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1 Chronicles 25

The Musicians

1David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:

2From the sons of Asaph:

Zakkur, Joseph, Nethaniah and Asarelah. The sons of Asaph were under the supervision of Asaph, who prophesied under the king’s supervision.

3As for Jeduthun, from his sons:

Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei,a Hashabiah and Mattithiah, six in all, under the supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied, using the harp in thanking and praising the Lord.

4As for Heman, from his sons:

Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael and Jerimoth; Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-Ezer; Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir and Mahazioth. 5(All these were sons of Heman the king’s seer. They were given him through the promises of God to exalt him. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.)

6All these men were under the supervision of their father for the music of the temple of the Lord, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God.

Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king. 7Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord—they numbered 288. 8Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.

9The first lot, which was for Asaph, fell to Joseph,
his sons and relativesb12c
the second to Gedaliah,
him and his relatives and sons12
10the third to Zakkur,
his sons and relatives12
11the fourth to Izri,d
his sons and relatives12
12the fifth to Nethaniah,
his sons and relatives12
13the sixth to Bukkiah,
his sons and relatives12
14the seventh to Jesarelah,e
his sons and relatives12
15the eighth to Jeshaiah,
his sons and relatives12
16the ninth to Mattaniah,
his sons and relatives12
17the tenth to Shimei,
his sons and relatives12
18the eleventh to Azarel,f
his sons and relatives12
19the twelfth to Hashabiah,
his sons and relatives12
20the thirteenth to Shubael,
his sons and relatives12
21the fourteenth to Mattithiah,
his sons and relatives12
22the fifteenth to Jerimoth,
his sons and relatives12
23the sixteenth to Hananiah,
his sons and relatives12
24the seventeenth to Joshbekashah,
his sons and relatives12
25the eighteenth to Hanani,
his sons and relatives12
26the nineteenth to Mallothi,
his sons and relatives12
27the twentieth to Eliathah,
his sons and relatives12
28the twenty-first to Hothir,
his sons and relatives12
29the twenty-second to Giddalti,
his sons and relatives12
30the twenty-third to Mahazioth,
his sons and relatives12
31the twenty-fourth to Romamti-Ezer,
his sons and relatives12.

a 3 One Hebrew manuscript and some Septuagint manuscripts (see also verse 17); most Hebrew manuscripts do not have Shimei.
b 9 See Septuagint; Hebrew does not have his sons and relatives.
c 9 See the total in verse 7; Hebrew does not have twelve.
d 11 A variant of Zeri
e 14 A variant of Asarelah
f 18 A variant of Uzziel

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