Syriac Father Jacob Bar Salibi on Instruments in Church

Syriac Father Jacob Bar Salibi (+1171) comments on the use of instruments in his treatise against the Melchites.

“God permitted sacrifices because He knew that the Israelites could not be convinced otherwise; and He also permitted the use by them of cymbals and other musical instruments, in order that they may not indulge in profane glees and in banquets. At the end, however, he put an end to sacrifices in saying: ‘I have no pleasure in whole burnt offerings, and the sacrifices of God are a broken spirit.’ (Psalm 51:16-17) He also put an end to songs and melodies by saying through the prophet: ‘Take thou away from me the noise of thy songs; for I will not hear the melody of thy viols.’ (Amos 5:23) How is it that you who have been ordered to sing spiritual songs endeavour to mix with the Church songs those relaxing Kinatha and loose tones, and thus weaken with these same Kinatha the vigour of the souls which have hardened themselves against the passions, and mortified their bodies by ascetic works, and begun to sing with angels?”