Nehemiah 12:46
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New International Version
For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there had been directors for the musicians and for the songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

New Living Translation
The custom of having choir directors to lead the choirs in hymns of praise and thanksgiving to God began long ago in the days of David and Asaph.

English Standard Version
For long ago in the days of David and Asaph there were directors of the singers, and there were songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

New American Standard Bible
For in the days of David and Asaph, in ancient times, there were leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God.

King James Bible
For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there were leaders of the singers and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

International Standard Version
For in David's lifetime—and in the lifetime of Asaph, choir master of old—there were songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

NET Bible
For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there had been directors for the singers and for the songs of praise and thanks to God.

New Heart English Bible
For in the days of David and Asaph of old there was a chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Long ago in the time of David and Asaph, there had been directors for the singers to lead [in singing] the songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God.

JPS Tanakh 1917
For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

New American Standard 1977
For in the days of David and Asaph, in ancient times, there were leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God.

Jubilee Bible 2000
For from the time of David and Asaph of old there were princes of the singers, and songs and praise and thanksgiving unto God.

King James 2000 Bible
For in the days of David and Asaph of old there was a leader of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

American King James Version
For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

American Standard Version
For in the days of David and Asaph of old there was a chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

Douay-Rheims Bible
For in the days of David and Asaph from the beginning there were chief singers appointed, to praise with canticles, and give thanks to God.

Darby Bible Translation
For of old, in the days of David and Asaph, there were the chiefs of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgivings to God.

English Revised Version
For in the days of David and Asaph of old there was a chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God.

Webster's Bible Translation
For in the days of David, and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

World English Bible
For in the days of David and Asaph of old there was a chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

Young's Literal Translation
for in the days of David and Asaph of old were heads of the singers, and a song of praise and thanksgiving to God.
Study Bible
Provisions for Temple Worship
45For they performed the worship of their God and the service of purification, together with the singers and the gatekeepers in accordance with the command of David and of his son Solomon. 46For in the days of David and Asaph, in ancient times, there were leaders of the singers, songs of praise and hymns of thanksgiving to God. 47So all Israel in the days of Zerubbabel and Nehemiah gave the portions due the singers and the gatekeepers as each day required, and set apart the consecrated portion for the Levites, and the Levites set apart the consecrated portion for the sons of Aaron.…
Cross References
1 Chronicles 9:33
Now these are the singers, heads of fathers' households of the Levites, who lived in the chambers of the temple free from other service; for they were engaged in their work day and night.

2 Chronicles 29:30
Moreover, King Hezekiah and the officials ordered the Levites to sing praises to the LORD with the words of David and Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with joy, and bowed down and worshiped.

Psalm 137:4
How can we sing the LORD'S song In a foreign land?
Treasury of Scripture

For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers, and songs of praise and thanksgiving to God.

and Asaph.

1 Chronicles 25:1-31 Moreover David and the captains of the host separated to the service …

2 Chronicles 29:30 Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites …

Psalm 73:1-28 Truly God is good to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart…

Psalm 83:1-18 Keep not you silence, O God: hold not your peace, and be not still, O God…

(46) Of old.--Always there is a reverence shown for the old precedents.

Verse 46. - For in the days of David. This verse is exegetical of the clause in ver. 45, "according to the commandment of David." The writer justifies his reference to that "commandment' by reminding his readers that the whole musical service - the singers , themselves, and their "chiefs," together with the "songs of praise" and the "thanksgiving songs - had descended to the Jews of his day from David and Asaph. For in the days of David and Asaph of old there were chief of the singers,.... Persons appointed over the rest to instruct them, and see that they did their work aright, as besides Asaph, Haman, and Jeduthun, and their sons, 1 Chronicles 25:2

and songs of praise and thanksgiving unto God; such were made by them, some under divine inspiration, which bear the names of David and Asaph, as may be observed in the book of Psalms. 12:44-47 When the solemnities of a thanksgiving day leave such impressions on ministers and people, that both are more careful and cheerful in doing their duty, they are indeed acceptable to the Lord, and turn to good account. And whatever we do, must be purified by the blood of sprinkling, and by the grace of the Holy Spirit, or it cannot be acceptable to God.
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