Selah (/ˈsiːlə/; Hebrew: סֶלָה, also transliterated as selāh) is a word used seventy-four times in the Hebrew Bible—seventy-one times in the Psalms and three times in Habakkuk. The meaning of the word is not known, though I have listed three out of the various suggested interpretations below…
1). Stop and listen.
2). An alternate interpretation is that “Selah, [celah], is from the primary Hebrew root word [calah] which means ‘to hang,’ and by implication to measure (weigh). This is readily understood because in Biblical history, money, food and other valuables were ‘weighed’ by hanging or suspending them on a type of balance (the equivalent of our measuring scale) to determine their value. This implies a possible meaning is an instruction to measure carefully and reflect upon the preceding statements.
3).The Amplified Bible translates selah as “pause, and think of that.” It can also be interpreted as a form of underlining in preparation for the next paragraph.
And again.. Selah!
This is a bit of an early throwback post (shot at 32 weeks), but there has been a LOT of ‘selah-ing’ in our household at the moment. A lot of reflection on a journey that hasn’t always been easy. Never before have we been faced so much change in a ridiculously short space of time. There has been an unprecedented amount of preparation for the ‘next paragraph’ in our lives.. Some of it planned, others not. However through the times of anxiety or stress, I take comfort in the fact I can stop, listen and draw on the faith that has seen me through many trials! Things are going to be very different..
I can’t get my head around the fact that; God willing, by the next time I post I’ll have a daughter, so for now it’s all about resting, listening to the words of wisdom that have been shared with me, and reflecting on these last few days of freedom..