1 Chronicles 15:22
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New International Version
Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it.

New Living Translation
Kenaniah, the head Levite, was chosen as the choir leader because of his skill.

English Standard Version
Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music, for he understood it.

New American Standard Bible
Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful.

King James Bible
And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Chenaniah, the leader of the Levites in music, was to direct the music because he was skillful.

International Standard Version
Chenaniah, music leader for the descendants of Levi, served as music director, because he was expert at it.

NET Bible
Kenaniah, the leader of the Levites, was in charge of transport, for he was well-informed on this matter;

New Heart English Bible
Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was over the song: he instructed about the song, because he was skillful.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Chenaniah, a Levite leader, instructed others how to sing prophetic songs because he was skilled at it.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was over the song; he was master in the song, because he was skilful.

New American Standard 1977
And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And Chenaniah, prince of the Levites in prophecy, for he presided in prophecy, because he had understanding.

King James 2000 Bible
And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, in music: he instructed about the music, because he was skillful.

American King James Version
And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skillful.

American Standard Version
And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was over the song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And Chonenias chief of the Levites, presided over the prophecy, to give out the tunes: for he was very skilful.

Darby Bible Translation
And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites for the music, gave instruction in music, for he was skilful.

English Revised Version
And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was over the song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful.

Webster's Bible Translation
And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skillful.

World English Bible
Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was over the song: he instructed about the song, because he was skillful.

Young's Literal Translation
And Chenaniah, head of the Levites, is over the burden; he instructeth about the burden, for he is intelligent.
Study Bible
The Priests and Levites Carry the Ark
21and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel and Azaziah, to lead with lyres tuned to the sheminith. 22Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful. 23Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 15:21
and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel and Azaziah, to lead with lyres tuned to the sheminith.

1 Chronicles 15:23
Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark.
Treasury of Scripture

And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skillful.

for. etc. or, for the carriage: he instructed about the carriage. Song [heb] lifting up

1 Chronicles 15:16,27 And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brothers …

he instructed

1 Chronicles 25:7,8 So the number of them, with their brothers that were instructed in …

(22) Rather, And Chenaniah, captain (i.e., conductor) of the Levites in bearing (that is, the sacred vessels), was conducting the bearing, because he was skilled--scil., in the traditional regulations connected with bearing the Ark duly and rightly.

Chenaniah.--1Chronicles 15:27, and 1Chronicles 26:29.

Chief of the Levites.--Not one of the six princes (1Chronicles 15:5-10), or heads of houses, but president of the carriage of the Ark.

Was for song.--So the LXX., which reads "leader of the songs;" but the Syriac has "bore the burden daily" and although the word mass--i.e., "lifting up," or "bearing"--might mean "lifting up the voice," (1) the context is against that meaning here, for Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were conductors of the singing and music; (2) Chenaniah is nowhere else associated with music (see Note on 1Chronicles 26:29); (3) the word mass, "bearing," has the sense we have given it when used in relation to Levites (Numbers 4:19; 2Chronicles 35:3).

He instructed.--The Hebrew has an ambiguous form, which may be an infinitive--instructing, correcting (y?sar); or an imperfect of a different verb--was prince over, superintendent of (s?rar).

He was skilful.--Comp. 1Chronicles 25:7; 2Chronicles 34:12.

Verse 22. - For song. There is considerable diversity of opinion as to the meaning of this word. Some think its meaning to be "in the carrying (בַּמַּשָּׂא)" i.e. of the ark. Its exact position here seems not unfavourable to such interpretation. On the other hand, its position in ver. 27 seems conclusively to point to the translation of the Septuagint and of our Authorized Version in this place as the correct one. Dr. Murphy, however, to escape this, thinks "with the singers" in ver. 27 to be a "copyist's inadvertent repetition." And Chenaniah chief of the Levites was for song,.... But the chief for the song were Heman, Asaph, and Ethan; rather

for the burden, as the Targum; for the lifting up and bearing the ark:

he instructed about the song; or about the taking up and bearing the burden, the ark; directing when to take it up, and how far to go with it, and then rest:

because he was skilful; a wise and prudent man in all things, and so proper to direct in this business. 22. Chenaniah, chief of the Levites—He was not of the six heads of the Levitical families, but a chief in consequence of his office, which required learning, without regard to birth or family.

instructed about the song—He directed all these bands as to the proper time when each was to strike in or change their notes; or, as some render the passage, "He led the burdens, for he was skilled," that is, in the custom which it was necessary to observe in the carriage of the holy things [Bertheau].15:1-24 Wise and good men may be guilty of oversights, which they will correct, as soon as they are aware of them. David does not try to justify what had been done amiss, nor to lay the blame on others; but he owns himself guilty, with others, of not seeking God in due order
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