Asa @ physician, son of Abijah and grandson of Rehoboam, was the third king of Judah. He was zealous in maintaining the true worship of God, and in rooting all idolatry, with its accompanying immoralities, out of the land (kjvKings:15:8-14). The Lord gave him and his land rest and prosperity. It is recorded of him, however, that in his old age, when afflicted, he "sought not to the Lord, but to the physicians" (comp. Jeremiah:17:5). He died in the forty-first year of his reign, greatly honoured by his people ( 2Chronicals:16:1-13), and was succeeded by his son Jehoshaphat.
Asahel @ made by God, the youngest son of Zeruiah, David's sister. He was celebrated for his swiftness of foot. When fighting against Ish-bosheth at Gibeon, in the army of his brother Joab, he was put to death by Abner, whom he pursued from the field of battle ( 2Samuel:2:18-19). He is mentioned among David's thirty mighty men ( 2Samuel:23:24; 1Chronicles:11:26). Others of the same name are mentioned ( 2Chronicals:17:82Chronicals:31:13; Ezra:10:15).
Asaph @ convener, or collector. (1.) A Levite; one of the leaders of David's choir ( 1Chronicles:6:39). Psalms:50 and 73-83 inclusive are attributed to him. He is mentioned along with David as skilled in music, and a "seer" ( 2Chronicals:29:30). The "sons of Asaph," mentioned in 1Chronicles:25:1, 2Chronicals:20:14, and Ezra:2:41, were his descendants, or more probably a class of poets or singers who recognized him as their master. (2.) The "recorder" in the time of Hezekiah ( 2Kings:18:182Kings:18:37). (3.) The "keeper of the king's forest," to whom Nehemiah requested from Artaxerxes a "letter" that he might give him timber for the temple at Jerusalem Nehemiah:2:8).