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Selah \Se"lah\, n. [Heb. sel[=a]h.] (Script.) A word of doubtful meaning, occuring frequently in the Psalms; by some, supposed to signify silence or a pause in the musical performance of the song.

Beyond the fact that Selah is a musical term, we know absolutely nothing about it.
--Dr. W. Smith (Bib. Dict.)

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1520s, Hebrew word occurring frequently at the end of verse in Psalter. Supposed to be a liturgical direction, perhaps meaning "pause," or perhaps a musical direction to raise the voice (compare Hebrew base s-l-l "to raise, lift").


interj. (non-gloss definition: A word occurring between verses or paragraphs in parts of the Hebrew Bible, often in the Psalms, perhaps indicating a pause for contemplation.)

Selah, WA -- U.S. city in Washington
Population (2000): 6310
Housing Units (2000): 2408
Land area (2000): 4.369241 sq. miles (11.316282 sq. km)
Water area (2000): 0.057074 sq. miles (0.147820 sq. km)
Total area (2000): 4.426315 sq. miles (11.464102 sq. km)
FIPS code: 63280
Located within: Washington (WA), FIPS 53
Location: 46.652109 N, 120.535134 W
ZIP Codes (1990): 98942
Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
Selah, WA
Selah (band)

Selah is a contemporary Christian vocal trio consisting of Todd Smith, Allan Hall, and Amy Perry. They have won seven Gospel Music Association Dove Awards and sold more than 4 million album and single units combined. The group has been featured on The 700 Club, The Hour of Power, and TBN.

Selah (disambiguation)

Selah is a Hebrew word meaning "pause, reflection", within the context of a prayer or psalms.

Selah may also refer to:

  • Selah, Washington, a town in Washington State, U.S.
Selah (Vic Mignogna album)

Selah: Music for the Quiet Time (often known simply as Selah) is an album by Vic Mignogna. It is a collection of piano tracks and a tribute to God.

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Selah ( or with pronounced audible H; , also transliterated as selāh) is a word used seventy-four times in the Hebrew Bible—seventy-one times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk. The meaning of the word is not known, though various interpretations are given below. (It should not be confused with the Hebrew word sela‘ which means "rock", or in an adjective form, "like a rock", i.e.: firm, hard, heavy.) It is probably either a liturgico-musical mark or an instruction on the reading of the text, something like "stop and listen." Selah can also be used to indicate that there is to be a musical interlude at that point in the Psalm. The Amplified Bible translates selah as "pause, and think of that." It can also be interpreted as a form of underlining in preparation for the next paragraph.

At least some of the Psalms were sung accompanied by musical instruments and there are references to this in many chapters. Thirty-one of the thirty-nine psalms with the caption "To the choir-master" include the word selah. Selah may indicate a break in the song whose purpose is similar to that of Amen (Hebrew: "so be it") in that it stresses the truth and importance of the preceding passage; this interpretation is consistent with the meaning of the Semitic root ṣ-l-ḥ also reflected in Arabic cognate salih (variously "valid" [in the logical sense of "truth-preserving"], "honest," and "righteous"). Alternatively, selah may mean "forever," as it does in some places in the liturgy (notably the second to last blessing of the Amidah). Another interpretation claims that selah comes from the primary Hebrew root word salah which means "to hang," and by implication to measure (weigh).

Usage examples of "selah".

Our young men have never seen a horse, yet Selah rode him like a centaur to bring you home.

Day by day Shannow came to know individual villagers, especially the boy Selah and a young sloe-eyed maid named Curopet, who would sit by him and gaze at his face, saying nothing.

Karitas - noting everything - would shout for joy over an extra quarter-inch on an arm raise, offering fulsome congratulations and calling in Selah or Curopet, insisting Shannow repeat the move.

Shonal, have Selah and several of the younger men assigned to that task.

If Selah has done his work well, there should be horses around a mile away.

His eyes swept around the cave past the sleeping Selah and the two horses.

It was all Selah needed to swing the balance and he kicked his horse into a run and rode alongside the Thunder-maker.

A lion roared in the near distance and Selah could picture it leaping upon its prey, for the roar had been the blood-freezing attack cry which paralysed the victim.

The wound in the thigh was gushing blood and Selah drew his knife and cut away the trouser-leg, exposing a deep rip almost a foot long.

The Jerusalem Man lifted his head, his eyes glittering in the firelight, and Selah saw that he was about to draw his own weapons.

At first Selah had difficulty in understanding certain words, but overall the story fell into place.

Shannow had set burst into flames and Selah leapt back, dropping the stone which glowed now like a lantern.

He had gone to sleep alongside Batik and Selah in a wood by a narrow stream.

The fire had died to glowing ash and Batik and Selah were still asleep.

Amen, Amen Selah - In the the name of the holy ones, heal and guard the unborn and the little ones.