16 1SO THEY brought the ark of God and set it in the midst of the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. 2And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord. 3And he distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins. 4He appointed Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord and to celebrate [by calling to mind], thanking and praising the Lord, the God of Israel: 5Asaph was the chief, next to him Zechariah, Jeiel (Jaaziel), Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, and Benaiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, who were to play harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals; 6Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests were to blow trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God. 7Then on that day David first entrusted to Asaph and his brethren the singing of thanks to the Lord [as their chief task]: 8O give thanks to the Lord, call on His name; make known His doings among the peoples! 9Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; meditate on and talk of all His wondrous works and devoutly praise them! 10Glory in His holy name; let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord! 11Seek the Lord and His strength; yearn for and seek His face and to be in His presence continually! 12[Earnestly] remember the marvelous deeds which He has done, His miracles, and the judgments He uttered [as in Egypt], 13O you offspring of [Abraham and] of Israel His servants, you children of Jacob, His chosen ones! 14He is the Lord our God; His judgments are in all the earth. 15Be mindful of His covenant forever, the promise which He commanded and established to a thousand generations, 16The covenant which He made with Abraham, and His sworn promise to Isaac. 17He confirmed it as a statute to Jacob, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, 18Saying, To you I will give the land of Canaan, the measured portion of your possession and inheritance. 19When they were but few, even a very few, and only temporary residents and strangers in it, 20When they went from nation to nation, and from one kingdom to another people, 21He allowed no man to do them wrong; yes, He reproved kings for their sakes, 22Saying, Touch not My anointed, and do My prophets no harm. 23Sing to the Lord, all the earth; show forth from day to day His salvation. 24Declare His glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all peoples. 25For great is the Lord and greatly to be praised; He also is to be [reverently] feared above all so-called gods. 26For all the gods of the people are [lifeless] idols, but the Lord made the heavens. 27Honor and majesty are [found] in His presence; strength and joy are [found] in His sanctuary. 28Ascribe to the Lord, you families of the peoples, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength, 29Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name. Bring an offering and come before Him; worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness and in holy array. 30Tremble and reverently fear before Him, all the earth’s peoples; the world also shall be established, so it cannot be moved. 31Let the heavens be glad and let the earth rejoice; and let men say among the nations, The Lord reigns! 32Let the sea roar, and all the things that fill it; let the fields rejoice, and all that is in them. 33Then shall the trees of the wood sing out for joy before the Lord, for He comes to judge and govern the earth. 34O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever! 35And say, Save us, O God of our salvation; gather us together and deliver us from the nations, that we may give thanks to Your holy name and glory in Your praise. 36Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, forever and ever! And all the people said Amen! and praised the Lord. 37So David left Asaph and his brethren before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark continually, as each day’s work required, 38And Obed-edom with [his] sixty-eight kinsmen. Also Obed-edom son of Jeduthun, and Hosah, were to be gatekeepers. 39And David left Zadok the priest and his brethren the priests before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place that was at Gibeon 40To offer burnt offerings to the Lord upon the altar of burnt offering continually, morning and evening, and to do all that is written in the Law of the Lord which He commanded Israel. 41With them were Heman and Jeduthun and the rest who were chosen and expressly named to give thanks to the Lord, for His mercy and loving-kindness endure forever. 42With them were Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those who should sound aloud, and instruments for accompanying the songs of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were to be at the gate. 43Then all the people departed, each man to his house, and David returned home to bless his household.
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