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Tuesday, January 6 2015

Psalm 46: The Women's Song Of Alamoth

"A Song upon Alamoth"

When the Israelites completed their crossing of the sea at the time of the Exodus (see Crossing The Sea; also How Long Were They Slaves?), they sang a victory song for the opportunity that the LORD was giving to them - to use, or to lose (see Why A Book Of Deuteronomy In The Bible? and Liberation, Not Liberal-ation).


"15:1 Then 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. 15:2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him an habitation; my father's God, and I will exalt him. 15:3 The LORD is a man of war: the LORD is his name. 15:4 Pharaoh's chariots and his host hath he cast into the sea: his chosen captains also are drowned in the Red sea. 15:5 The depths have covered them: they sank into the bottom as a stone. 15:6 Thy right hand, O LORD, is become glorious in power: thy right hand, O LORD, hath dashed in pieces the enemy. 15:7 And in the greatness of thine excellency thou hast overthrown them that rose up against thee: thou sentest forth thy wrath, which consumed them as stubble. 15:8 And with the blast of thy nostrils the waters were gathered together, the floods stood upright as an heap, and the depths were congealed in the heart of the sea.

15:9 The enemy said, I will pursue, I will overtake, I will divide the spoil; my lust shall be satisfied upon them; I will draw my sword, my hand shall destroy them. 15:10 Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them: they sank as lead in the mighty waters.

15:11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders? 15:12 Thou stretchedst out thy right hand, the earth swallowed them.

15:13 Thou in thy mercy hast led forth the people which thou hast redeemed: thou hast guided them in thy strength unto thy holy habitation. 15:14 The people shall hear, and be afraid: sorrow shall take hold on the inhabitants of Palestina. 15:15 Then the dukes of Edom shall be amazed; the mighty men of Moab, trembling shall take hold upon them; all the inhabitants of Canaan shall melt away. 15:16 Fear and dread shall fall upon them; by the greatness of thine arm they shall be as still as a stone; till thy people pass over, O LORD, till the people pass over, which thou hast purchased. 15:17 Thou shalt bring them in, and plant them in the mountain of thine inheritance, in the place, O LORD, which thou hast made for thee to dwell in, in the Sanctuary, O Lord, which thy hands have established. 15:18 The LORD shall reign for ever and ever.

15:19 For the horse of Pharaoh went in with his chariots and with his horsemen into the sea, and the LORD brought again the waters of the sea upon them; but the children of Israel went on dry land in the midst of the sea." (Exodus 15:1-19 KJV)

The verses above do not specifically state whether all of the Israelites sang with Moses - or just the men. It seems that it was just the men, singing their part, because the women, led by Miriam, the sister of Moses, then sang their song in response i.e. "Miriam answered them." Whether the Israelites already had a tradition of male and female music, sang together as one, is unknown - however, as we will read, it did exist at least from that day on.

"15:20 And Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.

15:21 And Miriam answered them, Sing ye to the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea." (Exodus 15:20-21 KJV)

In the time of King Solomon, "men singers and women singers," just as they performed at the Exodus, provided music in Israel.

"2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts." (Ecclesiastes 2:8 KJV)

"Alamoth," from the Hebrew word pronounced awl-law-mawth, referred to the female soprano singing voice. While often recorded in reference to musical instruments, it was actually referring to the key in which the music was played for soprano voices. King David, the father of King Solomon, composed a wide repertoire of Psalms (keeping in mind that the Psalms were prayers and prophecies set to music e.g. see Psalm 4: David's Prayer and Psalm 22: David's View From The Cross), including those to be played and sung by soprano voices e.g. "To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth" i.e. a song for soprano.

"46:1 To the chief Musician for the sons of Korah, A Song upon Alamoth.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. 46:2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 46:3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.

46:4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 46:5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 46:6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 46:7 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

46:8 Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 46:9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 46:10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.

46:11 The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah." (Psalm 46:1-11 KJV)

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This Day In History, January 6

871: The Battle of Ashdown between the Danes and the West Saxons under Ethelred and Alfred the Great.

1066: Harold Godwinson, England's last Anglo-Saxon king, was coronated as Harold II. He succeeded his deceased brother-in-law, Edward the Confessor.

1099: Henry V, second son of Henry IV and his first wife Bertha of Turin, was crowned king of Germany.

1169: England and France agreed to peace when Louis VII and Henry II met at Montmirail.

1205: Philip of Swabia, King of the Germans, became "King of the Romans" (Latin: Rex Romanorum; German: Romisch-Deutscher Konig; see The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

German Empire
1492: Ferdinand and Isabella, "The Catholic Monarchs" of Spain, entered Granada, completing the Reconquista. Ferdinand and Isabella are most well-known to history as the employers of Christopher Columbus (see Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy for a map of the four voyages of Columbus - all of which were actually limited to the islands of the Caribbean Sea), as well as for their "Spanish Inquisition" that imprisoned, tortured and murdered non-Catholics all across Europe.

1540: King Henry VIII of England married his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.

1558: The French seized the British-held port of Calais.

1781: During the Battle of Jersey, the British defeated the last attempt by France to invade the island (Jersey is the largest island in the English Channel).

1848: Pope Pius IX, in his encyclical letter "In Suprema Petri Apostoli Sede" ("On The Supreme Throne Of Peter The Apostle"; see also Papal Bull) invited the Orthodox Church to reunite with the Church of Rome.

1884: Austrian monk Gregor Mendel died. He made many scientific discoveries involving genetics.

1912: German geophysicist Alfred Wegener published his (correct) theory of continental drift. Although obvious, such as in how the west coast of Africa and the east coast of South America would fit together perfectly (because they were joined long ago), Wegener was rejected and mocked in his own time for it. It was only in the 1950s that continental drift became accepted by science.

1929: King Alexander of Yugoslavia abolished the constitution, dissolved the government and established a royal dictatorship.

1959: The British jet Lightning P-1 flew twice the speed of sound.

1969: President Charles de Gaulle of France banned French arms sales to Israel.

1989: Emperor Hirohito of Japan died at age 87. He reigned 62 years.

1990: Poland's Communist Party leaders agreed to its dissolution and replacement by a non-Marxist party.

2009: In response to continuous rocket attacks on civilian population centers by Palestinian terrorists, Israel began a counter-attack on Gaza, Operation Cast Lead.


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