1David made him houses in the city of David; and he
prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent.
David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them has
Yahweh chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister to him forever.
3David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of Yahweh
to its place, which he had prepared for it.
4David gathered together the
sons of Aaron, and the Levites:
5of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief,
and his brothers one hundred twenty;
6of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the
chief, and his brothers two hundred twenty;
7of the sons of Gershom, Joel
the chief, and his brothers one hundred thirty;
8of the sons of
Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, and his brothers two hundred;
9of the sons
of Hebron, Eliel the chief, and his brothers eighty;
10of the sons of
Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, and his brothers one hundred twelve.
called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel,
Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab,
12and said to them,
You are the heads of the fathers’ houses of the Levites:
sanctify yourselves, both you and your brothers, that you may bring
up the ark of Yahweh, the God of Israel, to the place that I have
prepared for it.
13For because you didn’t carry it at the first,
Yahweh our God made a breach on us, because we didn’t seek him according to
14So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to
bring up the ark of Yahweh, the God of Israel.
15The children of the
Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles thereon, as
Moses commanded according to the word of Yahweh.
16David spoke to the
chief of the Levites to appoint their brothers the singers, with instruments
of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up the
voice with joy.
17So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of
his brothers, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari their
brothers, Ethan the son of Kushaiah;
18and with them their brothers of
the second degree, Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel,
and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Eliphelehu,
and Mikneiah, and Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, the doorkeepers.
singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed with cymbals of
brass to sound aloud;
20and Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and
Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries set
21and Mattithiah, and Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and
Obed-Edom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps tuned to the eight-stringed
lyre, to lead.
22Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was over the song: he
instructed about the song, because he was skillful.
Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark.
24Shebaniah, and Joshaphat, and
Nethanel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests,
did blow the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obed-Edom and Jehiah 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 Yahweh
out of the house of Obed-Edom with joy.
26It happened, when God helped
the Levites who bore the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, that they sacrificed
seven bulls and seven rams.
27David was clothed with a robe of fine
linen, and all the Levites who bore the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah
the master of the song with the singers: and David had on him an
ephod of linen.
28Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of
Yahweh with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and
with cymbals, sounding aloud with psalteries and harps.
29It happened, as
the ark of the covenant of Yahweh came to the city of David, that Michal the
daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David dancing and
playing; and she despised him in her heart.