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Sackbut

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(ssack' buht) KJV term for musical instrument (Daniel 3:5 ), identified in modern translations as zither (TEV), lyre (NIV), trigon (NAS, NRSV), or triangle (REB). It is apparently an instrument of Asian origin, a triangular harp with four or more strings. The related Hebrew and Aramaic term refers to lattice work. Along with the other instruments in the list, it apparently was not used in worship but only in more popular settings, possibly representing a rebuke from the biblical writer for a pagan musical setting for worship.


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Butler, Trent C. Editor. Entry for 'Sackbut'. Holman Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/hbd/s/sackbut.html. 1991.

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the Week of Proper 24 / Ordinary 29
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