the Week of Christ the King / Proper 29 / Ordinary 34
Click to donate today!
Fausset's Bible Dictionary
Title of Psalm 5, Gesenius explains, "upon the flutes," from chalil a "perforated instrument", chaalal ("to bore"); a direction "to the chief musician" that it was to be sung to wind instruments in the temple service; compare Psalms 87:7, "players on instruments," i.e. flute or pipe players (cholelim , Gesenius), "dancers" (Hengstenberg, from chuwl ). Hengstenberg on Psalm 5 title objects, el ("upon") is never used to introduce the instruments. The title enigmatically and poetically expresses the subject. Septuagint translated "concerning the heiress"; so Vulgate. She is the church, possessing the Lord as her "inheritance" (Psalms 16:5), or possessed by Him as "His inheritance" (Deuteronomy 32:9). The plural "upon the inheritances" marks the plurality of members in the church; or else "upon the lots," namely, the twofold inheritances, blessing from God to the righteous, misery to the wicked.
These files are public domain.
Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Nehiloth'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/​dictionaries/​eng/​fbd/​n/nehiloth.html. 1949.