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6 From the clan of Merari, 220, with Asaiah as
7 From the clan of Gershon,* 130, with Joel as
8 From the descendants of Elizaphan, 200,
with Shemaiah as their leader.
9 From the descendants of Hebron, 80, with
Eliel as their leader.
10 From the descendants of Uzziel, 112, with
Amminadab as their leader.
11 Then David summoned the priests, Zadok
and Abiathar, and these Levite leaders: Uriel,
Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab.
12 He said to them, “You are the leaders of the
Levite families. You must purify yourselves
and all your fellow Levites, so you can bring
the Ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the
place I have prepared for it. 13 Because you Le
vites did not carry the Ark the first time, the
anger of the Lord our God burst out against
us. We failed to ask God how to move it prop
erly.” 14 So the priests and the Levites purified
themselves in order to bring the Ark of the
Lord, the God of Israel, to Jerusalem. 15 Then
the Levites carried the Ark of God on their
shoulders with its carrying poles, just as the
Lord had instructed M
16 David also ordered the Levite leaders to
appoint a choir of Levites who were singers
and musicians to sing joyful songs to the ac
companiment of harps, lyres, and cymbals.
17 So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel
along with his fellow Levites: A
saph son of
Berekiah, and Ethan son of Kushaiah from
the clan of Merari. 18 The following men were
chosen as their assistants: Zechariah, Jaaziel,*
Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah,
Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah,
and the gatekeepers—Obed-edom and Jeiel.
19 The musicians Heman, Asaph, and Ethan
were chosen to sound the bronze cymbals.
20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni,
Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were chosen to
play the harps.* 21 Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mik
neiah, Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were
chosen to play the lyres.* 22 Kenaniah, the head
Levite, was chosen as the choir leader because
of his skill.
23 Berekiah and Elkanah were chosen to
guard* the Ark. 24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Ne
thanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and
Eliezer—all of whom were priests—were
chosen to blow the trumpets as they marched
in front of the Ark of God. Obed-edom and Je
hiah were chosen to guard the Ark.
25 Then David and the elders of Israel and
the generals of the army* went to the house
of Obed-edom to bring the Ark of the Lord’s
Covenant up to Jerusalem with a great cele
bration. 26 And because God was clearly help
ing the Levites as they carried the Ark of the
Lord’s Covenant, they sacrificed seven bulls
and seven rams.
27 David was dressed in a robe of fine linen,
as were all the Levites who carried the Ark,
and also the singers, and K
enaniah the choir
leader. David was also wearing a priestly gar
ment.* 28 So all Israel brought up the Ark of the
Lord’s Covenant with shouts of joy, the blow
ing of rams’ horns and trumpets, the crashing
of cymbals, and loud playing on harps and
29 But as the Ark of the Lord’s Covenant en
tered the City of David, Michal, the daughter of
Saul, looked down from her window. When she
saw King David skipping about and laughing
with joy, she was filled with contempt for him.
brought the Ark of God and placed
it inside the special tent David had prepared
for it. And they presented burnt offerings and
peace offerings to God. 2 When he had finished
his sacrifices, David blessed the people in the
name of the Lord. 3 Then he gave to every man
and woman in all Israel a loaf of bread, a cake
of dates,* and a cake of raisins.
4 David appointed the following Levites to
lead the people in worship before the Ark
of the Lord—to invoke his blessings, to give
thanks, and to praise the Lord, the God of Is
rael. 5 Asaph, the leader of this group, sounded
the cymbals. Second to him was Zechariah,
followed by Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mat
tithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom, and Jeiel.
They played the harps and lyres. 6 The priests,
Benaiah and Jahaziel, played the trumpets
regularly before the Ark of God’s Covenant.
7 On that day David gave to Asaph and his
fellow Levites this song of thanksgiving to the
Give thanks to the Lord and proclaim his
Let the whole world know what he has
Sing to him; yes, sing his praises.
Tell everyone about his wonderful deeds.
Exult in his holy name;
rejoice, you who worship the Lord.
Search for the Lord and for his strength;
continually seek him.
Remember the wonders he has performed,
his miracles, and the rulings he has given,
you children of his servant Israel,
you descendants of Jacob, his chosen
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