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  • ADAM CLARKE'S BIBLE COMMENTARY -
    1 CHRONICLES 25

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    CHAPTER XXV

    The number and offices of the singers and players on musical instruments; and their division by lot into twenty-four courses, 1-31.

    NOTES ON CHAP. XXV

    Verse 1. "David and the captains of the host" - The chiefs of those who formed the several orders: not military captains.

    "Should prophesy" - Should accompany their musical instruments with prayer and singing.

    Verse 2. "Which prophesied" - Sung hymns and prayed. But the Targum understands this of prophesying in the proper sense of the term; and therefore says, "Who prophesied by the Holy Spirit." Jarchi is of the same opinion and quotes the case of Elisha, 2 Kings iii. 15; While the minstrel played, the hand of the Lord [i.e., the spirit of prophecy] was upon him.

    Verse 3. "The sons of Jeduthun-six" - That is, six with their father, otherwise, there are but five. Hence it is said, they were under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, &c.

    Verse 5. "To lift up the horn" - "The horn of prophecy," says Jarchi; "to sound with the trumpet in the words of prophecy before the Lord." -T.

    "Three daughters." - These also were employed among the singers.

    Verse 7. "Two hundred fourscore and eight." - That it twelve classes of twenty-four Levites each; for two hundred and eighty-eight divided by twelve quotes twenty-four.

    Verse 9. "For Asaph to Joseph" - His first-born.

    "The second to Gedaliah" - The first-born of Jeduthun.

    Verse 10. "The third to Zaccur" - The first-born of Asaph.

    Verse 11. "The fourth to Izri" - The second son of Jeduthun.

    Verse 12. "The fifth to Nethaniah" - The third son of Asaph. Thus we find the lot did not run in any particular kind of order.

    Verse 14. "Jesharelah" - Supposed to be the same with Uzziel, son of Heman.

    Verse 31. "Romamti-ezer" - Both these names belong to the same person. He is mentioned also ver. 4.

    With this immense parade of noise and show, (David's own invention,) Christianity has nothing to do.

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