hymn Summary and Overview
Bible Dictionaries at a Glance
hymn in Easton's Bible Dictionary
occurs only Eph. 5:19 and Col. 3:16. The verb to "sing an hymn"
occurs Matt. 26:30 and Mark 14:26. The same Greek word is
rendered to "sing praises" Acts 16:25 (R.V., "sing hymns") and
Heb. 2:12. The "hymn" which our Lord sang with his disciples at
the last Supper is generally supposed to have been the latter
part of the Hallel, comprehending Ps. 113-118. It was thus a
name given to a number of psalms taken together and forming a
The noun hymn is used only with reference to the services of
the Greeks, and was distinguished from the psalm. The Greek
tunes required Greek hymns. Our information regarding the
hymnology of the early Christians is very limited.
hymn in Smith's Bible Dictionary
a religious song or psalm. #Eph 5:19; Col 3:16| Our Lord and his apostles sung a hymn after the last supper. In the jail at Philippi, Paul and Silas "sang hymns" (Authorized Version "praises") unto God, and so loud was their song that their fellow prisoners heard them.
hymn in Schaff's Bible Dictionary
HYMN . In the N.T. we have the hymn mentioned with the psalm and the spiritual song. Eph 5:19; Eph Col, 3:16. Paul and Silas sang hymns (A.V., "praises") in the prison at Philippi, Acts 16:25, and after the Last Supper our Lord and the disciples sang a hymn together, Matt 26:30.