(mahss' keel) KJV form of Maskil, a term used in the titles of thirteen Psalms (Psalms 32:1;
Psalms 142:1). The term is translated psalm in
Psalms 47:7. The origin of the term is disputed. Some see a connection with the root “to understand, ponder.” Two of the maskils have clear references to instruction (Psalms 32:8-9;
Psalms 78:1). Others suggest that maskil might be a musical notation or an indication that these psalms were performed at festivals (for example,
Psalms 78:1). Though most of the maskils are laments (Psalms 42:1;
Psalms 142:1), other forms critical of types are grouped as maskils as well (Psalms 32:1, a thanksgiving for healing;
Psalms 45:1, a psalm in celebration of a royal wedding;
Psalms 78:1, a recitation of sacred history).
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