Bible Verses About Music
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Edition: 4 September 2017

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Music Scriptures Listed by Purpose or Topic:
1. Go to Praise God
2. Go to Sing for Joy
3. Go to Give Thanks
4. Go to Proclamation
5. Go to Prayer & Healing
6. Go to Assurance
7. Go to Teaching
8. Go to Therapy
9. Go to Sing a New Song
10. Go to Music and the Emotions
11. Go to Creation Sings
12. Go to Instruments of Praise and Musical Instruments
13. Go to Singing as Religious Duty
14. Go to Examples of Singing
15. Go to Song in the Night
16. Go to Deliverance
17. Go to God Sings
18. Go to Hope and Restoration

19. Go to Bible Verses about Choir
20. Go to Singers and Singing
21. Go to Song and Songs
22. Go to Musick (KJV)
23. Go to Idle Songs
24. Go to Bible Verses about Hymns

Go to Scripture Allusions in Hymns page

1. Praise God

"The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise Him; my father's God, and I will extol Him."
-- Exodus 15:2

"Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers! I -- to the LORD, I will sing, I will sing praise to the LORD, the God of Israel." -- Judges 5:3

"Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts." -- 1 Chronicles 16:8-9 (NIV)

"Now at the completion of the burnt offerings, the king and all who were present with him bowed down and worshiped. Moreover, King Hezekiah and the officials ordered the Levites to sing praises to the LORD with the words of David and Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with joy, and bowed down and worshiped." -- 2 Chronicles 29:29-30

"For in the days of David and Asaph, in ancient times, there were leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God." -- Nehemiah 12:46

"I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Thy wonders. I will be glad and exult in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Most High." --
Psalm 9:1-2

"Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; declare among the peoples his deeds." -- Psalm 9:11


"I will give thanks to the Lord according to his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High." -- Psalm 7:17

"I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me." -- Psalm 13:6

"The Lord lives, and blessed be my Rock; and exalted be the God of my salvation... He delivers me from my enemies; surely Thou dost lift me above those who rise up against me; those dost rescue me from the violent man. Therefore, I will give thanks to Thee among the nations, O Lord, and I will sing praises to Thy name." -- Psalm 18: 46, 48-49

"Be exalted, O Lord, in your strength; we will sing and praise your might." -- Psalm 21:13 (NIV, Ref. 2)

"Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD." -- Psalm 27:6 (NIV)

"Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning." -- Psalm 30:4-5

"Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness; that my soul may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to Thee forever."
-- Psalm 30:11-12

"Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy." -- Psalm 33:2-3 (NIV)

"Then I will go to the altar of God to God my exceeding joy; and upon the lyre I shall praise Thee, O God, my God." -- Psalm 43:4

"Sing praises to God, sing praises; sing praises to our King, sing praises. For God is the King of all the earth; sing praises with a skillful psalm."
-- Psalm 47:6-7

"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!" -- Psalm 57:7

"I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, reaching to the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; let your glory be over all the earth." -- Psalm 57:9-11 (N IV)

"O my Strength, I sing praise to you; you, O God, are my fortress, my loving God."
-- Psalm 59:17 (NIV)

"So I will sing praise to Your name forever, That I may pay my vows day by day." -- Psalm 61:8

"Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you." -- Psalm 63:3-5 (NIV)

"Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious." -- Psalm 66:1-2

"All the earth will worship Thee; they will sing praises to Thy name." -- Psalm 66:4

"Sing to God, sing praise to His name; cast a highway for Him who rides through the deserts, whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him." -- Psalm 68:4

"Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth, Sing praises to the Lord, Selah." -- Psalm 68:32

"I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving." -- Psalm 69:30

"I will also praise You with a harp, Even Your truth, O my God; To You I will sing praises with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel. My lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul, which You have redeemed." -- Psalm 71:22-23

"But as for me, I will declare it forever; I will sing praises to the God of Jacob." -- Psalm 75:9

"I will sing of lovingkindness and justice; to Thee, O Lord, I will sing praises."-- Psalm 101:1

"Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing." -- Psalm 100:1-2 (KJV, Ref. 4)

"I will sing of lovingkindness and justice, to Thee, O Lord, I will sing praises." -- Psalm 101:1

"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live; I will sing praise to my God while I have my being."-- Psalm 104:33

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders."-- Psalm 105:1-2

"Then they believed his promises and sang his praise."-- Psalm 106:12 (NIV)

"I will praise you, O Lord, among the nations; I will sing of you among the peoples. For great is your love, higher than the heavens; your faithfulness reaches to the skies. Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; and let your glory be over all the earth." -- Psalm 108:3-4 (N IV)

"Praise the Lord, because he is so good; sing to his wonderful name." --
Psalm 135:3 (TLB)

"I will give Thee thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to Thee before the gods. All the kings of the earth will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, when they have heard the words of Thy mouth. And they will sing of the ways of the Lord. For great is the glory of the Lord." -- Psalm 138:1, 3-4

"I will sing a new song to You, O God; upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You."-- Psalm 144:9

"I will praise the Lord while I live; I will sing praises to my God while I have my being." -- Psalm 146:2

"Praise the Lord! For it is good to sing praises to our God; for it is pleasant and praise is becoming." -- Psalm 147:1

"Sing to the LORD with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre ..." -- Psalm 147:7

"Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of the godly ones." -- Psalm 149:1

"Let them praise His name with dancing; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre." -- Psalm 149:3

"Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!" -- Psalm 150:3-6

"Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth." -- Isaiah 12:5

"And the ransomed of the Lord will return; they will enter Zion with singing; everlasting joy will crown their heads. Gladness and joy will overtake them, and sorrow and sighing will flee away." -- Isaiah 35:10 (NIV)

"Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them."
-- Isaiah 42:10 (NIV)

"Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked." -- Jeremiah 20:13 (NIV)

For thus says the LORD, "Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, And shout among the chief of the nations; Proclaim, give praise and say, 'O LORD, save Your people, The remnant of Israel.' " -- Jeremiah 31:7

"But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them." -- Acts 16:25

"... I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee." -- Hebrews 2:12 KJV

"Is anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises." -- James 5:13

"Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. In a loud voice they sang: 'Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise.' " -- Revelation 5:11-12 (NIV)

"Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, singing: 'To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, for ever and ever!' The four living creatures said, 'Amen,' and the elders fell down and worshipped.' " -- Revelation 5:13-14

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2. Sing for Joy

All the people went up after him, and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth shook at their noise." -- 1 Kings 1:40

"Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy." -- 1 Chronicles 15:16

"Now at the completion of the burnt offerings, the king and all who were present with him bowed down and worshiped. Moreover, King Hezekiah and the officials ordered the Levites to sing praises to the LORD with the words of David and Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with joy, and bowed down and worshiped." -- 2 Chronicles 29:29-30

"The sons of Israel present in Jerusalem celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great joy, and the Levites and the priests praised the LORD day after day with loud instruments to the LORD."
-- 2 Chronicles 30:21

"Then the two choirs took their stand in the house of God. So did I and half of the officials with me; and the priests, Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah, with the trumpets; and Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malchijah, Elam and Ezer. And the singers sang, with Jezrahiah their leader, and on that day they offered great sacrifices and rejoiced because God had given them great joy, even the women and children rejoiced, so that the joy of Jerusalem was heard from afar." -- Nehemiah 12:40-43

"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone -- while the morning stars sang together and the angels shouted for joy?" -- Job 38:4-7

"But let all who take refuge in You be glad, Let them ever sing for joy; And may You shelter them, That those who love Your name may exult in You. For it is You who blesses the righteous man, O LORD, You surround him with favor as with a shield." -- Psalm 5:11-12

"We will sing for joy over your victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions." -- Psalm 20:5

"Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning." -- Psalm 30:4-5

"Sing for joy in the LORD, O you righteous ones; praise is becoming to the upright. Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre; sing praises to Him with a harp of ten strings. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy." -- Psalm 33:1-3

"Deliver me from bloodguiltiness, O God, the God of my salvation; Then my tongue will joyfully sing of Your righteousness." -- Psalm 51:14

"For Thou hast been my help, and in the shadow of Thy wings I sing for joy." -- Psalm 63:7

"The whole earth is filled with awe at your wonders; where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy." -- Psalm 65:8 (NIV)

"May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples with equity and guide the nations of the earth." -- Psalm 67:4 (NIV)

"Shout joyfully to God, all the earth; sing the glory of His name; make His praise glorious." -- Psalm 66:1-2

"My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you - I, whom you have redeemed."
-- Psalm 71:23 (NIV)


"Sing with joy to God our strength; shout joyfully to the God of Jacob." -- Psalm 81:1

"My soul longed and even yearned for the courts of the Lord; my heart and my flesh sing for joy to the living God." -- Psalm 84:2

"Then those who sing as well as those who play the flutes shall say, 'All of my springs of joy are in you.' " -- Psalm 87:7

"Satisfy us in the morning with your unfailing love, that we may sing for joy and be glad all our days." -- Psalm 90:14 (NIV)

"For Thou, O Lord, hast made me glad by what Thou hast done, I will sing for joy at the works of Thy hands." -- Psalm 92:4

"O come let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms." -- Psalm 95:1-2

"Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming; for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness." -- Psalm 96:11-13

"Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises.
" -- Psalm 98:1

"Let the rivers clap their hands, let the mountains sing together for joy; let them sing before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity." -- Psalm 98:8-9 (NIV)

"Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth. Serve the Lord with gladness; come before Him with joyful singing." -- Psalm 100:1-2

"I will sing to the Lord as long as I live. I will praise God to my last breath! May he be pleased by all these thoughts about him, for he is the source of all my joy." -- Psalm 104:33-34 (TLB)

"Let them also off sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of His works with joyful singing." -- Psalm 107:22

"When Jehovah brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! How we laughed and sang for joy. And the other nations said, 'What amazing things the Lord has done for them.' Yes, glorious things! What wonder! What joy! May we be refreshed as by streams in the desert. Those who sow tears shall reap joy. Yes, they go out weeping, carrying seed for sowing, and return singing, carrying their sheaves." -- Psalm 126:1-6 (TLB)

"Let Thy priests be clothed with righteousness, and let Thy godly ones sing for joy."
-- Psalm 132:9

"Her priests also I will clothe with salvation, and her godly ones will sing aloud for joy." -- Psalm 132:16

"Let the godly ones exult in glory; let them sing for joy on their beds." -- Psalm 149:5

"An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad ." -- Proverbs 29:6 (NIV)

"Shout aloud and sing for joy, people of Zion, for great is the Holy One of Israel among you." -- Isaiah 12:6 (NIV)

"And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." -- Isaiah 35:10 (KJV)

"Let the wilderness and its towns raise their voices; let the settlements where Kedar lives rejoice. Let the people of Sela sing for joy; let them shout from the mountaintops." -- Isaiah 42:11

"Sing for joy, O heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel." -- Isaiah 44:23 (NIV)

"Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing , O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy on his afflicted." -- Isaiah 49:13

"Indeed, the Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in her; Thanksgiving and sound of a melody." -- Isaiah 51:3

"Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away." -- Isaiah 51:11 (KJV)

"For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." -- Isaiah 55:12 (KJV)

"On that day, the announcement to Jerusalem will be, 'Cheer up, don't be afraid. For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory. He will rejoice over you with great gladness; he will love you and not accuse you.' Is that a joyous choir I hear? No, it is the Lord himself exulting over you in happy song." -- Zephaniah 3:16-17 (TLB)

" 'Sing for joy and be glad, O daughter of Zion; for behold I am coming and I will dwell in your midst,' declares the LORD." -- Zechariah 2:10

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3. Give Thanks

Excerpt from David's Psalm of Thanksgiving:
"Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts."
-- 1 Chronicles 16:8-9 (NIV)

"Therefore, I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the nations, and I will sing praises to Thy name."
-- 2 Samuel 22:50

"Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites from all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem so that they might celebrate the dedication with gladness, with hymns of thanksgiving and with songs to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps, and lyres." -- Nehemiah 12:27

"For in the days of David and Asaph, in ancient times, there were leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God." -- Nehemiah 12:46

"I will give thanks to the Lord according to his righteousness, and will sing praise to the name of the Lord Most High." -- Psalm 7:17

"I will give thanks to the Lord with all my heart; I will tell of all Thy wonders. I will be glad and exult in Thee; I will sing praise to Thy name, O Most High." -- Psalm 9:1-2

"I will sing to the Lord, because He has dealt bountifully with me." -- Psalm 13:6

"The Lord lives, and blessed be my Rock; and exalted be the God of my salvation... He delivers me from my enemies; surely Thou dost lift me above those who rise up against me; those dost rescue me from the violent man. Therefore, I will give thanks to Thee among the nations, O Lord, and I will sing praises to Thy name." -- Psalm 18:46, 48-49

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; and with my song I shall thank Him." -- Psalm 28:7

"Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning." -- Psalm 30:4-5

"Thou hast turned for me my mourning into dancing; Thou hast loosed my sackcloth and girded me with gladness; that my soul may sing praise to Thee, and not be silent. O Lord, my God, I will give thanks to Thee forever." -- Psalm 30:11-12

"I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to Thee among the nations." -- Psalm 57:9

"I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving." -- Psalm 69:30

"O come let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving; let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms." -- Psalm 95:1-2

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders." -- Psalm 105:1-2

"Let them also off sacrifices of thanksgiving, and tell of His works with joyful singing." -- Psalm 107:22

"I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples; and I will sing praises to Thee among the nations." -- Psalm 108:3

"I will give Thee thanks with all my heart; I will sing praises to Thee before the gods." -- Psalm 138:1

"Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praises to our God on the lyre." -- Psalm 147:7

"Indeed, the Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in her; Thanksgiving and sound of a melody." -- Isaiah 51:3


"And after singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." -- Matthew 26:30

"Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." -- Ephesians 5:19-20 (NIV)

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God." -- Colossians 3:16

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4. Proclamation

Excerpts from David's Psalm of Thanksgiving (1 Chronicles references below):
"Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts." -- 1 Chronicles 16:8-9 (NIV)

"Sing to the Lord, O earth, declare each day that he is the one who saves! Show his glory to the nations! Tell everyone about his miracles. For the Lord is great, and should be highly praised; He is to be held in awe above all gods. " -- 1 Chronicles 16:23-25 (TLB)
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"I will praise you, O Lord, with all my heart; I will tell of all your wonders. I will be glad and rejoice in you; I will sing praise to your name, O Most High." -- Psalm 9:1-2

"Sing praises to the Lord, who dwells in Zion; declare among the peoples his deeds." -- Psalm 9:11

"I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples; I will sing praises to Thee among the nations." -- Psalm 57:9

"I will sing of the lovingkindness of the Lord forever; to all generations I will make known Thy faithfulness with my mouth." -- Psalm 89:1

"Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth. Sing to the LORD, praise his name; proclaim his salvation day after day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples." -- Psalm 96:1-3 (NIV)

"Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders."
-- Psalm 105:1-2

"I will give thanks to Thee, O Lord, among the peoples; and I will sing praises to Thee among the nations." -- Psalm 108:3

"The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation." -- Psalm 118:14


"Let my tongue sing of Thy word, for all Thy commandments are righteousness." -- Psalm 119:172

"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation." -- Isaiah 12:2

"Praise the Lord in song, for He has done excellent things; Let this be known throughout the earth." -- Isaiah 12:5

"... I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee." -- Hebrews 2:12 KJV

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5. Prayer & Healing

"Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, 'I will confess my transgressions to the Lord' - and you forgave the guilt of my sin. Therefore let everyone who is godly pray to you while you may be found; surely when the waters rise, they will not reach him. You are my hiding place; you will protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." -- Psalm 32:5-7 (NIV)

"Prayer and praise belong together in the mind of the psalmist." NIV Study Bible note on Psalm 42:8:
"The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; and His song will be with me in the night, a prayer to the God of my life." --
Psalm 42:8

"When I remember You on my bed, I meditate on You in the night watches, For You have been my help, And in the shadow of Your wings I sing for joy." -- Psalm 63:6-7

"I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart; and my spirit ponders." -- Psalm 77:6

"But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them." -- Acts 16:25

"What is the outcome then? I shall pray with the spirit and I shall pray with mind also; I shall sing with the spirit and I shall sing with the mind also." -- 1 Corinthians 14:15

"Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer offered in faith will make the sick person well; the Lord will raise him up. If he has sinned, he will be forgiven." -- James 5:13-15 (NIV)


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6. Assurance

"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises!" -- Psalm 57:7

"But as for me, I shall sing of Your strength; Yes, I shall joyfully sing of Your lovingkindness in the morning, For You have been my stronghold And a refuge in the day of my distress." -- Psalm 59:16

"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; For the LORD GOD is my strength and song, And He has become my salvation." -- Isaiah 12:2

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7. Teaching

"Remember what Christ taught and let his words enrich your lives and make you wise; teach them to each other and sing them out in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing to the Lord with thankful hearts." -- Colossians 3:16 (TLB)

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8. Therapy

"So it came about whenever the evil spirit from God came to Saul, David would take the harp and play it with his hand; and Saul would be refreshed and be well, and the evil spirit would depart from him."
-- 1 Samuel 16: 23


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9. Sing a New Song
(Celebrating God's Saving Acts)

Excerpt from "The Song of Moses and Israel:"
"Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:
'I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and its rider he has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I exalt will him.' " -- Exodus 15:1-2 (NIV)

Excerpt from "The Song of Deborah and Barak:"
"Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I will sing to the Lord, I will sing; I will make music to the Lord, the God of Israel." -- Judges 5:3

Except from "David's Song of Deliverance:"
"David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: 'The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation."
-- 2 Samuel 22:1-3a (Psalm 18:2) (NIV)

"Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to Him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy."
-- Psalm 33:1-3 (NIV)

"And He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear, and will put their trust in the Lord." -- Psalm 40:3

"Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth."
-- Psalm 96:1 (NIV)

"O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wonderful things." -- Psalm 98:1a

"I will sing a new song to You, O God; upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You."-- Psalm 144:9

"Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of the godly ones." -- Psalm 149:1

"Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands,
and all who live in them." -- Isaiah 42:10

"And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you have purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.' " -- Revelation 5:8-10 (NIV)

"And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth." -- Revelation 14:3

"And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God. And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, 'Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!' " -- Revelation 15:2-3 (NIV) R

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10. Music and the Emotions

"Therefore my harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the sound of those who weep." -- Job 30:31

"Sing praise to the Lord, you His godly ones, and give thanks to His holy name. For His anger is but for a moment, His favor is for a lifetime; weeping may last for the night, but a shout of joy comes in the morning." -- Psalm 30:4-5

"He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD." -- Psalm 40:3

"For Thou, O Lord, hast made me glad by what Thou hast done, I will sing for joy at the works of Thy hands." -- Psalm 92:4

"I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: my loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside." -- Isaiah 5:1 (NIV)

"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation." -- Isaiah 12:2

"On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, 'Cheer up, don't be afraid. For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory. He will rejoice over you in great gladness; he will love you and not accuse you.' Is that a joyous choir I hear? No, it is the Lord himself exulting over you in happy song." -- Zephaniah 3:16-17 (TLB)

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11. Creation Sings

"Let the heavens rejoice; let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, 'The Lord reigns!' Let the sea resound, and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them! Then the trees of the forest will sing, they will sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth." -- 1 Chronicles 16:31-33 (NIV)

"The pastures of the wilderness drip, and the hills gird themselves with rejoicing. The meadows are clothed with flocks and the valleys are covered with grain; they shout for joy, yes, they sing." -- Psalm 65:12-13

"Let the heavens be glad, and the earth rejoice; let the sea roar, and all it contains; Let the field exult, and all that is in it. Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord, for He is coming; for He is coming to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples in His faithfulness."
-- Psalm 96:11-13

"Let the sea roar and all it contains, the world and all who dwell in it. Let the rivers clap their hands; let the mountains sing together for joy before the Lord; for He is coming to judge the earth; He will judge the world in righteousness, and the peoples with equity." --
Psalm 98:7-9

"Sing for joy, O heavens, for the Lord has done this; shout aloud, O earth beneath. Burst into song, you mountains, you forests and all your trees, for the Lord has redeemed Jacob, he displays his glory in Israel." -- Isaiah 44:23 (NIV)

"Indeed, the Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in her; Thanksgiving and sound of a melody." -- Isaiah 51:3

"For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace; the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." -- Isaiah 55:12 (KJV)

"The flowers appear on the earth; the time of the singing of birds is come, and the voice of the turtle is heard in our land." -- Song of Solomon 2:12 (KJV)

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12. Instruments of Praise and Musical Instruments

"His brother's name was Jubal; he was the father of all those who play the lyre and pipe." -- Genesis 4:21

"Why did you flee secretly and deceive me, and did not tell me so that I might have sent you away with joy and with songs, with timbrel and with lyre..." -- Genesis 31:27

"Then Miriam the prophet, Aaron's sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women followed her, with timbrels and dancing. Miriam sang to them: 'Sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.' " -- Exodus 15:21 (NIV)

"Afterward you will come to the hill of God where the Philistine garrison is; and it shall be as soon as you have come there to the city, that you will meet a group of prophets coming down from the high place with harp, tambourine, flute, and a lyre before them, and they will be prophesying." -- 1 Samuel 10:5


"It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments."
-- 1 Samuel 18:6

All the people went up after him, and the people were playing on flutes and rejoicing with great joy, so that the earth shook at their noise." -- 1 Kings 1:40

"The king made of the almug trees supports for the house of the LORD and for the king's house, also lyres and harps for the singers; such almug trees have not come in again nor have they been seen to this day." -- 1 Kings 10:12

"And David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, even with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and with trumpets." -- 1 Chronicles 13:8

"Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy. So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel, and from his relatives, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and from the sons of Merari their relatives, Ethan the son of Kushaiah, and with them their relatives of the second rank, Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, the gatekeepers. So the singers, Heman, Asaph and Ethan were appointed to sound aloud cymbals of bronze; and Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah, with harps tuned to alamoth; and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel and Azaziah, to lead with lyres tuned to the sheminith. Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful. Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark. Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezer, the priests, blew the trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah also were gatekeepers for the ark." -- 1 Chronicles 15:16-24

"Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an ephod of linen. Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the horn, with trumpets, with loud-sounding cymbals, with harps and lyres." -- 1 Chronicles 15:27-28

"And with them were Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those who should sound aloud, and with instruments for the songs of God, and the sons of Jeduthun for the gate." -- 1 Chronicles 16:42

The Glory of God Fills the Temple:
"When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions), and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God."
-- 2 Chronicles 5:11-14

"The priests stood at their posts, and the Levites also, with the instruments of music to the LORD, which King David had made for giving praise to the LORD-- "for His lovingkindness is everlasting "-- whenever he gave praise by their means, while the priests on the other side blew trumpets; and all Israel was standing." -- 2 Chronicles 7:16

"When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came into the house of the LORD to the people. She looked, and behold, the king was standing by his pillar at the entrance, and the captains and the trumpeters were beside the king. And all the people of the land rejoiced and blew trumpets, the singers with their musical instruments leading the praise. Then Athaliah tore her clothes and said, 'Treason! Treason!' "
-- 2 Chronicles 23:12-13

"He then stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with harps and with lyres, according to the command of David and of Gad the king’s seer, and of Nathan the prophet; for the command was from the LORD through His prophets. The Levites stood with the musical instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets. Then Hezekiah gave the order to offer the burnt offering on the altar. When the burnt offering began, the song to the LORD also began with the trumpets, accompanied by the instruments of David, king of Israel. While the whole assembly worshiped, the singers also sang and the trumpets sounded; all this continued until the burnt offering was finished." -- 2 Chronicles 29:25-28

"Now at the completion of the burnt offerings, the king and all who were present with him bowed down and worshiped. Moreover, King Hezekiah and the officials ordered the Levites to sing praises to the LORD with the words of David and Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with joy, and bowed down and worshiped." -- 2 Chronicles 29:29-30

"The Israelites who were present in Jerusalem celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great rejoicing, while the Levites and priests sang to the Lord every day accompanied by the Lord's instruments of praise."
-- 2 Chronicles 30:21 (NIV)

"The men did the work faithfully with foremen over them to supervise: Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites of the sons of Merari, Zechariah and Meshullam of the sons of the Kohathites, and the Levites, all who were skillful with musical instruments." -- 2 Chronicles 34:12

"As for the builders, each wore his sword girded at his side as he built, while the trumpeter stood near me." -- Nehemiah 4:18

"Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites from all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem so that they might celebrate the dedication with gladness, with hymns of thanksgiving and with songs to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps, and lyres."
-- Nehemiah 12:27

"Then I had the leaders of Judah come up on top of the wall, and I appointed two great choirs, the first proceeding to the right on top of the wall toward the Refuse Gate. Hoshaiah and half of the leaders of Judah followed them, with Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam, Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah, and some of the sons of the priests with trumpets; and Zechariah the son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zaccur, the son of Asaph, and his kinsmen, Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah and Hanani, with the musical instruments of David the man of God. And Ezra the scribe went before them." -- Nehemiah 12:31-36

"They sing to the timbrel and harp and rejoice at the sound of the flute." -- Job 21:12

"Therefore my harp is turned to mourning, And my flute to the sound of those who weep." -- Job 30:31

"Sing joyfully to the Lord, you righteous; it is fitting for the upright to praise him. Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy."
-- Psalm 33:1-3 (NIV)


"Then I will go to the altar of God to God my exceeding joy; and upon the lyre I shall praise Thee, O God, my God." -- Psalm 43:4

"... Out of ivory palaces stringed instruments have made You glad." -- Psalm 45:8

"Clap your hands, all peoples; shout to God with the voice of joy."
-- Psalm 47:1

"I will incline my ear to a proverb; I will express my riddle on the harp." -- Psalm 49:4

"My heart is steadfast, O God, my heart is steadfast; I will sing, yes, I will sing praises! Awake, my glory; awake, harp and lyre, I will awaken the dawn! -- Psalm 57:7-8

"Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. I will praise you as long as I live, and in your name I will lift up my hands. My soul will be satisfied as with the richest of foods; with singing lips my mouth will praise you."
-- Psalm 63:3-5 (NIV)

"They have seen Your procession, O God, The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary. The singers went on, the musicians after them, in the midst of the maidens beating tambourines." -- Psalm 68:24-25

"I will praise you with the harp for your faithfulness, O my God; I will sing praise to you with the lyre, O Holy One of Israel."
-- Psalm 71:22 (NIV)

"My lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you - I, whom you have redeemed."
-- Psalm 71:23 (NIV)

"Sing with joy to God our strength; shout joyfully to the God of Jacob. Raise a song, strike the timbrel, the sweet sounding lyre with the harp. Blow the trumpet at the new moon, at the full moon, on our feast day." -- Psalm 81:1-3

"Then those who sing as well as those who play the flutes shall say, 'All of my springs of joy are in you.' "
-- Psalm 87:7

"It is good to give thanks to the Lord, and to sing praises to Thy Name, O Most High; to declare Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and Thy faithfulness by night, with the ten-stringed lute, and with the harp; with resounding music upon the lyre."
-- Psalm 92:1-3

"Shout joyfully to the Lord, all the earth; break forth and sing for joy and sing praises. Sing praises to the Lord with the lyre; with the lyre and the sound of melody. With trumpets and the sound of the horn shout joyfully before the King, the Lord." -- Psalm 98:4-6

"My heart is steadfast, O God; I will sing, I will sing praises, even with my soul. Awake, harp and lyre; I will awaken the dawn!" -- Psalm 108:1-2

"By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. Upon the willows in the midst of it we hung our harps. For there our captors demanded of us songs, and our tormentors mirth, saying, 'Sing us one of the songs of Zion.' " -- Psalm 137:1-3


"I will sing a new song to Thee, O God; upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to Thee." -- Psalm 144:9

"Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praises to our God on the lyre." -- Psalm 147:7

"Let them praise His name with dancing; let them sing praises to Him with timbrel and lyre." -- Psalm 149:3

"Praise Him with trumpet sound; praise Him with harp and lyre. Praise Him with timbrel and dancing; praise Him with stringed instruments and pipe. Praise Him with loud cymbals; praise Him with resounding cymbals. Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord!" -- Psalm 150:3-6

"Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; But they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, Nor do they consider the work of His hands." -- Isaiah 5:12

"Take your harp, walk about the city, O forgotten harlot; Pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs, That you may be remembered." -- Isaiah 23:16

"You will have songs as in the night when you keep the festival; and gladness of heart as one marches to the sound of the flute, to go to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel." -- Isaiah 30:29

"Indeed, the Lord will comfort Zion; He will comfort all her waste places. And her wilderness He will make like Eden, And her desert like the garden of the Lord; Joy and gladness will be found in her; Thanksgiving and sound of a melody." -- Isaiah 51:3

"I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more." -- Ezekiel 26:13 (NIV)

"As soon as you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, you must fall down and worship the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar has set up." -- Daniel 3:5 (NIV)

"Therefore, as soon as they heard the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp and all kinds of music, all the nations and peoples of every language fell down and worshiped the image of gold that King Nebuchadnezzar had set up." -- Daniel 3:7 (NIV).

"Your Majesty has issued a decree that everyone who hears the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music must fall down and worship the image of gold ..." -- Daniel 3:10 (NIV)

"Now when you hear the sound of the horn, flute, zither, lyre, harp, pipe and all kinds of music, if you are ready to fall down and worship the image I made, very good. But if you do not worship it, you will be thrown immediately into a blazing furnace. Then what god will be able to rescue you from my hand?" -- Daniel 3:15 (NIV)

"Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps." -- Amos 5:23 (NIV)

"You strum away on your harps like David and improvise on musical instruments." -- Amos 6:5 (NIV)

" ... We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn." -- Matthew 11:17

"They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.' " -- Luke 7:32

"Yet even lifeless things, either flute or harp, in producing a sound, if they do not produce a distinction in the tones, how will it be known what is played on the flute or on the harp? For if the bugle produces an indistinct sound, who will prepare himself for battle?" -- 1 Corinthians 14:6-7

"And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps." -- Revelation 14:2

"And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God. And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, 'Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!' " -- Revelation 15:2-3 (NIV)

"And the sound of harpists and musicians and flute-players and trumpeters will not be heard in you any longer; and no craftsman of any craft will be found in you any longer; and the sound of a mill will not be heard in you any longer ..." -- Revelation 18:22

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13. Singing as Religious Duty

The following verses include references from the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, Ref. 5:


"Now these are those whom David appointed over the service of song in the house of the Lord, after the ark rested there. And they ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the Lord in Jerusalem; and they served in their office according to their order." --
1 Chronicles 6:31-32

"The Israelites who were present in Jerusalem celebrated the Feast of Unleavened Bread for seven days with great rejoicing, while the Levites and priests sang to the Lord every day accompanied by the Lord's instruments of praise." -- 2 Chronicles 30:21 (NIV)

"The whole assembly together was 42,360, besides their male and female servants, of whom there were 7,337; and they had 245 male and female singers." -- Nehemiah 7:66-67

"Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites from all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem so that they might celebrate the dedication with gladness, with hymns of thanksgiving and with songs to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps, and lyres." -- Nehemiah 12:27

"Sing with joy to God our strength; shout joyfully to the God of Jacob." -- Psalm 81:1

"O come let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation." -- Psalm 95:1

"You will have songs as in the night when you keep the festival; and gladness of heart as one marches to the sound of the flute, to go to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel." -- Isaiah 30:29

"What is the outcome then? I shall pray with the spirit and I shall pray with mind also; I shall sing with the spirit and I shall sing with the mind also." -- 1 Corinthians 14:15

"Speak to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." -- Ephesians 5:19-20 (NIV)

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God." -- Colossians 3:16


"Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praises."
James 5:13

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14. Examples of Singing

The following verses include references from the Thompson Chain Reference Bible, Ref. 5:

"Then Israel sang this song: 'Spring up, O well! Sing to it!' 'The well that the leaders sank, which the nobles of the people dug, with the scepter and with their staffs.' " -- Numbers 21:17-18

"And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the Lord and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, 'Give thanks to the Lord, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.' And when they began singing and praising, the Lord set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed."
--
2 Chronicles 20:21-22

'Now when the builders had laid the foundation of the temple of the Lord, the priests stood in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites, the sons of Asaph, with cymbals, to praise the Lord according to the directions of King David of Israel. And they sang, praising and giving thanks to the Lord, saying, "For He is good, for His lovingkindness is upon Israel forever." And all the people shouted with a great shout when they praised the Lord because of the foundation of the house of the Lord was laid.' -- Ezra 3:10-11

"And he said to them, 'This is My blood of the covenant, which is to be shed on the behalf of many. Truly I say to you, I shall never again drink of the fruit of the vine until that day when I drink it new in the kingdom of God.' After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives." -- Mark 14:26

"But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them." -- Acts 16:25

"And when He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, having each one a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints, And they sang a new song, saying, 'Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break its seals; for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.' " -- Revelation 5:8-9

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15. Song in the Night


“But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night, who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’ " -- Job 35:10-11

"The Lord will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; and His song will be with me in the night, a prayer to the God of my life." -- Psalm 42:8

"I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart; and my spirit ponders." -- Psalm 77:6

"Let the godly ones exult in glory; Let them sing for joy on their beds." -- Psalm 149:5


"You will have songs as in the night when you keep the festival; and gladness of heart as one marches to the sound of the flute, to go to the mountain of the Lord, to the Rock of Israel." -- Isaiah 30:29

"But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them." -- Acts 16:25

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16. Deliverance

"Then Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the Lord:

'I will sing to the Lord, for he is highly exalted. The horse and rider he has hurled into the sea. The Lord is my strength and song; he has become my salvation. He is my God, and I will praise him, my father's God, and I will exalt him.' "
-- Exodus 15:1-2 (NIV)

"David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: 'The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation."
-- 2 Samuel 22:1-3a (Psalm 18:2) (NIV)

"You are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble and surround me with songs of deliverance." -- Psalm 32:7 (NIV)

"The Lord is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation." -- Psalm 118:14


"When Jehovah brought back his exiles to Jerusalem, it was like a dream! How we laughed and sang for joy. And the other nations said, 'What amazing things the Lord has done for them.' Yes, glorious things! What wonder! What joy! May we be refreshed as by streams in the desert. Those who sow tears shall reap joy. Yes, they go out weeping, carrying seed for sowing, and return singing, carrying their sheaves." -- Psalm 126:1-6 (TLB)

"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid, for the Lord God is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation." -- Isaiah 12:2

"Sing to the Lord! Give praise to the Lord! He rescues the life of the needy from the hands of the wicked." -- Jeremiah 20:13 (NIV)


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17. God Sings

"On that day the announcement to Jerusalem will be, 'Cheer up, don't be afraid. For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory. He will rejoice over you in great gladness; he will love you and not accuse you.' Is that a joyous choir I hear? No, it is the Lord himself exulting over you in happy song." -- Zephaniah 3:16-17 (TLB)

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18. Hope and Restoration

"Then I will give her vineyards from there, and the valley of Anchor as a door of hope. And she will sing there as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt." -- Hosea 2:15

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19. Bible Verses about Choir

Dedication of the Wall -- Nehemiah 12:27-43

"
At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres. The musicians also were brought together from the region around Jerusalem—from the villages of the Netophathites, from Beth Gilgal, and from the area of Geba and Azmaveth, for the musicians had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem. When the priests and Levites had purified themselves ceremonially, they purified the people, the gates and the wall." -- Nehemiah 12:27-30 (NIV)

"I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was
to proceed on top off the wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate. Hoshaiah and half the leaders of Judah followed them, along with Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam, Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah, as well as some priests with trumpets, and also Zechariah son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zakkur, the son of Asaph, and his associates—Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah and Hanani—with musical instruments prescribed by David the man of God. Ezra the teacher of the Law led the procession. At the Fountain Gate they continued directly up the steps of the City of David on the ascent to the wall and passed above the site of David’s palace to the Water Gate on the east." -- Nehemiah 12: 31-37 (NIV)

"The second choir proceeded in the opposite direction. I followed them on top of the wall, together with half the people—past the Tower of the Ovens to the Broad Wall, over the Gate of Ephraim, the Jeshanah Gate, the Fish Gate, the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate. At the Gate of the Guard they stopped." -- Nehemiah 12:38-39 (NIV)

"The two choirs that gave thanks then took their places in the house of God; so did I, together with half the officials, as well as the priests—Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah with their trumpets— and also Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malkijah, Elam and Ezer. The choirs sang under the direction of Jezrahiah. And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away." -- Nehemiah 12:40-43 (NIV)

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"On that day, the announcement to Jerusalem will be, 'Cheer up, don't be afraid. For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory. He will rejoice over you with great gladness; he will love you and not accuse you.' Is that a joyous choir I hear? No, it is the Lord himself exulting over you in happy song." -- Zephaniah 3:16-17 (TLB)

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20. Singers and Singing

"Then Deborah and Barak the son of Abinoam sang on that day, saying, that the leaders led in Israel, that the people volunteered, bless the LORD! Hear, O kings; give ear, O rulers! I -- to the LORD, I will sing, I will sing praise to the LORD, the God of Israel." -- Judges 5:1-3

"It happened as they were coming, when David returned from killing the Philistine, that the women came out of all the cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul, with tambourines, with joy and with musical instruments. The women sang as they played, and said, "Saul has slain his thousands, And David his ten thousands." -- 1 Samuel 18:6-7

"I am now eighty years old. Can I distinguish between good and bad? Or can your servant taste what I eat or what I drink? Or can I hear anymore the voice of singing men and women? Why then should your servant be an added burden to my lord the king?" -- 2 Samuel 19:35

"The king made of the almug trees supports for the house of the LORD and for the king's house, also lyres and harps for the singers; such almug trees have not come in again nor have they been seen to this day." -- 1 Kings 10:12

"Now these are the singers, heads of fathers' households of the Levites, who lived in the chambers of the temple free from other service; for they were engaged in their work day and night." -- 1 Chronicles 9:33

"Then David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy. So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel, and from his relatives, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and from the sons of Merari their relatives, Ethan the son of Kushaiah, and with them their relatives of the second rank, Zechariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, the gatekeepers. So the singers, Heman, Asaph and Ethan were appointed to sound aloud cymbals of bronze; and Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah, with harps tuned to alamoth; and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel and Azaziah, to lead with lyres tuned to the sheminith." -- 1 Chronicles 15:16-21

"Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful." -- 1 Chronicles 15:22

"Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen with all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the singing with the singers. David also wore an ephod of linen. Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the horn, with trumpets, with loud-sounding cymbals, with harps and lyres." -- 1 Chronicles 15:27-28

The Glory of God Fills the Temple:
"When the priests came forth from the holy place (for all the priests who were present had sanctified themselves, without regard to divisions), and all the Levitical singers, Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and kinsmen, clothed in fine linen, with cymbals, harps and lyres, standing east of the altar, and with them one hundred and twenty priests blowing trumpets in unison when the trumpeters and the singers were to make themselves heard with one voice to praise and to glorify the LORD, and when they lifted up their voice accompanied by trumpets and cymbals and instruments of music, and when they praised the LORD saying, “He indeed is good for His lovingkindness is everlasting,” then the house, the house of the LORD, was filled with a cloud, so that the priests could not stand to minister because of the cloud, for the glory of the LORD filled the house of God." -- 2 Chronicles 5:11-14

"When he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who sang to the LORD and those who praised Him in holy attire, as they went out before the army and said, 'Give thanks to the LORD, for His lovingkindness is everlasting.'2When they began singing and praising, the LORD set ambushes against the sons of Ammon, Moab and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; so they were routed." -- 2 Chronicles 20:21-22

"When Athaliah heard the noise of the people running and praising the king, she came into the house of the LORD to the people. She looked, and behold, the king was standing by his pillar at the entrance, and the captains and the trumpeters were beside the king. And all the people of the land rejoiced and blew trumpets, the singers with their musical instruments leading the praise. Then Athaliah tore her clothes and said, 'Treason! Treason!' " -- 2 Chronicles 23:12-13

"Moreover, Jehoiada placed the offices of the house of the LORD under the authority of the Levitical priests, whom David had assigned over the house of the LORD, to offer the burnt offerings of the LORD, as it is written in the law of Moses-- with rejoicing and singing according to the order of David." -- 2 Chronicles 23:18

"He then stationed the Levites in the house of the LORD with cymbals, with harps and with lyres, according to the command of David and of Gad the king’s seer, and of Nathan the prophet; for the command was from the LORD through His prophets. The Levites stood with the musical instruments of David, and the priests with the trumpets. Then Hezekiah gave the order to offer the burnt offering on the altar. When the burnt offering began, the song to the LORD also began with the trumpets, accompanied by the instruments of David, king of Israel. While the whole assembly worshiped, the singers also sang and the trumpets sounded; all this continued until the burnt offering was finished." -- 2 Chronicles 29:25-28

"Now at the completion of the burnt offerings, the king and all who were present with him bowed down and worshiped. Moreover, King Hezekiah and the officials ordered the Levites to sing praises to the LORD with the words of David and Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with joy, and bowed down and worshiped." -- 2 Chronicles 29:29-30

"Their number who were trained in singing to the LORD, with their relatives, all who were skillful, was 288." -- 1 Chronicles 25:7

"The singers, the sons of Asaph, were also at their stations according to the command of David, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun the king's seer; and the gatekeepers at each gate did not have to depart from their service, because the Levites their brethren prepared for them." -- 2 Chronicles 35:15

Among the Levites returning:
"The singers: the sons of Asaph, 128." -- Ezra 2:41

"... besides their male and female servants who numbered 7,337; and they had 200 singing men and women." -- Ezra 2:65

"Now the priests and the Levites, some of the people, the singers, the gatekeepers and the temple servants lived in their cities, and all Israel in their cities." -- Ezra 2:70

"Some of the sons of Israel and some of the priests, the Levites, the singers, the gatekeepers and the temple servants went up to Jerusalem in the seventh year of King Artaxerxes." -- Ezra 7:7

"We also inform you that it is not allowed to impose tax, tribute or toll on any of the priests, Levites, singers, doorkeepers, Nethinim or servants of this house of God." -- Ezra 7:24

"Now when the wall was rebuilt and I had set up the doors, and the gatekeepers and the singers and the Levites were appointed, ..." -- Nehemiah 7:1

"The singers: the sons of Asaph, 148." -- Nehemiah 7:44

" ... besides their male and their female servants, of whom there were 7,337; and they had 245 male and female singers." -- Ezra 7:67

"Now the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, some of the people, the temple servants and all Israel, lived in their cities." -- Nehemiah 7:73

"Now the rest of the people, the priests, the Levites, the gatekeepers, the singers, the temple servants and all those who had separated themselves from the peoples of the lands to the law of God, their wives, their sons and their daughters, all those who had knowledge and understanding, are joining with their kinsmen, their nobles, and are taking on themselves a curse and an oath to walk in God’s law, which was given through Moses, God’s servant, and to keep and to observe all the commandments of GOD our Lord, and His ordinances and His statutes ..." -- Nehemiah 10:28-29

"For the sons of Israel and the sons of Levi shall bring the contribution of the grain, the new wine and the oil to the chambers; there are the utensils of the sanctuary, the priests who are ministering, the gatekeepers and the singers. Thus we will not neglect the house of our God." -- Nehemiah 10:39

"Now the overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi the son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Mica, from the sons of Asaph, who were the singers for the service of the house of God. For there was a commandment from the king concerning them and a firm regulation for the song leaders day by day." -- Nehemiah 11:22-23

"So the sons of the singers were assembled from the district around Jerusalem, and from the villages of the Netophathites, from Beth-gilgal and from their fields in Geba and Azmaveth, for the singers had built themselves villages around Jerusalem." -- Nehemiah 12:28-29

"For in the days of David and Asaph, in ancient times, there were leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God." -- Nehemiah 12:46

"Now prior to this, Eliashib the priest, who was appointed over the chambers of the house of our God, being related to Tobiah, had prepared a large room for him, where formerly they put the grain offerings, the frankincense, the utensils and the tithes of grain, wine and oil prescribed for the Levites, the singers and the gatekeepers, and the contributions for the priests." -- Nehemiah 13:4-5

"I also discovered that the portions of the Levites had not been given them, so that the Levites and the singers who performed the service had gone away, each to his own field. So I reprimanded the officials and said, 'Why is the house of God forsaken?' Then I gathered them together and restored them to their posts. All Judah then brought the tithe of the grain, wine and oil into the storehouses." -- Nehemiah 13:1

"Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone--while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?" -- Job 38:4-7 (NIV)

"They have seen Your procession, O God, The procession of my God, my King, into the sanctuary. The singers went on, the musicians after them, in the midst of the maidens beating tambourines." -- Psalm 68:24-25

"Then those who sing as well as those who play the flutes shall say, 'All my springs of joy are in you.' " -- Psalm 87:7

"Serve the LORD with gladness; Come before Him with joyful singing." -- Psalm 100:2

"Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, is he who sings songs to a troubled heart." -- Proverbs 25:20

"An evil man is snared by his own sin, but a righteous one can sing and be glad ." -- Proverbs 29:6 (NIV)

"Also, I collected for myself silver and gold and the treasure of kings and provinces. I provided for myself male and female singers and the pleasures of men -- many concubines." -- Ecclesiastes 2:8

"From the outside to the inner gate were chambers for the singers in the inner court, one of which was at the side of the north gate, with its front toward the south, and one at the side of the south gate facing toward the north." -- Ezekiel 40:44

"Flowers appear on the earth; the season of singing has come, the cooing of doves is heard in our land." -- Song of Solomon 2:12 (NIV)

"All the lands are at rest and at peace; they break into singing." -- Isaiah 14:7 (NIV)

"Joy and gladness are taken away from the orchards; no one sings or shouts in the vineyards; no one treads out wine at the presses, for I have put an end to the shouting." -- Isaiah 16:10 (NIV)

"It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing: the glory of Lebanon shall be given unto it, the excellency of Carmel and Sharon, they shall see the glory of the LORD, and the excellency of our God." -- Isaiah 35:2 (KJV)

"Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel." -- Isaiah 44:23 (KJV)

"Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it even to the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob." -- Isaiah 48:20 (KJV)

"Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the LORD hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted." -- Isaiah 49:13 (KJV)

"Therefore the redeemed of the LORD shall return, and come with singing unto Zion; and everlasting joy shall be upon their head: they shall obtain gladness and joy; and sorrow and mourning shall flee away." -- Isaiah 51:11 (KJV)

"For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands." -- Isaiah 55:12 (KJV)

"On that day, the announcement to Jerusalem will be, 'Cheer up, don't be afraid. For the Lord your God has arrived to live among you. He is a mighty Savior. He will give you victory. He will rejoice over you with great gladness; he will love you and not accuse you.' Is that a joyous choir I hear? No, it is the Lord himself exulting over you in happy song." -- Zephaniah 3:16-17 (TLB)

"But about midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them." -- Acts 16:25

"... speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord..." -- Ephesians 5:19

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God."
-- Colossians 3:16

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21. Song and Songs

"Why did you flee secretly and deceive me, and did not tell me so that I might have sent you away with joy and with songs, with timbrel and with lyre..." -- Genesis 31:27

"Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea." -- Exodus 15:1 (KJV)

"The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him." -- Exodus 15:2 (KJV)

"Then Israel sang this song: 'Spring up, O well! Sing to it!' " -- Numbers 21:17

“Now write down this song and teach it to the Israelites and have them sing it, so that it may be a witness for me against them." -- Deuteronomy 31:19 (NIV)

"And when many disasters and calamities come on them, this song will testify against them, because it will not be forgotten by their descendants. I know what they are disposed to do, even before I bring them into the land I promised them on oath. So Moses wrote down this song that day and taught it to the Israelites." -- Deuteronomy 31:21-22 (NIV)

"And Moses recited the words of this song from beginning to end in the hearing of the whole assembly of Israel:" -- Deuteronomy 31:30 (NIV)

Note that the following verse refers back to "The Song of Moses" in Deuteronomy 32:1-43:
"Then Moses came and spoke all the words of this song in the hearing of the people, he, with Joshua the son of Nun." -- Deuteronomy 32:44

"Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I, even I, will sing to the LORD; I will praise the LORD, the God of Israel, in song." -- Judges 5:3 (NIV)

"Awake, awake, Deborah; Awake, awake, sing a song! Arise, Barak, and take away your captives, O son of Abinoam." -- Judges 5:12

David sang to the Lord the words of this song when the Lord delivered him from the hand of all his enemies and from the hand of Saul. He said: 'The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God is my rock in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation." -- 2 Samuel 22:1-3a (Psalm 18:2) (NIV)

"Now God gave Solomon wisdom and very great discernment and breadth of mind, like the sand that is on the seashore. Solomon’s wisdom surpassed the wisdom of all the sons of the east and all the wisdom of Egypt. For he was wiser than all men, than Ethan the Ezrahite, Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol; and his fame was known in all the surrounding nations. He also spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005." -- 1 Kings 4:29-32

"They ministered with song before the tabernacle of the tent of meeting, until Solomon had built the house of the LORD in Jerusalem; and they served in their office according to their order." -- 1 Chronicles 6:32

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David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, even with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals and with trumpets." -- 1 Chronicles 13:8

"And with them were Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those who should sound aloud, and with instruments for the songs of God, and the sons of Jeduthun for the gate." -- 1 Chronicles 16:42

"Now at the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem they sought out the Levites from all their places, to bring them to Jerusalem so that they might celebrate the dedication with gladness, with hymns of thanksgiving and with songs to the accompaniment of cymbals, harps and lyres." -- Nehemiah 12:27

"But no one says, ‘Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night, who teaches us more than the beasts of the earth and makes us wiser than the birds of the heavens?’ " -- Job 35:10-11

"The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusts in Him, and I am helped; and with my song I shall thank Him." -- Psalm 28:7

"Sing to Him a new song; play skillfully with a shout of joy." -- Psalm 33:3

"He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the LORD." -- Psalm 40:3

"The LORD will command His lovingkindness in the daytime; and His song will be with me in the night, a prayer to the God of my life." -- Psalm 42:8

"Those who sit in the gate talk about me, and I am the song of the drunkards." -- Psalm 69:12

"I will praise the name of God with song and magnify Him with thanksgiving." -- Psalm 69:30

"I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart, and my spirit ponders." -- Psalm 77:6

"Sing to the LORD a new song; sing to the LORD, all the earth." -- Psalm 96:1

"O sing to the Lord a new song, for He has done wonderful things." -- Psalm 98:1a

"Our mouths were filled with laughter, our tongues with songs of joy. Then it was said among the nations, 'The LORD has done great things for them.' " -- Psalm 126:2 (NIV)

"The LORD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation." -- Psalm 118:14

"Your decrees have been the theme of my songs wherever I have lived." -- Psalm 119:54 (NLT)

"For there our captors demanded of us songs, And our tormentors mirth, saying, 'Sing us one of the songs of Zion.' How can we sing the LORD'S song In a foreign land?" -- Psalm 137:3-4

"I will sing a new song to You, O God; upon a harp of ten strings I will sing praises to You."-- Psalm 144:9

"Praise the Lord! Sing to the Lord a new song, and His praise in the congregation of the godly ones." -- Psalm 149:1

"Like one who takes off a garment on a cold day, or like vinegar on soda, is he who sings songs to a troubled heart." -- Proverbs 25:20

"It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man than for one to listen to the song of fools." -- Ecclesiastes 7:5

"and the doors on the street are shut as the sound of the grinding mill is low, and one will arise at the sound of the bird, and all the daughters of song will sing softly." -- Ecclesiastes 12:4

"The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s." -- Song of Solomon 1:1

"Take your harp, walk about the city, O forgotten harlot; pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs, that you may be remembered." -- Isaiah 23:16

" 'Sing, barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband,' says the LORD." -- Isaiah 54:1

"I will sing for the one I love a song about his vineyard: my loved one had a vineyard on a fertile hillside." -- Isaiah 5:1 (NIV)

"Behold, God is my salvation, I will trust and not be afraid; for the LORD GOD is my strength and song, and He has become my salvation." -- Isaiah 12:2

"Take your harp, walk about the city, O forgotten harlot; Pluck the strings skillfully, sing many songs, That you may be remembered." -- Isaiah 23:16

"They do not drink wine with song; strong drink is bitter to those who drink it." -- Isaiah 24:9

"From the ends of the earth we hear songs, 'Glory to the Righteous One,' but I say, 'Woe to me! Woe to me! Alas for me! The treacherous deal treacherously, and the treacherous deal very treacherously.' " -- Isaiah 24:16

"In that day this song will be sung in the land of Judah: 'We have a strong city; He sets up walls and ramparts for security.' " -- Isaiah 26:1

"And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, and come to Zion with songs and everlasting joy upon their heads: they shall obtain joy and gladness, and sorrow and sighing shall flee away." -- Isaiah 35:10 (KJV)

"You will have songs as in the night when you keep the festival, and gladness of heart as when one marches to the sound of the flute, to go to the mountain of the LORD, to the Rock of Israel." -- Isaiah 30:29

"The LORD will surely save me; so we will play my songs on stringed instruments all the days of our life at the house of the LORD." -- Isaiah 38:20

"Sing to the Lord a new song, his praise from the ends of the earth, you who go down to the sea, and all that is in it, you islands, and all who live in them." -- Isaiah 42:10 (NIV)

"I have become a laughingstock to all my people, their mocking song all the day." -- Lamentations 3:14

"Look at them! Sitting or standing, they mock me in their songs." -- Lamentations 3:63

"I will put an end to your noisy songs, and the music of your harps will be heard no more." -- Ezekiel 26:13 (NIV)

"Behold, you are to them like a sensual song by one who has a beautiful voice and plays well on an instrument; for they hear your words but they do not practice them." -- Ezekiel 33:32

"Away with the noise of your songs! I will not listen to the music of your harps." -- Amos 5:23 (NIV)

" 'In that day,' declares the Sovereign LORD, 'the songs in the temple will turn to wailing. Many, many bodies--flung everywhere! Silence!' " -- Amos 8:3 (NIV)

"Then I will turn your festivals into mourning and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring sackcloth on everyone's loins and baldness on every head. And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son, and the end of it will be like a bitter day." -- Amos 8:10

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God." -- Colossians 3:16

"And they sang a new song, saying: 'You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased for God persons from every tribe and language and people and nation.' " -- Revelation 5:9 (NIV)

"And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No one could learn the song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth." -- Revelation 14:3 (NIV)

"And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God. And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, 'Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!' " -- Revelation 15:2-3 (NIV)

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22. Musick (KJV)

In the King James Version (KJV), music is spelled "musick":

"And it came to pass as they came, when David was returned from the slaughter of the Philistine, that the women came out of all cities of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with instruments of musick." -- 1 Samuel 18:6 (KJV)

"And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy." -- 1 Chronicles 15:16 (KJV)

"It came even to pass, as the trumpeters and singers were as one, to make one sound to be heard in praising and thanking the LORD; and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick, and praised the LORD, saying, For he is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: that then the house was filled with a cloud, even the house of the LORD ..." -- 2 Chronicles 5:13 (KJV)

"And the priests waited on their offices: the Levites also with instruments of musick of the LORD, which David the king had made to praise the LORD, because his mercy endureth for ever, when David praised by their ministry; and the priests sounded trumpets before them, and all Israel stood." -- 2 Chronicles 7:6 (KJV)

"And she looked, and, behold, the king stood at his pillar at the entering in, and the princes and the trumpets by the king: and all the people of the land rejoiced, and sounded with trumpets, also the singers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing praise. Then Athaliah rent her clothes, and said, Treason, Treason." -- 2 Chronicles 23:13 (KJV)

"And the men did the work faithfully: and the overseers of them were Jahath and Obadiah, the Levites, of the sons of Merari; and Zechariah and Meshullam, of the sons of the Kohathites, to set it forward; and other of the Levites, all that could skill of instruments of musick." -- 2 Chronicles 34:12 (KJV)

"And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low ..." -- Ecclesiastes 12:4 (KJV)

"Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick." -- Lamentations 3:63 (KJV)

"The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick." -- Lamentations 5:14 (KJV)

"That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up ..." -- Daniel 3:5 (KJV)

"Therefore at that time, when all the people heard the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and all kinds of musick, all the people, the nations, and the languages, fell down and worshipped the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king had set up." -- Daniel 3:7 (KJV)

"Thou, O king, hast made a decree, that every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, and dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, shall fall down and worship the golden image ..." -- Daniel 3:10 (KJV)

"Then the king went to his palace, and passed the night fasting: neither were instruments of musick brought before him: and his sleep went from him." -- Daniel 6:18 (KJV)

"That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David ..." -- Amos 6:5 (KJV)

"Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing." -- Luke 15:25 (KJV)

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23. Idle Songs

Reference 5 provides the topic, "Idle Songs," and lists the first four scriptures below. All five verses below are from the NASB translation (Ref. 1).

"Those who sit in the gate talk about me, and I am the song of the drunkards." -- Psalm 69:12

"Take away from Me the noise of your songs; I will not even listen to the sound of your harps." -- Amos 5:23

"Who improvise to the sound of the harp, and like David have composed songs for themselves ..." -- Amos 6:5

"Then I will turn your festivals into mourning and all your songs into lamentation; and I will bring sackcloth on everyone's loins and baldness on every head. And I will make it like a time of mourning for an only son, and the end of it will be like a bitter day." -- Amos 8:10

Also refer to:

"It is better to listen to the rebuke of a wise man than for one to listen to the song of fools." -- Ecclesiastes 7:5

"Their banquets are accompanied by lyre and harp, by tambourine and flute, and by wine; but they do not pay attention to the deeds of the LORD, nor do they consider the work of His hands." -- Isaiah 5:12

"The elders are gone from the city gate; the young men have stopped their music." -- Lamentations 5:14 (NIV) ic

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24. Bible Verses about Hymns

"After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives."-- Matthew 26:30

"After singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives."-- Mark 14:26

"… speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord …"-- Ephesians 5:19

"Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God."-- Colossians 3:16

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References:

1. Unless noted otherwise, scripture quotations are taken from the New American Standard Bible ® , Copyright © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by The Lockman Foundation. Used by permission.

2. Scripture quotations designated "NIV" are from The Holy Bible, New International Version® NIV®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society®. Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide.

3. Scripture quotations designated "TLB" are from The Living Bible, Tyndale House Publishers, 1972.

4. Scripture quotations designated "KJV" are from the King James Version of the Holy Bible.

5. The Thompson Chain Reference Bible, Fourth Edition, Frank Charles Thompson, Editor, Kirkbride Bible Co., Inc., 1964

6. James Strong, The New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible, Thomas Nelson Publishers, 1995.

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