1 Chronicles 161 And so they took the ark of God, and they set it in the midst of the tabernacle, which David had pitched for it. And they offered holocausts and peace offerings before God. 2 And when David had completed offering holocausts and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord. 3 And he divided to every single one, from men even to women, a twist of bread, and a piece of roasted beef, and fine wheat flour fried with oil. 4 And he appointed some from the Levites who would minister before the ark of the Lord, and commemorate his works, and glorify and praise the Lord, the God of Israel. 5 Asaph was the leader, and second to him was Zechariah. In addition, there were Jeiel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Obededom. And Jeiel was over the instruments of the psaltery and the harps. But Asaph sounded out with the cymbals. 6 Truly, the priests, Benaiah and Jahaziel, were to sound the trumpet continually before the ark of the covenant of the Lord. 7 In that day, David made Asaph the leader, in order to confess to the Lord with his brothers: 8 “Confess to the Lord, and invoke his name. Make known his endeavors among the peoples. 9 Sing to him, and sing psalms to him, and describe all his miracles. 10 Praise his holy name! Let the heart of those who seek the Lord rejoice! 11 Seek the Lord and his virtue. Seek his face always. 12 Remember his miracles, which he has accomplished, his signs, and the judgments of his mouth. 13 O offspring of Israel, his servants! O sons of Jacob, his elect! 14 He is the Lord our God. His judgments are throughout all the earth. 15 Remember forever his covenant, the word that he instructed unto a thousand generations, 16 the covenant that he formed with Abraham, and his oath with Isaac. 17 And he appointed the same to Jacob as a precept, and to Israel as an everlasting pact, 18 saying: ‘To you, I will give the land of Canaan, the lot of your inheritance.’ 19 At that time, they were small in number, they were few and were settlers there. 20 And they passed through, from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people. 21 He did not permit anyone to falsely accuse them. Instead, he reproved kings on their behalf: 22 ‘Do not touch my Christ. And do not malign my prophets.’ 23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Announce his salvation, from day to day. 24 Describe his glory among the Gentiles, his miracles among all the peoples. 25 For the Lord is great and exceedingly praiseworthy. And he is terrible, above all gods. 26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols. But the Lord made the heavens. 27 Confession and magnificence are before him. Strength and gladness are in his place. 28 Bring to the Lord, O families of the peoples, bring to the Lord glory and dominion. 29 Give glory to the Lord, to his name. Lift up sacrifice, and approach before his sight. And adore the Lord in holy attire. 30 Let all the earth be moved before his face. For he founded the globe immoveable. 31 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth exult. And let them say among the nations, ‘The Lord has reigned.’ 32 Let the sea roar, with all its plenitude. Let the fields exult, with all that is in them. 33 Then the trees of the forest will give praise before the Lord. For he comes to judge the earth. 34 Confess to the Lord, for he is good. For his mercy is eternal. 35 And say: ‘Save us, O God our savior! And gather us together, and rescue us from the nations, so that we may confess to your holy name, and may exult in your songs. 36 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, from eternity to eternity.’ And let all the people say, ‘Amen,’ and let them sing a hymn to the Lord.” 37 And so, there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, he left Asaph and his brothers, so that they might minister in the sight of the ark continually, throughout each day, and in their turns. 38 Now Obededom and his brothers were sixty-eight. And he appointed Obededom, the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah to be porters. 39 But Zadok the priest, and his brothers the priests, were before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place, which was in Gibeon, 40 so that they could offer holocausts to the Lord upon the altar of holocausts continually, morning and evening, according to all that was written in the law of the Lord, which he instructed to Israel. 41 And after him, Heman, and Jeduthun, and the remainder of the elect, each one by his name, were appointed to confess to the Lord: “For his mercy endures forever.” 42 Also Heman and Jeduthun sounded the trumpet, and they played upon the cymbals, and upon every kind of musical instrument, in order to sing praises to God. But the sons of Jeduthun he made to be porters. 43 And all the people returned to their houses, and David also, so that he might bless his own house too.
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