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Instrumental Music
in Worship
Under the NT
Part 7
Answers to Their Arguments:
Psalmos
There are a string of arguments which are advanced by those who use the instrument which
they believe justify the utilization of instrumental music in worship under the New Testament.  
These arguments are consistent with all whom I have spoken (regardless of their
denominational affiliation).  They all begin with the same arguments, and end with the same
arguments.

The Psalmos Argument

Failing to find the instrument of music in psallo, advocates of the instrument attempt to define
the instrument within the word
psalmos, translated psalms. They contend that a psalm is a
song
sung to the accompaniment of an instrument of music. However, as with psallo, this
means that the instrument must be used in order to fulfill the command. Yet, very few advocates
of the instrument will state it must be used. Again, if the instrument of music is present in the
word
 psalmos, why did not the church of the first century understand the command when it was
given to them in their native tongue? Surely, they would have understood the command.

Let us look at the lexical definitions of
psalmos.

Liddel and Scott: "a, touching sharply, a pulling, twitching or twanging with the fingers. II. mostly
of musical strings. 2. the sound of the cithara or harp. 3. later, a song sung tothe harp, a psalm,
LXX., N.T."

Robinson: "a touching, twange, e.g. of a bowstring; of stringed instruments, a playing, music;
tone, melody, measure,
as played. In later usage, song, properly as accompanying stringed
instruments. 1. a psalm, a song, in praise of God; 1 Cor. 14:26; Eph. 5:19; Col. 3:16. 2.
specifically plural
the Psalms, the book of Psalms."

Pickering:
"the twang of a bowstring; striking the chords of a musical instrument; playing and
singing to the psaltery; a psalm, an ode, an hymn."

Thayer: "a striking, twanging, [(Eur., al.)]; spec. a striking the chords of a musical instrument
[(Pind., Aeschyl.,al.)]; hence
a pious song, a psalm, ...

Arndt and Gingrich:
"in our lit. only song of praise, psalm. In accordance w. OT usage. 1. of the
OT Psalms ... 2. of Christian songs of praise ..."

The definition of
psalmos is a song in praise of God. It does not include the instrument of
music. The church of the first century did not understand it to mean a song accompanied by an
instrument of music, or else they were wholely guilty of willful disobedience tot he command of
the apostle Paul. Itis much more reasonable to assume the position of truth -- that
psalmos
does not include the instrument.

Also, as with
psallo, the position that psalmos includes the instrument must assume the
incorrectness of the English translations. None of them include the idea of an instrument.

Go to Instrumental Music in Worship Under the New Testament 1
Go to Instrumental Music in Worship Under the New Testament 2
Go to Instrumental Music in Worship Under the New Testament 3
Go to Instrumental Music in Worship Under the New Testament 4
Go to Instrumental Music in Worship Under the New Testament 5
Go to Instrumental Music in Worship Under the New Testament 6
"It is found in the word psalmos!"