1 Chronicles Chapter 25

1 Chronicles Chapter 25 is about the musicians who were set apart by King David along with the commanders of the army. They took the sons of Heman, Asaph, and Jeduthun.

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These men were the ones in charge of ministry, prophesying, and music. They were said to be accompanied by those playing harps, lyres, and cymbals. The men who performed this type of service were listed in the chaper.

The Sons of Asaph

The sons of the Israelite named Asaph were as follows: Joseph, Zakkur, Nethaniah, and Asarelah. These men were under the supervision of their father, Asaph, who was said to have prophesied under the supervision of the king.

The Sons of Jeduthun

The sons of Jeduthun were these men: Zeri, Gedaliah, Shimei, Mattithiah and Hashabiah. There were six sons in all who were under the supervision of Jeduthun, their father. They were the ones who prophesied with the harp who sang praises to the Lord, giving Him thanks for what He has done.

Heman’s sons were these men: Bukkiah, Uzziel, Mattaniah, Shubael, Hanniah, Jerimoth, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Tomamti-Ezer, Mallothi, Joshbekashah, Hothir and Mahazioth. These men were the sons of the king’s seer, who were given to him through a promise made by God. He had received 14 sons and three daughters from God.

Praising God with Music

These men played and were supervised by their fathers. They praised the Lord with music in the temple. They used lyres, harps, and cymbals for the ministry in the temple. The three men who supervised their sons were under the king. All of their relatives were also trained musicians who were skilled in music which they offered to the Lord.

They were 288 in number, young and old alike. Teachers, students, and all cast lots so that their schedule of duty will be assigned to them. Their schedule was divided according to their household.

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1 Chronicles 25 (King James Version)

1 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was:

2 Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king.

3 Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD.

4 Of Heman: the sons of Heman; Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth:

5 All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.

6 All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the LORD, with cymbals, psalteries, and harps, for the service of the house of God, according to the king’s order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.

7 So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight.

8 And they cast lots, ward against ward, as well the small as the great, the teacher as the scholar.

9 Now the first lot came forth for Asaph to Joseph: the second to Gedaliah, who with his brethren and sons were twelve:

10 The third to Zaccur, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

11 The fourth to Izri, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

12 The fifth to Nethaniah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

13 The sixth to Bukkiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

14 The seventh to Jesharelah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

15 The eighth to Jeshaiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

16 The ninth to Mattaniah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

17 The tenth to Shimei, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

18 The eleventh to Azareel, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

19 The twelfth to Hashabiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

20 The thirteenth to Shubael, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

21 The fourteenth to Mattithiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

22 The fifteenth to Jeremoth, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

23 The sixteenth to Hananiah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

24 The seventeenth to Joshbekashah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

25 The eighteenth to Hanani, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

26 The nineteenth to Mallothi, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

27 The twentieth to Eliathah, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

28 The one and twentieth to Hothir, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

29 The two and twentieth to Giddalti, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

30 The three and twentieth to Mahazioth, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve:

31 The four and twentieth to Romamtiezer, he, his sons, and his brethren, were twelve.

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