"Sing aloud to God our strength; make a joyful shout to the God of Jacob. Raise a song and strike the timbrel, the pleasant harp with the lute. Blow the trumpet at the time of the New Moon, at the full moon, on our solemn feast day. For this is a statute for Israel, a law of the God of Jacob." — Psalm 81:1-4

Quiz on Music in the Bible

Multiple Choice, True or False, Type in the Blank
Spelling counts, and this is a "closed Bible" quiz!

1. Their rocky relationship might be described (using poetic license) as "javelin vs. mandolin":

A. Javal and Mandol   B. David and Goliath   C. Peter and Malchus   D. David and Saul  

2. Choose the best description of the Psalms.

A.  A book of lyrical meditations, divided into chapters like other books of the Bible.
B.  A compilation of one hundred and fifty distinct songs written by King David and others under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
C.  A handy source for a positive thought or a promise to claim when one needs a quick spiritual "pick-me-up".
D.  A compilation of formerly obscure writings which Christians began to set to music in the third century A.D., and added to the Bible for convenience.

3. T or F: Within the book of the Acts of the apostles and the epistles of Paul, we have three examples of musical instruments being used in Christian worship services.


4. Complete the verse: "Then Moses and the children of Israel sang this song to the LORD, and spoke, saying: "I will sing to the LORD, for He has triumphed gloriously! The and its He has thrown into the sea! (Each blank is one word.)

5. Somebody has been tampering with the text! Catch the culprit by choosing the answer that corrects the list of musical instruments found in this verse:

"Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, drum, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?"

A.  FLUTE should be out, and PIPES in.
B.  PSALTERY does not belong, otherwise the verse reads correctly.
C.  DRUM should be out, and LYRE in.
D.  PIANO is missing, otherwise the verse reads correctly.

6. Twice in the New Testament, Christians are exhorted to use , , and spiritual songs to teach and admonish one another. (Each blank is one word.)

7. Which Old Testament prophet wrote, "The LORD your God in your midst, the Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing."

A. Zephaniah   B. Zaphnath-Paaneah   C. Zechariah   D. Zedekiah

8. T or F: The Bible never tells us of Jesus singing.


9. T or F: The Bible never tells us of an apostle singing.


10. Which is NOT a song mentioned in the Bible:

A.  The Song of the Bow
B.  The Song of Moses
C.  The Song of Absalom
D.   The Song of Songs

11. According to the book of Genesis, was "...the father of all those who play the harp and flute."

12.Complete the verse: "So the women sang as they danced, and said:

A.  Get down...boogie oogie oogie...get down!"
B.  Girls just wanna have fun!"
C.  Saul has slain his thousands, and David his ten thousands."
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13. "Is anyone among you suffering? Let him pray. Is anyone cheerful? Let him sing psalms." The Holy Spirit gave these comforting directives through:

A. Justus   B. Jude   C. John   D. James

14. Complete this passage: Thus says the man raised up on high, the anointed of the God of Jacob, and the sweet of Israel."

15. It is written in the Law, "You shall not let your livestock breed with another kind. You shall not sow your field with mixed seed. Nor shall a garment of mixed linen and wool come upon you." T or F: The next line is, "You shall not mix the voices of men and women to sing praise to Me."


16. "Why did you flee away secretly, and steal away from me, and not tell me; for I might have sent you away with joy and songs, with timbrel and harp?" These words were spoken:

A.  Joyfully to the prodigal son by his father.
B.  Deceitfully to Jacob by his twin brother.
C.  Sarcastically to Joseph by the Egyptian jailor before he imprisoned Joseph.
D.  Hypocritically to Jacob by his father-in-law.

17. In the verse cited in question sixteen above and elsewhere in several English translations of the Bible, a musical instrument called the TIMBREL appears. Another word for timbrel is:

A. Tambourine   B. Shofar   C. Tremolo   D. Zophar

18. Which sentence is NOT in the Bible:

A.  Abraham delighted to see my day and sang with joy.
B.  Your statutes have been my songs In the house of my pilgrimage.
C.  Sing us one of the songs of Zion!
D.  I will put an end to the sound of your songs, and the sound of your harps shall be heard no more.

19. You are my hiding place; You shall preserve me from trouble; You shall surround me with songs of . Selah.

20. They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except:

A.  Those who did not worship the beast or his image.
B.  The hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.
C.  Those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
D.  The apostles, angels, and archangels.

21. Speaking of Solomon, the Bible says that he spoke:

A.  thirty proverbs, and his songs were a thousand and five.
B.  thirty and one proverbs, and of songs but one.
C.  three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.
D.  thirty and one proverbs even as his songs were thirty and one.

22. Often in the Psalms and once in this Old Testament book, the Chief Musician is addressed.

A. Proverbs   B. Habakkuk   C. Lamentations   D. 1 Samuel

23. Jesus compared what His generation said about two people to children sitting in the marketplace and calling to one another, saying: 'We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we mourned to you, and you did not weep'." What two people did He have in mind?

A.  Herod and Pilate
B.  Himself and Caesar
C.  Moses and Elijah
D.  Himself and John the baptizer

24. T or F: The Bible gives us only one instance of angels appearing to humans on Earth while singing and playing harps.


25. Which musical instrument does the New Testament associate with the second coming of Christ?

A. Accordion   B. Drum   C. Trumpet   D. Harp