Holman Illustrated Bible Dictionary
GONG Loud percussion instrument, perhaps like a type of cymbal used in the temple worship (1 Cor. 13:1; KJV, brass). The Greek is literally “noisy brass,” referring to the metal from which the instrument was made.
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 2, D–G
gong. The expression “resounding gong” (NRSV, “noisy gong”) is used only once to render Greek chalkos ēchōn, “sounding brass,” mentioned by Paul to illustrate the futility of the gift of glossolalia if unaccompanied by love (1 Cor. 13:1). See also music, musical instruments III.C; tongues, gift of.
The New Interpreter’s Dictionary of the Bible, Volumes 1–5
GONG [χαλκός chalkos]. A percussive musical instrument made of copper or brass. In 1 Cor 13:1 prophecy without love is compared to a noisy gong. See MUSIC; MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
4. Gong
4. GongGong is the term used in the translation of the phrase chalkos ēchōn (χαλκὸς ἠχῶν), literally “sounding or booming brass” (1 Cor 13:1). It was previously thought to be a musical instrument, but recent research understands this term as an unequivocal reference to a resonating vase made of brass