1 Chronicles 13-16 Young’s Literal Translation

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David Proposes to Bring the Ark to Jerusalem

13 1  And David consulteth with the heads of the thousands, and of the hundreds, every leader, 2  and David saith to all the assembly of Israel, 'If unto you it be good, and from Jehovah our God it hath broken forth—we send unto our brethren, those left in all the lands of Israel, and with them the priests and the Levites, in the cities of their suburbs, and they are gathered unto us, 3  and we bring round the ark of our God unto us, for we sought Him not in the days of Saul.' 4  And all the assembly say to do so, for the thing is right in the eyes of all the people.

David Goes to Get the Ark

5  And David assembleth all Israel from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering in of Hamath, to bring in the ark of God from Kirjath-Jearim, 6  and David goeth up, and all Israel, to Baalah, unto Kirjath-Jearim that 'is' to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God Jehovah, inhabiting the cherubs, where the Name is called on. 7  And they place the ark of God on a new cart, from the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio are leading the cart, 8  and David and all Israel are playing before God, with all strength, and with songs, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

9  And they come in unto the threshing-floor of Chidon, and Uzza putteth forth his hand to seize the ark, for the oxen were released, 10  and the anger of Jehovah is kindled against Uzza, and He smiteth him, because that he hath put forth his hand on the ark, and he dieth there before God. 11  And it is displeasing to David, because Jehovah hath made a breach upon Uzza, and one calleth that place 'Breach of Uzza' unto this day. 12  And David feareth God on that day, saying, 'How do I bring in unto me the ark of God?' 13  And David hath not turned aside the ark unto himself, unto the city of David, and turneth it aside unto the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14  And the ark of God dwelleth with the household of Obed-Edom, in his house, three months, and Jehovah blesseth the house of Obed-Edom, and all that he hath.

Hiram's Recognition of David

14 1  And Huram king of Tyre sendeth messengers unto David, and cedar-wood, and artificers of walls, and artificers of wood, to build to him a house. 2  And David knoweth that Jehovah hath established him for king over Israel, because of the lifting up on high of his kingdom, for the sake of His people Israel.

David's Children Born at Jerusalem

3  And David taketh again wives in Jerusalem, and David begetteth again sons and daughters; 4  and these 'are' the names of the children whom he hath in Jerusalem: Shammua, and Shobab, Nathan, and Solomon, 5  and Ibhar, and Elishua, and Elpalet, 6  and Nogah, and Nepheg, and Japhia, 7  and Elishama, and Beeliada, and Eliphalet.

David Defeats the Philistines

8  And the Philistines hear that David hath been anointed for king over all Israel, and all the Philistines go up to seek David, and David heareth, and goeth out before them. 9  And the Philistines have come, and rush into the valley of Rephaim, 10  and David asketh of God, saying, 'Do I go up against the Philistines—and hast Thou given them into my hand?' And Jehovah saith to him, 'Go up, and I have given them into thy hand.' 11  And they go up into Baal-Perazim, and David smiteth them there, and David saith, 'God hath broken up mine enemies by my hand, like the breaking up of waters;' therefore they have called the name of that place Baal-Perazim. 12  And they leave there their gods, and David speaketh, and they are burnt with fire. 13  And the Philistines add again, and rush into the valley, 14  and David asketh again of God, and God saith to him, 'Do not go up after them, turn round from them, and thou hast come to them from over-against the mulberries; 15  and it cometh to pass, when thou hearest the sound of the stepping at the heads of the mulberries, then thou goest out into battle, for God hath gone out before thee to smite the camp of the Philistines.' 16  And David doth as God commanded him, and they smite the camp of the Philistines from Gibeon even unto Gazer; 17  and the name of David goeth out into all the lands, and Jehovah hath put his fear on all the nations.

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.

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