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The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
(2 Samuel 6.12-23)
1And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. 2#Deut 10.8 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever. 3And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord unto his place, which he had prepared for it. 4And David assembled the children of Aaron, and the Levites: 5of the sons of Kohath; U´ri-el the chief, and his brethren a hundred and twenty: 6of the sons of Mera´ri; Asai´ah the chief, and his brethren two hundred and twenty: 7of the sons of Gershom; Joel the chief, and his brethren a hundred and thirty: 8of the sons of Eliza´phan; Shemai´ah the chief, and his brethren two hundred: 9of the sons of Hebron; El´i-el the chief, and his brethren fourscore: 10of the sons of Uz´zi-el; Ammin´adab the chief, and his brethren a hundred and twelve. 11And David called for Zadok and Abi´athar the priests, and for the Levites, for U´ri-el, Asai´ah, and Joel, Shemai´ah, and El´i-el, and Ammin´adab, 12and said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it. 13For because ye did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order. 14So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel. 15#Exod 25.14 And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded, according to the word of the Lord.
16And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy. 17So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechi´ah; and of the sons of Mera´ri their brethren, Ethan the son of Kushai´ah; 18and with them their brethren of the second degree, Zechari´ah, Ben, and Ja-a´zi-el, and Shemir´amoth, and Jehi´el, and Unni, Eli´ab, and Benai´ah, and Ma-asei´ah, and Mattithi´ah, and Eliph´eleh, and Miknei´ah, and O´bed–e´dom, and Je-i´el, the porters. 19So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed to sound with cymbals of brass; 20and Zechari´ah, and Az´i-el, and Shemir´amoth, and Jehi´el, and Unni, and Eli´ab, and Ma-asei´ah, and Benai´ah, with psalteries on Al´amoth; 21and Mattithi´ah, and Eliph´eleh and Miknei´ah, and O´bed–e´dom, and Je-i´el, and Azazi´ah, with harps on the Shem´inith to excel. 22And Chenani´ah, chief of the Levites, was for song: he instructed about the song, because he was skilful. 23And Berechi´ah and Elka´nah were doorkeepers for the ark. 24And Shebani´ah, and Jehosh´aphat, and Nethan´e-el, and Ama´sai, and Zechari´ah, and Benai´ah, and Eli-e´zer, the priests, did blow with the trumpets before the ark of God: and O´bed–e´dom and Jehi´ah were doorkeepers for the ark.
25So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of O´bed–e´dom with joy. 26And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of the Lord, that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams. 27And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenani´ah the master of the song with the singers: David also had upon him an ephod of linen. 28Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.
29And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the Lord came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.
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