Nehemiah 12:46
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.

Berean Study Bible
For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there were directors for the singers and for the songs of praise and 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.

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

NASB 1995
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.

NASB 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.

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

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

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.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
For Asaph was in the days of David, and he stood as Chief of the Ministers and was singing and giving thanks in front of LORD JEHOVAH God.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For in the days of David Asaph was originally first of the singers, and they sang hymns and praise to God.

Contemporary English Version
In fact, ever since the days of David and Asaph, there had been song leaders and songs of praise and worship.

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.

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.

Good News Translation
From the time of King David and the musician Asaph long ago, the musicians have led 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.

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.

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.

Literal Standard Version
for in the days of David and Asaph of old [were] heads of the singers, and a song 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 long ago in the days of David and Asaph there were directors 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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
Provisions for Temple Worship
45They performed the service of their God and the service of purification, along with the singers and gatekeepers, as David and his son Solomon had prescribed. 46For long ago, in the days of David and Asaph, there were directors for the singers and for the songs of praise and thanksgiving to God. 47So in the days of Zerubbabel and Nehemiah, all Israel contributed the daily portions for the singers and gatekeepers. They also set aside daily portions for the Levites, and the Levites set aside daily portions for the descendants of Aaron.…

Cross References
1 Chronicles 9:33
Those who were musicians, the heads of Levite families, stayed in the temple chambers and were exempt from other duties because they were on duty day and night.

2 Chronicles 29:30
Then King Hezekiah and his officials ordered the Levites to sing praises to the LORD in the words of David and of Asaph the seer. So they sang praises with gladness and bowed their heads and worshiped.

Psalm 137:4
How can we sing a song of the LORD 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 of the sons of Asaph, and of Heman, and of Jeduthun, who should prophesy with harps, with psalteries, and with cymbals: and the number of the workmen according to their service was: …

2 Chronicles 29:30
Moreover Hezekiah the king and the princes commanded the Levites to sing praise unto the LORD with the words of David, and of Asaph the seer. And they sang praises with gladness, and they bowed their heads and worshipped.

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









(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.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
For
כִּֽי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

long ago,
מִקֶּ֑דֶם (miq·qe·ḏem)
Preposition-m | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 6924: The front, of place, time

in the days
בִימֵ֥י (ḇî·mê)
Preposition-b | Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 3117: A day

of David
דָוִ֛יד (ḏā·wîḏ)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 1732: David -- perhaps 'beloved one', a son of Jesse

and Asaph,
וְאָסָ֖ף (wə·’ā·sāp̄)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 623: Asaph -- 'gatherer', the name of several Israelites

there were directors
רָאשֵׁי֙ (rā·šê)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 7218: The head

for the singers
הַמְשֹׁ֣רְרִ֔ים (ham·šō·rə·rîm)
Article | Verb - Piel - Participle - masculine plural
Strong's 7891: To sing

and for the songs
וְשִׁיר־ (wə·šîr-)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 7892: A song, singing

of praise
תְּהִלָּ֥ה (tə·hil·lāh)
Noun - feminine singular
Strong's 8416: Praise, song of praise

and thanksgiving
וְהֹד֖וֹת (wə·hō·ḏō·wṯ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Hifil - Infinitive construct
Strong's 3034: To throw, at, away, to revere, worship, to bemoan

to God.
לֵֽאלֹהִֽים׃ (lê·lō·hîm)
Preposition-l | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative


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