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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Chronicles 25:8-31

Twenty-four persons are named in the beginning of this chapter as sons of those three great men, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun. Ethan was the third (1 Chron. 6:44), but probably he was dead before the establishment was perfected and Jeduthun came in his room. [Or perhaps Ethan and Jeduthun were two names for the same person.] Of these three Providence so ordered it that Asaph had four sons, Jeduthun six [only five are mentioned 1 Chron. 25:3; Shimei, mentioned 1 Chron. 25:17; is supposed to have... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 25:9-31

Now the first lot came forth for Asaph to Joseph ,.... His second son to the preference of the firstborn, 1 Chronicles 25:2 , the second to Gedaliah, who with his brethren and sons were twelve : and which must also be understood of Joseph, and supplied to him; for those being both in one verse, as Jarchi observes, it is but once mentioned, but must be supplied, or otherwise the number of two hundred and eighty eight could not be made up; the same is observed of all the other lots and... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 25:9-31

List of the choirs in the order in which their lots came. The formula, his sons, and his brethren , which follows twenty-two out of the twenty-four leaders' names which now come before us, is absent from 1 Chronicles 25:9 , where we should have looked for it, viz. after the name Joseph . It has been supposed that this is a mere omission of carelessness. But this can scarcely be asserted conclusively. It is observable, for instance, that the order of the formula in the same verse, on... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 25:1-31

Arrangements for the Levites (23:1-26:32)Having appointed Solomon to be his successor, David made further arrangements for the service of the temple. First, he set out a plan to distribute duties among the Levites. A census showed that there were 38,000 Levites eligible for temple service. Of these, 14,000 were official record-keepers, judges, guards, singers and musicians. The remainder were to help in the general service of the temple (23:1-6). Clearly, there were far too many Levites to work... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 25:1-31

Particulars respecting the Singers1. Separated to the service] RV ’separated for the service certain of the sons,’ etc. Jeduthun] as in 1 Chronicles 16:41, this name takes the place of ’Ethan’ in other lists: 1 Chronicles 6:44; 1 Chronicles 15:17. Prophesy] see on 1 Chronicles 25:5. And the number.. was] The sentence is interrupted, and continued in 1 Chronicles 25:7.3. Six] only five names are given, but the LXX adds a sixth, ’Shimei’: cp. 1 Chronicles 25:17.5. The king’s seer] Music and... read more

William Nicoll

Expositor's Dictionary of Texts - 1 Chronicles 25:1-31

Prophetic Music 1 Chronicles 25:3 The singing of Jeduthun and his sons, accompanied as it was by the rich tones of the harp, is described as prophesying. They 'prophesied with a harp'. They made a revelation of Divine truth by music, vocal and instrumental. I. This is a Notable Form of Prophecy. Prophecy may assume many forms; the uttered word, the written word, the symbolic action. But how impressive this particular form, communicating spiritual truth by song and harp! It is Spiritual. The... read more

Arno Clemens Gaebelein

Arno Gaebelein's Annotated Bible - 1 Chronicles 25:1-31

4. The Singers and Musicians of the Temple CHAPTER 25 1. Sons of Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman (1 Chronicles 25:1-7 ) 2. Their division by Lot into twenty-four (1 Chronicles 25:8-31 ) As we have seen before, Asaph, Jeduthun (Ethan) and Heman were the master leaders in song and music; their service was eminently spiritual, for we read “they should prophesy.” Heman especially is called the king’s seer in the words of God. This is a significant expression. How much there is in what is termed... read more

James Gray

James Gray's Concise Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 25:1-31

DAVID ’S REIGN THE DOWNFALL OF SAUL (1 Chronicles 10:0 ) In reading this chapter with whose general contents we became familiar in 1 Samuel 31:0 , it is important to note the inspired comment at its close (1 Chronicles 10:13-14 ). DAVID’S HEROES (1 Chronicles 11-12) In the history of David in this book, the writer dwells chiefly on its prosperous side, passing over the rest as lightly as possible. His anointing at Hebron (1 Chronicles 11:1-3 ) reveals nothing of what we learned earlier of... read more

Joseph Parker

The People's Bible by Joseph Parker - 1 Chronicles 25:1-31

Gleanings 1 Chronicles 24-26 FROM the twenty-fourth chapter to the end of the book we find much that cannot be turned to spiritual profit, yet here and there we come upon single expressions which are very significant and beautiful. What we lose in continuity, therefore, we may gain in single values. Continuity is not the only excellence to be studied. The string is continuous, but the pearls which are hung upon it are single. Do not despise a single stone, a single flower, a single ear of... read more

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