Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Musicians of the Bible

This week we are looking at the importance of music, not only now, but in Biblical times also.

Music In The Bible


Musicians in the Bible

Genesis 4:211 Jubal Father of all such as handle the harp and organ.
Genesis 4:21 (New King James Version)
21 His brother’s name was Jubal. He was the father of all those who play the harp and flute.


Exodus 15:20,21 Miriam Miriam took a timbrel in her hand;
and all the women went out after with timbrels and dances.
Exodus 15:20-21 (New International Version)
20 Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron's sister, took a tambourine in her hand, and all the women followed her, with tambourines and dancing. 21 Miriam sang to them:
"Sing to the LORD,
for he is highly exalted.
The horse and its rider
he has hurled into the sea."


I Samuel 16:23; I Chronicles 23:5; II Chronicles 23:18;
II Samuel 22,23 David He was a cunning player on an harp; he was an instrument maker, a song director & song writer

I Samuel 18:6 Singing Women These women came out of all the cites of Israel, singing and dancing, to meet King Saul with tabrets, ... and with instruments
of music.

I Kings 4:29,32 King Solomon He wrote 1,005 songs
1 Kings 4:29-32 (New International Version)

Solomon's Wisdom
29 God gave Solomon wisdom and very great insight, and a breadth of understanding as measureless as the sand on the seashore. 30 Solomon's wisdom was greater than the wisdom of all the men of the East, and greater than all the wisdom of Egypt. 31 He was wiser than any other man, including Ethan the Ezrahite—wiser than Heman, Calcol and Darda, the sons of Mahol. And his fame spread to all the surrounding nations. 32 He spoke three thousand proverbs and his songs numbered a thousand and five.


II Kings 3:15, 16 Elisha's Minstrel When this minstrel played, Elisha then prophesied.

I Chronicles 15:16-24 Ethan, Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiar-Obededom, Azariah, Shebaniah, Jehoshaphat, Nethaneel, Amasai and Eliezer and more... These were the ones listed from among those that accompanied the ark back to Jerusalem.

I Chronicles 16:5 Jeiel He played the psaltery and the harp.
1 Chronicles 16:5 (New International Version)
5 Asaph was the chief, Zechariah second, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals,

I Chronicles 6:39; 15:17, 19; 16:5; II Chronicles 29:30; Asaph He played the cymbals and was appointed by David over the service of song and by Solomon in theTemple services.

I Chronicles 16:6 Benaiah and Jahaziel Played the trumpet.

I Chronicles 16:42 Heman Played or led the players with the trumpet and cymbals.

I Chronicles 16:41 Jeduthun One of David's chief musicians, and also founder of an official musical family.

I Chronicles 25 Zaccur, Joseph, Nethaniah, Asarelah, Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, Mattithiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti,
Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, Mahazioth, Isri,
Jesharelah, Shemei, Azareel, Shubael, Bukkiah, Mattatiah, etc. These were among the 288 that David set apart to perform music in the house of the Lord.

II Chronicles 5:11-14 Solomon's musicians These were singers, cymbal players, psaltery players, and harpists along with 120 priests who played trumpets.

Nehemiah 12:35,36 Ezra 3:10, 11 Zechariah, Shemaiah, Azareel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethaneel, Judah, Hanani and the sons of Levi. These were some of the priests who played trumpets and Levites who used cymbals to praise the Lord when the foundation was laid for the rebuilding of the temple.

Revelation 14:2,3 Harpers John heard "the voice of harpers harping with their harps: and they sung as it were a new song before the throne" in heaven.

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