New Defender's Study Bible Notes
27:23 clap their hands. This is the first of nine references to hand-clapping; with four different Hebrew words being so translated. However, all of these refer to “smiting” or “striking,” either in derision or in exultation over the defeat and humiliation of an enemy, and are commonly so translated. The modern practices of clapping to show approval of a performance or in rhythmic accompaniment to music and dancing has no Biblical warrant.