David Worships 15 1After David built houses for himself in the City of David, he cleared a place for the Chest and pitched a tent for it. 2Then David gave orders: “No one carries the Chest of God except the Levites; God designated them and them only to carry the Chest of God and be available full time for service in the work of worship.” 3David then called everyone in Israel to assemble in Jerusalem to bring up the Chest of God to its specially prepared place. 4David also called in the family of Aaron and the Levites. 5From the family of Kohath, Uriel the head with 120 relatives; 6from the family of Merari, Asaiah the head with 220 relatives; 7from the family of Gershon, Joel the head with 130 relatives; 8from the family of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the head with 200 relatives; 9from the family of Hebron, Eliel the head with 80 relatives; 10from the family of Uzziel, Amminadab the head with 112 relatives. 11Then David called in Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab the Levites. 12He said, “You are responsible for the Levitical families; now consecrate yourselves, both you and your relatives, and bring up the Chest of the God of Israel to the place I have set aside for it. 13The first time we did this, you Levites did not carry it properly, and God exploded in anger at us because we didn’t make proper preparation and follow instructions.” 14So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the Chest of the God of Israel. 15The Levites carried the Chest of God exactly as Moses, instructed by God, commanded—carried it with poles on their shoulders, careful not to touch it with their hands. 16David ordered the heads of the Levites to assign their relatives to sing in the choir, accompanied by a well–equipped marching band, and fill the air with joyful sound. 17The Levites assigned Heman son of Joel, and from his family, Asaph son of Berekiah, then Ethan son of Kushaiah from the family of Merari, 18and after them in the second rank their brothers Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed–Edom, and Jeiel as security guards. 19The members of the choir and marching band were: Heman, Asaph, and Ethan with bronze cymbals; 20Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah with lyres carrying the melody; 21Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed–Edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah with harps filling in the harmony; 22Kenaniah, the Levite in charge of music, a very gifted musician, was music director. 23Berekiah and Elkanah were porters for the Chest. 24The priests Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer blew the trumpets before the Chest of God. Obed–Edom and Jehiah were also porters for the Chest. 25Now they were ready. David, the elders of Israel, and the commanders of thousands started out to get the Chest of the Covenant of God and bring it up from the house of Obed–Edom. And they went rejoicing. 26Because God helped the Levites, strengthening them as they carried the Chest of the Covenant of God, they paused to worship by sacrificing seven bulls and seven rams. 27They were all dressed in elegant linen—David, the Levites carrying the Chest, the choir and band, and Kenaniah who was directing the music. David also wore a linen prayer shawl (called an ephod). 28On they came, all Israel on parade bringing up the Chest of the Covenant of God, shouting and cheering, playing every kind of brass and percussion and string instrument. 29When the Chest of the Covenant of God entered the City of David, Michal, Saul’s daughter, was watching from a window. When she saw King David dancing ecstatically she was filled with contempt.
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