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Fausset's Bible Dictionary

Psaltery

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A stringed instrument played by the hand to accompany the voice, Hebrew nebel . In Psalms 33:2 omit "and," translated "sing with the psaltery an instrument of ten strings." Josephus (Ant. 7:12, sec. 3) mentions that ordinarily it had 12 strings; nebel means literally, a leather bottle, the psaltery was named so from its shape (Psalms 92:3; Psalms 144:9). The king, or, "lyre," had ten strings, but was played with a quill, not with the hand.

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Fausset, Andrew R. Entry for 'Psaltery'. Fausset's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/fbd/p/psaltery.html. 1949.

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