KJV LexiconTo the chief Musician
to glitter from afar, i.e. to be eminent (as a superintendent, especially of the Temple services and its music)
a lily (from its whiteness), as a flower of arch. ornament; also a (straight) trumpet (from the tubular shape): lily, Shoshannim.
for the sons
a son (as a builder of the family name), in the widest sense (of literal and figurative relationship, including grandson, subject, nation, quality or condition, etc.
ice; Korach, the name of two Edomites and three Israelites -- Korah.
instructive, i.e. a didactic poem -- Maschil.
a song; abstractly, singing -- musical(-ick), sing(-er, -ing), song.
loved -- amiable, (well-)beloved, loves.
the heart; also used (figuratively) very widely for the feelings, the will and even the intellect
to gush -- indite.
good (as an adjective) in the widest sense; used likewise as a noun
a word; by implication, a matter (as spoken of) or thing; adverbially, a cause
to say (used with great latitude)
of the things which I have made
an action (good or bad); generally, a transaction; abstractly, activity; by implication, a product (specifically, a poem) or (generally) property
touching the king
a king -- king, royal.
the tongue (of man or animals), used literally (as the instrument of licking, eating, or speech), and figuratively (speech, an ingot, a fork of flame, a cove of water)
is the pen
a stylus or marking stick -- pen.
of a ready
quick; hence, skilful -- diligent, hasty, ready.
to score with a mark as a tally or record, i.e. (by implication) to inscribe, and also to enumerate; intensively, to recount, i.e. celebrate
Parallel VersesNew American Standard Bible
For the choir director; according to the Shoshannim. A Maskil of the sons of Korah. A Song of Love. My heart overflows with a good theme; I address my verses to the King; My tongue is the pen of a ready writer.
King James Bible
Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the choir director: according to "The Lilies." A Maskil of the sons of Korah. A love song. My heart is moved by a noble theme as I recite my verses to the king; my tongue is the pen of a skillful writer.
International Standard Version
My heart is overflowing with good news; I speak what I have composed to the king; my tongue is like the pen of an articulate scribe.
For the music director; according to the tune of "Lilies;" by the Korahites, a well-written poem, a love song. My heart is stirred by a beautiful song. I say, "I have composed this special song for the king; my tongue is as skilled as the stylus of an experienced scribe."
Aramaic Bible in Plain English
My heart brings forth good accounts and tells the deeds of The King; my tongue is the pen of a ready Scribe,
GOD'S WORD® Translation
[For the choir director; according to [shoshannim]; a [maskil] by Korah's descendants; a love song.] My heart is overflowing with good news. I will direct my song to the king. My tongue is a pen for a skillful writer.
King James 2000 Bible
My heart is overflowing with a good matter: I speak of the things which I have made concerning the king: my tongue is the pen of a ready scribe.
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