“Selah” is the second track from Kanye West’s ninth studio album “Jesus Is King” released on October 25, 2019. The song appears to discuss Kanye’s place as a mortal human being among gods and lords.
‘Selah’ is a word found in the Bible in the Book of Psalms. It is said that the word of Hebrew origin has a vague meaning between “uplift”, “motivate”, “attenuate” and “exalt”. However, according to Kanye, the word means “Look back and think”.
There are several biblical references in the song; Noah and the Flood, John 8:33, John 8:36, Judas and more. For these biblical references, Kanye sneaks in lyrical verses coinciding with the contents of the Bible. Listen to the track below.
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In the first verse of “Selah”, Kanye can be seen comparing himself to “Noah”. Noah was commissioned to build an ark large enough to hold two of all types of animals that roamed the earth. It is often said that Noah was ridiculed for this task, but when the Floods came, Noah was everyone’s only savior. Kanye West has had a “controversial” history in personal life as well as on stage. But now people are screaming for his music and his vision embedded in his music. “Yandhi” was the title of Kanye’s previous album which was dropped in 2018.
Direct references to Bible verses were converted to lyrics by Kanye West.
John 8:33 in the Bible reads; “They answered him, ‘We are descendants of Abraham and have never been slaves to anyone. How can you say that we will be released? “ John 8:36 in the Bible reads, in answer to the above question; “So if the Son sets you free, you will be truly free. “
Kanye also contradicts between the “weak” and the “strong”. He plays on the words “weak” and “week” and says that normal people start their week on Monday, alluding to the “work week”. But strong people (with faith) start their week on Sunday by attending church services.
“Selah” also features a beautiful choir of “hallelujah” sung by a Sunday service choir. The word “hallelujah” in Hebrew means “praise God”.
In the second verse, Kanye West calls on everyone, including young people, to change for the better. He tries to unite the people as “the army of God”. In all that we do, keep God in mind and at heart, and we will reap the fruits of his favor bountifully.
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