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2 Samuel 6:5

    2 Samuel 6:5 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on tambourines, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    And David and all the house of Israel played before Jehovah with all manner of instruments made of fir-wood, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with castanets, and with cymbals.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    And David and all the men of Israel made melody before the Lord with all their power, with songs and with corded instruments and instruments of brass.

    Webster's Revision

    And David and all the house of Israel played before Jehovah with all manner of instruments made of fir-wood, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with castanets, and with cymbals.

    World English Bible

    David and all the house of Israel played before Yahweh with all kinds of [instruments made of] fir wood, and with harps, and with stringed instruments, and with tambourines, and with castanets, and with cymbals.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD with all manner of instruments made of fir wood, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with castanets, and with cymbals.

    Clarke's Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:5

    On all manner of instruments made of fir wood - This place should be corrected from the parallel place, 1 Chronicles 13:8 : "All Israel played before God, with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries," etc. Instead of בכל עצי bechol atsey, "with all woods" or "trees;" the parallel place is בכל עז bechol oz. "with all their strength:" this makes a good sense, the first makes none. The Septuagint, in this place, has the verse reading; εν ισχυΐ, with might.

    Barnes' Notes on 2 Samuel 6:5

    Played - i. e. danced to music vocal and instrumental (see Judges 16:25 note).

    Cornets - Rather, from the etymology of the Hebrew word (to shake), and their being coupled with the cymbals, and being rendered sistra in the Vulgate, some kind of instrument with bells or rings, which gave a sound by being shaken.

    Wesley's Notes on 2 Samuel 6:5

    6:5 Played before the Lord - Public joy should always be as before the Lord, with an eye to him, and terminating in him. Otherwise it is no better than public madness, and the source of all manner of wickedness.