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Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament

Pipe

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PIPE (αὐλέω).—The verb is found only in the Gospels (Matthew 11:17 || Luke 7:32), where the children say: ‘We have piped unto you and ye have not danced.’ The noun αὐλός is found in 1 Corinthians 14:7. The pipe was a wind instrument. It was perforated with two, three, or four holes, and was either single or double. The single form was played vertically or horizontally; in the latter case the word ‘flute’ would be a better rendering. The single instrument was played with two hands, the double with one hand for each pipe. Its range was naturally limited, its music monotonous. The word ’ûgâb, also translation by Revised Version NT 1881, OT 1885 ‘pipe,’ in the Targums was an instrument of similar structure, and has been translated by the Vulgate organum and Authorized Version ‘organ’ (Genesis 4:21, Job 21:12; Job 30:31, Psalms 150:4).

Henry E. Dosker.

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Hastings, James. Entry for 'Pipe'. Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/eng/hdn/p/pipe.html. 1906-1918.

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