selah

[see-luh, sel-uh]
noun
an expression occurring frequently in the Psalms, thought to be a liturgical or musical direction, probably a direction by the leader to raise the voice or perhaps an indication of a pause.

Origin:
1520–30; < Hebrew selāh

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selah (ˈsiːlə)
 
n
a Hebrew word of unknown meaning occurring in the Old Testament psalms, and thought to be a musical direction
 
[C16: from Hebrew]

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selah
1530, Hebrew word occurring frequently at the end of verse in Psalter. Supposed to be a liturgical direction, perhaps meaning "pause," or perhaps a musical direction to raise the voice (cf. Heb. base s-l-l "to raise, lift").
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Selah definition


a word frequently found in the Book of Psalms, and also in Hab. 3:9, 13, about seventy-four times in all in Scripture. Its meaning is doubtful. Some interpret it as meaning "silence" or "pause;" others, "end," "a louder strain," "piano," etc. The LXX. render the word by daplasma i.e., "a division."

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Example sentences
The others once and again during this prayer uttered in unison a single word or exclamation-a kind of selah or amen.
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