Mahalath

“A lute; lyre. (1.) The daughter of Ishmael, and third wife of” Esau (Gen. 28:9); called also Bashemath (Gen. 36:3). “(2.) The daughter of Jerimoth, who was one of David’s sons. She was one of Rehoboam’s wives (2 Chr. 11:18).

This word leannoth seems to point to some kind of instrument “unknown (Ps. 88, title). The whole phrase has by others been” “rendered, “On the sickness of affliction: a lesson;” or,” Concerning afflictive sickness: a didactic psalm.

“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 it as alluding to the contents of” the psalm.

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