1 Chronicles 15-17 Darby’s Translation

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The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

15 1  And he made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and spread a tent for it. 2  Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites, for them has Jehovah chosen to carry the ark of God, and to serve him for ever. 3  And David assembled all Israel to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of Jehovah to its place that he had prepared for it. 4  And David gathered the sons of Aaron and the Levites: 5  of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, and his brethren a hundred and twenty; 6  of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred and twenty; 7  of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, and his brethren a hundred and thirty; 8  of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred; 9  of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, and his brethren eighty; 10  of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, and his brethren a hundred and twelve. 11  And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab; 12  and he said to them, Ye are the chief fathers of the Levites; hallow yourselves, ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of Jehovah the God of Israel to [the place that] I have prepared for it. 13  For because ye did [it] not at the first, Jehovah our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order. 14  So the priests and the Levites hallowed themselves to bring up the ark of Jehovah the God of Israel. 15  And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves upon them, as Moses had commanded according to the word of Jehovah. 16  And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren, the singers, with instruments of music, lutes, and harps, and cymbals, that they should sound aloud, lifting up the voice with joy. 17  And the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari their brethren, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; 18  and with them their brethren of the second [rank], Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, the doorkeepers; 19  and the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, to sound aloud with cymbals of brass; 20  and Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with lutes on Alamoth; 21  and Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obed-Edom and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps on the Sheminith to lead [the singing]. 22  And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites for the music, gave instruction in music, for he was skilful. 23  And Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark. 24  And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, blew with the trumpets before the ark of God; and Obed-Edom and Jehijah were doorkeepers for the ark.

25  And David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah out of the house of Obed-Edom with joy. 26  And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bore the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, that they sacrificed seven bullocks and seven rams. 27  And David was clothed with a robe of byssus, and all the Levites that bore the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah chief of the music of the singers; and David had upon him a linen ephod. 28  And all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah with shouting, and with sound of the trumpet, and with clarions, and with cymbals, playing aloud with lutes and harps. 29  And it came to pass as the ark of the covenant of Jehovah came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked through a window, and saw king David dancing and playing; and she despised him in her heart.

16 1  And they brought in the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had spread for it; and they presented burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before God. 2  And when David had ended offering up the burnt-offerings and the peace-offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Jehovah. 3  And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and woman, to every one a loaf of bread and a measure [of wine] and a raisin-cake. 4  And he appointed certain of the Levites to do the service before the ark of Jehovah, and to celebrate, and to thank and praise Jehovah the God of Israel: 5  Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah and Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, with instruments of lutes and with harps; and Asaph sounding with cymbals; 6  and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets continually, before the ark of the covenant of God.

David's Psalm of Thanksgiving

7  Then on that day David delivered first [this psalm] to give thanks to Jehovah through Asaph and his brethren. 8  Give thanks unto Jehovah, call upon his name; Make known his acts among the peoples. 9  Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him; Meditate upon all his wondrous works. 10  Glory in his holy name: Let the heart of them rejoice that seek Jehovah. 11  Seek Jehovah and his strength, Seek his face continually; 12  Remember his wondrous works which he hath done; His miracles, and the judgments of his mouth: 13  Ye seed of Israel his servant, Ye sons of Jacob, his chosen ones. 14  He, Jehovah, is our God; His judgments are in all the earth. 15  Be ye ever mindful of his covenant, The word which he commanded to a thousand generations,— 16  Which he made with Abraham, And of his oath unto Isaac; 17  And he confirmed it unto Jacob for a statute, Unto Israel for an everlasting covenant, 18  Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan, The lot of your inheritance; 19  When ye were a few men in number, Of small account, and strangers in it. 20  And they went from nation to nation, And from one kingdom to another people. 21  He suffered no man to oppress them, And reproved kings for their sakes, 22  [Saying,] Touch not mine anointed ones, And do my prophets no harm. 23  Sing unto Jehovah, all the earth; Publish his salvation from day to day. 24  Declare his glory among the nations, His wondrous works among all peoples. 25  For Jehovah is great, and exceedingly to be praised; And he is terrible above all gods. 26  For all the gods of the peoples are idols; But Jehovah made the heavens. 27  Majesty and splendour are before him; Strength and gladness in his place. 28  Give unto Jehovah, ye families of peoples, Give unto Jehovah glory and strength! 29  Give unto Jehovah the glory of his name! Bring an oblation, and come before him: Worship Jehovah in holy splendour. 30  Tremble before him, all the earth: The world also is established, it shall not be moved. 31  Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; And let them say among the nations, Jehovah reigneth! 32  Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof; Let the field exult, and all that is therein. 33  Then shall the trees of the forest sing out at the presence of Jehovah, For he cometh to judge the earth. 34  Give thanks unto Jehovah, for he is good; For his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever. 35  And say, Save us, O God of our salvation, And gather us, and deliver us from the nations, To give thanks unto thy holy name, To triumph in thy praise. 36  Blessed be Jehovah the God of Israel, from eternity and to eternity! And all the people said, Amen! and praised Jehovah.

The Levites Appointed for the Ark

37  And he left there, before the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, Asaph and his brethren, to do the service before the ark continually, as every day's duty required; 38  and Obed-Edom, and their brethren, sixty-eight; Obed-Edom also, the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah as doorkeepers. 39  And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of Jehovah in the high place that was at Gibeon, 40  to offer up burnt-offerings to Jehovah on the altar of burnt-offering continually, morning and evening, and according to all that is written in the law of Jehovah, which he commanded Israel; 41  and with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to Jehovah, because his loving-kindness [endureth] for ever; 42  and with them, [with] Heman and Jeduthun, trumpets and cymbals for those that should sound aloud; and the musical instruments of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were at the gate. 43  And all the people departed every one to his house; and David returned to bless his household.

God's Covenant with David

17 1  And it came to pass as David dwelt in his house, that David said to Nathan the prophet, Behold, I dwell in a house of cedars, and the ark of the covenant of Jehovah under curtains. 2  And Nathan said to David, Do all that is in thy heart; for God is with thee. 3  And it came to pass that night that the word of God came to Nathan saying, 4  Go and say to David my servant, Thus saith Jehovah: Thou shalt not build me a house to dwell in; 5  for I have not dwelt in a house since the day that I brought up Israel to this day; but I have been from tent to tent, and from [one] tabernacle [to another]. 6  In all my going about with all Israel, did I speak a word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people, saying, Why build ye me not a house of cedars? 7  And now, thus shalt thou say unto my servant David, Thus saith Jehovah of hosts: I took thee from the pasture-grounds, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel; 8  and I have been with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have made thee a name, like unto the name of the great men that are on the earth. 9  And I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and be disturbed no more; neither shall the sons of wickedness waste them any more, as formerly, 10  and since the days that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel. And I will subdue all thine enemies; and I tell thee that Jehovah will build thee a house. 11  And it shall come to pass, when thy days are fulfilled that thou must go [to be] with thy fathers, that I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his kingdom. 12  It is he who shall build me a house, and I will establish his throne for ever. 13  I will be his father, and he shall be my son; and I will not take away my mercy from him, as I took it from him that was before thee; 14  and I will settle him in my house and in my kingdom for ever; and his throne shall be established for ever. 15  According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak to David.

16  And king David went in and sat before Jehovah, and said, Who am I, Jehovah Elohim, and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto? 17  And this hath been a small thing in thy sight, O God; and thou hast spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to come, and hast regarded me according to the rank of a man of high degree, Jehovah Elohim. 18  What can David [say] more to thee for the glory of thy servant? thou indeed knowest thy servant. 19  Jehovah, for thy servant's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all this greatness, to make known all these great things. 20  Jehovah, there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 21  And who is like thy people Israel, the one nation in the earth that God went to redeem to be a people to himself, to make thee a name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before thy people, which thou hast redeemed out of Egypt? 22  And thy people Israel hast thou made thine own people for ever; and thou, Jehovah, art become their God. 23  And now, Jehovah, let the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established for ever, and do as thou hast said. 24  Let it even be established, and let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, Jehovah of hosts, the God of Israel, is God to Israel; and let the house of David thy servant be established before thee. 25  For thou, my God, hast revealed to thy servant that thou wilt build him a house; therefore hath thy servant found [in his heart] to pray before thee. 26  And now, Jehovah, thou art that God, and hast promised this goodness unto thy servant; 27  and now, let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever; for thou, Jehovah, hast blessed [it], and it shall be blessed for ever.

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