Selah
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Hitchcock's Bible Names Dictionary
Selah

the end; a pause

Smith's Bible Dictionary
Selah

This word, which is found only in the poetical books of the Old Testament, occurs seventy-one times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk. It is probably a term which had a meaning in the musical nomenclature of the Hebrews, though what that meaning may have been is now a matter of pure conjecture. (Gesenius and Ewald and others think it has much the same meaning as our interlude,--a pause in the voices singing, while the instruments perform alone.)

ATS Bible Dictionary
Selah

A musical term which occurs seventy-three times in the Psalms, and is found also in Habakkuk 3:3,9,13. It usually occurs at the end of a period or apostrophe, but sometimes at the end only of a clause. This difficult word, it is now generally believed, was a direction for a meditative pause in the singing of a psalm, during which perhaps there was an instrumental interlude.

Easton's Bible Dictionary
A word frequently found in the Book of Psalms, and also in Habakkuk 3:9, 13, about seventy-four times in all in Scripture. Its meaning is doubtful. Some interpret it as meaning "silence" or "pause;" others, "end," "a louder strain," "piano," etc. The LXX. render the word by daplasma i.e., "a division."
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
(n.) A word of doubtful meaning, occurring frequently in the Psalms; by some, supposed to signify silence or a pause in the musical performance of the song.
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
SELAH

se'-la.

See MUSIC, II, 1.

Strong's Hebrew
5542. selah -- to lift up, exalt
... 5541b, 5542. selah. 5543 . to lift up, exalt. Transliteration: selah
Phonetic Spelling: (seh'-law) Short Definition: Selah. Word ...
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5554. Sela -- a city in Edom
... rock, Selah. The same as cela'; Sela, the rock-city of Idumaea -- rock, Sela(-h).
see HEBREW cela'. 5553, 5554. Sela. 5555 . Strong's Numbers.
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Library

The Sixth
... Glorious things are spoken of thee, O city of God. Selah. ... Jehovah shall count,
when he writeth up the peoples 'This man was born there.' Selah. ...
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The Worship of the Synagogue
... Blessed be the Lord our God for the glory of His handiwork and for the
light-giving lights which He has made for His praise. Selah! ... Selah! ...
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The Synagogue at Nazareth - Synagogue-Worship and Arrangements.
... Blessed be the Lord our God for the glory of His handiworks, and for the
light-giving lights which He has made for His praise. Selah. ... Selah. ...
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Letter P
... Died 1834 * Paheter, Noble "Received 1831, Located 1839 * Paine, Benjanin "Received
1823 * Paine, Nathan "Received 1815 * Paine, Selah "Received 1806 ...
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The Same is Proved from Other Psalms.
... 2043]. Footnotes: [2041] Psalm 47:5-9. [The diapsalm is here used for what
follows the "Selah."]. [2042] "For" wanting in both Codd. ...
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Letter xxviii. To Marcella.
... The Letters of St. Jerome. Letter XXVIII. To Marcella. An explanation
of the Hebrew word Selah. This word, rendered by the LXX. ...
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Antichrist in the Psalms
... Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.
Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue. ... Selah. ...
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Habakkuk
... the exile. Probably, as the superscription, subscription, and threefold
Selah suggest, we have here a post-exilic psalm. The psalm ...
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Preparing to Depart
... 4. They only consult to cast him down from his excellency: they delight in lies:
they bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah. ... Selah. ...
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The Exile --Continued.
... swallow me up reproaches (me)." With this two-worded cry of pain"prolonged by the
very unusual occurrence, in the middle of a verse, of the "Selah," which is ...
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Thesaurus
Selah (76 Occurrences)
... the song. Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia. SELAH. se'-la. See MUSIC, II,
1. Multi-Version Concordance Selah (76 Occurrences). 2 Kings ...
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Methu'selah (6 Occurrences)
Methu'selah. Methuselah, Methu'selah. Methuselah's . Multi-Version
Concordance Methu'selah (6 Occurrences). Genesis ...
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Vanity (100 Occurrences)
... dishonor? Will you love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah. (WEB KJV
JPS ASV DBY WBS). ... vanity. Selah. (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT). ...
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Falsehood (107 Occurrences)
... Will you love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah. ...Selah (See JPS NAS NIV). Psalms
62:4 They fully intend to throw him down from his lofty place. ...
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Sela (5 Occurrences)
... It is called "the rock" (Int. Standard Bible Encyclopedia SELA. se'-la (sela`,
ha-cela` (with the article); petra, he petra; the King James Version Selah (. ...
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Quake (23 Occurrences)
... Psalms 46:3 though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble
with their swelling. Selah. (See NAS NIV). ... I firmly hold its pillars. Selah. ...
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Overwhelmed (33 Occurrences)
... I complain, and my spirit is overwhelmed. Selah. ... Psalms 88:7 The weight of your wrath
is crushing me, all your waves have overcome me. (Selah.) (See NIV). ...
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Wentest (16 Occurrences)
... (See JPS DBY). Psalms 68:7 O God, when thou wentest forth before thy people, when
thou didst march through the wilderness; Selah: (KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS). ...Selah. ...
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Forgave (13 Occurrences)
... I said, I will confess my transgressions to Yahweh, and you forgave the iniquity
of my sin. Selah. (WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS NAS NIV). ...Selah (See NAS NIV). ...
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Trample (34 Occurrences)
... Psalms 7:5 let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it; yes, let him tread my
life down to the earth, and lay my glory in the dust. Selah. ...Selah. ...
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Concordance
Selah (76 Occurrences)

2 Kings 14:7
He slew of Edom in the valley of salt ten thousand, and took Selah by war, and called the name of it Joktheel unto this day.
(KJV WBS YLT)

Psalms 3:2
Many there are who say of my soul, "There is no help for him in God." Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 3:4
I cry to Yahweh with my voice, and he answers me out of his holy hill. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 3:8
Salvation belongs to Yahweh. Your blessing be on your people. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 4:2
You sons of men, how long shall my glory be turned into dishonor? Will you love vanity, and seek after falsehood? Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 4:4
Stand in awe, and don't sin. Search your own heart on your bed, and be still. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 7:5
let the enemy pursue my soul, and overtake it; yes, let him tread my life down to the earth, and lay my glory in the dust. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 9:16
Yahweh has made himself known. He has executed judgment. The wicked is snared by the work of his own hands. Meditation. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 9:20
Put them in fear, Yahweh. Let the nations know that they are only men. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 20:3
remember all your offerings, and accept your burnt sacrifice. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 21:2
You have given him his heart's desire, and have not withheld the request of his lips. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 24:6
This is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek your face--even Jacob. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 24:10
Who is this King of glory? Yahweh of Armies is the King of glory! Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 32:4
For day and night your hand was heavy on me. My strength was sapped in the heat of summer. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 32:5
I acknowledged my sin to you. I didn't hide my iniquity. I said, I will confess my transgressions to Yahweh, and you forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 32:7
You are my hiding place. You will preserve me from trouble. You will surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 39:5
Behold, you have made my days handbreadths. My lifetime is as nothing before you. Surely every man stands as a breath." Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 39:11
When you rebuke and correct man for iniquity, You consume his wealth like a moth. Surely every man is but a breath." Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 44:8
In God we have made our boast all day long, we will give thanks to your name forever. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 46:3
though its waters roar and are troubled, though the mountains tremble with their swelling. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 46:7
Yahweh of Armies is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 46:11
Yahweh of Armies is with us. The God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 47:4
He chooses our inheritance for us, the glory of Jacob whom he loved. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 48:8
As we have heard, so we have seen, in the city of Yahweh of Armies, in the city of our God. God will establish it forever. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 49:13
This is the destiny of those who are foolish, and of those who approve their sayings. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 49:15
But God will redeem my soul from the power of Sheol, for he will receive me. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 50:6
The heavens shall declare his righteousness, for God himself is judge. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 52:3
You love evil more than good, lying rather than speaking the truth. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 52:5
God will likewise destroy you forever. He will take you up, and pluck you out of your tent, and root you out of the land of the living. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 54:3
For strangers have risen up against me. Violent men have sought after my soul. They haven't set God before them. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 55:7
Behold, then I would wander far off. I would lodge in the wilderness." Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 55:19
God, who is enthroned forever, will hear, and answer them. Selah. They never change, who don't fear God.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 57:3
He will send from heaven, and save me, he rebukes the one who is pursuing me. Selah. God will send out his loving kindness and his truth.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 57:6
They have prepared a net for my steps. My soul is bowed down. They dig a pit before me. They fall into its midst themselves. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 59:5
You, Yahweh God of Armies, the God of Israel, rouse yourself to punish the nations. Show no mercy to the wicked traitors. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 59:13
Consume them in wrath. Consume them, and they will be no more. Let them know that God rules in Jacob, to the ends of the earth. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 60:4
You have given a banner to those who fear you, that it may be displayed because of the truth. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 61:4
I will dwell in your tent forever. I will take refuge in the shelter of your wings. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 62:4
They fully intend to throw him down from his lofty place. They delight in lies. They bless with their mouth, but they curse inwardly. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 62:8
Trust in him at all times, you people. Pour out your heart before him. God is a refuge for us. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 66:4
All the earth will worship you, and will sing to you; they will sing to your name." Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 66:7
He rules by his might forever. His eyes watch the nations. Don't let the rebellious rise up against him. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 66:15
I will offer to you burnt offerings of fat animals, with the offering of rams, I will offer bulls with goats. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 67:1
For the Chief Musician. With stringed instruments. A Psalm. A song. May God be merciful to us, bless us, and cause his face to shine on us. Selah.
(WEB KJV ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 67:4
Oh let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you will judge the peoples with equity, and govern the nations on earth. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 68:7
God, when you went forth before your people, when you marched through the wilderness... Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 68:19
Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burdens, even the God who is our salvation. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 68:32
Sing to God, you kingdoms of the earth! Sing praises to the Lord! Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 75:3
The earth and all its inhabitants quake. I firmly hold its pillars. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 76:3
There he broke the flaming arrows of the bow, the shield, and the sword, and the weapons of war. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 76:9
when God arose to judgment, to save all the afflicted ones of the earth. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 77:3
I remember God, and I groan. I complain, and my spirit is overwhelmed. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 77:9
Has God forgotten to be gracious? Has he, in anger, withheld his compassion?" Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 77:15
You have redeemed your people with your arm, the sons of Jacob and Joseph. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 81:7
You called in trouble, and I delivered you. I answered you in the secret place of thunder. I tested you at the waters of Meribah." Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 82:2
"How long will you judge unjustly, and show partiality to the wicked?" Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 83:8
Assyria also is joined with them. They have helped the children of Lot. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 84:4
Blessed are those who dwell in your house. They are always praising you. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 84:8
Yahweh, God of Armies, hear my prayer. Listen, God of Jacob. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 85:2
You have forgiven the iniquity of your people. You have covered all their sin. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 87:3
Glorious things are spoken about you, city of God. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 87:6
Yahweh will count, when he writes up the peoples, "This one was born there." Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 88:7
Your wrath lies heavily on me. You have afflicted me with all your waves. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 88:10
Do you show wonders to the dead? Do the dead rise up and praise you? Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 89:4
I will establish your seed forever, and build up your throne to all generations.'" Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 89:37
It will be established forever like the moon, the faithful witness in the sky." Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 89:45
You have shortened the days of his youth. You have covered him with shame. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 89:48
What man is he who shall live and not see death, who shall deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 140:3
They have sharpened their tongues like a serpent. Viper's poison is under their lips. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 140:5
The proud have hidden a snare for me, they have spread the cords of a net by the path. They have set traps for me. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 140:8
Yahweh, don't grant the desires of the wicked. Don't let their evil plans succeed, or they will become proud. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Psalms 143:6
I spread forth my hands to you. My soul thirsts for you, like a parched land. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS YLT NAS RSV NIV)

Isaiah 16:1
Send the lambs for the ruler of the land from Selah to the wilderness, to the mountain of the daughter of Zion.
(WEB ASV YLT)

Habakkuk 3:3
God came from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens, and his praise filled the earth.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Habakkuk 3:9
You uncovered your bow. You called for your sworn arrows. Selah. You split the earth with rivers.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

Habakkuk 3:13
You went forth for the salvation of your people, for the salvation of your anointed. You crushed the head of the land of wickedness. You stripped them head to foot. Selah.
(WEB KJV JPS ASV BBE DBY WBS NAS RSV NIV)

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Selah

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