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8416 tehillah (teh-hee-law'); from 1984; laudation; specifically (concretely) a hymn: KJV-- praise. - to laud is to praise highly. Ps 22:3 - example 6) 8605 tephillah (tef-eel-law'); from 6419; intercession, supplication; by implication, a hymn: KJV-- prayer. Ps 4:1 - example

The word "tehillim" is a plural, not occurring in Biblical Hebrew, from the singular "tehillah" = "song of praise."

The original command of God to the Israelites, with regard to the keeping of His statues and precepts, was that they should "bind them for a sign upon their hand, and have them as frontlets between their eyes," was that they should keep them distinctly in view and carefully attend to them. But soon after their return from Babylon they began to interpret this injunction literally, and had accordingly portions of the law written out and worn about their person. These they called tephillin, i.e., "prayers." The passages so written out on strips of parchment were these, Exodus 12:2; Exodus 13:11; Deut. 6:4; Deu 11:18. They were then "rolled up in a case of black calfskin, which was attached to a stiffer piece of leather, having a thong one finger broad and one cubit and a half long. Those worn on the forehead were written on four strips of parchment, and put into four little cells within a square case, which had on it the Hebrew letter called shin, the three points of which were regarded as an emblem of God." This case tied around the forehead in a particular way was called "the tephillah on the head."

The tephillah or song-prayer is a prayer of intercession or supplication expressed in song. The Hebrews often sang their prayers (Isaiah 1:15). There are Hebrew and Greek words for prayer that suggest a direct petition or short, sharp cry of a distressed heart (Ps 30:2; 2 Cor 12:8) sung out in supplication. Habakkuk's tephillah in Habakkuk chapter 2 is a well known song-prayer of this sort. The following are examples of the usage of the term "tephillah" in scripture