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Hark, the Herald Angels...Sing?

Discussion in 'Christianity DIR' started by FerventGodSeeker, May 22, 2006.

  1. FerventGodSeeker

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    In the Bible, angels never sing. They say things, proclaim things, I think they even shout things....but they never are seen singing in Scripture. If you'd like to prove me wrong, I invite Scripture citations.
    In the meantime, does anyone know where the idea that angels sing came from? We see the idea all the time, especially in Christian music, but I don't know where it originated.

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    Well, we all know they're issued harps along with their robes, sandals, &c. Surely not all their playing is purely instrumental.
     
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    I can't help you in providing anything historical (like you've requested...sorry)...

    I think the concept of angels singing is something that's been assumed based upon what we have been taught via the Bible about angels.

    One definiton that I've come across of the verb "sing" is "to recount or celebrate" and we know from the bible that angels do worship and praise.

    I don't think it unlikely that they are in constant celebration of our Heavenly Father.

    As Seyorni mentioned instruments...I think it likely that it's been assumed that along with playing instruments in praise...angels also sing praises.
     
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    Where in the Bible is an angel described playing a harp?
     
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    While this is potentially possible, I do not believe that worship and praise are confined to music. We can worship and praise God in a number of ways, and I don't think there's a reason to assume that when angels priase God that they sing. As Seyorni also mentioned them having a harp to sing along with, I have never seen a Bible verse where any angels are seen with harps.

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    Revelations 5:11 Then I looked and heard the voice of many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne and the living creatures and the elders. 12 In a loud voice they sang:
    "Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain,
    to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength
    and honor and glory and praise!"
    NIV

    And that's the rest of the story... :D BTW, this is part of Handel's Messiah: a most beautiful piece of music.
     
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    I agree with you completely. I don't think that worship and praise are confined to music either.

    And I didn't mention harps...I simply noted that Seyorni mentioned instruments. :)

    I think it can go either way. Based upon what we have in scripture...I'd say because it isn't directly mentioned...the concept of angels singing may be a man made notion.

    I can also see how people could assume that they DO sing because one can "celebrate" God in many ways...singing being one of those ways.
     
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    My NKJV uses "saying" in the place of "sang" but my gut feeling is that they're interchangeable.

    Thanks for the scriptural references. :)
     
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    Unfortunately, you'll find that the NIV isn't the greatest translation. The New King James that I use says, "saying with a loud voice..." The Greek word there is lego, and it is translated quite consistently throughout the New Testament as "say". If we were to assume that this word actually meant "sing" the New Testament would become a musical;) . But I almost thought you had me for a second!:D

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    That's a good point, it may have just been a natural assumption, but I just find it odd that we hear it so often but it's never in Scripture, and I don't think that there's a reason to assume it. Honestly, it doesn't make that big of a difference in the long run, but I just think its interesting to study, and I am wondering when the concept entered Christian history.

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    I think the NIV is very good. And to be honest...truly what would be the difference between saying something with a loud voice and singing..."with a loud voice"...indicates projectory...I don't have a problem accepting that this could mean singing as opposed to screaming. :)
     
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    I think the NIV is lacking in a lot of ways. On top of being written at an 8th grade reading level (no joke), it actually deletes a number of verses from Scripture.
    I think that it is quite possible for angels to project something with a loud voice without singing. They aren't human, they aren't hindered by human vocal chords capacity. I think they can shout or proclaim loudly without singing.

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    We sing. We're capable of singing praises.

    Angels were created by the very same God...I think God is more than capable of creating beings that would sing his praises as we do! There are angels whose purpose is to constantly praise and worship God. Our kind, gentle and jealous God...whether or not they sing or simply shout...I'm sure it's beautiful...either way.
     
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    I think they can too but I don't think we'll know until we get there...if you know what I mean. :)

    I'm partial to the NKJV but I also refer to the NIV, NLT and NCV and when comparing scripture...the differences really aren't huge. Truly.
     
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    Which version do you prefer, do you mind me asking?
     
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    At least it beats the heck out of the KJV! Who wants to translate a translation? :D Fortunately, no matter what translation we use, it is the Holy Spirit that helps us to understand what is written.
     
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    I read your post and got a mental picture of this big, Phishlike jam band in heaven.:band:
     
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    My personal preference in the New King James, since it is a good solid translation but is easier to read without the "thees" and "thous". However, when I do a Bible study I am spending so much time looking up the Greek or Hebrew of the passage that the English becomes a secondary necesity.

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