For the music director; according to the gittith style; 2 by Asaph. Shout for joy to God, our source of strength! Shout out to the God of Jacob!
The overseer of the Levites in Jerusalem was Uzzi son of Bani, the son of Hashabiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Mica. He was one of Asaph’s descendants who were the singers responsible for the service of the temple of God.
Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went to Hezekiah with their clothes torn 1 and reported to him what the chief adviser had said.
David and the army officers selected some of the sons of Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun to prophesy as they played stringed instruments and cymbals. 1 The following men were assigned this responsibility: 2
All of these were under the supervision of their fathers; they were musicians in the Lord’s temple, playing cymbals and stringed instruments as they served in God’s temple. Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman were under the supervision of the king.
All the Levites who were musicians, including Asaph, Heman, Jeduthun, and their sons and relatives, wore linen. They played cymbals and stringed instruments as they stood east of the altar. They were accompanied by 120 priests who blew trumpets.
When the builders established the Lord’s temple, the priests, ceremonially attired and with their clarions, 1 and the Levites (the sons of Asaph) with their cymbals, stood to praise the Lord according to the instructions left by 2 King David of Israel. 3
Mattaniah son of Mica, the son of Zabdi, the son of Asaph, the praise 1 leader who led in thanksgiving and prayer; Bakbukiah, second among his colleagues; and Abda son of Shammua, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun.
Eliakim son of Hilkiah, the palace supervisor, accompanied by Shebna the scribe and Joah son of Asaph, the secretary, went to Hezekiah with their clothes torn in grief 1 and reported to him what the chief adviser had said.
A song, a psalm of Asaph. O God, do not be silent! Do not ignore us! 2 Do not be inactive, O God!
and a letter for Asaph the keeper of the king’s nature preserve, 1 so that he will give me timber for beams for the gates of the fortress adjacent to the temple and for the city wall 2 and for the house to which I go.” So the king granted me these requests, 3 for the good hand of my God was on me.
For the music director; according to the al-tashcheth style; 2 a psalm of Asaph; a song. We give thanks to you, O God! We give thanks! You reveal your presence; 3 people tell about your amazing deeds.
For the music director; according to the shushan-eduth style; 2 a psalm of Asaph. O shepherd of Israel, pay attention, you who lead Joseph like a flock of sheep! You who sit enthroned above the winged angels, 3 reveal your splendor! 4