What Does ‘Selah’ Mean?

You are cruising through a Psalm and boom, there is the word Selah. What does it mean? Check out this article.

Selah. This beautiful, thoughtful, yet mysterious word appears in the Bible primarily in the book of Psalms. But what does it mean, and why is it there?

The question of what Selah means has been debated for centuries. Many have suggested that it means, “to pause, or to reflect”, and this explanation makes sense based on the context. However, the uncertainty of what it actually means or why it is there has led some modern Bible translations to take the word Selah completely out of the text and place it in the footnotes. So, if no one really knows what Selah means, and some translations footnote it, why does it matter to us today?

The short answer is that no one really knows. The long answer is that it matters very much for several reasons.

M. Wilson

Published by Intentional Faith

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