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.
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How to use selah in a sentence
As selah talks to Mora, the two embark on a kind of intertextual journey.
He was a very busy man, de Psalmist—writin' down hymns all day, sharpen'n' his lead-pencil, bossin' 'roun' de choir—callin' selah!Eli | Heman White Chaplin
But—'here comes the selah and the voice is hushed'—I will speak of other things.The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846 | Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
In this view, the word selah directs a repetition of the air or song from the commencement, to the parts where it is placed.
Herder held that selah denoted a swell, or a change in the rapidity of the movement, or in the key.
Afterwards, the Methodist brother learned that he had entertained a Baptist unawares—selah.
British Dictionary definitions for selah
a Hebrew word of unknown meaning occurring in the Old Testament psalms, and thought to be a musical direction
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