David constructed buildings for himself in the City of David. Then he prepared a place for the ark of God. He set up a tent for it.
He said, “Only Levites can carry the ark of God. That's because the Lord chose them to carry his ark. He chose them to serve him forever in front of the place where his throne is.”
David gathered the whole community of Israel together in Jerusalem. He wanted to bring the ark of the Lord up to the place he had prepared for it.
He called together the members of the family line of Aaron. He also called the Levites together. Here are the men who came from the families of the Levites.
From the families of Kohath came the leader Uriel and 120 relatives.
From the families of Merari came the leader Asaiah and 220 relatives.
From the families of Gershon came the leader Joel and 130 relatives.
From the families of Elizaphan came the leader Shemaiah and 200 relatives.
From the families of Hebron came the leader Eliel and 80 relatives.
From the families of Uzziel came the leader Amminadab and 112 relatives.
David sent for the priests Zadok and Abiathar. He also sent for Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab. They were Levites.
He said to them, “You are the leaders of the families of Levi. You and the other Levites must set yourselves apart to serve the Lord and his people. You must bring up the ark of the Lord. He is the God of Israel. Put the ark in the place I've prepared for it.
“Remember when the anger of the Lord our God broke out against us? It was because you Levites didn't bring the ark up the first time. We didn't ask the Lord how to do it in the way the law requires.”
So the priests and Levites set themselves apart. Then they brought up the ark of the Lord. He is the God of Israel.
This time the Levites used the poles to carry the ark of God on their shoulders. That's what Moses had commanded in keeping with the word of the Lord.
David told the Levite leaders to appoint their relatives as singers. He wanted them to sing joyful songs. He also wanted them to play lyres, harps and cymbals along with their singing.
So the Levites appointed Heman, the son of Joel. From his relatives they chose Asaph, the son of Berekiah. Other relatives were from the family of Merari. From them they chose Ethan, the son of Kushaiah.
Along with them they chose their relatives who were next in line. Their names were Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed‑Edom and Jeiel. They guarded the gates.
Heman, Asaph and Ethan played the bronze cymbals.
Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah played the high notes on the lyres.
Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed‑Edom, Jeiel and Azaziah played the low notes on the harps.
Kenaniah was the leader of the Levites. He was in charge of the singing because he was good at it.
Berekiah and Elkanah guarded the ark.
Some of the priests blew trumpets in front of the ark of God. Their names were Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezer. Obed‑Edom and Jehiah also helped guard the ark.
David and the elders of Israel went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord. So did the commanders of companies of 1,000 men. With great joy they brought the ark up from the house of Obed‑Edom.
God had helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the Lord. So seven bulls and seven rams were sacrificed.
David was wearing a robe that was made out of fine linen. So were all of the Levites who were carrying the ark. And so were the singers and the choir director Kenaniah. David was also wearing a sacred linen apron.
So the whole community of Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the Lord. They shouted. They blew rams’ horns and trumpets. They played cymbals, lyres and harps.
The ark of the covenant of the Lord was brought into the City of David. Saul's daughter Michal was watching from a window. She saw King David dancing and celebrating. That made her hate him in her heart.
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