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Strong's #5567 - ψάλλω

Transliteration
psállō
Phonetics
psal'-lo
Origin
probably strengthened from psao (to rub or touch the surface, cf (G5597))
Parts of Speech
Verb
TDNT
8:489,1225
Definition
Thayer's
  1. to pluck off, pull out
  2. to cause to vibrate by touching, to twang
    1. to touch or strike the chord, to twang the strings of a musical instrument so that they gently vibrate
    2. to play on a stringed instrument, to play, the harp, etc.
    3. to sing to the music of the harp
    4. in the NT to sing a hymn, to celebrate the praises of God in song
Hebrew Equivalent Words:
Strong #: 2167 ‑ זָמַר (zaw‑mar');  5059 ‑ נָגַן (naw‑gan');  
Frequency Lists  
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KJV (5)
Romans
1
1 Corinthians
2
Ephesians
1
James
1
NAS (7)
Romans
1
1 Corinthians
2
Ephesians
2
James
2
HCS (5)
Romans
1
1 Corinthians
2
Ephesians
1
James
1
BSB (5)
Romans
1
1 Corinthians
2
Ephesians
1
James
1
ESV (5)
Romans
1
1 Corinthians
2
Ephesians
1
James
1
WEB (5)
Romans
1
1 Corinthians
2
Ephesians
1
James
1
Verse Results
Liddell-Scott-Jones Definitions

ψάλλω, fut. ψᾰλῶ LXX Judges 5:3; : aor. ἔψηλα Pl. Ly. 209b, etc., and in LXX ἔψᾱλα Psalms 9:12, al.: pluck, pull, twitch, ψ. ἔθειραν pluck the hair, A. Pers. 1062: esp. of the bow-string, τόξων χερὶ ψάλλουσι νευράς twang them, E. Ba. 784; κενὸν κρότον Lyc. 1453; ἐκ κέραος ψ. βέλος send a shaft twanging from the bow, APl. 4.211 (Stat. Flacc.); so μιλτοχαρὴς σχοῖνος ψαλλομένη a carpenter's red line, which is twitched and then suddenly let go, so as to leave a mark, AP 6.103 (Phil.): metaph., γυναῖκας ἐξ ἀνδρῶν ψόγος ψάλλει, κενὸν τόξευμα E. Fr. 499.

II mostly of the strings of musical instruments, play a stringed instrument with the fingers, and not with the plectron, ψῆλαι καὶ κρούειν τῷ πλήκτρῳ Pl. l. c., et ibi Sch.; ἐάν τις ψήλας τὴν νήτην ἐπιλάβῃ Arist. Pr. 919b15; μουσικώτατος ὢν χατὰ χεῖρα δίχα πλήκτρου ἔψαλλε Ath. 4.183d; opp. κιθαρίζω, Hdt. 1.155, SIG 578.18 (Teos, ii B. C.); πρὶν μέν σ' ἑπτάτονον ψάλλον (sc. τὴν λύραν) Ion Eleg.3.3: abs., Hdt. l. c., Ar. Eq. 522, Hippias (?) in PHib. 1.13.24; κόραις Men. Epit. 260; ψάλλειν [οὐκ ἔνι] ἄνευ λύρας Luc. Par. 17: Prov., ῥᾷον ἤ τις ἂν χορδὴν ψήλειε 'as easy as falling off a log', Aristid. Or. 26(14).31.

2. later, sing to a harp, LXX Ps. 7.18, LXX Psalms 9:12, al.; τῇ καρδίᾳ Ephesians 5:19; τῷ πνεύματι 1 Cor. l. c.

3. Pass., of the instrument, to be struck or played, ψαλλομένη χορδή Arist. Pr. 919b2; also of persons, to be played to on the harp, Macho ap. Ath. 8.348f.

Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament

ψάλλω ,

[in LXX chiefly for H2167 pi. (Judges 5:3, Psalms 7:17, al.), also for H5059 pi. (1 Samuel 16:16 ff, al.);]

1. to pull, twitch, twang (as a bowstring, etc.; Æsch., Eur., al.), hence,

2. absol.,

(a) to play a stringed instrument with the fingers (Hdt., Plat., al.);

(b) later, to sing to a harp, sing psalms (LXX); in NT, to sing a hymn, sing praise: James 5:13; c. dat. pers., Romans 15:9 (LXX), Ephesians 5:19; dat. instr., 1 Corinthians 14:15.†


Abbott-Smith Manual Greek Lexicon of the New Testament.
Copyright © 1922 by G. Abbott-Smith, D.D., D.C.L.. T & T Clarke, London.
List of Word Forms
έψαλλεν έψαλλον ψάλατε ψαλάτωσαν ψαλάτωσάν ψαλή ψάλη ψάλλειν ψαλλετω ψαλλέτω ψάλλοντα ψαλλοντες ψάλλοντες ψαλλόντων ψάλλων ψαλούμεν ψαλω ψαλώ ψαλῶ ψάλω psalleto psalletō psalléto psallétō psallontes psállontes psalo psalô psalō psalō̂
Old / New Testament Greek Lexical Dictionary developed by Jeff Garrison for StudyLight.org. Copyright 1999-2021. All Rights Reserved, Jeff Garrison, Gdansk, Poland.
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