Rather, Strike up a tune (with voice and harp).

Bring hither the timbrel.--Literally, Give a timbrel (or, drum), which evidently means "sound the timbrel," and may, perhaps, be explained by a phrase sometimes found in Hebrew--"Give a voice," i.e., speak. Such phrases as "Let them have the drum," "Give them the drum," may illustrate the expression. (For the instrument, tph, see Exodus 15:20, and consult Bible Educator, 2:214 seq.)

Harp . . . psaltery.--See Note, Psalm 33:2.

Verse 2. - Take a psalm; or, lift up a song. And bring hither the timbrel; rather, strike the timbrel. The pleasant harp with the psaltery. The instruments ordinarily used in the service of the sanctuary were harps, psalteries, and cymbals (1 Chronicles 15:16; 1 Chronicles 16:5; 1 Chronicles 25:6; 2 Chronicles 5:12; 2 Chronicles 24:25; Nehemiah 12:27). Here the timbrel (תֹפ) seems to take the place of the cymbal. Take a psalm,.... Or "lift one up" (y); hold up the book, and read and sing it; or rather, lift up the voice in singing a psalm:

and bring hither the timbrel; or "give one" (z), put the hand to one:

the pleasant harp with the psaltery; make use of all these musical instruments in singing, and so make an agreeable melody: these were used in the times of the Old Testament, and were typical of the spiritual joy and melody in the heart, expressed by vocal singing, under the New Testament; see Revelation 5:8.

(y) "attollite", Piscator; "tollite", Cocceius, Amama, Gejerus. (z) "date", Pagninus, Montanus, &c. 2. unites the most joyful kinds of music, vocal and instrumental.81:1-7 All the worship we can render to the Lord is beneath his excellences, and our obligations to him, especially in our redemption from sin and wrath. What God had done on Israel's behalf, was kept in remembrance by public solemnities. To make a deliverance appear more gracious, more glorious, it is good to observe all that makes the trouble we are delivered from appear more grievous. We ought never to forget the base and ruinous drudgery to which Satan, our oppressor, brought us. But when, in distress of conscience, we are led to cry for deliverance, the Lord answers our prayers, and sets us at liberty. Convictions of sin, and trials by affliction, prove his regard to his people. If the Jews, on their solemn feast-days, were thus to call to mind their redemption out of Egypt, much more ought we, on the Christian sabbath, to call to mind a more glorious redemption, wrought out for us by our Lord Jesus Christ, from worse bondage.
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