What Does the Bible Say About Musicians?


Colossians 3:16

ESVLet the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom, singing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
KJVLet 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.
NASBLet the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God.
NIVLet the message of Christ dwell among you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom through psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit, singing to God with gratitude in your hearts.
NLTLet the message about Christ, in all its richness, fill your lives. Teach and counsel each other with all the wisdom he gives. Sing psalms and hymns and spiritual songs to God with thankful hearts.

Ephesians 5:19

ESVAddressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart,
KJVSpeaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;
NASBspeaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord;
NIVspeaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord,
NLTsinging psalms and hymns and spiritual songs among yourselves, and making music to the Lord in your hearts.

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James 5:13

ESVIs anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing praise.
KJVIs any among you afflicted? let him pray. Is any merry? let him sing psalms.
NASBIs anyone among you suffering? Then he must pray. Is anyone cheerful? He is to sing praises.
NIVIs anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
NLTAre any of you suffering hardships? You should pray. Are any of you happy? You should sing praises.

1 Chronicles 15:16

ESVDavid also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.
KJVAnd David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.
NASBThen David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their relatives the singers, with instruments of music, harps, lyres, loud-sounding cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.
NIVDavid told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.
NLTDavid also ordered the Levite leaders to appoint a choir of Levites who were singers and musicians to sing joyful songs to the accompaniment of harps, lyres, and cymbals.

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2 Kings 3:15

ESVBut now bring me a musician.” And when the musician played, the hand of the Lord came upon him.
KJVBut now bring me a minstrel. And it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
NASB“But now bring me a minstrel.” And it came about, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the LORD came upon him.
NIVBut now bring me a harpist.” While the harpist was playing, the hand of the LORD came on Elisha
NLTNow bring me someone who can play the harp.” While the harp was being played, the power of the LORD came upon Elisha,

Hebrews 12:2

ESVSaying, “I will tell of your name to my brothers; in the midst of the congregation I will sing your praise.”
KJVLooking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
NASBfixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
NIVfixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
NLTWe do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

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Psalm 71:23

ESVMy lips will shout for joy, when I sing praises to you; my soul also, which you have redeemed.
KJVMy lips shall greatly rejoice when I sing unto thee; and my soul, which thou hast redeemed.
NASBMy lips will shout for joy when I sing praises to You; And my soul, which You have redeemed.
NIVMy lips will shout for joy when I sing praise to you— I whom you have delivered.
NLTI will shout for joy and sing your praises, for you have ransomed me.

2 Samuel 6:5

ESVAnd David and all the house of Israel were making merry before the Lord, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.
KJVAnd David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
NASBMeanwhile, David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before the LORD with all kinds of instruments made of fir wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals.
NIVDavid and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with castanets, harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.
NLTDavid and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the LORD, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments—lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals.

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Exodus 15:1

ESVThen Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea.
KJVThen sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea.
NASBThen Moses and the sons of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and said, “I will sing to the LORD, for He is highly exalted; The horse and its rider He has hurled into the sea.
NIVThen Moses and the Israelites sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he is highly exalted. Both horse and driver he has hurled into the sea.
NLTThen Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the LORD: “I will sing to the LORD, for he has triumphed gloriously; he has hurled both horse and rider into the sea.

Matthew 26:30

ESVAnd when they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
KJVAnd when they had sung an hymn, they went out into the mount of Olives.
NASBAfter singing a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
NIVWhen they had sung a hymn, they went out to the Mount of Olives.
NLTThen they sang a hymn and went out to the Mount of Olives.

Psalm 150:1

ESVPraise the Lord! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens!
KJVPraise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power.
NASBPraise the LORD! Praise God in His sanctuary; Praise Him in His mighty expanse.
NIVPraise the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heavens.
NLTPraise the LORD! Praise God in his sanctuary; praise him in his mighty heaven!

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