Regardless of chosen resources - be they Jewish or contemporary Christian or secular Wikipedic - there are varying opinions about the word's source and uses. Associated with their explanations are words like "maybe", "sometimes", "probably", "likely", "possibly", "if", etc.
We can just picture our linquistic experts as they sit in amused silence, each one scratching their head.
None, however, disagree on the word's ultimate power. In every instance, "Selah" is the grandest of all thanks-givings, for the source of "Selah" resides in the headwaters of heaven itself!
From the Jewish Talmud we learn that "Selah" is treated as a synonym of neẓaḥ and wa'ed, signifying eternal continuance without interruption.
It is also seen as a verb that means "lift up", applying to the voice. Some regard it to be an equivalent, or an affirmative corroborative expletive (no worries, this expletive doesn't come with soap!). (1)
The Amplified Bible adds “pause and calmly think about that” to each verse where it appears.
When we encounter the "Selah" in scripture, it simply means that we are to pause, and to carefully weigh the meaning of what we have just read or heard, lifting up our hearts in praise to God for His great truths. (2)
On this day of Thanksgiving, it seems so very appropriate to Selah at sunrise. In my world, He has certainly done, and does all things well. Selah!
“All the earth bows down to You;
they sing praise to You,
they sing praise to Your name."
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