1 Chronicles 15

CHAPTER 15

The Levites Bear the Ark

And he made for himself houses in the city of David. And he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. Then said David, No one is to lift the ark of God except the Levites; for [3chose them 1the 2  lord] to lift the ark of the  lord, and to officiate to him unto the eon. And David gathered all Israel to Jerusalem, to bear the ark of the  lord into the place which he prepared for it. And David gathered the sons of Aaron, and the Levites. Of the sons of Kohath; Uriel the ruler, and his brethren -- a hundred and twenty. Of the sons of Merari; Asiah the ruler, and his brethren -- two hundred and twenty. Of the sons of Gershon; Joel the ruler, and his brethren -- a hundred and thirty. Of the sons of Elizaphan; Shemaiah the ruler, and his brethren -- two hundred. Of the sons of Hebron; Eliel the ruler, and his brethren -- eighty. 10 Of the sons of Uzziel; Amminadab the ruler, and his brethren -- a hundred and twelve. 11 And David called Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and the Levites -- Uriel, Asiah, and Joel, and Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab. 12 And he said to them, You are the rulers of the families of the Levites. Purify yourselves and your brethren! even to bear the ark of the  lord God of Israel, of which I prepared for it. 13 For [2were not 5prior 1you 3being 4ready], [3cut through 1and the  lord 2our God] among us, for we did not seek him in practice. 14 And [6purified themselves 1the 2priests 3and 4the 5Levites] to bring the ark of the  lord God of Israel. 15 And [5lifted 1the 2sons 3of the 4Levites] the ark of God (as Moses gave charge by the word of the  lord according to the writing) with the bearing poles on their shoulders. 16 And David said to the rulers of the Levites, You shall station their brethren the psalm singers with instruments for odes, with stringed instruments, lutes, and cymbals, to sound out loud on high with the voice of gladness. 17 And [3stationed 1the 2Levites] Heman son of Joel, and of his brethren, Asaph son Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari his brethren, Ethan son of Kushaiah. 18 And with them their brethren the ones second ranked -- Zechariah son of Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and 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, [2with 3cymbals 4of brass 1to cause to be heard]. 20 And Zachariah, and Aziel, and Shimiramoth and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Masseiah, and Benaiah, with stringed instruments upon Alamoth. 21 And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obed Edom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with lutes with octaves growing in strength. 22 And Chenaniah ruler of the Levites was ruler of the odes, for he was discerning. 23 And Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers of the ark. 24 And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer the priests, were trumpeting with the trumpets before the ark of God. And Obed Edom and Jehiah were gatekeepers of the ark. 25 And David was, and the elders of Israel, and the commanders of thousands, the ones going to bring the ark of the covenant of the  lord from out of the house of Obed Edom in gladness. 26 And it came to pass in the strengthening by God, of the Levites lifting the ark of the covenant of the  lord, that they sacrificed seven calves and seven rams. 27 And David was being girded in a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites lifting the ark of the covenant of the  lord, and the psalm singers, and Chenaniah the ruler of the odes of the ones singing. And upon David was an ephod of fine linen. 28 And all Israel was leading the ark of the covenant of the  lord with a cheer, and with a sound of the ram's horn, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, sounding out loud with stringed instruments, and with lutes. 29 And it came to pass, and [5came 1the 2ark 3of the covenant 4of the  lord] unto the city of David, and Michal the daughter of Saul leaned over through the window, and she beheld king David dancing and playing; and she treated him with contempt in her soul.
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