1 Chronicles 25


The number and offices of the singers and players on musical

instruments; and their division by lot into twenty-four

courses, 1-31.


Verse 1. David and the captains of the host] The chiefs of those

who formed the several orders: not military captains.

Should prophesy] Should accompany their musical instruments with

prayer and singing.

Verse 2. Which prophesied] Sung hymns and prayed. But the Targum

understands this of prophesying in the proper sense of the term;

and therefore says, "Who prophesied by the Holy Spirit." Jarchi is

of the same opinion and quotes the case of Elisha, 2Ki 3:15;

While the minstrel played, the hand of the Lord [i.e., the

spirit of prophecy] was upon him.

Verse 3. The sons of Jeduthun-six] That is, six with their

father, otherwise, there are but five. Hence it is said, they

were under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with

a harp, &c.

Verse 5. To lift up the horn] "The horn of prophecy," says

Jarchi; "to sound with the trumpet in the words of prophecy

before the Lord."-T.

Three daughters.] These also were employed among the singers.

Verse 7. Two hundred fourscore and eight.] That it twelve

classes of twenty-four Levites each; for two hundred and

eighty-eight divided by twelve quotes twenty-four.

Verse 9. For Asaph to Joseph] His first-born.

The second to Gedaliah] The first-born of Jeduthun.

Verse 10. The third to Zaccur] The first-born of Asaph.

Verse 11. The fourth to Izri] The second son of Jeduthun.

Verse 12. The fifth to Nethaniah] The third son of Asaph. Thus

we find the lot did not run in any particular kind of order.

Verse 14. Jesharelah] Supposed to be the same with Uzziel, son

of Heman.

Verse 31. Romamti-ezer] Both these names belong to the same

person. He is mentioned also 1Ch 25:4.

With this immense parade of noise and show, (David's own

invention,) Christianity has nothing to do.

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