1 Chronicles 15-17 English Standard Version

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The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

15 David[1] built houses for himself in the city of David. And he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 2  Then David said that no one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the Lord had chosen them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister to him forever. 3  And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had prepared for it. 4  And David gathered together the sons of Aaron and the Levites: 5  of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, with 120 of his brothers; 6  of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, with 220 of his brothers; 7  of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, with 130 of his brothers; 8  of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, with 200 of his brothers; 9  of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, with 80 of his brothers; 10  of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, with 112 of his brothers. 11  Then David summoned the priests Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab, 12  and said to them, "You are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites. Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place that I have prepared for it. 13  Because you did not carry it the first time, the Lord our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule." 14  So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel. 15  And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the Lord. 16  David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy. 17  So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brothers Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari, their brothers, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; 18  and with them their brothers of the second order, Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and the gatekeepers Obed-edom and Jeiel. 19  The singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound bronze cymbals; 20  Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps according to Alamoth; 21  but Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead with lyres according to the Sheminith. 22  Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music, for he understood it. 23  Berechiah and Elkanah were to be gatekeepers for the ark. 24  Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, should blow the trumpets before the ark of God. Obed-edom and Jehiah were to be gatekeepers for the ark.

25  So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obed-edom with rejoicing. 26  And because God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27  David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod. 28  So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, to the sound of the horn, trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on harps and lyres. 29  And as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and rejoicing, and she despised him in her heart.

16 And they brought in the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. 2  And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord 3  and distributed to all Israel, both men and women, to each a loaf of bread, a portion of meat,[2] and a cake of raisins. 4  Then he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the Lord, the God of Israel. 5  Asaph was the chief, and second to him were Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel, who were to play harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6  and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.

David's Psalm of Thanksgiving

7  Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the Lord by Asaph and his brothers. 8  Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples! 9  Sing to him; sing praises to him; tell of all his wondrous works! 10  Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice! 11  Seek the Lord and his strength; seek his presence continually! 12  Remember the wondrous works that he has done, his miracles and the judgments he uttered, 13  O offspring of Israel his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones! 14  He is the Lord our God; his judgments are in all the earth. 15  Remember his covenant forever, the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations, 16  the covenant that he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac, 17  which he confirmed as a statute to Jacob, as an everlasting covenant to Israel, 18  saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan, as your portion for an inheritance." 19  When you were few in number, and of little account, and sojourners in it, 20  wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people, 21  he allowed no one to oppress them; he rebuked kings on their account, 22  saying, "Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!" 23  Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. 24  Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! 25  For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be held in awe above all gods. 26  For all the gods of the peoples are idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 27  Splendor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place. 28  Ascribe to the Lord, O clans of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength! 29  Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; bring an offering and come before him! Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness;[3] 30  tremble before him, all the earth; yes, the world is established; it shall never be moved. 31  Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, "The Lord reigns!" 32  Let the sea roar, and all that fills it; let the field exult, and everything in it! 33  Then shall the trees of the forest sing for joy before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth. 34  Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever! 35  Say also: "Save us, O God of our salvation, and gather and deliver us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to your holy name, and glory in your praise. 36  Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!" Then all the people said, "Amen!" and praised the Lord.

The Levites Appointed for the Ark

37  So David left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister regularly before the ark as each day required, 38  and also Obed-edom and his[4] sixty-eight brothers, while Obed-edom, the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah were to be gatekeepers. 39  And he left Zadok the priest and his brothers the priests before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place that was at Gibeon 40  to offer burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly morning and evening, to do all that is written in the Law of the Lord that he commanded Israel. 41  With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and expressly named to give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures forever. 42  Heman and Jeduthun had trumpets and cymbals for the music and instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun were appointed to the gate. 43  Then all the people departed each to his house, and David went home to bless his household.

God's Covenant with David

17 Now when David lived in his house, David said to Nathan the prophet, "Behold, I dwell in a house of cedar, but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under a tent." 2  And Nathan said to David, "Do all that is in your heart, for God is with you." 3  But that same night the word of the Lord came to Nathan, 4  "Go and tell my servant David, 'Thus says the Lord: It is not you who will build me a house to dwell in. 5  For I have not lived in a house since the day I brought up Israel to this day, but I have gone from tent to tent and from dwelling to dwelling. 6  In all places where I have moved with all Israel, did I speak a word with any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to shepherd my people, saying, "Why have you not built me a house of cedar?"' 7  Now, therefore, thus shall you say to my servant David, 'Thus says the Lord of hosts, I took you from the pasture, from following the sheep, to be prince over my people Israel, 8  and I have been with you wherever you have gone and have cut off all your enemies from before you. And I will make for you a name, like the name of the great ones of the earth. 9  And I will appoint a place for my people Israel and will plant them, that they may dwell in their own place and be disturbed no more. And violent men shall waste them no more, as formerly, 10  from the time that I appointed judges over my people Israel. And I will subdue all your enemies. Moreover, I declare to you that the Lord will build you a house. 11  When your days are fulfilled to walk with your fathers, I will raise up your offspring after you, one of your own sons, and I will establish his kingdom. 12  He shall build a house for me, and I will establish his throne forever. 13  I will be to him a father, and he shall be to me a son. I will not take my steadfast love from him, as I took it from him who was before you, 14  but I will confirm him in my house and in my kingdom forever, and his throne shall be established forever.'" 15  In accordance with all these words, and in accordance with all this vision, Nathan spoke to David.

16  Then King David went in and sat before the Lord and said, "Who am I, O Lord God, and what is my house, that you have brought me thus far? 17  And this was a small thing in your eyes, O God. You have also spoken of your servant's house for a great while to come, and have shown me future generations,[5] O Lord God! 18  And what more can David say to you for honoring your servant? For you know your servant. 19  For your servant's sake, O Lord, and according to your own heart, you have done all this greatness, in making known all these great things. 20  There is none like you, O Lord, and there is no God besides you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 21  And who is like your people Israel, the one[6] nation on earth whom God went to redeem to be his people, making for yourself a name for great and awesome things, in driving out nations before your people whom you redeemed from Egypt? 22  And you made your people Israel to be your people forever, and you, O Lord, became their God. 23  And now, O Lord, let the word that you have spoken concerning your servant and concerning his house be established forever, and do as you have spoken, 24  and your name will be established and magnified forever, saying, 'The Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, is Israel's God,' and the house of your servant David will be established before you. 25  For you, my God, have revealed to your servant that you will build a house for him. Therefore your servant has found courage to pray before you. 26  And now, O Lord, you are God, and you have promised this good thing to your servant. 27  Now you have been pleased to bless the house of your servant, that it may continue forever before you, for it is you, O Lord, who have blessed, and it is blessed forever."

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Footnotes

[1] 15:1 Hebrew He

[2] 16:3 Compare Septuagint, Syriac, Vulgate; the meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

[3] 16:29 Or in holy attire

[4] 16:38 Hebrew their

[5] 17:17 The meaning of the Hebrew is uncertain

[6] 17:21 Septuagint, Vulgate other

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