The musicians Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were to sound the bronze cymbals;
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;
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.
King Hezekiah 1 stationed the Levites in the Lord’s temple with cymbals and stringed instruments, just as David, Gad the king’s prophet, 2 and Nathan the prophet had ordered. (The Lord had actually given these orders through his prophets.)
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