Biblical Music                                                                                               Study No. 242


The following is a listing of some of the scriptures which pertain to music.  Music is a major theme of the Bible.  In the past, the present, and the future, music is an essential part of godly life, a wonderful spiritual tool.




4:21     And his brother’s name was Jubal: he was the father of all such as handle the harp and organ.

31:27   that I might have sent thee away with mirth, and with songs, with tabret, and with harp




15:1     Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the Lord, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the Lord

15:2     The Lord is my strength and song

15:20   And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

15:21   And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the Lord

19:13   when the trumpet soundeth long

19:16   and the voice of the trumpet exceed­ing loud

19:19   when the voice of the trumpet sounded

20:18   and the noise of the trumpet

32:18   but the noise of them that sing do I hear




23:24   a memorial of blowing of trumpets

25:9     Then shalt thou cause the trumpet of the jubilee to sound . . .  in the day of atonement shall ye make the trumpet sound




10:2     Make thee two trumpets of silver

10:3     And when they shall blow with them [refers to silver trumpets in verse 2]

10:4     And if they blow but with one trumpet

10:5     When ye blow an alarm [refers to silver trumpets in verse 2]

10:6     When ye blow an alarm [refers to silver trumpets in verse 2]

10:8     the priests, shall blow with the trumpets

10:9     then ye shall blow an alarm with the trumpets

10:10   ye shall blow with the trumpets

21:17   Then Israel sang this song, Spring up, O well; sing ye unto it

29:1     It is a day of blowing the trumpets unto you.

31:6     and the trumpets to blow in his hand




10:21   He is thy praise [hymn], and he is thy God

31:19   Now therefore write ye this song . . . that this song may be a witness

31:21   that this song shall testify

31:30   the words of this song

32:44   all the words of this song




6:4       seven trumpets of ram’s horns . . . the priests shall blow with the trumpets

6:5       a long blast with the ram’s horn… the sound of the trumpet

6:6       seven trumpets of rams’ horns

6:8       the seven trumpets… and blew with the trumpets

6:9       priests that blew with the trumpets… and blowing the trumpets

6:13     bearing seven trumpets . . . and blew with the trumpets . . . and blowing with the trumpets

6:16     when the priests blew with the trumpets

6:20     when the priests blew with the trumpets . . . the sound of the trumpet




3:27     he blew a trumpet in the mountain

5:1       Then sang Deborah and Barak

5:3       I, even I, will sing unto the Lord; I will sing praise to the Lord God of Israel.

5:12     awake, awake, utter a song

6:34     and he blew a trumpet

7:8       So the people took victuals in their hand, and their trumpets

7:16     and he put a trumpet in every man’s hand

7:18     When I blow with a trumpet . . . then blow ye the trumpets also

7:19     and they blew the trumpets

7:20     And the tree companies blew the trumpets . . . and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal

7:22     And the three hundred blew the trumpets

11:34   his daughter came out to meet him with timbrels


I Samuel


10:5     with a psaltery, and a tabret, and a pipe, and a harp

13:3     And Saul blew the trumpet throughout all the land

16:16   who is a cunning player on an harp… he shall play

16:17   a man that can play well [refers to verse 16-to play the harp]

16:18   cunning in playing [refers to verse 16-to play the harp]

16:23   David took an harp, and played

18:6     singing and dancing, to meet king Saul, with tabrets, with joy, and with in­struments of musick

18:7     as they played [refers to verse 6]

18:10   and David played [refers to 16:23]

19:9     and David played [refers to 16:23]

21:11   did they not sing

29:5     they sang one to another in dances


II Samuel


2:28     So Joab blew a trumpet

6:5       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.

6:15     with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet

15:10   As soon as ye hear the sound of the trumpet

18:16   And Joab blew the trumpet

19:35   the voice of singing men and singing women

20:1     and he blew a trumpet

20:22   And he blew a trumpet

22:1     And David spake unto the Lord the words of this song

22:50   I will sing praises unto thy name

23:1     the sweet psalmist of Israel


I Kings


1:34     blow ye with the trumpet

1:39     they blew the trumpet

1:40     the people piped with pipes

1:41     when Joab heard the sound of the trumpet

4:32     his songs were a thousand and five

10:12   harps also and psalteries for singers


II Kings


3:15     But now bring me a minstrel . . . the minstrel played

9:13     and blew with trumpets, saying, Jehu is King

11:14   and the trumpeters by the king, and all the people of the land rejoiced, and blew with trumpets

12:13   Howbeit there were not made for the house of the Lord bowls of silver, snuffers, basons, trumpets


I Chronicles


6:31     And these are they whom David set over the service of song

6:32     And they ministered . . . with singing

6:33     And these are they . . . Heman a singer

9:33     And these are the singers . . . for they were employed in that work day and night.

13:8     And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

15:16   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

15:19   So the singers . . . were appointed to sound with cymbals of brass

15:20   with psalteries on Alamoth

15:21   with harps on the Sheminith to excel

15:22   was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful

15:24   the priests, did blow with the trumpets before the ark of God

15:27   and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers

15:28   and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps

16:5     Jeiel with psalteries and with harps; but Asaph made a sound with cymbals

16:6     Benaiah also and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets

16:7     David delivered first this psalm to thank the Lord

16:9     Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him:

16:23   Sing unto the Lord, all the earth

16:33   Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the presence of the Lord

16:42   And with them Heman and Jeduthum with trumpets and cymbals for those that should make a sound, and with musical instruments of God.

23:5     and four thousand praised the Lord with the instruments

25:1     prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals

25:3     prophesied with a harp

25:5     to lift up the horn

25:6     All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the Lord, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps

25:7     So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the Lord, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.


II Chronicles


5:12     Also the Levites which were the singers . . . having cymbals and psal­teries and harps . . . and with them and hundred and twenty priests sound­ing with trumpets

5:13     as the trumpeters and singers were as one . . . and when they lifted up their voice with the trumpets and cymbals and instruments of musick

7:6       the Levites also with instruments of musick of the Lord . . . and the priests sounded trumpets

9:11     harps and psalteries for singers

13:12   and his priests with sounding trumpets

13:14   and the priests sounded with the trumpets

15:14   And they sware unto the Lord . . . with trumpets, and with cornets

20:21   he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness

20:22   And when they began to sing and to praise

20:28   And they came to Jerusalem with psalteries and harps and trumpets

23:13   the trumpets by the king . . . and sounded with trumpets, also the sing­ers with instruments of musick, and such as taught to sing praise

23:18   with rejoicing and with singing

29:25   And he set the Levites in the house of the Lord with cymbals, with psal­ter­ies, and with harps

29:26   And the Levites stood with the in­struments of David, and the priests with the trumpets

29:27   the song of the Lord began also with the trumpets, and with the instru­ments ordained by David king of Israel

29:28   and the singers sang, and the trump­eters sounded

29:30   commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the Lord with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness

30:21   and the Levites and the priests praised the Lord day by day, singing with loud instruments unto the Lord

34:12   all that could skill of instruments of musick

35:15   And the singers the sons of Asaph were in their place

35:25   and all the singing men and the sing­ing women spake of Josiah




2:41     The singers: the children of Asaph

2:65     and there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women

2:70     and the singers . . . dwelt in their cities

3:10     they set the priests in their apparel with trumpets, and the Levites the sons of Asaph with cymbals, to praise the Lord

3:11     And they sang together by course in praising and giving thanks

7:7       And there went up some of the . . .  singers

7:24     that touching the . . . singers . . . it shall not be lawful to impose toll, tribute, or custom, upon them

10:24   Of the singers also; Eliashib




4:18     And he that sounded the trumpet was by me.

4:20     In what place therefore ye hear the sound of the trumpet

7:1       and the singers and the Levites were appointed

7:44     The singers: the children of Asaph, an hundred forty and eight.

7:67     they had two hundred forty and five singing men and singing women

7:73     and the singers . . . dwelt in their cities

10:28   the singers . . . and all they that had separated themselves

10:39   For the children . . . shall bring the offering . . . and the singers

11:22   the singers were over the business of the house of God

11:23   that a certain portion should be for the singers

12:27   and with singing, with cymbals, psal­teries, and with harps

12:28   And the sons of the singers gathered themselves together

12:29   for the singers had builded them villages round about Jerusalem

12:35   And certain of the priests’ sons with trumpets

12:36   with the musical instruments of David

12:41   And the priests . . . with trumpets

12:42   And the singers sang loud

12:45   And both the singers and the porters kept the ward of their God

12:46   there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving

12:47   gave the portions of the singers

13:5     which was commanded to be given to the Levites, and the singers

13:10   for the Levites and the singers, that did the work, were fled




17:6     and aforetime I was as a tabret [compare 30:9]

21:12   They take the timbrel and harp, and rejoice at the sound of the organ.

29:13   and I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy

30:9     And now am I their song, yea, I am their byword.

30:31   My harp also is turned to mourning, and my organ into the voice of them that weep.

35:10   Where is God my maker, who giveth songs in the night

38:7     When the morning stars sang together

39:24   neither believeth he that it is the sound of the trumpet

39:25   He saith among the trumpets, Ha, ha




7:17     I will . . . sing praise to the name of the Lord most high

9:2       I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High

9:11     Sing praises to the Lord, which dwelleth in Zion

13:6     I will sing unto the Lord, because he hath dealt bountifully with me.

18:49   and sing praises unto thy name

21:13   so will we sing and praise thy power

27:6     I will sing, yea, I will sing praises unto the Lord

28:7     and with my song will I praise him

30:4     Sing unto the Lord, O ye saints of his

30:12   To the end that my glory may sing praise to thee, and not be silent.

32:7     thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance

33:2     Praise the Lord with harp: sing unto him with the psaltery and an instru­ment of ten strings.

33:3     Sing unto him a new song; play skillfully with a loud noise.

40:3     And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God

42:8     and in the night his song shall be with me

43:4     yea, upon the harp will I praise thee, O God my God

47:5     God is gone up with a shout, the Lord with the sound of a trumpet.

47:6     Sing praises to God, sing praises: sing praises unto our King, sing praises.

47:7     sing ye praises with understanding

49:4     I will open my dark saying upon the harp.

51:14   my tongue shall sing aloud of thy righteousness

57:7     I will sing and give praise.

57:8     Awake up, my glory; awake, psaltery and harp

57:9     I will sing unto thee among the nations.

59:16   But I will sing of thy power; yea, I will sing aloud of thy mercy

59:17   Unto thee, O my strength, will I sing

61:8     So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever

65:13   The pastures are clothed with flocks; the valleys also are covered over with corn; they shout for joy, they also sing.

66:2     Sing forth the honour of his name

66:4     All the earth shall worship thee, and shall sing unto thee; they shall sing to thy name.

67:4     O let the nations be glad and sing for joy

68:4     Sing unto God, sing praises to His name

68:25   The singers went before, the players on instruments followed after; among them were the damsels playing with timbrels

68:32   Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord.

69:12   I was the song of the drunkards.

69:30   I will praise the name of God with a song

71:22   I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel

71:23   My lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee

75:9     I will sing praises to the God of Jacob.

77:6     I call to remembrance my song in the night

81:1     Sing aloud unto God our strength

81:2     Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.

81:3     Blow up the trumpet in the new moon

87:7     As well the singers as the players on instruments shall be there

89:1     I will sing of the mercies of the Lord for ever

89:15   Blessed is the people that know the joyful sound [refers to Leviticus 23:24]

92:1     It is a good thing to give thanks unto the Lord, and to sing praises

92:3     Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp

95:1     O come, let us sing unto the Lord: let us make a joyful noise

95:2     Let us come before his presence with thanksgiving, and make a joyful noise unto him with psalms. [joyful noise refers to singing]

96:1     O sing unto the Lord a new song: sing unto the Lord, all the earth.

96:2     Sing unto the Lord, bless his name

98:1     O sing unto the Lord a new song; for he hath done marvelous things

98:4     Make a joyful noise unto the Lord, all the earth: make a loud noise, and rejoice, and sing praise.

98:5     Sing unto the Lord with the harp; with the harp, and the voice of a psalm.

98:6     With trumpets and sound of cornet make a joyful noise

100:2   come before his presence with singing

101:1   I will sing of mercy and judgment: unto thee, O Lord, will I sing

104:12 the fowls of the heaven have their habitation, which sing among the branches

104:33 I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live: I will sing praise to my God

105:2   Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him

106:12 they sang his praise

108:1   I will sing and give praise

108:2   Awake, psaltery and harp

108:3   I will sing praises unto thee among the nations

118:14 The Lord is my strength and song

119:54 Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage.

126:2   Then was our mouth filled with laughter, and our tongue with singing

135:3   sing praises unto his name; for it is pleasant

137:2   We hanged our harps upon the willows

137:3   For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion.

137:4   How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a strange land?

138:1   before the gods will I sing praise unto thee

138:5   Yea, they shall sing in the ways of the Lord

144:9   I will sing a new song unto thee, O God: upon a psaltery and an instru­ment of ten strings will I sing unto thee.

145:7   and shall sing of thy righteousness

146:2   I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.

147:1   Praise ye the Lord: for it is good to sing praises unto our God

147:7   Sing unto the Lord with thanksgiving; sing praise upon the harp

149:1   Sing unto the Lord a new song

149:3   let them sing praises unto him with the timbrel and harp

149:5   Let the saints be joyful in glory: let them sing aloud upon their beds.

150:3   Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp.

150:4   Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs.

150:5   Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals.




25:20   as vinegar upon nitre, so is he that singeth songs to an heavy heart

29:6     the righteous doth sing and rejoice



2:8       I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

7:5       It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

12:4     and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low


The Song of Solomon


1:1       The song of songs, which is Solo­mon’s.

2:12     the time of the singing of birds is come




5:1       Now will I sing to my beloved a song of my beloved

5:12     And the harp, and the viol, the tabret, and pipe, and wine, are in their feasts

12:2     the Lord JEHOVAH is my strength and my song

12:5     Sing unto the Lord; for he hath done excellent things

14:7     they break forth into singing

14:11   Thy pomp is brought down to the grave, and the noise of thy viols

16:10   in the vineyards there shall be no singing

16:11   Wherefore my bowels shall sound like an harp for Moab

18:3     and when he bloweth a trumpet, hear ye

23:15   after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot

23:16   Take an harp, go about the city… make sweet melody, sing many songs

24:8     The mirth of tabrets ceaseth . . . the joy of the harp ceaseth.

24:9     They shall not drink wine with a song

24:14   they shall sing for the majesty of the Lord

24:16   From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs

26:1     In that day shall this song be sung in the land of Judah

26:19   Awake and sing

27:2     In that day sing ye unto her, A vineyard of red wine.

27:13   And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown

30:29   Ye shall have a song… and gladness of heart, as when on goeth with a pipe

30:32   it shall be with tabrets and harps

35:2     It shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice even with joy and singing

35:6     and the tongue of the dumb sing

35:10   And the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to Zion with songs

38:20   therefore we will sing my songs to the stringed instruments all the days of our life in the house of the Lord

42:10   Sing unto the Lord a new song

42:11   let the inhabitants of the rock sing

44:23   Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains

48:20   with a voice of singing declare ye

49:13   Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing

51:3     joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody

51:11   Therefore the redeemed of the Lord shall return, and come with singing

52:8     Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing

52:9     Break forth into joy, sing together

54:1     Sing, O barren, thou that didst not bear; break forth into singing

55:12   the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing

58:1     lift up thy voice like a trumpet

65:14   Behold, my servants shall sing for joy of heart




4:5       Blow ye the trumpet in the land

4:19     O my soul, the sound of the trumpet

4:21     How long shall I see the standard, and hear the sound of the trumpet?

6:1       blow the trumpet in Tekoa

6:17     Hearken to the sound of the trumpet

20:13   Sing unto the Lord, praise ye the Lord

31:4     thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets

31:12   Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of Zion

42:14   we shall see no war, nor hear the sound of the trumpet

48:36   Therefore mine heart shall sound for Moab like pipes, and mine heart shall sound like pipes for the men of Kirheres

51:27   Set ye up a standard in the land, blow the trumpet among the nations

51:48   Then the heaven and the earth, and all that is therein, shall sing




3:14     I was a derision to all my people; and their song all the day.

3:63     Behold their sitting down, and their rising up; I am their musick.

5:14     The elders have ceased from the gate, the young men from their musick.




7:14     They have blown the trumpet

26:13   And I will cause the noise of thy songs to cease; and the sound of thy harps shall be no more heard.

27:25   The ships of Tarshish did sing of thee in thy market

28:13   the workmanship of thy tabrets and of thy pipes was prepared in thee

33:3     If when he seeth the sword come upon the land, he blow the trumpet

33:4     Then whosoever heareth the sound of the trumpet

33:5     He heard the sound of the trumpet, and took not warning

33:6     But if the watchman . . . blow not the trumpet

33:32   And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument

40:44   And without the inner gate were the chambers of the singers




3:5       That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick

3:7       when all the people hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick

3:10     every man that shall hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick

3:15     ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut, psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick

6:18     neither were instruments of musick brought before him




2:15     she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth

5:8       Blow ye the cornet in Gibeah, and the trumpet in Ramah

8:1       Se the trumpet to thy mouth




2:1       Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in my holy mountain [See Numbers 10 for reference to “sound an alarm.”]

2:15     Blow the trumpet in Zion




2:2       with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet

3:6       Shall a trumpet be blown in the city

5:23     Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.

6:5       That chant to the sound of the viol, and invent to themselves instruments of musick, like David.

8:3       And the songs of the temple shall be howlings in that day

8:10     And I will turn your feasts into mourning, and all you songs into lamentation




3:19     To the chief singer on my stringed instruments.




1:16     A day of the trumpet and alarm against the fenced cities

2:14     their voice shall sing in the windows

3:14     Sing, O daughter of Zion

3:17     he will joy over thee with singing




2:10     Sing and rejoice, O daughter of Zion

9:14     the Lord God shall blow the trumpet




6:2       do not sound a trumpet before thee

9:23     and saw the minstrels and the people making a noise

11:17   We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced

24:31   And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet

26:30   And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives




14:26   And when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives




7:32     We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced

15:25   Now his elder son . . .heard musick and dancing.




16:25   And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God




15:9     For this cause I will confess to thee among the Gentiles, and sing unto thy name.


I Corinthians


13:1     I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal

14:7     And even things without life giving sound, whether pipe or harp, except they give a distinction in the sounds, how shall it be known what is piped or harped?

14:8     For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound

14:15   I will sing with the spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also

14:26   every one of you hath a psalm

15:52   In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound




5:19     Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord




3:16     teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord


I Thessalonians


4:16     with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God




2:12     in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee

12:19   And the sound of a trumpet




5:13     Is any merry? Let him sing psalms.




1:10     a great voice, as of a trumpet

4:1       the first voice which I heard was as it were of a trumpet

5:8       having every one of them harps

5:9       And they sung a new song

8:2       to them were given seven trumpets

8:6       And the seven angels which had the seven trumpets prepared themselves to sound.

8:7       The first angel sounded [refers to the trumpet in 8:6]

8:8       the second angel sounded [refers to the trumpet in 8:6]

8:10     the third angel sounded [refers to the trumpet in 8:6]

8:12     the fourth angel sounded [refers to the trumpet in 8:6]

8:13     the other voices of the trumpets of the three angels, which are yet to sound

9:1       And the fifth angel sounded [refers to the trumpet in 8:6]

9:13     the sixth angel sounded [refers to the trumpet in 8:6]

9:14     Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet

10:7     when he shall begin to sound [refers to the trumpet in 8:6]

11:15   And the seventh angel sounded [refers to the trumpet in 8:6]

14:2     and I heard the voice of harpers harp­ing with their harps

14:3     And they sung as it were a new song before the throne . . . and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand

15:2     having the harps of God

15:3     And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb

18:22   And the voice of harpers, and music­ians, and of pipers, and trumpeters