Note: the order of the families in verses 2-6 is changed from the summary statement in verse 1 but follows the end summary statement in verse 6. There are differences of detail between the three families. The king is mentioned in relation to Asaph and Heman but not to the middle family Jeduthan. Only for the centre family – Jeduthan – is the nature of the music mentioned – to give thanks and praise to the LORD.
A.1 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun,
B. who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals:
C. and the number of the workmen according to their service was:
2 Of the sons of Asaph; Zaccur, and Joseph, and Nethaniah, and Asarelah, the sons of Asaph under the hands of Asaph, which prophesied according to the order of the king.
3 Of Jeduthun: the sons of Jeduthun; Gedaliah, and Zeri, and Jeshaiah, Hashabiah, and Mattithiah, six, under the hands of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied with a harp, to give thanks and to praise the LORD.
4 Of Heman: the sons of Heman; Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shebuel, and Jerimoth, Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti, and Romamtiezer, Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir, and Mahazioth: 5 All these were the sons of Heman the king’s seer in the words of God, to lift up the horn. And God gave to Heman fourteen sons and three daughters. 6 All these were under the hands of their father for song in the house of the LORD,
B’. with cymbals, psalteries, and harps,
A’. for the service of the house of God, according to the king’s order to Asaph, Jeduthun, and Heman.