'Play' in the Bible
His brother was named Jubal; he was the father of all who play the lyre and the flute.
Let our lord command your servants here in your presence to look for someone who knows how to play the lyre. Whenever the evil spirit from God troubles you, that person can play the lyre, and you will feel better.”
One of the young men answered, “I have seen a son of Jesse of Bethlehem who knows how to play the lyre. He is also a valiant man, a warrior, eloquent, handsome, and the Lord is with him.”
Whenever the spirit from God troubled Saul, David would pick up his lyre and play, and Saul would then be relieved, feel better, and the evil spirit would leave him.
Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps according to Alamoth;
Heman and Jeduthun had with them trumpets and cymbals to play and musical instruments of God. Jeduthun’s sons were at the gate.
The hills yield food for him,while all sorts of wild animals play there.
Can you play with him like a birdor put him on a leash for your girls?
Sing a new song to Him;play skillfully on the strings, with a joyful shout.
Lift up a song—play the tambourine,the melodious lyre, and the harp.
There the ships move about,and Leviathan, which You formed to play there.
God, I will sing a new song to You;I will play on a ten-stringed harp for You—
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving;play the lyre to our God,
An infant will play beside the cobra’s pit,and a toddler will put his hand into a snake’s den.
Pick up your lyre,stroll through the city,prostitute forgotten by men.Play skillfully,sing many a song,and you will be thought of again.
The Lord will save me;we will play stringed instrumentsall the days of our livesat the house of the Lord.
Don’t become idolaters as some of them were; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and got up to play.