The Message

1 Chronicles 25

The Musicians for Worship

11-7 Next David and the worship leaders selected some from the family of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun for special service in preaching and music. Here is the roster of names and assignments: From the family of Asaph: Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, and Asarelah; they were supervised by Asaph, who spoke for God backed up by the king’s authority. From the family of Jeduthun there were six sons: Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah; they were supervised by their father Jeduthun, who preached and accompanied himself with the zither—he was responsible for leading the thanks and praise to God. From the family of Heman: Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth. These were the sons of Heman the king’s seer; they supported and assisted him in his divinely appointed work. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. Under their father’s supervision they were in charge of leading the singing and providing musical accompaniment in the work of worship in the sanctuary of God (Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman took their orders directly from the king). They were well-trained in the sacred music, all of them masters. There were 288 of them.

They drew names at random to see who would do what. Nobody, whether young or old, teacher or student, was given preference or advantage over another.

9-31 The first name from Asaph’s family was Joseph and his twelve sons and brothers; second, Gedaliah and his twelve sons and brothers; third, Zaccur and his twelve sons and brothers; fourth, Izri and his twelve sons and brothers; fifth, Nethaniah and his twelve sons and brothers; sixth, Bukkiah and his twelve sons and brothers; seventh, Jesarelah and his twelve sons and brothers; eighth, Jeshaiah and his twelve sons and brothers; ninth, Mattaniah and his twelve sons and brothers; tenth, Shimei and his twelve sons and brothers; eleventh, Azarel and his twelve sons and brothers; twelfth, Hashabiah and his twelve sons and brothers; thirteenth, Shubael and his twelve sons and brothers; fourteenth, Mattithiah and his twelve sons and brothers; fifteenth, Jerimoth and his twelve sons and brothers; sixteenth, Hananiah and his twelve sons and brothers; seventeenth, Joshbekashah and his twelve sons and brothers; eighteenth, Hanani and his twelve sons and brothers; nineteenth, Mallothi and his twelve sons and brothers; twentieth, Eliathah and his twelve sons and brothers; twenty-first, Hothir and his twelve sons and brothers; twenty-second, Giddalti and his twelve sons and brothers; twenty-third, Mahazioth and his twelve sons and brothers; twenty-fourth, Romamti-Ezer and his twelve sons and brothers.

New International Reader's Version

1 Chronicles 25

The Musicians

1David and the commanders of the army set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun. They set them apart to serve the Lord by prophesying while harps, lyres and cymbals were being played. Here is the list of the men who served in that way.

From the sons of Asaph came

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

From the sons of Jeduthun came

Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah and Mattithiah. The total number was six. They were under the direction of their father Jeduthun. He prophesied while playing the harp. He used it to thank and praise the Lord.

From the sons of Heman came

Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael, Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir and Mahazioth. All of them were sons of the king’s prophet Heman. They were given to Heman to bring him honor. That’s what God had promised. God gave him 14 sons and three daughters.

All of them were under the direction of their father. They played music for the Lord’s temple. They served at the house of God by playing cymbals, lyres and harps. Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the king’s direction.

All of them were trained and skilled in playing music for the Lord. Their total number was 288. That included their relatives. Young and old alike cast lots for their duties. That was true for students as well as teachers.

The 1st lot chosen was for Asaph. It was for Joseph and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

The 2nd lot was for Gedaliah and his relatives and sons. The total number was 12.

10 The 3rd was for Zakkur and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

11 The 4th was for Izri and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

12 The 5th was for Nethaniah and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

13 The 6th was for Bukkiah and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

14 The 7th was for Jesarelah and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

15 The 8th was for Jeshaiah and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

16 The 9th was for Mattaniah and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

17 The 10th was for Shimei and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

18 The 11th was for Azarel and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

19 The 12th was for Hashabiah and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

20 The 13th was for Shubael and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

21 The 14th was for Mattithiah and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

22 The 15th was for Jerimoth and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

23 The 16th was for Hananiah and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

24 The 17th was for Joshbekashah and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

25 The 18th was for Hanani and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

26 The 19th was for Mallothi and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

27 The 20th was for Eliathah and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

28 The 21st was for Hothir and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

29 The 22nd was for Giddalti and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

30 The 23rd was for Mahazioth and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.

31 The 24th was for Romamti-Ezer and his sons and relatives. The total number was 12.