1 Chronicles 15:16-22 NIV

16 David1 told the leaders of the Levites2 to appoint their brothers as singers3 to sing joyful songs, accompanied by musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.4

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17 So the Levites appointed Heman5 son of Joel; from his brothers, Asaph6 son of Berekiah; and from their brothers the Merarites,7 Ethan son of Kushaiah;

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18 and with them their brothers next in rank: Zechariah,a Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom8 and Jeiel,b the gatekeepers.

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    • b 15:18 - Three Hebrew manuscripts and most Septuagint manuscripts (see also verse 20 and 1 Chron. 16:5); most Hebrew manuscripts "Zechariah son and" or "Zechariah, Ben and"
    • c 15:18 - Hebrew; Septuagint (see also verse 21) "Jeiel and Azaziah"
      19 The musicians Heman,9 Asaph and Ethan were to sound the bronze cymbals;

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      20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah were to play the lyres according to "alamoth,"c

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        • d 15:20 - Probably a musical term
          21 and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel and Azaziah were to play the harps, directing according to "sheminith."d

          References for 1 Chronicles 15:21

            • e 15:21 - Probably a musical term
              22 Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it.