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The Adam Clarke Commentary

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Chapter 25

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 Chapter 25

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 3:15; 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, .

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 1 Chronicles 25:4.

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

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Bibliography Information
Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 1 Chronicles 25". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". <>. 1832.  


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