Chris Seidman on Psallo and the Harps in Revelation

Christ-gifted APT elders are the Pastor Teachers commanded to "teach that which has been taught." Their JOB ONE is to eject or cast out the cunning craftsmen or sophists as EXAMPLED by Jesus who cast out the musical minstrels performing a religious ritual for the "dead" more or less violently as one ejects dung. The reason they should be CAST OUT rather than HIRED is that They are Lying in Wait to Deceive.

2 Chron 20:21 And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed singers unto the Lord, and that should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the Lord; for his mercy endureth for ever.
2 Chron 2022 And when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 

Rinnah (h7440) rin-naw'; from 7442; prop. a creaking (or shrill sound), i. e. shout (of joy or grief): - cry, gladness, joy, proclamation, rejoicing, shouting, sing (-ing), triumph.

And when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set AMBUSHMENTS against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir, which were come against Judah; and they were smitten. 2 Chron 20: 22

Ranah (h7439) raw-naw'; a prim. root; to whiz: - rattle.

He mocketh at fear, and is not affrighted; neither turneth he back from the sword. Job 39:22

The quiver rattleth against him, the glittering spear and the shield. Job 39:23

[The Rule of the Trumpets: the trumpets] of alarm for all their service for the [ . . . ] for their commissioned men, 17[by tens of thousands and thousands and hundreds and fifties] and tens. Upon the t[rumpets . . . ]

[ . . . ] )8[ . . . ] 19[ . . . which ] 20 [,, . they shall write . . . the trumpets of Col. 3 the battle formations, and the trumpets for assembling them when the gates of the war are opened so that the infantry might advance, the trumpets for the signal of the slain, the trumpets of 2 the ambush, the trumpets of pursuit when the enemy is defeated, and the trumpets of reassembly when the battle returns.

2 Chron 20:23 For the children of Ammon and Moab stood up against the inhabitants of mount Seir, utterly to slay and destroy them: and when they had made an end of the inhabitants of Seir, every one helped to destroy another.

The BEAST in Revelation or Theiron means "a new style of music or Satyric Drama."  The Satyrs were like Pan or the Cappella goats.


Luke 18:32 For he shall be delivered unto the Gentiles,
        and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on:

Paizo dance, play a game,  4. play on a musical instrument, h.Ap.206: c. acc., Pan ho kalamo phthongapaizôn [played on a reed] Ar.Ra.230 ; dance and sing, Pi. O.1.16.

5. play amorously, prosallêlous X.Smp.9.2 
Xen. Sym. 9.2 “Gentlemen, Ariadne will now enter the chamber set apart for her and Dionysus; after that, Dionysus, a little flushed with wine drunk at a banquet of the gods, will come to join her; and then they will disport themselves together.”

herpeton   II. creeping thing, reptile, esp. snake, kinad-os , eos, hence, cunning rogue, dog, catamite.
 epi-triptos    thērion, psōmo-kolax , a^kos, ho, A.flatterer for morsels of bread, parasite
        2. nun e. kai kateaguia mousikē the disreputable and effeminate music of to-day, oulomenos
                II. ruined, lost: hence, unhappy, wretched: pharmakon preachers, singers,
                instrument players SORCERERS to be cast alive int the lake of fire.
thērion The Beast is a new style of music or drama including satyric dramas. THE MARK of the  beast is to PLAY or mock Jesus
The Serpent in the Garden of Eden was a Musical Enchanter(ess) since real men don't do that. Christ defined the Kings of Babylon and Tyre (ditto Jerusalem) as "a singing and harp-playing prostitute."
Serpo  II. Trop., to creep, crawl; to extend gradually or imperceptibly; to spread abroad, increase, prevail (a favorite trope of Cic.): occulto
Of a low, grovelling poetic style: “(poëta) Serpit humi tutus,crawls along the earth, Hor. A. P. 28 (cf.: “sermones Repentes per humum,
sapor,Verg. G. 3, 397: b. Of persons, close, reserved, secret, not opendissembling his hate,

, qui leniter ... placidis per vada serpis aquis,
creepest, windest along,
occŭlo (obc- ) In partic., to cover up, hide, conceal
puncta argumentorum,Cic. de Or. 2, 41, 77: “narratum ab iis,to keep secret, conceal, Tac. A. 3, 16:
occulta conjurationis retexere,id. ib. 15, 74: “occulta cordis,Vulg. 1 Cor. 14, 25:
Săpor , 1. Of style: “vernaculus,” i.e. taste, elegance, Cic. Brut. 46, 172; Arn. 3, p. 108: “Atticus,Quint. 12, 10, 75; cf. id. 6, 4, 107: “sermo non publici saporis,of uncommon elegance, Petr. 3, 1

Chris Seidman and all of the sowers of musical discord confess to taking a decade or two of false teaching in order to deceive a church into believing that "a" spirit told them to impose what they call instrumental worship.

Rick Atchley confesses that he was lying in wait to deceive:

Well, we discipled the children of those progressive churches
        for a whole generation to grow past us Boomers.
        They never heard the sermons we heard. [by design]
        They never heard the rationale for a cappella music.

We sent them to youth rallies and Church of Christ events
        with some of the finest Christian bands in the world.
        We discipled our children to leave our Movement!


Parasi_t-os [parasites], ho, who eats at the table of another, and repays him with flattery and buffoonery, parasite, peri Parasitou, title of work by Luc.: c. gen., “kenēs p. trapezēs[Money Changer's Table: collection Plates] metaphors., ikhthus ēn p. (v. opson) Luc.Lex.6. II. of priests who had their meals at the public expense,
'Dinias?' I put in; 'Who is Dinias?' 'Oh, he's a dance-for-your-supper carry-your-luggage rattle-your-patter gaming-house sort of man; eschews the barber, and takes care of his poor chest and toes.' 'Well,' said I, 'paid he the penalty in some wise, or showed a clean pair of heels?' 'Our delicate goer is now fast bound. The governor, regardless of his retiring disposition, slipped him on a pair of bracelets and a necklace, and brought him acquainted with stocks and boot. The poor worm quaked for fear, and could not contain himself, and offered money, if so he might save his soul alive.'

I am deathly cold; if I could get some warmth into me, I had rather listen to these light-fingered gentry of flute and lyre.' 'What is this you say, Eudemus?' says I 15. 'You would exact mutation from us? are we so hard-mouthed, so untongued?
Parasi_t-i^kos , ē, on, A.of a parasitos : - tekhnē) the trade of a parasitos, toad-eating, ib.4 ; in full, Ath.6.240b.
        LEGALISM: tekhn-ē , , (tektōn) A. art, skill, cunning of hand of a soothsayer, A.Ag.249 (pl., lyr.), Eu.17, S.OT389, etc.; “tekhnai heterōn heteraiPi.N.1.25; “ōpase t. pasanId.O.7.50. art or craft, i.e. a set of rules, LAWS system or method of making or doing, whether of the useful arts, or of the fine arts, Pl.Phdr.245a, Arist.Rh.1354a11, EN1140a8; “hoi tas t. tōn logōn suntithentesLAWS of rhetoric, Arist.Rh.1354a12, but rather TRICKS of Rhetoric, in Aeschin. 1.117)

Plat. Phaedrus 244e Moreover, when diseases and the greatest troubles have been visited upon certain families through some ancient guilt, madness  has entered in and by oracular power has found a way of release for those in need, taking refuge in prayers and the service of the gods, and so, by purifications and sacred rites, he who has this madness is made safe for the present and the after time, and for him who is rightly possessed of madness a release from present 245a ills is found. And a third kind of possession and madness comes from the Muses. This takes hold upon a gentle and pure soul, arouses it and inspires it to songs [ōdas opposite Logos] and other poetry, and thus by adorning [kosmousa] countless deeds of the ancients educates later generations.
        But he who without the divine madness comes to the doors of the Muses, confident that he will be a good poet by art, meets with no success, and the poetry of the sane man vanishes into nothingness before that of the inspired madmen.

The Adornment is the Lying Wonders: This is particularly telling when the commanded SPEAKING the Word of God is replaced with the songs honoring the experiences and opinions of human preachers and song writers.  The Kosmos or WORLD is that for which Jesus said He will not even pray.

kosm-eō  2. generally, arrange, prepare, “dorpon ekosmeiOd. 7.13; “k. aoidēn ēBacch.59; ergaHes.Op.306;
RELIGIONISTS OUTSIDE OF GOD'S GRACE: We are saved BY Grace (teaching) THROUGH faith (obedience). But saved or safe FROM WHAT?

Ephesians 2:2 Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world,
        according to the prince of the power of the air,
the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Kosmos , ho,  natgural, II.rnament, decoration, esp. of women; “hieros k.OGI90.40 (Rosetta, ii B. C.): pl., ornaments, A.Ag.1271; “hoi peri to sōma k.Isoc.2.32: metaph., of ornaments of speech, such as epithets, Id.9.9 (pl.), Arist.Rh.1408a14, Po.1457b2, 1458a33; hadumelē k. keladein to sing sweet songs of praise, Pi.O.11 (10).13 (s.v.l.).

, Dor. had- , Aeol. ad- , es, A. sweet-singing, “khelidoiAnacr.67, cf. Sapph.122(Comp.), Pi.N.2.25; sweet-sounding, “xoanaS.Fr.238, etc.: poet. fem., “hēdumeleia surigxNonn.D.29.287.

, iggos, ,
2. cat-call, whistle, hiss, as in theatres, Id.Lg.700c; cf. “surizō11.2, surigmos:—the last part of the nomos Puthikos was called surigges, prob. because it imitated the dying hisses of the serpent Pytho, Str.9.3.10.
3. mouthpiece of the aulos,
ALL names of instruments and musical terms are defined as enchantment or sorcery because it intends to tap into the fears and superstitious people ALWAYS to pick their pockets.

Aoid-ēa^], Att. contr. ōdē (q. v.), , : (aeidō):— 5. = eppsdē, spell, incantation,okhēes ōkeiais . . anathrōskontes aoidaisA.R.4.42, cf. 59. Cf. ōdē.    A.divinely sounding, divinely sweet,

ō OPPOSITE  lexis  2. = epōdos, magic song, spell,Longus 2.7.
2.act of singing, song, thespesiosA.divinely sounding, divinely sweet,
Lexis A.speech, OPPOSITEōdē, orders given by word of mouth, thestyle used here (in courts of justice. word for word,
4.TEXT of an author, OPPOSITEexegesis,

1Cor. 14:23 If therefore the whole church be come together into one place, and all speak with tongues, and there come in those that are unlearned, or unbelievers, will they not say that ye are mad?

La^l-eōII. chatter, opp. articulate speech, as of locusts, chirp, Theoc.5.34; mesēmbrias lalein tettix (sc. eimi), a very grasshopper to chirp at midday, LOCUST
III. of musical sounds, “aulō laleōTheoc.20.29; of trees, v.supr.1.2; “di'aulou ē salpiggos l.Arist. Aud.801a29; of Echo, D.C.74.14: also c.acc. cogn., magadin laleinsound the magadis,

MousaA.Olumpiades M., Dios aigiokhoio thugateres” [ALWAYS "DAUGHTERS"]
II.mousa, as Appellat., music, songkanakhan . . theias antiluron mousasS.Tr.643

Chris Seidman has been one of the earliest preachers used by the NACC through their "white paper" and personal mentoring.  This is evident in all of the few non-instrumental Churches of Christ who try to justify their massive sowing of discord by quoting from the list of  proof-texts.


Farmer's Branch Church of Christ: Greek And Hebrew Word Meanings

Chris Seidman and The second area of interest centers on the meaning and usage of the Greek words for make music and psalms. In order to avoid a lengthy discussion with considerable linguistic jargon and technical terminology only a few summary statements are offered.

> The word "make music" is exclusively applied to the secular parties with wine, dancing, singing and playing instruments. When Christ ordained the Qahal, synagogue or Church of Christ in the wilderness it was to PROTECT the godly people after the elite fell into the musicla idolatry of the Egyptian Trinity. That neve changed and you need to know that the word SPEAK is commanded to TEACH and comfort what Paul called "synagogue."

After noting that the Psalms and Chronicles were the primary Scriptures of the Hasidics (who became the Pharisees)

SINGING PSALMS WITH MUSIC WAS THE ARENA OF THE SCRIBES AND PHARISEES: Christ warned against the lyingpen of the Scribes.
"But it must be added that the main theme of the entire book, repeated in all but a dozen of its hundred and fifty chapters,  is the certainty that God will reward the righteous who obey the law, and the rewards expected by the psalmist usually include the promise of destruction for his enemies.

Some of the psalms express a tribalistic hatred of foreign powers; even the beautiful laments of the exiles 'by the waters of Babylon,' for example, concludes with the assurance that the daughter of Babylon will be destroyed. 'Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth the little ones against the stones.'

But in nearly a third of the collection the 'enemies' whose death the psalmist so confidently prays for and anticipates are not Gentile nations, but indivitual Jews who do not share the religious conviction of the Hasidim (Pharisees). In the words of Psalm 58, 'the righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. So that a man shall say, Verily there is reward for the righteous: verily he is a God that judgeth in the earth." (Parkes, Henry Bamford, Gods and Men The Origins of Western Culture, p. 134, Knopf)
Ezekiel 33:30 Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people
        still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses,
        and speak one to another, every one to his brother,
saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the LORD.

Ezekiel 33:31 And they come unto thee as the people cometh,
        and they sit before thee as my people,
        and they hear thy words,
                but they will not do them:
for with their mouth they shew much love,
        but their heart goeth after their covetousness.

This is the best example to define people who will not hear and obey God: Paul used a similar example to equate their speaking their own songs to lifeless musical instruments.

Ezekiel 33:32 And, lo, thou art unto them
        as a very lovely song
        of one that hath a pleasant voice,
        and can play well on an instrument:
                for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
Romans 15:3 For even Christ pleased [all performance] not himself; but, as it is written,
        The reproaches of them that reproached thee fell on me.
Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning,
        that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.
Romans 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation
        grant you to be likeminded one toward another according to Christ Jesus:
Romans 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God,
        even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
        teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
We will show that the ONE ANOTHER is antithetical and outlaws musical performers.

No instruments were used in the return of the prodigal: one hopes that the Church made up of Children of God are not prodical. It is almost impossible but the goal to be able to sort out the difference in a once in a lifetime event and the weekly assembly where the command is to SPEAK one to another: that specificilly excludes performing choirs or instruments.


Luke 15:25 Now his elder son was in the field:
        and as he came and drew nigh to the house,
        he heard musick and dancing

Sumphonia the only time MUSIC is used in the New Testament
A. concord or unison of sound,tēn en ōdē harmonian, ē s. kaleitai” 
2. of two sounds only, musical concord, accord, such as the fourth, fifth, and octave
3. harmonious union of many voices or sounds, concert, hoi tōn s. logoi,
      "speak "that which is written" using one mind and one mouth (glossa, not a flute) Rom 15
the Pythag. doctrine of the music of the spheres, (Jesus doesn't pray for the KOSMOS or world)

Dan. 3:5 That at what time ye hear the sound of the cornet, flute, harp, sackbut,
        psaltery, dulcimer, and all kinds of musick,
        ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up:

And "musician" is exclusively applied to the MUSES or the 9 Sister Singers wo worked for Apollo who is Abaddon or Apollyon or Lucifer or Zoe or Satan. Apollo had his SEEKER CENTER at Delphi and he is the father of "musical harmony, twanging bowstrings to send a singing arrow into your heart, thieves and liars.

If you are going to repudiate the Bible and 2,000 years of scholarship you had better be prepared with some proof. If you are willing to DELIBERATELY SOW DISCORD AMONG BRETHEREN AND OFFEND MANY then you had better be able to flash credentials from someone beyond a "christian" college:

ANTITHESIS for the Assembly: On the other hand, From Christ in the church in the wilderness the command for disciples who attend the School of Christ to be taught what HE commanded to be taught:
Rom. 15:5 Now the God of patience and consolation
        grant you to be likeminded one toward another
        according to Christ Jesus:
Rom. 15:6 That ye may with one mind and one mouth glorify God,
        even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom. 15:7 Wherefore receive ye one another,
        as Christ also received us to the glory of God.
6 hina homothumadon en heni stomati doxazēte ton theon kai patera tou kuriou hēmōnIēsou Khristou.
They all Speak the Word together:
They all take part:
Anti-lēpteon, A. one must take part in a matter III. Adj. anti-lēpteos , a, on, ho logos

is opposite to Ergon  III. Pass., that which is wrought or made, work
Opposite: rhetoric, poetry, music, Pathos or personal experiences (real or fabricated)
Mēkha^n-ē II. any artificial means or contrivance for doing a thing
3. theatrical machine by which gods, etc., were made to appear in the air
Soph-isma , atos, to, A. acquired skill, method II. clever device, ingenious contrivance, stage-trick, claptrap,

Ekhn-ē , , (tektōnA. art, skill, cunning of hand, soothsayer (Levites)
        2. craft, cunning,
an art or craft, i.e. a set of rules, system or method of making or doing,
        whether of the useful arts, or of the fine art Art of Rhetoric,
Pind. O. 13 But the fame for every work is due to its inventor. Whence did the graces of Dionysus first come to light, with the ox-driving dithyramb?
Plek-ō , Pi.O. 6.86,
II. metaph., devise, contrive, mostly of tortuous mean
2. of Poets, p. humnon, rhēmata, Pi.O.6.86, N.4.94; ōdasCritias Fr.1 D.; “p. logousE.Rh.834, Pl.Hp.Mi.369b; form the plot of a tragedy, opp. luein, Arist.Po.1456a9:—hence in Pass., muthoi peplegmenoi complex,
Pind. O. 6 [85] who bore horse-driving Thebe, whose delicious water I drink, while I weave my embroidered song for heroic spearmen. Now rouse your companions, Aeneas, first to shout the praises of Hera Parthenia, and then to know whether we have truly escaped the ancient reproach [90] of men's speech, “Boeotian pig.” For you are a faithful herald, a message-stick of the lovely-haired Muses, a sweet mixing-bowl of loud-sounding songs.
They Sweep the Qacks And Imposters out of the assembly: In 1 Corinthians 13
1Corinthians 13:1 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling [alalazō] cymbal.

The tinkling cymbal was a woman prophet who was all tongues and could not quit talking: she was a sounding gong and tinkling cymbal.

Aristoph. Birds 1015 Pisthetaerus
We are agreed to sweep [smite] all quacks and impostors far from our borders.

Alaz-ōn  ) prop. A. wanderer about country, vagrant,
II. charlatan, quack, esp. of Sophists[rhetoricians, singers, instrument players]

Sophis-tês poets, meletan sophistais prosbalon Pi.I.5(4).28 , cf. Cratin.2; of musicians, sophistês . . parapaiôn chelun [flute]of the lyre,phormigx ph. hiron melos

Melody with a harp in a holy place was always dedicated to Apollo (Abaddon, Apollyon) proven by the 'phorminx'.

2. the sound of the cithara or harp, psalmos d' alalazei there were contests in to psallein,
Alal-azô (formed from the cry alalai): --raise the war-cry shout the shout of victory, nikên alalazein
2. generally, cry,
shout aloud, Pi.l.c., 
E.El.855; esp. in orgiastic rites, of Bacchus and Bacchae E.Ba.593 (in Med.), 1133, etc.; ôloluxan hai gunaikes, êlalaxan de hoi andres Hld.3.5 .

T. Maccius Plautus, Miles Gloriosus, or The Braggart Captain

Of Ephesus:
Now I will disclose to you both the subject and the name of the play which we are just now about to act, and for the sake of which you are now seated in this mirthful place , "Alazon" is the name (86)

This city is Ephesus; then, the Captain, my master, who has gone off hence to the Forum, a bragging, impudent, stinking fellow, brimful of lying and lasciviousness, says that all the women are following him of their own accord. Wherever he goes, he is the laughing stock of all; and so, the Courtesans here--since they make wry mouths at him, you may see the greater part of them with lips all awry Alazon is the name:

Plato Republic 3
And therefore when any one of these
pantomimic gentlemen, who are so clever that they can imitate anything, comes to us, and makes a proposal to exhibit himself and his poetry,
        we will fall down and worship
him as a sweet and holy and wonderful being;

        but we must also inform him that in our State

        such as he are not permitted to exist
; the law will not allow them.

And so when we have anointed him with myrrh, and set a garland of wool upon his head,
we shall send him away to another city

For we mean to employ for our souls' health  the rougher and severer poet or story-teller, who will imitate the style of the virtuous only,
and will follow those models which we prescribed at first when we began the education of our soldiers.

Ephesians 5:19 Speaking to yourselves
        in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
        singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

Colossians 3:16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;
        Teaching and admonishing one another
         in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
         singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

Exodus 19:8 And all the people answered together, and said,
        All that the LORD hath spoken we will do.
        And Moses returned the words of the people unto the LORD.
Acts 15:25 It seemed good unto us, being assembled with one accord,
        to send chosen men unto you with our beloved Barnabas and Paul,
You use YOUR OWN mouth and not the MOUTH of a musician.
Stoma 2 Especially the mouth as the organ of speech, “deka men glōssai, deka de stomat'2.489,
Moisan kapuron s. their mouthpiece, organ, Theoc.7.37, with Preps., apo glōssēs by frankness of speech, Thgn.63; “phtheggesthaiPi.O.6.13 [the seer] (but apo g. lēissetai,
also, by word of mouth, Hdt.1.123,
NOT:Phtheggomai  of the recitative of the chorus
3. of inanimate things, thunder, trumpets, the flute,
of the lyre, phormigx ph. hiron melos [Apollo's Harp] Id.761, cf. Arist. Metaph.1019b15; of an earthen pot, eite hugies eite sathron ph. whether it rings sound or cracked, Pl.Tht.179d; ph. palamēsi to clap with the hands,
Sing, or celebrate one aloud, Pi.O.1.36;

Mousa I. the Muse, in pl. the Muses, goddesses of song, music, poetry, dancing, the drama, and all fine arts, Hom.: the names of the nine were Clio, Euterpe, Thalia, Melpomene, Terpsichore, Erato, Polymnia or Polyhymnia, Urania, and Calliope, Hes.,
II. mousa, as appellat., music, song, Pind., Trag.:—also eloquence, Eur.:—in pl. arts, accomplishments, Ar., Plat.

BECAUSE: A heretic or sectarian SEIZES your property FOR himself.

lēizomai   I. to seize as booty, to carry off as prey,
2. to plunder, despoil, esp. by raids or forays
opp. khersi biē, of fraud opp. violence, Hes. Op.322);

Hes. WD 320 Wealth should not be seized: god-given wealth is much better;             for if a man takes great wealth violently and perforce,
        or if he steals it through his tongue,

        as often happens when gain deceives men's sense
        and dishonor tramples down honor,
[325] the gods soon blot him out and make that man's house low, and wealth attends him only for a little time.
A heretic or sectarian is someone who TAKES what belongs to another for himself.

If you use musical worship teams with or without instruments you have directly trashed what Jesus died for. You have no intention of teaching "what is written for our learning" and you have no intention of speaking the same things and the aroma of disunity will always plague a church where instruments have been infiltrated.

Chris Seidman and The Greek words translated make music and psalms, "psallo" and "psalmos", respectively, had in secular Greek the meanings to pluck, pull, twitch; then to play a stringed instrument (psallo); and twitching or twanging, the sound of a harp (psalmos).

Lexicons do not DEFINE words: they show how the word is used.   "Plucking the lyre" examples--collected by Tom Burgess--speak of men plucking the harp to seduce a young male.

IF CHRIST THE SPIRIT WANTED YOU TO SING AND PLAY HE WOULD HAVE CAUSED PAUL TO USE NORMAL LITERACY: to say otherwise is to say that you have to SCRATCH the bottom of the wine barrel to get what the Spirit COULD NOT USE.

The literature ALWAYS uses compound word to define playing a harp.

Psaō [a_, but always contracted],  II. crumble away, vanish, disappear, S.Tr.678 (s. v. l.). (psaō, psaiō, psauō, psairō, psēkhō, psōkhō,
Psaiō , A. = psaō (q. v.), rub away, grind down
Psal-ma , atos, to, A. tune played on a stringed instrument, 

Paul commanded that we SPEAK psalms: if he wanted us to SING psalms he was pretty literate:

Psal-mizō , A. sing psalms, and psal-mistēs , ou, ho, psalmist
Psalmokha^rēs , es, A. delighting in harp-playing, of Apollo,
Psalmōd-ia , A. singing to the harp,
Psalmōd-os , ho, A. psalmist, LXX Si.47.9 cod.Sin., 50.18.

A. Psalmoi toxôn does not mean "sing and play a harp" WITH a bow.  Psalmoi just means pluck or twang a bow.

-Toxon  Bow implicates  galliambus , i, m. [3. Gallus, II. A.] , I.a song of the priests of Cybele,
III. metaph., toxa hēliou its rays, E.HF 1090; ampelinois toxois damentes, of the effects of wine, Pi.Fr.218; “toxon merimnēs
kottabos . . hon skopon es latagōn toxa kathistametha for shooting of liquor from the cup

B. toxêrei psalmôi [toxeusas] Id.HF1064 (lyr.).

Toxeuo A.shoot with the bow,t inosat a mark
[Furnished with the Bow]  +  [Twitching with the fingers] + [Shoot with the bow or metaphor Send forth a hymn]

2. Metaphor, “Erōs etoxeus' autonE.Tr.255; “ turannis pantothen toxeuetaiis aimed at,, [255]  The dart of love has pierced his heart, love for the frenzied maid. .3. c. acc. rei, shoot from a bow, metaph., discharge, send forth,t. humnousPi.I.2.3;
mostly sexual passion, goddess of love, Aphrodites,
as pr.n., Eros, the god of love, Hes.Th.120, Alcm. 36, Sapph.74, Theoc.29.22.

Chris Seidman and Farmer's Branch Church of Christ: The words "psallo" and "psalmos" as used in secular Greek literature from the 5th century B.C. to the 2nd century A.D.

apparently never referred to singing but only to the playing or the sound of an instrument.

The word psallo NEVER at any time or place in history meant to "play an instrument" unless the instrument is named.  The word  means to smite or strike with the fingers and NEVER with a plectrum; you cannot psallo with a guitar pick, a piano or flute.

Delitzsch, Psalms: The word "psalm", which is derived from the Greek word psalmos, is a translation of the Hebrew term mizmor, which is the title standing at the head of fifty-seven of the psalms. Thus it is evident that not every psalm has the superscription "psalm". But it is this word which has come to be the designation of the whole book.

"The name of psaltery entered Christian literature in the 3rd century B.C. translation of the Old Testament called the Septuagint where, in the Psalms, nebel was translated psalterion. Thus, Nebuchadnezzar's idolatrous ensemble included the Aramic psantria. Notice, also, that the book of Psalms has also become known as the Psalter (or psalterium), from the hymns sung with this harp. Source
The translators used these words because they had meaning when plucking a bow to send forth a literal arrow or to pluck a lyre to send forth a love arrow.
Psalmos also appears in the LXX as equivalent to the Hebrew word neginah [5058]. This Hebrew term is used to describe a wide variety of songs. Neginah is translated by psalmos in Lam 3:14 (song), in Lam 5:14 (music) and in Ps 69:12 (song). It is striking to observe that in the LXX translation of Lam 3:14 and Ps 69:12, psalmos, or its verbal form, is used for songs that are not only uninspired but are in fact the product of the wicked, even drunkards, who mocked God and His word. The Hebrew term neginah is used elsewhere in the Hebrew Scriptures of: the songs of the wicked, Job 30:9 (song); the inspired praise of God, Psalm 61 title (Neginah-a song performed on a stringed instrument); and the uninspired praisd of the Lord composed by King Hezekiah, Is 38:20 (my songs).
Negiynah (h5058) neg-ee-naw'; or nÿgynath neg- ee- nath'; from 5059; prop. instrumental music; by impl. a stringed instrument; by extens. a poem set to music; spec. an epigram: - stringed instrument, musick, Neginoth [plur.], song
H5060 nâga‛ naw-gah' A primitive root; properly to touch, that is, lay the hand upon (for any purpose; euphemistically, to lie with a woman); by implication to reach (figuratively to arrive, acquire); violently, to strike (punish, defeat, destroy,

Farmer's Branch Church of Christ: In the New Testament "psallo" means to make music in praise or to sing praise to God and is translated make music. The word "psalmos" means song and is translated psalm referring almost certainly to the Old Testament Psalms. These words may imply singing with instrumental accompaniment but do not demand it.

NO! Psallo never meant make music: the Ephesians and Colossians were afflicted with the meetings where men got "fluted down with wine" Paul always contrast that with "meditation IN the heart" because God only seeks our worship IN OUR SPIRIT.

Because in all of the parallel passages which commands that we speak that which is written for our learning, and only Corinth and Colosse had pagan problems, Paul as he often did uses antithetical parallelism to make sure that they did NOT pluck harp strings.


Paul used antithetical parallelism to denounce outward singing or instrumental noise.

II. Antithetical Parallelism--The thought of the first line is expressed by an antithesis in the second;
or is counterbalanced by a contrast in the second. This parallelism is very common in the Book of Proverbs:

(a) The tongue of the wise adorneth knowledge,
{but} The mouth of the fool blurteth out folly.

Prov., xv, 2.
(b) Soundness of heart is the life of the flesh,
{but} Envy is the rot of the bones.
--Proverbs 14:30.

The thoughts of the righteous are right,
But the counsels of the wicked are deceitful. Proverbs 12:5 (NKJV)
Notice Pauls use of parallelism: The word SPEAK is the opposite of POETRY or MUSIC. Therefore,

Eph. 5:17 Wherefore be ye not unwise,
        BUT understanding what the will of the Lord is.

Eph. 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;
        BUT [instead] be filled with the Spirit;

Eph. 5:19 Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,
        {BUT} singing and making melody IN your HEART to the Lord;

SPEAKING that which is written for our learning is the thesis: aeido and psallo is the antithes as the root definition would be clear to the Ephesians. Psallo has has the same root meaning as SOP which was fed to Judas to cause SATAN to enter into him.
Singing speaks of making noise or sounds with the voice or any inanimate thing

, hence of all kinds of vocal SOUNDS, crow as cocks, Pl.Smp..223c; HOOT as owls,
hoi tettiges [LOCUSTS] khamothen asontai —of other sounds, TWANG, of the bow-string, Od.21.411; whistle, of the WIND through a tree, Mosch.Fr.1.8; ring, of a stone when struck, Theoc.7.26:—prov., prin nenikēkenai adein 'to CROW too soon', Pl.Tht.164c.—Constr.:—a. tini sing to ONEOd.22.346; also,
vie with one in singing, sing of, chant,
Aoid-ē a 5. = eppsdē, spell, INCANTATION, 

PSALLO is never used for musical melody.
Psallō , fut. In a primary sense:
Pluck, pull, twitch, ps. etheiran pluck the hair, A.Pers.1062: esp. of the bow-string, toxōn kheri psallousi neuras twang them, E.Ba.784;kenon krotonLyc.1453; ek keraos ps. belos send a shaft twanging from the bow, APl.4.211 (Stat. Flacc.); so miltokharēs skhoinos psallomenē a carpenter's red line, which is twitched and then suddenly let go, so as to leave a mark, AP6.103 (Phil.): metaph., “gunaikas ex andrōn psogos psallei, kenon toxeuma
The word inserted in Ephesias 5 can best be understood by the universal command to SPEAK the word of God and then MEDITATE in the heart:

1Tim. 4:13 Till I come, give attendance to reading, to exhortation, to doctrine.
1Tim. 4:14 Neglect not the gift that is in thee,
        which was given thee by prophecy, [teaching]
        with the laying on of the hands of the presbytery.

1Tim. 4:15 Meditate upon these things;
        give thyself wholly to them; that thy profiting may appear to all.

G3191 meletaō mel-et-ah'-o From a presumed derivative of G3199 ; to take care of, that is, (by implication) revolve in the mind:—imagine, (pre-) meditate. attend to study  esp. practise speaking, con over a speech in one's mind, practice, exercise,
2. attend to, study, ou dunamai akousai, touto meletōn (sc. to akousai) Hdt.3.115; “plēthous doxas memeletēkōsPl. Phdr.260c.
5. abs., study, train oneself, Ar.Ec.164, Th.1.80, X.HG 3.4.16; ēn to hippikon memeletēkos6.4.10: c. dat. modi, “toxō m. kai akontiōId.Cyr.2.1.21; en meletōnti by want of practice, Th.1.142.
Psallo never means "melody" in any Greek literature. Disciples hear the WORD and then MEDITATE on it as the only way to learn or put the Biblical text in the long term memory.
The word is commonly used in the Greek text meaning to "make the heart strings sing" or in the perverted sense "to shoot forth hymns or love arrows." The mark of the GODDESSES or muses (adulterers) was that they could hurt you and condemn you by shooting you with an arrow.

Farmer's Branch Church of Christ: The conclusion resulting from this study of word meanings is that musical instruments are not denied or demanded in singing praise to the Lord.

There is no direct command to sing anywhere in the Bible: the command is to SPEAK which is defined as the opposite of poetry or music because everyone knew that rhetoricians, singers and musicians lied and were not permitted to write the truth or perform in decent society.

Farmer's Branch Church of Christ: The facts of this study inevitably beg the question: if the Holy Spirit, speaking through Paul, intended to prohibit musical instruments in praise to the Lord, why did He use words which were so commonly associated with them?

In Ephesians 4 Paul says that godly, gifted leaders (no singers) were to GUARD you against cunninng craftsmen or sophists.

You may want to read Ephesians 4 and define words.

Sophis-tês , ou, ho, master of one's craft, adept, expert, of diviners, Hdt.2.49; of poets, meletan sophistais prosbalon Pi.I.5(4).28 , cf. Cratin.2; of musicians, sophistês . . parapaiôn chelun A.Fr.314, cf. Eup.447, Pl.Com. 140; sophistêi Thrêiki (sc. Thamyris) E.Rh.924, cf. Ath.14.632c: with mod

II. from late v B.C., a Sophist, i.e. one who gave lessons in grammar, rhetoric, politics, mathematics, for money, such as Prodicus, Gorgias, Protagoras, a quibbler, cheat,  a RHETORICIAN as the primary meaning of a HYPOCRITE.

hoi s. tōn hierōn melōn” A sophist, serpent, makes MUSICAL MELODY with a congregation AS a harp and cannot grasp that IN THE HEART is a place.

Jer 23:16 Thus saith the Lord of hosts,
        Hearken not unto the words of the prophets that prophesy unto you;
        they make you vain:
        they speak a vision of their own heart,
        and not out of the mouth of the Lord.

  Thus saith the Lord, After this manner will I mar the pride of Judah,
        and the great pride of Jerusalem. Jer 13:9
        This evil people, which
refuse to hear my words,
........which walk in the imagination of their heart, [twisted]
........and walk after other gods, to serve them,
........and to worship them, shall even be as this girdle, which is good for nothing. Jer 13:10

Jer 23:17 They say still unto them that despise me,
        The Lord hath said, Ye shall have peace;
        and they say unto every one that walketh
        after the imagination of his own heart,
        No evil shall come upon you.

Despise tthe Word of God:
Blasphēmo , āre, ak profanely of sacred things, “eis theousPl.R.381e; offer rash prayer I.  v.a., = blasphēmeōto revile, reproach, Vulg. 1 Par. 20, 7; God and divine things, to blaspheme: “Christum,Prud. Apoth. 415: “nomen Domini,Tert. adv. Jud. 13 fin.; Vulg. Lev. 24, 11; id. Matt. 9. 3; 26, 65.
2. speak ill or to the prejudice of one, slander, “peri tēs emēs diatribēs

Farmer's Branch: The mention of these words would undoubtedly conjure up thoughts of musical instruments in the recipients of Paul's first century letter to the Ephesians.

Therefore, the first century Christians (writers and readers alike) would almost certainly have had no problem with singing to instrumental accompaniment based on Biblical words and their usage.

But, they all did: By simply understanding the MEANING OF WORDS there is no historic scholar who did not radically condem any kind of music in the assembly.  In fact since the commanded resources are the Prophets and Apostles, and the people were faithful to speak the Bible-only and because NO BIBLE is metrical and you could not sing it if your life depended on it.

Click for this index for the 100% condemnation of music in the assembly.

The Catholics never used the organ to accompany singing.
The Reformers could not perform "congregational singing" until they radically rewrote some psalms (only) to be sung in unison (only).

Farmer's Branch Church of Christ: Old And New Testament Continuity

The third area of interest is Old and New Testament continuity. As was mentioned earlier,

singing with instrumental accompaniment is frequently observed in the Old Testament, particularly in the Psalms.

There is not a single instance of the godly people gathering for congregational singing with instrumental backup. When they sang TO the harp they plucked a string and matched their voice to the sound: they did not sing and pick a tune because melody was not known

Farmer's Branch Church of Christ: In the New Testament, the Book of Revelation, 5:8-9; 14:2-3; 15:2-3, unabashedly describes singing with musical instruments (harps).
Since the Old Testament was the "Bible" of the first century Christians,

they saw no conflict between the Old Testament and the New Testament writings as they became available, and certainly would have had no inclination to understand music differently.

Christ defined the future REST in great detail: He told us not to spend our money on the free Word and in Isaiah 58 commanded us NOT to seek our own pleasure or SPEAK OUR OWN WORDS. Paul commanded the same thing in Romans 15.

Decent people didn't make instrumental noise when they were "singing" (yelling, screeching) or reciting a poets work.  There is no congregational singing in the New Testament and it was OUTLAWED for the synagogue or Church of Christ in the wilderness.  The common people attended synagogue and were not permitted in the innercourt where the Levites made exorcism noises while the priests slaughtered innocent animals which God did not command.

Farmer's Branch Church of Christ: They could vocally praise the Lord in Psalm 148 (Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah) and Psalm 150 (Praise Jehovah with trumpet, harp, lyre, ---) with all their heart, soul and spirit and feel no conflict in the two.

In Mount Sinai 101a we learned that God turned the people or Civil-Military-Priestly class over to worship the starry host while He protected His Godly children by restricting them to their local synagogue to READ the Word and REST from the worship promoters.  #148 is NOT a psalm but a halal meaning to "boast, make a fool of yourself, pretend that you are mad" this certainly intimidated the warriors.
Psalms 148:1 halal ye the LORD. Praise ye the LORD from the heavens: praise him in the heights.
Psalms 148:2 Praise ye him, all his angels: praise ye him, all his hosts.
Psalms 148:3 Praise ye him, sun and moon: praise him, all ye stars of light.
Psalms 148:4 Praise him, ye heavens of heavens, and ye waters that be above the heavens.
Psalms 148:5 Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.
Psalms 148:6 He hath also stablished them for ever and ever: he hath made a decree which shall not pass.
Psalms 148:7 Praise the LORD from the earth, ye dragons, and all deeps:

This could have been sung in Babylon and is similar to clay tablets.

Chris Seidman: The presence of musical instruments in the worship of God throughout the Old Testament

The only people who "worshipped" fell on their face. And the praise word is a military practice because the Levites we
Chris Seidman:  In the New Testament, the Book of Revelation, 5:8-9; 14:2-3; 15:2-3, unabashedly describes singing with musical instruments (harps).

Since the Old Testament was the "Bible" of the first century Christians,

Chris Seidman:  as well as throughout Revelation in the New Testament begs the question.

If you grasp that ekklesia or synagogue is a SCHOOL OF THE WORD OF CHRIST in the Prophets and Apostles you wouldn't DARE make instrumental noises when Jesus comes to teach when the elders "teach that which has been taught."

REVELATION: John defines the end time revival of the Babylon Mother of Harlots. She uses lusted after "fruits" (same as Amos) as slick speakers, singers and instrument players: John called them sorcerers and grouped them with "dogs" or catamites and said that they will or have beeen cast alive into the lake of fire.

Christ in Isaiah 30 prophesied this: the marks in sight and sound of God casting His enemies into "hell" will be wind, string and percussion instruments.

Farmer's Branch: Can one, in light of the totality of the Scriptures, say that God is displeased with the incorporation of musical instruments in the worship of Him if they are mentioned throughout the Old Testament and are present in John's description of heaven throughout Revelation?

From the garden of Eden which Christ says was attacked by "Lucifer the singing and harp playing prostitute" to the Babylon Mother of harlots in Revelation 17 the Bible is FILLED with the Prophetic associating instrumental music with Satan and the mark of a fall beyond redemption. The fall from Grace at Mount Sinai was caused by the musical idolatry of the Egyptian (etal) trinity under the golden calf.

Isaiah 23:15 And it shall come to pass in that day, that Tyre shall be forgotten seventy years, according to the days of one king: after the end of seventy years shall Tyre sing as an harlot.
Isaiah 23:16 Take an harp, go about the city, thou harlot that hast been forgotten; make sweet melody, sing many songs, that thou mayest be remembered.

1. H3658 kinnôr kin-nore' From an unused root meaning to twang; a harp:—harp.

2. H5059 nâgan naw-gan' A primitive root; prop to thrum, that is, beat a tune with the fingers; especially to play on a stringed instrument; hence (generally) to make music:—player on instruments, sing to the stringed instruments, melody, ministrel, play (-er. -ing).

3 H7892 shı̂yr shı̂yrâh sheer, shee-raw' The second form being feminine; from H7891 ; a song; abstractly singing:—musical (-ick), X sing (-er, -ing), song.

If you read Acts 7 you will hear Stephen repudiating the whole sacrificial system and agreeing with Amos that the fatal fall from grace at Mount Sinai was musical idolatry.

Perhaps this is the religious and secular rulers giving up their thrones and rules.  For certain you cannot play the harps while falling down.  The spiritual concept of HOLDING your harps is to APPREHEND the Word of God: Every mention of praising God with instruments follows up in the rest of the chapter presenting the ANTITHESIS which is to teach the WORD (only) as it is WRITTEN (only).  In Revelation 5 the word BEAST is Theiron which is a two-legged beast: It includes "A new style of singing or drama" so we know the MARK of the Beast which implicates the well recognized persona of "praise singers."


Revelation 5:8 And when he had taken the book,
FOUR BEASTS and four and twenty ELDERS
         fell down before the Lamb,
         having every one of them harps, and golden vials full of odours,
                which are the prayers of saints.

When Jesus and the apostles HYMNED a hymn both hymn and the Latin "dico"means to SPEAK or recite: none of the Bible is metrical so you cannot sing it in four part Seidman.

Scripture DEFINES the hymn:

Revelation 5:9-10 And they sung a new song,
        "Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof:
         for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood
        out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
        And hast made us unto our God kings and priests:
        and we shall reign on the earth.

Revelation 5:11 And I beheld, and I heard the voice of MANY ANGELS
        round about the throne and the beasts and the elders:
        and the number of them was ten thousand times ten thousand,
        and thousands of thousands;
Revelation 5:12
SAYING with a loud voice,
"Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power, and riches,
        and wisdom, and strength, and honour, and glory, and blessing."

CLASS NUMBER THREE for the living
Revelation 5:13 And EVERY CREATURE which is in heaven, and on the earth,
        and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them,
        heard I
                "Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power,
                be unto him that sitteth upon the throne,
                and unto the Lamb for ever and ever. "
REVELATION 14 the same warning of judgment:

AND I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Fathers name written in their foreheads. Rev 14:1

What they heard was from heaven--in the atmosphere over Zion.

And I heard a voice from heaven the sound of many waters and the sound of loud thunder; the voice I heard was the sound of harpers playing on their harps Revelation 14:2RSV

Keladeo sound as flowing water 2. of persons, shout aloud, atar keladēsan Akhaioi, in applause. keladeonti amphi Kinuran phamaiPi.P.2.15: c. acc. cogn., “k. humnous” lSound of the grasshopper, ring bells, of the flute, sing of, celebrate loudly.
However, the LITERAL sounds in Revelation 18 John calls "sorcerers."  The "heaven" are terms used in paganism and the role of Christ is to replace them: 
Ouranos vault or firmament of heaven, sky  
Hesperos, hos kallistos en ouranō histatai astēr22.318; “ouranos asteroeis6.108,al.
2. heaven, as the seat of the gods, outside or above this skyey vault, the portion of Zeus (v. Olumpos),  15.192, cf.Od.1.67,
Heaven-gate, i. e. a thick cloud, which the Hōrai lifted and put down like a trap-door, 5.749, 8.393; so, later, hoi ex ouranou the gods of heaven,

Opora III. metaph., life's summer, the time of youthful ripeness, Pi.I.2.5 ; tereinan mater' oinanthas opōran (v. oinanthē) Id.N.5.6 ; ripe virginity, A.Supp.998, 1015 ; “o. Kupridos
Therefore, rather than worship the creature and the heavens, we are commanded worship God Who MADE all of these things:

Rev. 14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven,
        having the everlasting gospel to preach unto
them that dwell on the earth,
        and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Rev. 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him;
        for the hour of his judgment is come:
        and worship him that MADE heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Rev. 14:8 And there followed another angel,
        saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city,
        because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

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