Psalm meaning

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A sacred song or poem; hymn.
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A sacred song; a hymn.
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The definition of a psalm is a sacred poem, or one of the 150 lyrical poems and prayers in a Christian and Jewish book of worship called the Book of Psalms.

A lyrical poem found in the King James Version of the Holy Bible is an example of a psalm.

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Any of the sacred songs in praise of God constituting the Book of Psalms in the Bible.
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To sing of or celebrate in psalms.
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(music) A sacred song; a poetical composition for use in the praise or worship of God.
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Especially, one of the hymns by David and others, collected into one book of the Old Testament, or a modern metrical version of such a hymn for public worship.
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To extol in psalms; to make music; to sing; as, psalming his praises.
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Origin of psalm

  • Middle English from Old English from Latin psalmus from Greek psalmos from psallein to play the harp pāl- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English salm or psalme, from Old English psealm, later reinforced from Old French psalme (modern French psaume), both from Latin psalmus, from Ancient Greek ψαλμός (psalmos, “the sound emenating from twitching or twanging perhaps with the hands or fingers, mostly of musical strings") (from ψάλλω (psallo, “to make a sound by striking, touching, plucking, rubbing, twanging, or vibrating")), but later in New Testament times the meaning of ψαλμός (psalmos) evolved from its Classical meaning of "a tune played to the harp" to a more general tune that could be played with any instrument; even a song sung with or without their accompaniment. By the Byzantine Period, it lost all of its instrumental characteristics.

    From Wiktionary