3. A person to whom Ps 89 is inscribed.
firm. (1.) "The Ezrahite," distinguished for his wisdom (1Ki 4:31). He is named as the author of the 89th Psalm. He was of the tribe of Levi.
1. The Ezrahite, one of Mahol's (but Zerah's, of Judah, in 1Ch 2:6 Darda; these Levites being associated with the house of Zerah of Judah by residence or citizenship, compare Jg 18:7; 1Sa 1:1) four sons, whose wisdom Solomon's surpassed (1Ki 4:31); title of Ps 89:2. (See DARDA.)
2. Son of Kishi or Kushaiah; head of the Merarite Levites in David's time; a "singer" (1Ch 6:33-44); with Heman and Asaph, the heads of the other two Levite families, Ethan was to sound with cymbals (1Ch 15:17,19). The three names are given in 1Ch 16:37-41; 25:6; 2Ch 5:12, Asaph, Heman, and Jeduthun. "Heman the Ezrahite" (i.e. of the house of Zerah) also appears in the title of Psalm 88, of which Psalm 89, is the complement. Thus it is probable that Jeduthun is another form of Ethan, and that "Ethan the Ezrahite" is the same as "Ethan the singer," though we can only guess as to why he is differently designated in different places. (See MAHOL.)
1. 'The Ezrahite' of 1Ki 4:31 and Ps 89 (title). In the first of these passages he is mentioned along with other contemporaries (?) of Solomon, who were all surpassed in wisdom by the Jewish monarch. In 1Ch 2:6 he is said to have been a Jud
1. Ethan the Ezrahite, one of the four sons of Mahol, whose wisdom was excelled by Solomon.
His name is in the title of
2. Son of Kishi or Kushaiah; a Merarite Levite, head of that family in the time of King David,
and spoken of as a "singer." With Heman and Asaph, the heads of the other two families of Levites, Ethan was appointed to sound with cymbals.
3. A Gershonite Levite, one of the ancestors of Asaph the singer.
Hebr 27. (B.C. 1420.)
ETHAN, the Ezrahite, one of the wisest men of his time; nevertheless, Solomon was wiser than he, 1Ki 4:31. The eighty-ninth psalm bears the name of Ethan the Ezrahite. This Ethan, and Ethan son of Kishi, of the tribe of Levi, and of the family of Merari, are the same person, 1Ch 6:44. He was called likewise Idithun, and appears under this name in the titles to several psalms. He was a principal master of the temple music, 1Ch 15:17, &c.