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1 Chronicles 25

The singers

1 David, with some of his most important army officers, chose some Levites to prophesy with harps, lyres and cymbals. They were from the families of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun. Here is a list of these men:

2 From Asaph's sons were Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah and Asarelah. Asaph was over them. He prophesied when the king wanted him to prophesy.

3 From Jeduthun's sons, there were 6 prophets, who were Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah and Mattithiah. Their father, the prophet Jeduthun was over them. He used a harp to thank and to praise the LORD.

4 From Heman's sons, there were Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani and Eliathah. And there were Giddalti and Romamti-Ezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir and Mahazioth. 5 All those men were sons of Heman, the king's prophet. God had promised them to him to honour him. God gave Heman 14 sons and three daughters.

6 Their father was over all those men to make music for the LORD's house. They used cymbals, harps and lyres for worship in God's house. The king told Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman how they should be leaders in this music. 7 All those men knew how to make music in a very good way. Other Levites also made music. So, there were 288 Levites who made music for the LORD. 8 They included young men and older men, teachers and students. They chose in a fair way the groups in which they must work.

9 The first group that they chose was a group of the relatives of Asaph's son, Joseph. The second group was 12 men. They were Gedaliah with his brothers and his sons. 10 The third group was 12 men. They were Zaccur with his sons and his brothers. 11 The 4th group was 12 men. They were Izri with his sons and his brothers. 12 The 5th group was 12 men. They were Nethaniah with his sons and his brothers. 13 The 6th group was 12 men. They were Bukkiah with his sons and his brothers. 14 The 7th group was 12 men. They were Jesarelah with his sons and his brothers. 15 The 8th group was 12 men. They were Jeshaiah with his sons and his brothers. 16 The 9th group was 12 men. They were Mattaniah with his sons and his brothers. 17 The 10th group was 12 men. They were Shimei with his sons and his brothers. 18 The 11th group was 12 men. They were Azarel with his sons and his brothers. 19 The 12th group was 12 men. They were Hashabiah with his sons and his brothers. 20 The 13th group was 12 men. They were Shubael with his sons and his brothers. 21 The 14th group was 12 men. They were Mattithiah with his sons and his brothers. 22 The 15th group was 12 men. They were Jeremoth with his sons and his brothers. 23 The 16th group was 12 men. They were Hananiah with his sons and his brothers. 24 The 17th group was 12 men. They were Joshbekashah with his sons and his brothers. 25 The 18th group was 12 men. They were Hanani with his sons and his brothers. 26 The 19th group was 12 men. They were Mallothi with his sons and his brothers. 27 The 20th group was 12 men. They were Eliathah with his sons and his brothers. 28 The 21st group was 12 men. They were Hothir with his sons and his brothers. 29 The 22nd group was 12 men. They were Giddalti with his sons and his brothers. 30 The 23rd group was 12 men. They were Mahazioth with his sons and his brothers. 31 And the 24th group was 12 men. They were Romamti-Ezer with his sons and his brothers.