Psalm 81 The Effeminate in All Priesthoods

The Old Testament is a history of the Hebrew and other people: it is divided, like all histories, into two parts:

The Civil-Military-Clergy thread operated the civil system to which animal sacrifices attached. This had two motives, according to the prophets, it was a way to rob people of their food and especially animals. These were sacrificed to their "gods" but Jehovah said "they eat the flesh."

The Prophetic thread was God's sending prophets to warn and punish the Civil government.

At Mount Sinai this split hapened to Israel when the leaders rose up to play meaning musical idollaltry.

Christ explained the fall from Grace to the Prophetic, godly classes so we cannot be mistake.

The Priestly cults in all religions were chosen because of some "emotional or sexual abnormality." H. Bamfort Park says these musical prophesiers were the oldest profession.
Ex. 32:19 And it came to pass, as soon as he came nigh unto the camp, that he saw the calf, and the dancing: and Moses’ anger waxed hot, and he cast the tables out of his hands, and brake them beneath the mount.

Ex. 32:25 And when Moses saw that the people were naked; (for Aaron had made them naked unto their shame among their enemies:)
Rom. 1:21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God,
        neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations,
        and their foolish heart was darkened.
Rom. 1:22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
Rom. 1:23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God
         into an image made like to corruptible man,
        and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
Rom. 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness
        through the lusts of their own hearts,
        to dishonour their own bodies between themselves:
Rom. 1:25 Who changed the truth of God into a lie,
        and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator,
        who is blessed for ever. Amen.
Rom. 1:26 For this cause God gave them up unto vile affections:
         for even their women did change the natural use into that which is against nature:
Rom. 1:27 And likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman,
        burned in their lust one toward another;
        men with men working that which is unseemly,
        and receiving in themselves that recompence of their error which was meet.
Rom. 1:28 And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge,
        God gave them over to a reprobate mind,
        to do those things which are not convenient;
Rom. 1:29 Being filled with all unrighteousness, fornication, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, debate, deceit, malignity; whisperers,
Acts 7:40 Saying unto Aaron, Make us gods to go before us: for as for this Moses, which brought us out of the land of Egypt, we wot not what is become of him.
Acts 7:41 And they made a calf in those days,
        and offered sacrifice unto the idol,
        and rejoiced in the works of their own hands.
Acts 7:42 Then God turned,
        and gave them up to worship the host of heaven;
        as it is written in the book of the prophets, O ye house of Israel,
        have ye offered to me slain beasts and sacrifices
        by the space of forty years in the wilderness?
Acts 7:43 Yea, ye took up the tabernacle of Moloch, and the star of your god Remphan, figures which ye made to worship them: and I will carry you away beyond Babylon.

Psa. 81:0 To the chief Musician upon Gittith, A Psalm of Asaph.
Psa. 81:1 Sing aloud unto God our strength: make a joyful noise unto the God of Jacob.


Gen. 49:5 Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations.
Gen. 49:6 O my soul, come not thou into their secret;
        unto their assembly,
        mine honour, be not thou united:
        for in their anger they slew a man,
        and in their selfwill they digged down a wall.
Gen. 49:7 Cursed be their anger, for it was fierce; and their wrath, for it was cruel: I will divide them in Jacob, and scatter them in Israel.


Gen. 49:8 Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise:
        thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies;
        thy father’s children shall bow down before thee.
Gen. 49:9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up:
        he stooped down, he couched as a lion,
        and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?
Gen. 49:10 The sceptre shall not depart from Judah,
        nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come;
        and unto him shall the gathering of the people be.

Psa. 81:2 Take a psalm, and bring hither the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the psaltery.



[3] sumite psalmum et date tympanum psalterium iucundum cum cithara
"Hebrew music... was used in the luxurious times of the later monarchy the effeminate gallants of israel, reeking with perfumes, and stretched upon their couches of ivory, were wont at their banquets to accompany the song with the tinkling of the psaltery or guitar (Am. v1. 4-6), and amused themselves with devising musical instruments while their nation was perishing... music was the legitimate expression of mirth and gladness, and the indication of peace and prosperity." (Smith's Bible Dictionary, Music, p. 590)


Moreover, we must take into consideration the facts that the compass of the tenor extends even into the soprano, that the singers were of different ages down to twenty years of age, and that Oriental, and more particularly even Jewish, song is fond of falsetto singing. We therefore adopt Perret- Gentil's rendering, chant avec voix de femmes, and still more readily Armand de Mestral's, en soprano; whereas Melissus' rendering, "upon musical instruments called Alamoth (the Germans would say, upon the virginal)," has nothing to commend it.
A. [select] Esp., as beaten by the priests of Cybele, Lucr. 2, 618; Cat. 63, 8 sq.; Verg. A. 9, 619; Ov. M. 3, 537; 4, 29; 4, 391; id. F. 4, 213; Plaut. Poen. 5, 5, 38; Caes. B. C. 3, 105; Curt. 8, 11, 20; 8, 14, 10; Tac. H. 5, 5, —Also by the Bacchantine females, Ov. M. 11, 17.—Beaten by the Parthians as a signal in battle in place of the tuba, Just. 41, 2, 8.—
B. [select] Trop., a timbrel, etc., as a figure of something effeminate, enervating: “tympana eloquentiae,Quint. 5, 12, 21: “in manu tympanum est,Sen. Vit. Beat. 13, 3.—

Tympanotriba , ae, m., = tumpanotribês,
I. a taborer, a timbrel-player, a term of reproach for a soft, effeminate person (alluding to the priests of Cybele), Plaut. Truc. 2, 7, 49; cf. tympanum.

T. Maccius Plautus, Truculentus, or The Churl
STRATOPHANES (to PHRONESIUM.) What say you? Why have you dared to say that you love another man?

PHRONESIUM I chose to.

STRATOPHANES Say you so, indeed? I'll first make trial of that. Do you, for the sake of such a shabby present, vegetables, and comestibles, and vinegar-water, bestow your love upon an
effeminate, frizzle-pated, dark-haunt frequenting, drum-drubbing debauchee
7 , a fellow not worth a nutshell?
GETA What new thing's this? Do you dare, you rogue, to speak ill of my master, you spring-head of vice and perjury?

6 Is he deranged: "Hariolus." Literally, "a soothsayer," or "diviner." In their prophetic frenzy, these persons often had the appearance of being mad, and were so considered.
7 Drum-drubbing debauchee: "Typanotriba." Literally, "drum," or "tambourine beater." He alludes to the eunuch-priests of Cybele, who used to beat tambourines in her procession-probably in allusion to debauchees, emasculated by riot and dissipation

"Women and girls from the different ranks of society were proud to enter the service of the gods as singers and musicians. The understanding of this service was universal: these singers constituted the 'harem of the gods'." (Quasten)

-Psaltērĭum , ĭi, n., = psaltērion (e scanned short, Ven. Fort. 2, 19, 43).
A stringed instrument of the lute kind, a psaltery, Varr. ap. Non. 215, 16; Cic. Har. Resp. 21, 44; Verg. Cir. 178; Quint. 1, 10, 31; Arn. 6, 209; Aug. in Psa. 32; 70; Tert. Cor. Mil. 9; Vulg. 1 Par. 13, 8; id. Psa. 56, 8.—

Cic. Har. 21.44 All these men had a reason,—not an adequate one, indeed, (for no one can have an adequate reason for proving a bad citizen to the republic,) but still they had a serious reason, and one connected with some indignation of mind not unbecoming to a man. Publius Clodius came out as a popular character from saffron gowns and turbans, and woman's slippers, and purple bands, and stomachers, and singing, and iniquity, and adultery. If the women had not caught him in this dress, if he had not been allowed to escape by the indulgence of the maid servants, from a place which it was impious for him to enter, the Roman people would have lost their devoted friend, the republic would have been deprived of so energetic a citizen. It is in consequence of this insane conduct, amid our dissensions, for which we are by these recent prodigies admonished by the immortal gods, that one of the patricians has been taken from their number to be made a tribune of the people, in direct violation of the laws.

"Allegory and metaphor elevated the art over the humdrum of life. The Baroque belittled theatrical realism and dramatic truth as commonplace.

It created the castrato, a creature without sex but with a heavenly voice instead.
It saw the emergence of
virtuosity which transported the listener into a world of marvels.

"The Baroque invented sentimental shepherds and shepherdesses with salon manners and salon language.

It created melodies with virtuoso ornaments and opera became a theatre in which singing replaced ordinary speech.

"It invented the wig and female knickers with flounce, lace and ribbons, all of which was to imbue reality with a more poetic character. It created the gallant style and the theory of affections, which isolated and catalogued human emotions and feelings. The opera was the most eloquent manifesto of the escape from reality into a better world.

"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

NEBUCHADNEZZAR the king made an image of gold, whose height was threescore cubits (60), and the breadth thereof six (6) cubits: he set it up in the plain of Dura (circle), in the province of Babylon. Dan 3:1

That at what time ye hear the sound of the (1) cornet, (2) flute, (3) harp, (4) sackbut, (5) psaltery, (6) dulcimer, and all kinds of musick, ye fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king hath set up: Dan 3:5

-jūcundus (jōcundus ),dv.: jūcundē , agreeably, delight fully: “vivere,Cic. Cael. 6, 13: “cantare et psallere,Suet. Tit. 3: “jucundissimi ludi,
-lūdĭus , ĭi, m. ludus.
II. A gladiator: “comitata est Hippia ludium ad Pharon,Juv. 6, 82.

-lūdo , si, sum A. To sport, play with any thing, to practise as a pastime, amuse one's self with any thing: “illa ipsa ludens conjeci in communes locos, Cic. Par. prooem.: Prima Syracosio dignata est ludere versu Nostra ... Thalia,Verg. E. 6, 1.—Esp., to play on an instrument of music, to make or compose music or song:
B. To sport, dally, wanton (cf. "amorous play," Milton, P. L. 9, 1045): “scis solere illam aetatem tali ludo ludere,


Psa. 81:3 Blow up the trumpet in the new moon, in the time appointed, on our solemn feast day.

Num. 10:2 Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.
Num. 10:10 Also in the day of your gladness, and in your solemn days, and in the beginnings of your months, ye shall blow with the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; that they may be to you for a memorial before your God: I am the LORD your God.
-būcĭno (bucc- ), āvi, ātum, 1, v. n. bucina,
I. to blow the bucina, to sound or give a signal with the trumpet (mostly impers.; cf. Gr. salpizein): “cum bucinatum est,Varr. R. R. 2, 4, 20: “saepe declamante illo ter bucinavit,Sen. Contr. 3 praef.: “bucinate in neomeniā tubā,Vulg. Psa. 81 (80), 4: “Triton conchā sonaci leniter bucinat,App. M. 4, p. 157, 3; cf. bucina, II. C.

H8628 tâqa‛ taw-kah' A primitive root; to clatter, that is, slap (the hands together), clang (an instrument); by analogy to drive (a nail or tent pin, a dart, etc.); by implication to become bondsman (by handclasping):—blow ([a trumpet]), cast, clap, fasten, pitch [tent], smite, sound, strike, X suretiship, thrust.

Judg. 4:17 Howbeit Sisera fled away on his feet to the tent of Jael the wife of Heber the Kenite:
        for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite.
Judg. 4:18 And Jael went out to meet Sisera, and said unto him,
        Turn in, my lord, turn in to me; fear not. And when he had turned in unto her into the tent,
        she covered him with a mantle.
Judg. 4:19 And he said unto her, Give me, I pray thee, a little water to drink; for I am thirsty.
        And she opened a bottle of milk, and gave him drink, and covered him.
Judg. 4:20 Again he said unto her, Stand in the door of the tent,
        and it shall be, when any man doth come and inquire of thee,
        and say, Is there any man here? that thou shalt say, No.
Judg. 4:21 Then Jael Heber’s wife took a nail of the tent, and took an hammer in her hand, a
        nd went softly unto him, and smote the nail into his temples,
        and fastened it into the ground: for he was fast asleep and weary. So he died.
Judg. 4:22 And, behold, as Barak pursued Sisera, Jael came out to meet him, and said unto him,
        Come, and I will shew thee the man whom thou seekest.
        And when he came into her tent, behold, Sisera lay dead, and the nail was in his temples.

Psa. 81:4 For this was a statute for Israel, and a law of the God of Jacob.
Num. 10:8 And the sons of Aaron, the priests, shall blow with the trumpets;
and they shall be to you for an ordinance for ever throughout your generations.
Only the trumpets are commanded as signals. Only an Aaronic priest could blow the trumpets.

Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these. Jeremiah 7:4

For if ye throughly amend your ways and your doings;
        if ye thoroughly
execute judgment between a man and his neighbour;
        Jeremiah 7:5 

If ye oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow,
shed not innocent blood in this place,
        neither walk after other gods to your hurt: Jeremiah 7:6 

Then will I cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever. Jeremiah 7:7

Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Jeremiah 7:8

Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely,
burn incense unto Baal,
walk after other gods whom ye know not; Jeremiah 7:9

> Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel;
       Put your burnt offerings unto your sacrifices, and eat flesh. Jeremiah 7:21 

21. Put ... burnt offerings unto ... sacrifices ... eat flesh--Add the former (which the law required to be wholly burnt) to the latter (which were burnt only in part), and "eat flesh" even off the holocausts or burnt offerings. As far as I am concerned, saith Jehovah, you may do with one and the other alike. I will have neither (Isa 1:11 Ho 8:13 Am 5:21,22).

Except the Lord of hosts had left unto us a very small remnant, we should have been as Sodom, and we should have been like unto Gomorrah. Isaiah 1:9

Hear the word of the Lord, ye rulers of Sodom; give ear unto the law of our God, ye people of Gomorrah. Isaiah 1:10

To what purpose is the multitude of your sacrifices unto me? saith the Lord:
        I am full of the burnt offerings of rams, and the
fat of fed beasts;
        and I delight not in the blood of bullocks, or of lambs, or of he goats. Isaiah 1:11

When ye come to appear before me,
        who hath required
this at your hand, to tread my courts? Isaiah 1:12

Bring no more vain oblations;
is an abomination unto me; the new moons and sabbaths,
        the calling of assemblies, I cannot away with;
        it is iniquity, even the solemn meeting. Isaiah 1:13

Ramac (g7429) raw-mas'; a prim. root; to tread upon (as a potter, in walking or abusively: - oppressor, stamp upon, trample (under feet), tread (down, upon).

Psa. 81:5 This he ordained in Joseph for a testimony, when he went out through the land of Egypt:
        where I heard a language that I understood not.

Psa. 81:6 I removed his shoulder from the burden: his hands were delivered from the pots.
Psa. 81:7 Thou calledst in trouble, and I delivered thee; I answered thee in the secret place of thunder: I proved thee at the waters of Meribah. Selah.
Psa. 81:8 Hear, O my people, and I will testify unto thee: O Israel, if thou wilt hearken unto me;
Psa. 81:9 There shall no strange god be in thee;
        neither shalt thou worship any strange god.
Psa. 81:10 I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt:
        open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it.

Psa. 81:11 But my people would not hearken to my voice;
        and Israel would none of me.
Psa. 81:12 So I gave them up unto their own hearts’ lust:
        and they walked in their own counsels.
Psa. 81:13 Oh that my people had hearkened unto me,
        and Israel had walked in my ways!
Psa. 81:14 I should soon have subdued their enemies,
        and turned my hand against their adversaries.
Psa. 81:15 The haters of the LORD should have submitted themselves unto him:
        but their time should have endured for ever.
Psa. 81:16 He should have fed them also with the finest of the wheat:
        and with honey out of the rock should I have satisfied thee.

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