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selah

[see-luh, sel-uh] /ˈsi lə, ˈsɛl ə/
noun
1.
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 of selah
1520-1530
First recorded in 1520-30, selah is from the Hebrew word selāh
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  • The conquest of selah secured the road for his commercial caravans.

    The Expositor's Bible F. W. Farrar
  • It is divided into five strophes, three of which are marked by selah.

  • But you will not be lovable then, selah; you will only be horribly intelligent and capable.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • selah informed the Leagues of this as she made this tour from one community to another.

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  • "I've come to see you about something," selah said, advancing.

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  • "They are not dead, they are married," selah said soothingly.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • selah fled from the house, climbed into the car, and commanded the chauffeur to drive on.

    The Co-Citizens Corra Harris
  • Yea, verily, there'll be nothing left when we get through—selah!

    The Sins of the Father

    Thomas Dixon
  • Meanwhile, at any rate, selah was sure he had a card; he felt there was money in the air.

British Dictionary definitions for selah

selah

/ˈsiːlə/
noun
1.
a Hebrew word of unknown meaning occurring in the Old Testament psalms, and thought to be a musical direction
Word Origin
C16: from Hebrew
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Word Origin and History for selah

1520s, 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. Hebrew base s-l-l "to raise, lift").

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