The Bible declares that the word of God came by the inspiration of God: All scripture is given by inspiration of God (2 Timothy 3:16). The word inspiration means breath as God breathed. That is, by the breath of God or out of the mouth of God came the words of God. It is a demonstrated fact that you cannot say words without breath. [Try saying a word without breath; it cannot be done.] This process of speaking and expressing thoughts and feelings with breath out of the mouth is called tenor.
The Hebrew word for tenor is peh, meaning mouth as in the organ used for speech. It refers to the speech from the mouth. Note the following verses from Exodus 4 and the use of peh.
(v.10) And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech (peh), and of a slow tongue. (v.11) And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth (peh)? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?
Thus, one can recognize the association between speech and the mouth relative to the word peh. The Hebrew word peh comes from the root word paah meaning to break in pieces, scatter or to blow as the breath used to scatter something by blowing. Thus, one is able to see that the word tenor has an association with the word breath or inspiration.
The word tenor is translated twice in the Old Testament. First, in Genesis 43:7, the Bible says, And they said, The man asked us straitly of our state, and of our kindred, saying, Is your father yet alive? have ye another brother? and we told him according to the tenor of these words: could we certainly know that he would say, Bring your brother down?.
Here the sons of Israel, clearly mention that they answered Joseph after the tenor of his words. How Joseph spoke to his brothers and how they answered him was described by his brothers to their father as, we told him according to the tenor of these words (Joseph's speech). This demonstrates how the word tenor has an association with the words and the speech of ones mouth, in this case, these words and speech refer to what Joseph said and how he said it.
The second use of the word tenor is found in Exodus 34:27: And the LORD said unto Moses, Write thou these words: for after the tenor of these words I have made a covenant with thee and with Israel. Here the LORD is commanding Moses to write the words, which had come out of His mouth, God stating, after the tenor of these words have I made a covenant. The word tenor here describes God's speech, both what He spoke to Moses and how He spoke His words to Moses.
These two verses in which the word tenor was translated are significant in giving a biblical understanding of this word tenor. In both cases, the expression, words were used to convey thoughts, clearly Joseph's thoughts to his brethren and the LORD's thoughts to Moses. It should be pointed out that to convey a thought clearly, these words would have been spoken with vowels. Because the LORD commanded Moses to write these words down, puts forth a clear argument for inspired vowel pointing. Therefore, today when people who hold to the historical position that vowel pointing was not inspired, but added in the 10th century by the Masoretic scribes, are biblically wrong in their conclusion.
Also, the use of the word tenor suggests how the sound of the words was expressed when spoken from the mouth. How a particular word was used (its contextual expression) was revealed through the placing of the Hebrew accent marks with the syllables of the word. This suggests that accent marks are also inspired in order to reveal the tenor (sounds out from the mouth) or how the words were expressed. It should also be noted that God's inspired music (Heaven's music) is revealed when the Hebrew word's syllabic-rhythm and accent marks are coupled together.
In summary, these two verses: Genesis 43:7 and Exodus 34:27, reveal that words are used to express meaning, that is: what God says. Tenor, the coupling of words and accent marks, reveals how God expresses Himself, that is, how God says His words. In Hebrew, when the syllabic-rhythm of words and accents are coupled together, music is produced. In conclusion, because God's words (including vowels and syllables) and His accent marks (after the tenor or sound from the mouth) are inspired (write thou these words), then the music of the Bible is also inspired. Thus, both Heaven's words and Heaven's music or God's words and God's music is revealed in Scripture.