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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, 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 relatives 12

the second to Gedaliah,

him and his relatives and sons 12

10the third to Zakkur,

his sons and relatives 12

11the fourth to Izri,

his sons and relatives 12

12the fifth to Nethaniah,

his sons and relatives 12

13the sixth to Bukkiah,

his sons and relatives 12

14the seventh to Jesarelah,

his sons and relatives 12

15the eighth to Jeshaiah,

his sons and relatives 12

16the ninth to Mattaniah,

his sons and relatives 12

17the tenth to Shimei,

his sons and relatives 12

18the eleventh to Azarel,

his sons and relatives 12

19the twelfth to Hashabiah,

his sons and relatives 12

20the thirteenth to Shubael,

his sons and relatives 12

21the fourteenth to Mattithiah,

his sons and relatives 12

22the fifteenth to Jerimoth,

his sons and relatives 12

23the sixteenth to Hananiah,

his sons and relatives 12

24the seventeenth to Joshbekashah,

his sons and relatives 12

25the eighteenth to Hanani,

his sons and relatives 12

26the nineteenth to Mallothi,

his sons and relatives 12

27the twentieth to Eliathah,

his sons and relatives 12

28the twenty-first to Hothir,

his sons and relatives 12

29the twenty-second to Giddalti,

his sons and relatives 12

30the twenty-third to Mahazioth,

his sons and relatives 12

31the twenty-fourth to Romamti-Ezer,

his sons and relatives 12.

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