Poetry sung to the praise of God and for the mutual encouragement of believers. Hymns and songs are not clearly distinguished in Scripture, but the NT contains examples of possible early Christian hymns.
Hymns are sung to the praise of God’s name
Christians are to sing hymns together for mutual encouragement
1Co 14:26 See also Eph 5:19; Col 3:16 “Psalms” refers to the OT psalms (see Lk 20:42; 24:44; Ac 1:20; 13:33) some of which may have been set to music by Christians. “Psalm” could also describe a song newly composed for Christian worship (see 1Co 14:26 where “hymn” translates Greek “psalmos”).
Examples of singing hymns
By Paul and Silas in prison Ac 16:25
Examples of hymns
The Benedictus: Zechariah’s song of thanksgiving at the birth of his son, John the Baptist See also Lk 1:68-79
The Magnificat: Mary’s song of praise as the future mother of the Lord Lk 1:46-55
The Nunc Dimittis: Simeon’s response to seeing the child Jesus Lk 2:29-32
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