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Praise, Pluck Strings – Hebrew: Zamar


The Hebrew word zamar means to worship Adonai with music. Zamar has a root meaning of ‘pruning a tree’ and the rhythm of cutting would make a musical sound when branches were pruned. From this definition, zamar means to pluck a stringed instrument.

Yuval was the ancestor of all who play lyre and flute (Genesis 4:21). Seven Psalms begin: “For the leader. With stringed instruments. A psalm of David …” These Psalms were played –– plucked –– in David’s Tabernacle where worship for Adonai took place while he was King. David offered a zamar of praise with his harp, and the evil spirits tormenting King Saul would leave (1 Samueal 16:23).

Zamar is found 46 times in Scripture; lyre is found 44 times and ten-stringed harp is found 13 times.

“Arise Adonai, in your strength: and we will sing and zamar your power” (Psalm 21:13).

“Give zamar to Adonai with the lyre, zamar to him with a ten-stringed harp” (Psalm 33:2).

“Zamar to Adonai, for he has triumphed — this is being made known throughout the earth” (Isaiah 12:5).

Hebrew Word Pictures

Pluck Strings – zamar – זמר

ז Zayin – A Weapon means ‘cut’ or ‘divide.’

מ Mem – Water means ‘chaos’ or ‘mighty.’

ר Resh – A Head means ‘highest authority.’

The Hebrew Word Picture for zamar: divide the chaos of the highest authority.

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