David prepares to bring the chest to Jerusalem
1After he had built houses for himself in David’s City, David prepared a place for God’s chest and pitched a tent for it. 2David said, "Only the Levites may carry God’s chest, because the Lord has chosen them to carry the Lord’s chest and to minister to him forever."
3David assembled all Israel in Jerusalem to bring the Lord’s chest to the place he had prepared for it. 4David also gathered Aaron’s family and the Levites:
5Uriel, the leader of Kohath’s family, and 120 of his relatives;
6Asaiah, the leader of Merari’s family, and 220 of his relatives;
7Joel, the leader of Gershom’s family, and 130 of his relatives;
8Shemaiah, the leader of Elizaphan’s family, and 200 of his relatives;
9Eliel, the leader of Hebron’s family, and 80 of his relatives;
10and Amminadab, the leader of Uzziel’s family, and 112 of his relatives.
11David called for the priests Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab. 12He said to them, "You are the household heads of the Levites. Make yourselves holy, you and your brothers, and then bring the chest of the Lord, Israel’s God, to the place I’ve prepared for it. 13When you weren’t with us the first time, the Lord our God burst out against us because we didn’t ask his advice properly." 14So the priests and the Levites made themselves holy to bring up the chest of the Lord, Israel’s God. 15The Levites carried God’s chest with poles on their shoulders, just as Moses had commanded according to the Lord’s word.
16Then David told the leaders of the Levites to appoint some of their relatives as singers to raise their voices joyfully, accompanied by musical instruments, including harps, lyres, and cymbals.
17So the Levites appointed Heman, Joel’s son; and from his relatives, Asaph, Berechiah’s son; and from their Merarite relatives, Ethan, Kushaiah’s son; 18and second in rank with them their relatives: Zechariah, Jaaziel,#LXX; MT Jaaziel’s son Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, and Obed-edom and Jeiel the gatekeepers.
19The singers Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were to make music with bronze cymbals.
20Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps tuned to the Alamoth.
21Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead with lyres tuned to the Sheminith.
22Chenaniah was leader of the Levites who provided transportation,#Heb uncertain because he was skilled at it.
23Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the chest.
24The priests Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer were to blow the trumpets before God’s chest. Obed-edom and Jehiah also were to be gatekeepers for the chest.
David brings the chest to Jerusalem
25Then David, along with Israel’s elders and the captains of the thousands, went with rejoicing to bring up the chest containing the Lord’s covenant from Obed-edom’s house. 26Since God had helped the Levites who were carrying the chest containing the Lord’s covenant, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27David wore a fine-linen robe, as did the singers, all the Levites who were carrying the chest, and Chenaniah, the leader of transportation.#MT adds the singers. David also wore a linen priestly vest.#Heb ephod 28So all Israel brought up the chest containing the Lord’s covenant with shouts of joy, accompanied by the blast of the ram’s horn, by trumpets and cymbals, and playing on harps and lyres. 29As the chest containing the Lord’s covenant entered David’s City, Michal, Saul’s daughter, looked out the window. When she saw King David leaping and dancing, she lost all respect for him.
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