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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Chronicles 6:31-53

When the Levites were first ordained in the wilderness much of the work then appointed them lay in carrying and taking care of the tabernacle and the utensils of it, while they were in their march through the wilderness. In David's time their number was increased; and, though the greater part of them was dispersed all the nation over, to teach the people the good knowledge of the Lord, yet those that attended the house of God were so numerous that there was not constant work for them all; and... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 6:33-38

And these are they that waited with their children ,.... They and their posterity, who officiated in the service of singing psalms in the sanctuary: the three heads of them were of the three families of the Levites, as follow: of the sons of the Kohathites, Heman a singer ; the chief of the singers, and who composed psalms and hymns, which are in the book of Psalms: the son of Joel, the son of Shemuel ; or Samuel. This Heman was grandson of Samuel the prophet; for whose sake his... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 6:31-48

In the early verses of this section we may notice, if not the first beginning, yet some of the earliest crystallization of the forms of religious services. It was given to David to settle the ark after its travels through the wilderness, its sojourn in various places since then, doubtless always within the care of some Levitical family (except when taken by enemies, 1 Samuel 4:11 ; 1 Samuel 5:1-12 ; 1 Samuel 6:1-21 .), and in especial its prolonged twenty years' sojourn .at... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 6:33

We have now the name and pedigree of each of the three chief singers or musicians (their duty was both vocal and instrumental) of David's appointment, beginning, according to the analogy of 1 Chronicles 6:2 , supra , with Heman, the descendant of Kohath, instead of Asaph from Gershom. So the place of Heman was still the place of honor, in the centre, with Asaph on the right and Ethan on the left ( 1 Chronicles 6:39 , 1 Chronicles 6:44 ). Heman is the twenty-first according to this... read more

Albert Barnes

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible - 1 Chronicles 6:31-48

The genealogies of David’s three chief singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan or Jeduthun.1 Chronicles 6:32They waited on their office - On the establishment and continuance of the choral service in the temple, see 2 Chronicles 5:12, 2 Chronicles 29:27-30; 2 Chronicles 35:15.1 Chronicles 6:33Heman - In general Asaph takes precedence of Heman and Jeduthun, but here Heman is placed first, because his family, that of the Kohathites, had the highest priestly rank, being the family which furnished the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 6:1-81

The Levites (6:1-81)Levi had three sons, Gershon, Kohath and Merari. The priesthood in Israel began with Aaron, who was descended from Levi through Kohath. From that time on, all Aaron’s descendants, and no others, were priests. This means that the Levites may be divided into four groups - the priestly Kohathites, the non-priestly Kohathites, the Gershonites and the Merarites.The Chronicler begins with the priestly line descended from Aaron through his son Eleazar, and traces the line to the... read more

E.W. Bullinger

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes - 1 Chronicles 6:33

waited-stood. children = sons. Heman, &c. = Heman the singer, Samuel's grandson. See 1Ch 15:17-19 ; 1 Chronicles 25:1-6 . Compare 1 Kings 4:31 , and see his name in the Psalm titles ( App-63 .) Joel. See note on 1 Chronicles 6:28 . Shemuel = Samuel. Twenty-one generations given. read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Chronicles 6:1-81

4. The family of Levi ch. 6This list clearly defines the priests and Levites’ line of descent. Its purpose seems to be to legitimate and clarify their role and service in the temple. [Note: Idem, "1 Chronicles," in The Old . . ., p. 301.] Only the descendants of Aaron, the priests, could serve in the temple by offering sacrifices on the incense altar (1 Chronicles 6:49; cf. Numbers 3:5-38). Nehemiah correctly barred priests who could not demonstrate that they were descendants of Aaron from... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 6:1-81

Genealogies (continued)This chapter records the descendants of Levi, traces the line of the high priests to the captivity, and enumerates the cities of the Priests and Levites.3. Nadab, and Abihu] see Leviticus 10:1-2; 1 Chronicles 24:2. Ithamar] The descendants of Ithamar are not given here, but several occur in Samuel and Kings (Eli, Hophni and Phinehas, Ahimelech, Abiathar), and ’courses’ of priests who traced their origin to him are enumerated in 1 Chronicles 24.4. Eleazar begat, etc.] The... read more

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