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(Heb. kinnor), the national instrument of the Hebrews. It was invented by Jubal (Genesis 4:21 ). Some think the word Kinnor Denotes the whole class of stringed instruments. It was used as an accompaniment to songs of cheerfulness as well as of praise to God ( Genesis 31:27 ; 1 Samuel 16:23 ; 2 Chronicles 20:28 ; Psalm 33:2 ; 137:2 ).

In Solomon's time harps were made of almug-trees (1 Kings 10:11,12 ). In 1 Chronicles 15:21 mention is made of "harps on the Sheminith;" Revised Version, "harps set to the Sheminith;" better perhaps "harps of eight strings." The soothing effect of the music of the harp is referred to 1 Samuel 16:16,23 ; 18:10 ; 19:9 . The church in heaven is represented as celebrating the triumphs of the Redeemer "harping with their harps" (Revelation 14:2 ).


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These dictionary topics are from M.G. Easton M.A., D.D., Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Third Edition, published by Thomas Nelson, 1897. Public Domain.

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Easton, Matthew George. Entry for 'Harp'. Easton's Bible Dictionary. https://www.studylight.org/dictionaries/ebd/h/harp.html. 1897.

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