Job 21:12
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New International Version
They sing to the music of timbrel and lyre; they make merry to the sound of the pipe.

New Living Translation
They sing with tambourine and harp. They celebrate to the sound of the flute.

English Standard Version
They sing to the tambourine and the lyre and rejoice to the sound of the pipe.

Berean Study Bible
singing to the tambourine and lyre and making merry at the sound of the flute.

New American Standard Bible
"They sing to the timbrel and harp And rejoice at the sound of the flute.

King James Bible
They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

Christian Standard Bible
singing to the tambourine and lyre and rejoicing at the sound of the flute.

Contemporary English Version
These people sing and celebrate to the sound of tambourines, small harps, and flutes,

Good News Translation
and dance to the music of harps and flutes.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
singing to the tambourine and lyre and rejoicing at the sound of the flute.

International Standard Version
singing with tambourines and lyres as they rejoice to the sound of flutes.

NET Bible
They sing to the accompaniment of tambourine and harp, and make merry to the sound of the flute.

New Heart English Bible
They sing to the tambourine and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
They sing with the tambourine and lyre, and they are happy with the music of the flute.

JPS Tanakh 1917
They sing to the timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

New American Standard 1977
“They sing to the timbrel and harp And rejoice at the sound of the flute.

Jubilee Bible 2000
They jump at the sound of the timbrel and harp and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

King James 2000 Bible
They sing to the tambourine and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the flute.

American King James Version
They take the tambourine and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

American Standard Version
They sing to the timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

Douay-Rheims Bible
They take the timbrel, and the harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

Darby Bible Translation
They shout to the tambour and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

English Revised Version
They sing to the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

Webster's Bible Translation
They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

World English Bible
They sing to the tambourine and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the pipe.

Young's Literal Translation
They lift themselves up at timbrel and harp, And rejoice at the sound of an organ.
Study Bible
Job: God will Punish the Wicked
11They send forth their little ones like a flock; their children skip about, 12singing to the tambourine and lyre and making merry at the sound of the flute. 13They spend their days in prosperity and go down to Sheol in peace.…
Cross References
Genesis 31:27
Why did you run away secretly and deceive me, without even telling me? I would have sent you away with joy and singing, with tambourines and harps.

Job 21:11
They send forth their little ones like a flock; their children skip about,

Job 21:13
They spend their days in prosperity and go down to Sheol in peace.

Psalm 150:4
Praise Him with tambourine and dancing; praise Him with the strings and flute.

Treasury of Scripture

They take the tambourine and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

Genesis 4:21 And his brother's name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as …

Genesis 31:27 Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me; and did not …

Isaiah 5:12 And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in …

Isaiah 22:13 And behold joy and gladness, slaying oxen, and killing sheep, eating …

Amos 6:4-6 That lie on beds of ivory, and stretch themselves on their couches, …







Verse 12. - They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ. The "timbrel" (תפ) is probably the tambourine, an instrument used from a remote antiquity by the Orientals. It consisted of a round hoop of wood, into which were sometimes inserted jingling rings of metal, and upon which was stretched at one end a sheet of parchment. It is represented on the monuments both of Egypt and Phoenicia ('Hist. of Egypt,' vol. 1. p. 522; 'Hist. of Phoenicia,' pp. 219, 223). The harp (כִנּור) was, in the early times, a very simple instrument, consisting of a framework of wood, across which were stretched from four to seven strings, which were of catgut and of different lengths, and were sounded either with the hand or with a plectrum. The "organ" (עוּנָב) was, of course, not an organ in the modern sense of the word. It was either a pan's pipe, which is a very primitive instrument, or more probably a double reed blown from the end, like a flageolet, examples of which are found in the remains both of Egypt and Phoenicia ('Hist. of Egypt,' vol. 1. p. 524; 'Hist. of Phoenicia,' l.s c.). They take the timbrel and harp,.... Not the children, but the parents of them; these took these instruments of music into their hands, and played upon them while their children danced; thus merrily they spent their time: or, as Jarchi and Aben Ezra, they lift up the voice with the tabret and harp; that is, while they played on these with their hands, they sung songs with their mouths; they used both vocal and instrumental music together, to make the greater harmony, and give the greater pleasure, like those in Amos 6:5;

and rejoice at the sound of the organ; a musical instrument, very pleasant and entertaining, from whence it has its name in the Hebrew tongue; but of what form it was cannot be with certainty said; that which we now so call is of later invention, and unknown in those times: probably Job may have respect to Jubal, the inventor of this sort of music, and others of the posterity of Cain before the flood, who practised it, and were delighted in it; in which they were imitated and followed by wicked men after it, and in Job's time, Genesis 4:21. 12. take—rather, "lift up the voice" (sing) to the note of [Umbreit].

timbrel—rather, "tambourine."

organ—not the modern "organ," but the "pipe" (Ge 4:21). The first clause refers to stringed, the latter, to wind instruments; thus, with "the voice" all kinds of music are enumerated.21:7-16 Job says, Remarkable judgments are sometimes brought upon notorious sinners, but not always. Wherefore is it so? This is the day of God's patience; and, in some way or other, he makes use of the prosperity of the wicked to serve his own counsels, while it ripens them for ruin; but the chief reason is, because he will make it appear there is another world. These prospering sinners make light of God and religion, as if because they have so much of this world, they had no need to look after another. But religion is not a vain thing. If it be so to us, we may thank ourselves for resting on the outside of it. Job shows their folly.
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