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Higgaion
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The Lexham Bible Dictionary
Higgaion
Higgaion (הִגָּיוֹן‎, higgaiwon). Possibly a musical term, found primarily in the Psalms (Psa 9:16; 19:14; 92:3; Lam 3:62).
Baker Encyclopedia of the Bible
Higgaion
Higgaion. Musical notation in text of Psalm 9:16, presumably cueing the instrumental accompaniment to play softly, with a subdued sound.See Music and Musical Instruments.
The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, Revised
Higgaion
Higgaion hiʹgī-on, hi-gāʹon [Heb. higgāyôn] (Ps. 9:16 [MT 17]). A musical notation of uncertain meaning. It is derived from the verb hāg̱â, “mutter, speak, ponder,” and occurs elsewhere with the meaning “meditation” (Ps. 19:14 [MT 15]) or “murmur” (Lam. 3:62, NEB). In Ps. 92:3 (MT 4) it occurs
Tyndale Bible Dictionary
Higgaion
HIGGAION* Musical notation in text of Psalm 9:16, presumably cueing the instrumental accompaniment to play softly. See Music.
The HarperCollins Bible Dictionary (Revised and Updated)
Higgaion
Higgaion (hi-gay´yon), a Hebrew word that is transliterated by the nrsv in Ps. 9:16. Its meaning is unknown, but it occurs in combination with Selah, another transliterated Hebrew word of uncertain meaning. The term probably specified some sort of musical or liturgical notation. The word actually appears
The Wycliffe Bible Encyclopedia
Higgaion
HIGGAION. Transliteration of a Heb. term appearing only in Ps 9:16 where it is a musical note or direction. The term is translated “meditation” in Ps 19:14, “solemn sound” in Ps 92:3, and “device” in Lam 3:62.
Eerdmans Dictionary of the Bible
Higgaion
Higgaion (Heb. higgāyôn)A cryptic term occurring in ancient Hebrew poetry. It is likely derived from hgh (“moan, growl,” “muse”), and may refer to reflecting/meditating (Ps. 19:14 [MT 15]; Lam. 3:62; cf. Ps. 9:16 [17] with selâ, perhaps signalling a reflective pause or an instrumental interlude)
Eerdmans Bible Dictionary
Higgaion
Higgaion [hĭ gāˊyŏn] (Heb. higgāyôn). † A musical notation of uncertain meaning, possibly indicating either a flourish or a quiet passage (Ps. 9:16; cf. JB “muted music”). Elsewhere the Hebrew term is translated as a musical sound (Ps. 92:3; RSV, NIV “melody’ KJV “solemn sound”; JB
Smith’s Bible Dictionary
Higgaion
Higga´ion (meditation), a word which occurs three times in the book of Psalms—Ps. 9:16; 19:14; 92:3 (margin). The word has two meanings, one of a general character, implying thought, reflection, and another, in Ps. 9:16 and Ps. 92:3, of a technical nature, the precise meaning of which cannot at this
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
Higgaion
HIGGAI´ON (hi-gīʹyon). Possibly a musical note. It is transliterated in Ps. 9:16; translated “resounding music” in 92:3 and “meditation” in 19:14.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Higgaion
Higgaionin Ps. 92:3 means the murmuring tone of the harp. In Ps. 9:16 it is a musical sign, denoting probably a pause in the instrumental interlude. In Ps. 19:14 the word is rendered “meditation;” and in Lam. 3:62, “device” (R.V., “imagination”).
Harper’s Bible Dictionary
Higgaion
Higgaionhiggaion (hi-gayʹyuhn), a Hebrew word that appears in three Psalms. In two of them it seems to have some sort of musical connotation: in Ps. 9:16, where it occurs with the unknown word Selah and is simply transliterated, and in Ps. 92:3, where it is translated ‘melody’ (kjv: ‘solemn sound’).
Key passages
Ps 9:16

Yahweh has made himself known; he has executed judgment. The wicked is snared by the work of his hands. Higgaion Selah