The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Chronicles 15:1–29

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And David made him houses in the city of David; and he prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent.

1Chr15:2  Then David said: “It is illicit for anyone to carry the ark of God except the Levites, whom the Lord chose to carry it and to minister to himself, even unto eternity.”

AND David built citadels for himself in the city of David, and also built a place for the ark of the LORD and for the instruments of the tabernacle.

Then David said: 'None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites; for them hath YHWH chosen to carry the ark of the YHWH, and to minister unto Him for ever.'

1Chr15:3  And he gathered all of Israel in Jerusalem, so that the ark of God might be brought into its place, which he had prepared for it.

Then David commanded the Levites to carry the ark of the LORD and the instruments of the tabernacle; for the Levites the LORD had chosen to minister and to carry the ark of the LORD, and to look after it for ever.

And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of YHWH unto its place, which he had prepared for it.

1Chr15:4  Certainly, there were both the sons of Aaron and the Levites

And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the LORD to the place which he had built for it.

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And David gathered together the sons of Aaron, and the Levites;

1Chr15:5  From the sons of Kohath, Uriel was the leader, and his brothers were one hundred twenty.

of the sons of Kohath: Uriel the chief, and his brethren a hundred and twenty;

1Chr15:6  From the sons of Merari: Asaiah was the leader, and his brothers were two hundred twenty.

of the sons of Merari: Asaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred and twenty;

1Chr15:7  From the sons of Gershom: Joel was the leader, and his brothers were one hundred thirty.

of the sons of Gershom: Joel the chief, and his brethren a hundred and thirty;

1Chr15:8  From the sons of Elizaphan: Shemaiah was the leader, and his brothers were two hundred.

of the sons of Elizaphan: Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred;

1Chr15:9  From the sons of Hebron: Eliel was the leader, and his brothers were eighty.

of the sons of Hebron: Eliel the chief, and his brethren fourscore;

1Chr15:10  From the sons of Uzziel: Amminadab was the leader, and his brothers were one hundred twelve.

10  of the sons of Uzziel: Amminadab the chief, and his brethren a hundred and twelve.

1Chr15:11  And David summoned the priests, Zadok and Abiathar, and the Levites: Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab.

11  And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab,

1Chr15:12  And he said to them: “You who are the leaders of the Levitical families, be sanctified with your brothers, and bring the ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place that has been prepared for it.

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12  and said unto them: 'Ye are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites; sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of YHWH, the God of Israel, unto the place that I have prepared for it.

12  and said to them, Ye are the heads of the families of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, you and your brethren, and ye shall carry up the ark of the God of Israel, to the place which I have prepared for it.

1Chr15:13  Otherwise, as it was before, when the Lord struck us because you were not present, so also it might be now, if we do what is illicit.”

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13  For because ye bore it not at the first, YHWH our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought Him not according to the ordinance.'

1Chr15:14  Therefore, the priests and the Levites were sanctified, so that they might carry the ark of the Lord God of Israel.

13  So that the LORD our God may not smite us because we did not seek him after the due order.

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14  So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of YHWH, the God of Israel.

1Chr15:15  And the sons of Levi took the ark of God, just as Moses had instructed, in accord with the word of the Lord, upon their shoulders by the bars.

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15  And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God upon their shoulders with the bars thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of YHWH.

15  And the sons of the Levites took the ark of God, (as Moses commanded by the word of God according to the scripture) upon their shoulders with staves.

1Chr15:16  And David spoke to the leaders of the Levites, so that they might appoint, from their brothers, singers with musical instruments, specifically, psalteries, and harps, and cymbals, so that a joyful noise might resound on high.

16  And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren the singers, with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding aloud and lifting up the voice with joy.

16  And David said to the chiefs of the Levites, Set your brethren the singers with musical instruments, lutes, harps, and cymbals, to sound aloud with a voice of joy.

1Chr15:17  And they appointed from the Levites: Heman, the son of Joel; and from his brothers, Asaph, the son of Berechiah; and truly, from their brothers, the sons of Merari: Ethan, the son of Kushaiah.

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17  So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari their brethren, Ethan the son of Kushaiah;

1Chr15:18  And with them were their brothers in the second rank: Zechariah, and Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jahiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, who were gatekeepers.

18  and with them their brethren of the second degree, Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Eliphalehu, and Mikneiah, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel, the doorkeepers.

1Chr15:19  Now the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were sounding out with cymbals of brass.

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19  So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan ,were appointed , with cymbals of brass to sound aloud;

1Chr15:20  And Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah were singing mysteries with the psalteries.

19  Now these were all those who stood by the gates and sang: Heman, Asaph, and Ethan.

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20  and Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries set to Alamoth;

1Chr15:21  Then Mattithiah, and Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah and Obededom, and Jeiel and Azaziah were singing a song of victory with the harps, for the octave.

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21  and Mattithiah, and Eliphalehu, and Mikneiahu, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps on the Sheminith, to lead.

1Chr15:22  Now Chenaniah, the leader of the Levites, was foremost over the prophecies, in order to mark out in advance the melodies. For indeed, he was very skillful.

21  And those who sang songs: Mattitha, Mikiaho, Ober-edom, Uzzael, and Uzzanaiah; these played with harps every day at three o'clock and at nine o'clock.

22  And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was over the song; he was master in the song, because he was skilful.

1Chr15:23  And Berechiah and Elkanah were porters of the ark.

22  And Benaiah, chief of the Levites, played every day in the booth, for they had prepared a place for him.

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23  And Berechiah and Elkanah were door-keepers for the ark.

1Chr15:24  And the priests, Shebaniah, and Joshaphat, and Nethanel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, were sounding the trumpets before the ark of God. And Obededom and Jehiah were porters of the ark.

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24  And Shebaniah, and Joshaphat, and Nethanel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, did blow with the trumpets before the ark of God; and Obed-edom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark.

24  And Somnia, and Josaphat, and Nathanael, and Amasai, and Zacharia, and Banaea, and Eliezer, the priests, were sounding with trumpets before the ark of God: and Abdedom and Jeia were door-keepers of the ark of God.

1Chr15:25  Therefore, David, and all those greater by birth of Israel, and the tribunes, went to carry the ark of the covenant of the Lord from the house of Obededom with rejoicing.

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25  So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of YHWH out of the house of Obed-edom with joy.

1Chr15:26  And when God had assisted the Levites, who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they immolated seven bulls and seven rams.

26  And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bore the ark of the covenant of YHWH, that they sacrificed seven bullocks and seven rams.

1Chr15:27  Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah, the leader of the prophecy among the singers. But David was also clothed with a linen ephod.

27  And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bore the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the singers in the song; and David had upon him an ephod of linen.

1Chr15:28  And all of Israel were leading back the ark of the covenant of the Lord with jubilation, sounding out with the noise of horns, and trumpets, and cymbals, and psalteries, and harps.

28  Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of YHWH with shouting, and with sound of the horn, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, sounding aloud with psalteries and harps.

1Chr15:29  And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord had arrived in the City of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, gazing through a window, saw king David dancing and playing, and she despised him in her heart.

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29  And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of YHWH came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at the window, and saw king David dancing and making merry; and she despised him in her heart.

29  And the ark of the covenant of the Lord arrived, and came to the city of David; and Melchol the daughter of Saul looked down through the window, and saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.

1Chr16:1  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.