1 Chronicles 15:22
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.

Berean Study Bible
Chenaniah the head Levite was the director of the music because he was highly skilled.

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

New King James Version
Chenaniah, leader of the Levites, was instructor in charge of the music, because he was skillful;

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

NASB 1995
Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skillful.

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

Amplified Bible
Chenaniah, leader of the Levites, was in charge of the singing; he gave instruction in singing because he was skilled.

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

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

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And Benaiah, Commander of the Levites, was carried every day in a hut, because the place was fashioned for him.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And Chonenia chief of the Levites was master of the bands, because he was skilful.

Contemporary English Version
Chenaniah was chosen to be the music director, because he was a skilled musician.

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

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

Good News Translation
Because of his skill in music Chenaniah was chosen to be in charge of the levitical musicians.

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

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

Literal Standard Version
And Chenaniah, head of the Levites, [is] over the burden; he instructs about the burden, for he [is] intelligent.

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.

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.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Priests and Levites Carry the Ark
21And Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead the music with lyres according to Sheminith. 22Chenaniah the head Levite was the director of the music because he was highly skilled. 23Berechiah and Elkanah were to be guardians of the ark.…

Cross References
1 Chronicles 15:21
And Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead the music with lyres according to Sheminith.

1 Chronicles 15:23
Berechiah and Elkanah were to be guardians of the ark.


Treasury of Scripture

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

for.

1 Chronicles 15:16,27
And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy…

he instructed

1 Chronicles 25:7,8
So the number of them, with their brethren that were instructed in the songs of the LORD, even all that were cunning, was two hundred fourscore and eight…









(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 massa--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 massa, "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."

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
Chenaniah
וּכְנַנְיָ֥הוּ (ū·ḵə·nan·yā·hū)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3663: Chenaniah -- two Israelites

the head
שַֽׂר־ (śar-)
Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 8269: Chieftain, chief, ruler, official, captain, prince

Levite
הַלְוִיִּ֖ם (hal·wî·yim)
Article | Noun - proper - masculine plural
Strong's 3881: Levites -- descendant of Levi

was the director
יָסֹר֙ (yā·sōr)
Verb - Qal - Infinitive absolute
Strong's 3256: To discipline, chasten, admonish

of the music
בַּמַּשָּׂ֔א (bam·maś·śā)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's 4853: A burden, tribute, porterage, an utterance, chiefly a, doom, singing, mental, desire

because
כִּ֥י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's 3588: A relative conjunction

he [was]
הֽוּא׃ (hū)
Pronoun - third person masculine singular
Strong's 1931: He, self, the same, this, that, as, are

highly skilled.
מֵבִ֖ין (mê·ḇîn)
Verb - Hifil - Participle - masculine singular
Strong's 995: To separate mentally, understand


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