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International Standard Bible Encyclopedia
vı̄´ol ( נבל , nēbhel , נבל , nebhel ): the King James Version and the Revised Version (British and American) in Isaiah 14:11; Amos 5:23; Amos 6:5; the King James Version alone in Isaiah 5:12 , the Revised Version (British and American) "lute." "Viol" is derived from Latin vitella , a doublet of vitula , a "viol"; hence, French vielle , doublet of viole . The viol was a bowed instrument, the parent of the violin tribe, and is not a true equivalent for nebhel . See MUSIC .
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Orr, James, M.A., D.D. General Editor. Entry for 'Viol'. International Standard Bible Encyclopedia. https://www.studylight.org/encyclopedias/eng/isb/v/viol.html. 1915.