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Asaph


A’saph (collector of the people).

1. A Levite, son of Berechiah, one of the leaders of David’s choir. 1 Chron. 6:39. Psalms 50 and 73-83 are attributed to him; and he was in after times celebrated as a seer as well as a musical composer. 2 Chron. 29:30; Neh. 12:46. (b.c. 1050.)

2. The father or ancestor of Joah, the chronicler to the kingdom of Judah in the reign of Hezekiah, 2 Kings 18:18, 37; Isa. 36:3, 22; probably the same as the preceding.

3. The keeper of the royal forest or “paradise” of Artaxerxes, Neh. 2:8; a Jew, in high office at the court of Persia. (b.c. 536.)

4. Ancestor of Mattaniah, the conductor of the temple-choir after the return from Babylon. 1 Chron. 9:15; Neh. 11:17. Most probably the same as 1 and 2.