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1 Chronicles 6:31-48

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Professional Musicians

6:31 These are the men David put in charge of music in the Lord’s sanctuary, 1  after the ark was placed there. 6:32 They performed music 2  before the sanctuary 3  of the meeting tent until Solomon built the Lord’s temple in Jerusalem. 4  They carried out their tasks according to regulations.

6:33 These are the ones who served along with their sons:

From the Kohathites:

Heman the musician, son of Joel, son of Samuel, 6:34 son of Elkanah, son of Jeroham, son of Eliel, son of Toah, 6:35 son of Zuph, son of Elkanah, son of Mahath, son of Amasai, 6:36 son of Elkanah, son of Joel, son of Azariah, son of Zephaniah, 6:37 son of Tahath, son of Assir, son of Ebiasaph, son of Korah, 6:38 son of Izhar, son of Kohath, son of Levi, son of Israel.

6:39 Serving beside him was his fellow Levite Asaph, 5  son of Berechiah, son of Shimea, 6:40 son of Michael, son of Baaseiah, 6  son of Malkijah, 6:41 son of Ethni, son of Zerah, son of Adaiah, 6:42 son of Ethan, son of Zimmah, son of Shimei, 6:43 son of Jahath, son of Gershom, son of Levi.

6:44 Serving beside them were their fellow Levites, the descendants of Merari, led by 7  Ethan, son of Kishi, son of Abdi, son of Malluch, 6:45 son of Hashabiah, son of Amaziah, son of Hilkiah, 6:46 son of Amzi, son of Bani, son of Shemer, 6:47 son of Mahli, son of Mushi, son of Merari, son of Levi.

6:48 The rest of their fellow Levites 8  were assigned to perform the remaining tasks at God’s sanctuary. 9 

1 tn Heb “house.”

2 tn Heb “they were serving…with music.”

3 tn Or traditionally “tabernacle.”

4 map For location see Map5 B1; Map6 F3; Map7 E2; Map8 F2; Map10 B3; JP1 F4; JP2 F4; JP3 F4; JP4 F4.

5 tn Heb “and his brother Asaph, the one who stood at his right hand.”

6 tc A few Hebrew mss, one LXX ms, and the Syriac read “Maaseiah.”

7 tn Heb “and the sons of Merari, their brothers, on the left.”

8 tn Heb “their brothers, the Levites.”

9 tn Heb “were assigned to all the work of the tabernacle of the house of God.”



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