Gittith (Git´ith)

A Hebrew word appearing in a phrase that occurs at the beginning of (Ps 8; Ps 81; and Ps 84). It is often left untranslated (“according to the Gittith”), though some translators have sought to relate the term to a Hebrew word meaning “(wine) press” or to the Philistine city of Gath. In any case, the phrase is assumed to refer to a musical mode, a particular musical instrument, or even a particular well-known melody to the tune of which the designated psalms might be sung.

Ps 8

Divine Majesty and Human Dignity
To the leader: according to The Gittith. A Psalm of David.
1O Lord, our Sovereign,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
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Ps 81

God's Appeal to Stubborn Israel
To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of Asaph.
1Sing aloud to God our strength;
shout for joy to the God of Jacob.2Raise a s ... View more

Ps 84

The Joy of Worship in the Temple
To the leader: according to The Gittith. Of the Korahites. A Psalm.
1How lovely is your dwelling place,
O Lord of hosts!2My sou ... View more

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