1 Chronicles 15-17 Young’s Literal Translation

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The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

15 1  And he maketh for himself houses in the city of David, and prepareth a place for the ark of God, and stretcheth out for it a tent. 2  Then said David, 'None 'are' to carry the ark of God, except the Levites, for on them hath Jehovah fixed to carry the ark of God, and to serve Him—unto the age.' 3  And David assembleth all Israel unto Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of Jehovah unto its place that he had prepared for it. 4  And David gathereth the sons of Aaron, and the Levites. 5  Of sons of Kohath: Uriel the chief, and his brethren, a hundred and twenty. 6  Of sons of Merari: Asaiah the chief, and his brethren, two hundred and twenty. 7  Of sons of Gershom: Joel the chief, and his brethren, a hundred and thirty. 8  Of sons of Elizaphan: Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren, two hundred. 9  Of sons of Hebron: Eliel the chief, and his brethren, eighty. 10  Of sons of Uzziel: Amminadab the chief, and his brethren, a hundred and twelve. 11  And David calleth to Zadok and to Abiathar the priests, and to the Levites, to Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab, 12  and saith to them, 'Ye 'are' heads of the fathers of the Levites; sanctify yourselves, ye and your brethren, and ye have brought up the ark of Jehovah, God of Israel, unto 'the place' I have prepared for it; 13  because at the first 'it was' not ye, Jehovah our God made a breach upon us, because we sought Him not according to the ordinance.' 14  And the priests and the Levites sanctify themselves, to bring up the ark of Jehovah, God of Israel; 15  and sons of the Levites bear the ark of God, as Moses commanded, according to the word of Jehovah, on their shoulder, with staves, above them. 16  And David saith to the heads of the Levites to appoint their brethren the singers, with instruments of song, psalteries, and harps, and cymbals, sounding, to lift up with the voice for joy. 17  And the Levites appoint Heman son of Joel, and of his brethren, Asaph son of Berechiah, and of the sons of Merari their brethren, Ethan son of Kushaiah; 18  and with them their brethren, the seconds 'in 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 gatekeepers; 19  and the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, with cymbals of brass to sound, 20  and Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jeheil, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries besides virgins, 21  and Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps, on the octave, to oversee. 22  And Chenaniah, head of the Levites, 'is' over the burden; he instructeth about the burden, for he 'is' intelligent. 23  And Berechiah and Elkanah 'are' gatekeepers for the ark. 24  And Shebaniah, and Joshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer the priests, are blowing with trumpets before the ark of God; and Obed-Edom and Jehiah 'are' gatekeepers for the ark.

25  And it is David, and the elders of Israel, and the heads of the thousands, who are going to bring up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah from the house of Obed-Edom with joy; 26  and it cometh to pass, in God's helping the Levites bearing the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, that they sacrifice seven bullocks and seven rams. 27  And David is wrapped in an upper robe of fine linen, and all the Levites who are bearing the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah head of the burden of the singers; and on David 'is' an Ephod of linen. 28  And all Israel are bringing up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah with shouting, and with the sound of a cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, sounding with psalteries and harps, 29  and it cometh to pass, the ark of the covenant of Jehovah is entering in unto the city of David, and Michal daughter of Saul is looking through the window, and seeth king David dancing and playing, and despiseth him in her heart.

16 1  And they bring in the ark of God, and set it up in the midst of the tent that David hath stretched out for it, and they bring near burnt-offerings and peace-offerings before God; 2  and David ceaseth from offering the burnt-offering and the peace-offerings, and blesseth the people in the name of Jehovah, 3  and giveth a portion to every man of Israel, both man and woman: to each a cake of bread, and a measure of wine, and a grape-cake. 4  And he putteth before the ark of Jehovah, of the Levites, ministers, even to make mention of, and to thank, and to give praise to Jehovah, God of Israel, 5  Asaph the head, and his second Zechariah; Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, with instruments of psalteries, and with harps; and Asaph with cymbals is sounding; 6  and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests 'are' with trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.

David's Psalm of Thanksgiving

7  On that day then hath David given at the beginning to give thanks to Jehovah by the hand of Asaph and his brethren:— 8  Give thanks to Jehovah, call in His name, Make known among the peoples His doings. 9  Sing ye to Him, sing psalms to Him, Meditate on all His wonders. 10  Boast yourselves in His holy name, Rejoice doth the heart of those seeking Jehovah. 11  Seek ye Jehovah and His strength, Seek His face continually. 12  Remember His wonders that He did, His signs, and the judgments of His mouth, 13  O seed of Israel, His servant, O sons of Jacob, His chosen ones! 14  He 'is' Jehovah our God, In all the earth 'are' His judgments. 15  Remember ye to the age His covenant, The word He commanded—To a thousand generations, 16  Which He hath made with Abraham, And His oath—to Isaac, 17  And He establisheth it to Jacob for a statute, To Israel—a covenant age-during. 18  Saying: To thee I give the land of Canaan, The portion of your inheritance, 19  When ye are few of number, As a little thing, and sojourners in it. 20  And they go up and down, From nation unto nation, And from a kingdom unto another people. 21  He hath not suffered any to oppress them, And reproveth on their account kings: 22  Come not against Mine anointed ones, And against My prophets do not evil. 23  Sing to Jehovah, all the earth, Proclaim from day unto day His salvation. 24  Rehearse among nations His glory, Among all the peoples His wonders. 25  For great 'is' Jehovah, and praised greatly, And fearful He 'is' above all gods. 26  For all gods of the peoples 'are' nought, And Jehovah the heavens hath made. 27  Honour and majesty 'are' before Him, Strength and joy 'are' in His place. 28  Ascribe to Jehovah, ye families of peoples, Ascribe to Jehovah honour and strength. 29  Ascribe to Jehovah the honour of His name, Lift up a present, and come before Him. Bow yourselves to Jehovah, In the beauty of holiness. 30  Be pained before Him, all the earth: 31  Also, established is the world, It is not moved! The heavens rejoice, and the earth is glad, And they say among nations: Jehovah hath reigned. 32  Roar doth the sea, and its fulness, Exult doth the field, and all that 'is' in it, 33  Then sing do trees of the forest, From the presence of Jehovah, For He hath come to judge the earth! 34  Give thanks to Jehovah, for good, For to the age, 'is' His kindness, 35  And say, Save us, O God of our salvation, And gather us, and deliver us from the nations, To give thanks to Thy holy name, To triumph in Thy praise. 36  Blessed 'is' Jehovah, God of Israel, From the age and unto the age;' And all the people say, 'Amen,' and have given praise to Jehovah.

The Levites Appointed for the Ark

37  And he leaveth there before the ark of the covenant of Jehovah, for Asaph and for his brethren, to minister before the ark continually, according to the matter of a day in its day, 38  both Obed-Edom and their brethren, sixty and eight, and Obed-Edom son of Jeduthun, and Hosah for gatekeepers, 39  and Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of Jehovah, in a high place that 'is' in Gibeon, 40  to cause to ascend burnt-offerings to Jehovah, on the altar of burnt-offering continually, morning and evening, and for all that is written in the law of Jehovah, that He charged on Israel. 41  And with them 'are' Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest of those chosen, who were defined by name, to give thanks to Jehovah, for to the age 'is' His kindness, 42  and with them—Heman and Jeduthun—'are' trumpets and cymbals for those sounding, and instruments of the song of God, and the sons of Jeduthun 'are' at the gate. 43  And all the people go, each to his house, and David turneth round to bless his house.

God's Covenant with David

17 1  And it cometh to pass as David sat in his house, that David saith unto Nathan the prophet, 'Lo, I am dwelling in a house of cedars, and the ark of the covenant of Jehovah 'is' under curtains;' 2  and Nathan saith unto David, 'All that 'is' in thy heart do, for God 'is' with thee.' 3  And it cometh to pass on that night that a word of God is unto Nathan, saying, 4  'Go, and thou hast said unto David My servant, Thus said Jehovah, Thou dost not build for Me the house to dwell in: 5  for I have not dwelt in a house from the day that I brought up Israel till this day, and I am from tent unto tent: and from the tabernacle, 6  whithersoever I have walked up and down among all Israel, a word spake I, with one of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed My people, saying, Why have ye not built for Me a house of cedars? 7  'And now, thus dost thou say to My servant, to David, Thus said Jehovah of Hosts, I have taken thee from the habitation, from after the sheep, to be leader over My people Israel, 8  and I am with thee whithersoever thou hast walked, and I cut off all thine enemies from thy presence, and have made for thee a name like the name of the great ones who 'are' in the earth. 9  'And I have prepared a place for My people Israel, and planted it, and it hath dwelt in its place, and is not troubled any more, and the sons of perverseness add not to wear it out as at first, 10  yea, even from the days that I appointed judges over My people Israel. 'And I have humbled all thine enemies, and I declare to thee that a house doth Jehovah build for thee, 11  and it hath come to pass, when thy days have been fulfilled to go with thy fathers, that I have raised up thy seed after thee, who is of thy sons, and I have established his kingdom, 12  he doth build for Me a house, and I have established his throne unto the age; 13  I am to him for a father, and he is to Me for a son, and My kindness I turn not aside from him as I turned it aside from him who was before thee, 14  and I have established him in My house, and in My kingdom unto the age, and his throne is established unto the age.' 15  According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so spake Nathan unto David.

16  And David the king cometh in and sitteth before Jehovah, and saith, 'Who 'am' I, O Jehovah God, and what my house, that Thou hast brought me hitherto? 17  And this is small in Thine eyes, O God, and Thou speakest concerning the house of thy servant afar off, and hast seen me as a type of the man who is on high, O Jehovah God! 18  'What doth David add more unto Thee for the honour of Thy servant; and Thou Thy servant hast known. 19  O Jehovah, for Thy servant's sake, and according to Thine own heart Thou hast done all this greatness, to make known all these great things. 20  O Jehovah, there is none like Thee, and there is no god save Thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears. 21  'And who 'is' as Thy people Israel, one nation in the earth whom God hath gone to ransom to Him for a people, to make for Thee a name great and fearful, to cast out from the presence of Thy people whom Thou hast ransomed out of Egypt—nations? 22  Yea, Thou dost appoint Thy people Israel to Thee for a people unto the age, and Thou, O Jehovah, hast been to them for God. 23  'And now, O Jehovah, the word that Thou hast spoken concerning Thy servant, and concerning his house, let be stedfast unto the age, and do as Thou hast spoken; 24  and let it be stedfast, and Thy name is great unto the age, saying, Jehovah of Hosts, God of Israel, is God to Israel, and the house of Thy servant David is established before Thee; 25  for Thou, O my God, Thou hast uncovered the ear of Thy servant—to build to him a house, therefore hath Thy servant found to pray before Thee. 26  'And now, Jehovah, Thou 'art' God Himself, and Thou speakest concerning Thy servant this goodness; 27  and now, Thou hast been pleased to bless the house of Thy servant, to be to the age before Thee; for Thou, O Jehovah, hast blessed, and it is blessed to the age.'

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