Bible Verses About Music

What does the Bible say about music? Read the best Bible verses on music that have been researched and retrieved from more than twenty popular translations of God's word! These specially selected quotes will broaden and deepen your understanding of the meaning of this important Biblical subject.

Song of Victory
Over the Egyptians

Exodus 15:1 - 2, 11 - 13, ESV

I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him.

Who is like you, O Lord, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders? You stretched out your right hand; the earth swallowed them. You have led in your steadfast love the people whom you have redeemed; you have guided them by your strength to your holy abode.

Music Made When
Universe Created

Job 38:4, 6, TLB

Where were you (Job) when I (God) laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much . . . What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?

Music and Rejoicing at
Temple's Dedication

2Chronicles 5:13, DRV

So when they all sounded together, both with trumpets, and voice, and cymbals, and organs, and with divers kind of musical instruments, and lifted up their voice on high: the sound was heard afar off, so that when they began to praise the Lord, and to say: Give glory to the Lord for he is good, for his mercy endureth for ever: the house of God was filled with a cloud.

Instruments of Music

2Samuel 6:5, NKJV

Then David and all the house of Israel played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments (psalteries), on tambourines (timbrels), on sistrums (a percussion instrument), and on cymbals.

Psalm 33:2, NIV

Praise the Lord with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre.

Psalm 81:1 - 3, TLB

Sing praises! Sing to Israel’s God! Sing, accompanied by drums; pluck the sweet lyre and harp. Sound the trumpet! Come to the joyous celebrations at full moon, new moon, and all the other holidays.

Daniel 3:5, HBFV

At the time you hear the sound of the horn (cornet), the pipe (flute with at least two reeds), zither (a type of lyre), the lyre (Hebrew sabbka), harp (Hebrew psanterin, a type of dulcimer), bagpipe (mistranslated as bagpipe, instrument unknown), and all kinds of music, you shall fall down and worship the golden image that Nebuchadnezzar the king has set up.

Music to
Thank the Lord

1Chronicles 16:8 - 10, NIV

Give thanks to the Lord, call on his name; make known among the nations what he has done. Sing to him, sing praise to him; tell of all his wonderful acts. Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice.

Musical Instruments
Made for Worship

2Chronicles 7:6, CEV

The priests were in their assigned places, blowing their trumpets. And the Levites faced them, playing the musical instruments that (King) David had made for them to use when they praised the Lord for his never-ending love.

No Music
in Captivity

Psalm 137:1 - 4, ESV

By the waters of Babylon, there we sat down and wept, when we remembered Zion. On the willows there we hung up our lyres. For there our captors required of us songs, and our tormentors, mirth, saying, "Sing us one of the songs of Zion!" How shall we sing the Lord’s song in a foreign land?

Saints Should
Sing to God

Psalm 30:4, ESV

Sing praises to the Lord, O you his saints, and give thanks to his holy name.

Cheerful Music
to God

James 5:13, NKJV

Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms.

A Talent for Music

You were in Eden, the garden of God . . . the workmanship of your timbrels and pipes was prepared for you on the day you were created (Ezekiel 28:13, NKJV).

When God created Lucifer, according to the Bible, he blessed him with unmatched musical talent. He intended him, in his important position as a covering cherub, to be a living instrument of music and praise. Lucifer would later fulfill, and even exceed, what was expected of him. He was then rewarded, unlike any other spirit being, with a throne of responsibility (see Isaiah 14:13). His vanity and lust, however, corrupted him and turned him into Satan the devil.

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CEV - Contemporary English Version
DRV - Douay-Rheims Version
ESV - English Standard Version
HBFV - Holy Bible Faithful Version
NIV - New International Version
NKJV - New King James Version
TLB - The Living Bible