What Does Selah Mean?


What is the meaning of the word “Selah” that appears in some of the Psalms in the KJV Bible and that you also use in your ministry? Thank you very much for your teachings and comments. They are very rewarding.


Selah is a Hebrew word that literally means “to lift up, or exalt”. When used in the Psalms, which were sung rather than spoken, it marked a place where the singers were to pause for an instrumental interlude. Some say the purpose of this pause was to allow the listeners to reflect for a moment on the words being sung. It’s as if the audience was being told to “think about that”. When you see the word “selah” at the end of one of our articles it means we’re encouraging you to “think about that”.