Asaph was the leader and Zechariah second in command, followed by Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel. They were to play stringed instruments; Asaph was to sound the cymbals;
As a matter of fact, 1 even your own brothers and the members of your own family have betrayed you too. Even they have plotted to do away with you. 2 So do not trust them even when they say kind things 3 to you.
Because of Israel’s sins 1 this is what the Lord, the God who commands armies, the sovereign One, 2 says: “In all the squares there will be wailing, in all the streets they will mourn the dead. 3 They will tell the field workers 4 to lament and the professional mourners 5 to wail.
Then Festus 1 said, “King Agrippa, 2 and all you who are present here with us, you see this man about whom the entire Jewish populace 3 petitioned 4 me both in Jerusalem 5 and here, 6 shouting loudly 7 that he ought not to live any longer.
Then 1 the temple of God in heaven was opened and the ark of his covenant was visible within his temple. And there were flashes of lightning, roaring, 2 crashes of thunder, an earthquake, and a great hailstorm. 3
He 1 shouted with a powerful voice: “Fallen, fallen, is Babylon the great! She 2 has become a lair for demons, a haunt 3 for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detested beast. 4
The trumpeters and musicians played together, praising and giving thanks to the Lord. Accompanied by trumpets, cymbals, and other instruments, they loudly praised the Lord, singing: 1 “Certainly he is good; certainly his loyal love endures!” Then a cloud filled the Lord’s temple. 2
Shout for joy, O sky, for the Lord intervenes; 1 shout out, you subterranean regions 2 of the earth. O mountains, give a joyful shout; you too, O forest and all your trees! 3 For the Lord protects 4 Jacob; he reveals his splendor through Israel. 5
“Shout for joy, O barren one who has not given birth! Give a joyful shout and cry out, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one are more numerous than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.
When he heard me raise 1 my voice and scream, he left his outer garment beside me and ran outside.”
All the people were seeing 1 the thundering and the lightning, and heard 2 the sound of the horn, and saw 3 the mountain smoking – and when 4 the people saw it they trembled with fear 5 and kept their distance. 6
All three units blew their trumpets and broke their jars. They held the torches in their left hand and the trumpets in their right. 1 Then they yelled, “A sword for the Lord and for Gideon!”
When the Philistines heard the sound of the shout, they said, “What is this loud shout in the camp of the Hebrews?” Then they realized that the ark of the Lord had arrived at the camp.
David instructed Joab and all the people who were with him, “Tear your clothes! Put on sackcloth! Lament before Abner!” Now King David followed 1 behind the funeral bier.