1 Chronicles 16

Ministering before the ark

They brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and they presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. After David had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the  Lord. Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each Israelite man and woman.

He appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark of the  Lord, to extol,
Or petition; or invoke
thank, and praise the  Lord, the God of Israel:
Asaph was the chief, and next to him in rank were Zechariah, then Jaaziel,
See 15:18,20; Hebrew Jeiel, possibly another name for Jaaziel.
Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They were to play the lyres and harps, Asaph was to sound the cymbals,
and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow the trumpets regularly before the ark of the covenant of God.

That day David first appointed Asaph and his associates to give praise to the  Lord in this manner:

Give praise to the  Lord, proclaim his name;
make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
10 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the  Lord rejoice.
11 Look to the  Lord and his strength;
seek his face always.
12 Remember the wonders he has done,
his miracles, and the judgments he pronounced,
13 you his servants, the descendants of Israel,
his chosen ones, the children of Jacob.
14 He is the  Lord our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
15 He remembers
Some Septuagint manuscripts (see also Psalm 105:8); Hebrew Remember
his covenant for ever,
the promise he made, for a thousand generations,
16 the covenant he made with Abraham,
the oath he swore to Isaac.
17 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
18 ‘To you I will give the land of Canaan
as the portion you will inherit.’
19 When they were but few in number,
few indeed, and strangers in it,
20 they
One Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint and Vulgate (see also Psalm 105:12); most Hebrew manuscripts inherit, / 19though you are but few in number, / few indeed, and strangers in it.’ / 20They
wandered from nation to nation,
from one kingdom to another.
21 He allowed no one to oppress them;
for their sake he rebuked kings:
22 ‘Do not touch my anointed ones;
do my prophets no harm.’
23 Sing to the  Lord, all the earth;
proclaim his salvation day after day.
24 Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvellous deeds among all peoples.
25 For great is the  Lord and most worthy of praise;
he is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but the  Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendour and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his dwelling-place.
28 Ascribe to the  Lord, all you families of nations,
ascribe to the  Lord glory and strength.
29 Ascribe to the  Lord the glory due to his name;
bring an offering and come before him.
Worship the  Lord in the splendour of his
Or Lord with the splendour of
30 Tremble before him, all the earth!
The world is firmly established; it cannot be moved.
31 Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad;
let them say among the nations, ‘The  Lord reigns!’
32 Let the sea resound, and all that is in it;
let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them!
33 Let the trees of the forest sing,
let them sing for joy before the  Lord,
for he comes to judge the earth.
34 Give thanks to the  Lord, for he is good;
his love endures for ever.
35 Cry out, ‘Save us, God our Saviour;
gather us and deliver us from the nations,
that we may give thanks to your holy name,
and glory in your praise.’
36 Praise be to the  Lord, the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting.
Then all the people said ‘Amen’ and ‘Praise the  Lord.’

37 David left Asaph and his associates before the ark of the covenant of the  Lord to minister there regularly, according to each day’s requirements. 38 He also left Obed-Edom and his sixty-eight associates to minister with them. Obed-Edom son of Jeduthun, and also Hosah, were gatekeepers.

39 David left Zadok the priest and his fellow priests before the tabernacle of the  Lord at the high place in Gibeon 40 to present burnt offerings to the  Lord on the altar of burnt offering regularly, morning and evening, in accordance with everything written in the Law of the  Lord, which he had given Israel. 41 With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest of those chosen and designated by name to give thanks to the  Lord, ‘for his love endures for ever.’ 42 Heman and Jeduthun were responsible for the sounding of the trumpets and cymbals and for the playing of the other instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduthun were stationed at the gate.

43 Then all the people left, each for their own home, and David returned home to bless his family.

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