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ATS Bible Dictionary

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Cymbal, Cymbals
• International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
Greek - cymbal
Hebrew - cymbal, cymbals
Hebrew - cymbal, cymbals

A musical instrument consisting of two broad plates of brass, of a convex form, which being struck together, produce a shrill, piercing sound. From Psalms 150:5, it would appear that both hand-cymbals and finger-cymbals, or castagnets, were used. They were used in the temple, and upon occasions of public rejoicings, 1 Chronicles 13.8; 16.5, as they are by the Armenians at the present day. In 1 Corinthians 13:1, the apostle deduces a comparison from sounding brass and "tinkling" cymbals; perhaps the latter words had been better rendered clanging or clattering cymbals, since such is the nature of the instrument. See MUSIC.

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These dictionary topics are from American Tract Society Bible Dictionary published in 1859. Public Domain, copy freely.

Bibliography Information
Rand, W. W. "Entry for 'CYMBAL'". "American Tract Society Bible Dictionary".
<>. 1859.


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