Pious Music

Thomas Hall on Amos 6:5:

There is a grave, composed, pious music, by which contemplation is promoted, the affections are moved, sadness is expelled, the spirits are raised and revived, composed and fitted for God’s service and praise; and to this end the most pious and noble spirited men have used it; as Moses, Exod. 15; Deborah, Judg. 5; Hezekiah, Isa. 38.20; Jehoshaphat, 2 Chron. 22.27, 28; the Levites, Neh. 12.27; 1 Chron. 9.33; and the saints, Rev. 14.2, 3…

There is a light, loose, lustful, profane, emasculating music, whereby the corruptions which are in the heart are excited, and the fear of God is expelled. Job brings in the wicked with their timbrel and harp, rejoicing at the sound of the organ, Job 21.12, 13. Against such the Prophet denounceth a woe, Isa. 5.11, 12, and 24.8, 9.

Source: http://www.puritanboard.com/showthread.php/90276-Was-Hymn-Music-quot-Holy-quot-When-Written, Comment #4

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