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The removing of the ark. CHAP. XV, XVI. David's joy on that occasion.

16 David therefore did as God com- 18 And with them their brethren of the manded him: and they smote the host of the second degree, Zechariah, Ben, and Jaa. Philistines from Gibeon even to Gazer. ziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and

17 And the fame of David went out in. Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, to all lands; and the LORD brought the and Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneifear of him upon all nations.

ah, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel, the porters. CHAP. XV.

19 So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and ND David made him houses in the Ethan, were appointed to sound with cymfor the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. 20 And Zechariah, and Aziel, and She

2 Tben David said, None ought to car- miramoth, and Jebiel, and Unni, and Eliry the ark of God but the Levites : for them ab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with

psa). hath the LORD chosen to earry the ark of teries on Alamoth; God, and to minister unto him for ever. 21 And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and

3 And David gathered all Israel toge- Mikneiah, and Obed-edom, and Jeiel, and ther to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of Azaziah, with harps on the Sheninith the LORD unto his place, which he had pre- to excel. pared for it.

22 And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, 4 And David assembled the children of was for song: he instructed about the song, Aaron, and the Levites :

because he was skilful. 5 Of the sons of Kobath ; Uriel the chief, 23 And Berechiah and Elkanah were and his brethren a hundred and twenty: door-keepers for the ark.

6 Of the sons of Merari; Asaiab the 24 And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, chief, and his brethren (wo hundred and and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zecharitwenty:

ah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, 7 of the sons of Gershon, Joel the chief, did blow with the trumpets before the ark and his brethren a hundred and thirty: of God: and Obed-edom and Jehiah were

8 of the sons of Elizaphan; Shemaiah door-keepers for the ark. the chief, and bis brethren two hundred : 25 7 So David and the elders of Israel,

9 Of the sons of Hebron ; Eliel the chief, and the captains over thousands, went to and his brethren fourscore : :

bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD 10 Of the sons of Uzziel; Amminadab out of the house of Obed-edom with joy. the chief, and his brethren a hundred 26 And it came to pass, when God helpand twelve.

ed the Levites that bare the ark of the 11 And David called for Zadok and covenant of the LORD, that they offered Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, seven bullocks and seven rams. for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and 27 And David was clothed with a robe Eliel, and Amminadab,

of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare 12' And said unto them, Ye are the chief the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah of the fathers of the Levites : sanctify the master of the song with the singers : yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that David also had upon him an ephodof linen, ye may bring up the ark of the LORD God

28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of Israel unto the place that I have pre- of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, pared for it.

and with sound of the cornet, and with 13 For because ye did it not at the first, trumpets, and with cymbals, making a the LORD Our God made a breach upon us, noise with psalteries and harps. for that we sought him not after the due 29 | And it came to pass, as the ark of order.

the covenant of the LORD came to the city 14 So the priests and the Levites sanc- of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul tified themselves to bring up the ark of the looking out at a window saw king David LORD God of Israel.

dancing and playing: and she despised 15 And the children of the Levites bare him in her heart. the ark of God upon their shoulders with

CHAP. XVI. the stayes thereon, as Moses commanded, Soithin the midst of the tent that David according to the word of the LORD.

16 And David spake to the chief of the had pitched for it: and they offered burntLevites to appoint their brethren to be the sacrifices and peace-offerings before God. singers with instruments of music, psalte- 2 And when David bad made an end of ries, and harps, and cymbals, sounding, offering the burnt-offerings and the peace by lifting up the voice with joy. offerings, he blessed the people in the name

17 So the Levites appointed Heman the of the LORD. son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph the 3 And he dealt to erery one of Israel, son of Berechiah ; and of the sons of Me- both man and woman, to every one a loaf rari their brethren, Ethan the son of Ku- of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a shaiah;

flaggon of wine.

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