1 Chronicles 16-17 New American Standard Bible

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16 1  And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God . 2  When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings , he blessed the people in the name of the Lord . 3  He distributed to everyone of Israel , both man and woman , to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake . 4  He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord , even to celebrate and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel : 5  Asaph the chief , and second to him Zechariah , then Jeiel , Shemiramoth , Jehiel , Mattithiah , Eliab , Benaiah , Obed-edom and Jeiel , with musical instruments , harps , lyres ; also Asaph played loud-sounding cymbals , 6  and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests blew trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God .

David's Psalm of Thanksgiving

7  Then on that day David first assigned Asaph and his relatives to give thanks to the Lord . 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; Speak of all His wonders . 10  Glory in His holy name ; Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad . 11  Seek the Lord and His strength ; Seek His face continually . 12  Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done , His marvels and the judgments from His mouth , 13  O seed 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 which He commanded to a thousand generations , 16  The covenant which He made with Abraham , And His oath to Isaac . 17  He also confirmed it to Jacob for a statute , To Israel as an everlasting covenant , 18  Saying , " To you I will give the land of Canaan , As the portion of your inheritance ." 19  When they were only a few in number , Very few , and strangers in it, 20  And they wandered about from nation to nation , And from one kingdom to another people , 21  He permitted no man to oppress them, And He reproved kings for their sakes , saying, 22  "Do not touch My anointed ones , And do My prophets no harm ." 23  Sing to the Lord , all the earth ; Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day . 24  Tell of His glory among the nations , His wonderful deeds among all the peoples . 25  For great is the Lord , and greatly to be praised ; He also is to be feared 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 families 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 holy array . 30  Tremble before e Him, all the earth ; Indeed , the world is firmly established , it will not 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 it contains ; Let the field exult , and all that is in it. 33  Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before e the Lord ; For He is coming to judge the earth . 34  O give thanks to the Lord , for He is good ; For His lovingkindness is everlasting . 35  Then say , "Save us, O God of our salvation , And gather us and deliver us from the nations , To give thanks to Your holy name , And glory in Your praise ." 36  Blessed be the Lord , the God of Israel , From everlasting even to everlasting . Then all the people said , "Amen ," and praised the Lord .

The Levites Appointed for the Ark

37  So he left Asaph and his relatives there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark continually , as every day's work required ; 38  and Obed-edom with his 68 e relatives ; Obed-edom , also the son of Jeduthun , and Hosah as gatekeepers . 39  He left Zadok the priest and his relatives the priests before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place which was at Gibeon , 40  to offer burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering continually morning and evening , even according to all that is written in the law of the Lord , which He commanded Israel . 41  With them were Heman and Jeduthun , and the rest who were chosen , who were designated by name , to give thanks to the Lord , because His lovingkindness is everlasting . 42  And with them were Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those who should sound aloud, and with instruments for the songs of God , and the sons of Jeduthun for the gate . 43  Then all the people departed each to his house , and David returned to bless his household .

God's Covenant with David

17 1  And it came about, when David dwelt in his house , that David said to Nathan the prophet , "Behold , I am dwelling in a house of cedar , but the ark of the covenant of the Lord is under curtains ." 2  Then Nathan said to David , "Do all that is in your heart , for God is with you." 3  It came about the same night that the word of God came to Nathan , saying , 4  "Go and tell David My servant , 'Thus says the Lord , " You shall not build a house for Me 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 gone from tent to tent and from one dwelling place to another. 6  "In all places where I have walked with all Israel , have I spoken a word with any of the judges of Israel , whom I commanded to shepherd My people , saying , 'Why have you not built for 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 leader over My people Israel . 8  "I have been with you wherever e you have gone , and have cut off all your enemies from before you; and I will make you a name like the name of the great ones who are in the earth . 9  "I will appoint a place for My people Israel , and will plant them, so that they may dwell in their own place and not be moved again ; and the wicked e will not waste them anymore as formerly , 10  even from the day that I commanded judges to be over My people Israel . And I will subdue all your enemies . Moreover, I tell you that the Lord will build a house for you. 11  "When your days are fulfilled that you must go to be with your fathers , that I will set up one of your descendants after you, who will be of your sons ; and I will establish his kingdom . 12  "He shall build for Me a house , and I will establish his throne forever e . 13  " I will be his father and he shall be My son ; and I will not take My lovingkindness away from him, as I took it from him who was before you. 14  "But I will settle him in My house and in My kingdom forever e , and his throne shall be established forever e .""' 15  According to all these words and according to all this vision , so Nathan spoke to David .

16  Then David the king 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 this far ? 17  "This was a small thing in Your eyes , O God ; but You have spoken of Your servant's house for a great while to come , and have regarded me according to the standard of a man of high degree , O Lord God . 18  "What more can David still say to You concerning the honor bestowed on Your servant ? For You know Your servant . 19  "O Lord , for Your servant's sake , and according to Your own heart , You have wrought all this greatness , to make known all these great things . 20  "O Lord , there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to all that we have heard with our ears . 21  "And what one nation in the earth is like Your people Israel , whom God went to redeem for Himself as a people , to make You a name by great and terrible things , in driving out nations from before Your people , whom You redeemed out of Egypt ? 22  " For Your people Israel You made Your own people forever e , and You, O Lord , became their God . 23  "Now , O Lord , let the word that You have spoken concerning Your servant and concerning his house be established forever e , and do as You have spoken . 24  "Let Your name be established and magnified forever e , saying , 'The Lord of hosts is the God of Israel , even a God to Israel ; and the house of David Your servant is established before You.' 25  "For You, O my God , have revealed e to Your servant that You will build for him a house ; therefore e Your servant has found courage to pray before You. 26  "Now , O Lord , You are God , and have promised this good thing to Your servant . 27  "And now it has pleased You to bless the house of Your servant , that it may continue forever before You; for You, O Lord , have blessed , and it is blessed forever ."

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