[b-hebrew] Selah??

Brian Beers bbeers at ComplianceServices.com
Mon Aug 18 12:06:06 EDT 2003

Another interesting twist on Selah is where it occurs in the Psalter.
Selah occurs frequently (67x) in the first 3 Books of the Psalter.
It doesn't occur once in the 4th Book, and in the Fifth Book it only occurs in 140 and 143, both Psalms of David.

This suggests that Selah was a term that David knew quite well as did those who lived during the early monarchy. Perhaps the term went out of vogue and was completely forgotten by the time that translating the Psalter was undertaken.

Brian Beers
Student - Northwest Baptist Seminary
Tacoma, WA

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