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Mahalath, the title of Ps. 53, and Mahalath-leannoth, the title of Ps. 88. The meaning of these words is uncertain. The conjecture is that mahalath is a guitar, and that leannoth has reference to the character of the psalm, and might be rendered “to humble or afflict,” in which sense the root occurs
The New Unger’s Bible Dictionary
MA´HALATH (maʹha-lath; “sickness”).1. The daughter of Ishmael and third wife of Esau (Gen. 28:9; 36:3; in the latter passage called Basemath).2. The granddaughter of David, daughter of Jerimoth, and wife of Rehoboam (2 Chron. 11:18), 926 b.c.3. Part of the title of Pss. 53 and 88. See Musical Terms.
Easton’s Bible Dictionary
Mahalath Maschil—in the title of Ps. 53, denoting that this was a didactic psalm, to be sung to the accompaniment of the lute or guitar. Others regard this word “mahalath” as the name simply of an old air to which the psalm was to be sung. Others, again, take the word as meaning “sickness,” and regard
Nelson’s New Illustrated Bible Dictionary
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
The Zondervan Encyclopedia of the Bible, Volume 4, M–P
Mahalath, Mahalath Leannoth
mahalath, mahalath leannoth may’huh-lath, may’huh-lath-lee-an’oth (מָחֲלַת H4714 and לְעַנּוֹת H4361). Musical terms of uncertain meaning found, respectively, in the titles of Ps. 53 and 88. The first term is often interpreted as referring to a musical instrument, such as the flute; and if the word lĕʿannôt
The International Standard Bible Encyclopaedia, Volumes 1–5
MAHALATH, mä′ha-lath (מַחֲלַת, maḥǎlath):(1) In Gen 28:9 the name of a wife of Esau, daughter of Ishmael, and sister of Nebaioth, called in 36:3, Basemath(q.v.). The Sam, however, throughout ch 36 retains “Mahalath.” On the other hand, in 26:34 Basemath is said to be “the daughter of Elon the Hittite,”