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Minstrel


Minstrel. The Hebrew word in 2 Kings 3:15 properly signifies a player upon a stringed instrument like the harp or kinnor [Harp], whatever its precise character may have been, on which David played before Saul, 1 Sam. 16:16; 18:10; 19:9, and which the harlots of the great cities used to carry with them as they walked, to attract notice. Isa. 23:16. The “minstrels” in Matt. 9:23 were the flute-players who were employed as professional mourners, to whom frequent allusion is made. 2 Chron. 35:25; Eccles. 12:5; Jer. 9:17-20.