The music service of the Levites before the ark (1 Chr 16:4-16:6)

“King David appointed certain of Levites as ministers before the ark of Yahweh. They invoked, thanked, and praised Yahweh, the God of Israel. Asaph was the chief. Second to him were Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel with harps and lyres. Asaph was to sound the cymbals. The priest Benaiah and Jahaziel were to blow trumpets regularly, before the Ark of the Covenant of God.”

Certain Levites were appointed by King David to invoke, thank, and praise Yahweh in front of the Ark of the Covenant. Based on the preceding chapter, certain Levites played different musical instruments. Here Asaph and not Heman was the leader. He sounded the cymbal. The 2nd order of Levites was led by Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel who played the harps and lyres. Most of them were the harp players except for the last 2 who played the lyre. Benaiah and Jahaziel, who were only mentioned here, and not in the previous chapter like the others, played the trumpet regularly in front of the Ark of the Covenant.

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