tambourine (Also timbrel)

A hand-carried percussion instrument, popularly used by women, and forbidden in the Temple. It was associated with religious hymns (Exod 15:20; “Miriam”; Ps 68:25, “girls”; Ps 89:2, Ps 149:3, Ps 150:4; Jer 31:4, “virgin Israel”). Usually reflecting joyous occasions (Isa 24:8; Judg 11:34), it may have carried unfortunate connotations from its female symbolism at fertility rites.

Exod 15:20

The Song of Miriam
20Then the prophet Miriam, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand; and all the women went out after her with tambourines and with danc ... View more

Ps 68:25

25the singers in front, the musicians last,
between them girls playing tambourines:

Ps 89:2

2I declare that your steadfast love is established forever;
your faithfulness is as firm as the heavens.

Ps 149:3

3Let them praise his name with dancing,
making melody to him with tambourine and lyre.

Ps 150:4

4Praise him with tambourine and dance;
praise him with strings and pipe!

Jer 31:4

4Again I will build you, and you shall be built,
O virgin Israel!
Again you shall take your tambourines,
and go forth in the dance of the merrymakers.

Isa 24:8

8The mirth of the timbrels is stilled,
the noise of the jubilant has ceased,
the mirth of the lyre is stilled.

Judg 11:34

Jephthah's Daughter
34Then Jephthah came to his home at Mizpah; and there was his daughter coming out to meet him with timbrels and with dancing. She was his on ... View more

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