Psalm 81:2
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.

Berean Study Bible
Lift up a song, strike the tambourine, play the sweet-sounding harp and lyre.

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

New King James Version
Raise a song and strike the timbrel, The pleasant harp with the lute.

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

NASB 1995
Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.

NASB 1977
Raise a song, strike the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.

Amplified Bible
Raise a song, sound the timbrel, The sweet sounding lyre with the harp.

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

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

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

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

Brenton Septuagint Translation
Take a psalm, and produce the timbrel, the pleasant psaltery with the harp.

Contemporary English Version
Sing as you play tambourines and the lovely sounding stringed instruments.

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

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

Good News Translation
Start the music and beat the tambourines; play pleasant music on the harps and the lyres.

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

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

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

Literal Standard Version
Lift up a song, and give out a timbrel, A pleasant harp with stringed instrument.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Sing for Joy to God, Our Strength
1For the choirmaster. According to Gittith. Of Asaph. Sing for joy to God our strength; make a joyful noise to the God of Jacob. 2Lift up a song, strike the tambourine, play the sweet-sounding harp and lyre. 3Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and at the full moon on the day of our Feast.…

Cross References
Exodus 15:20
Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her with tambourines and dancing.

Psalm 71:22
So I will praise You with the harp for Your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to You with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel.

Psalm 92:3
with the ten-stringed harp and the melody of the lyre.

Psalm 95:2
Let us enter His presence with thanksgiving; let us make a joyful noise to Him in song.

Psalm 98:5
Sing praises to the LORD with the lyre, in melodious song with the harp.

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

Psalm 144:9
I will sing to You a new song, O God; on a harp of ten strings I will make music to You--


Treasury of Scripture

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

Psalm 92:3
Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound.

Psalm 95:1,2
O come, let us sing unto the LORD: let us make a joyful noise to the rock of our salvation…

Psalm 149:1-3
Praise ye the LORD. Sing unto the LORD a new song, and his praise in the congregation of saints…









(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, toph, 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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Lift up
שְֽׂאוּ־ (śə·’ū-)
Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

a song,
זִ֭מְרָה (zim·rāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 2172: Melody, song (in praise of Yah)

strike
וּתְנוּ־ (ū·ṯə·nū-)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Imperative - masculine plural
Strong's 5414: To give, put, set

the tambourine,
תֹ֑ף (ṯōp̄)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 8596: A timbrel, tambourine

play the sweet-sounding
נָעִ֣ים (nā·‘îm)
Adjective - masculine singular
Strong's 5273: Pleasant, delightful

harp
נָֽבֶל׃ (nā·ḇel)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 5035: A skin-bag for, liquids, a vase, a lyre

and
עִם־ (‘im-)
Preposition
Strong's 5973: With, equally with

lyre.
כִּנּ֖וֹר (kin·nō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 3658: A harp


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