1 Chronicles 15)
1 And David made him houses in the city of David,
15:1-16:43. REMOVAL OF ARK FROM HOUSE OBED-EDOM
U t 13:1-6. Preparation. Of People. Removal from Kirjath-jearim.
u 13:7. Conveyance. "
v 13:8. Music. "
w 13:9-11. Offense of Uzzah. "
x 13:12-14-. Ark carried aside. "
y 13:-14. Blessing from Yahaveh. "
U t 15:1 Preparation of House. Removal from house of Obed-edom.
u 15:2-15. Conveyance. Levites. "
v 15:16-28. Music. "
w 15:29. Offense of Michal. "
x 16:1. Ark set in its place. "
y 16:2-43. Blessing of Yahaveh. "
and prepared a place for the ark of God, (see 13:3 and Ex. 25:22) and pitched for it a tent. (Had the Tabernacle of Moses been brought to Jerusalem, difficulties would have arisen in building the Temple. David's Tabernacle was merely provisional. The provision will yet be repeated, before the erection of the future Temple. See Acts 15:16)
2 Then David said, "None ought to carry (David's mistake in the matter of the "new cart" was not to be repeated. Cp. 13:7) the ark of God but the Levites: for them has the Lord chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister to Him for ever."
3 And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem, to bring up the ark of the Lord unto his place, which he had prepared for it.
4 And David assembled the sons of Aaron, and the Levites:
5 Of the sons of Kohath; (of the 6 Ark-carriers, 4 were chosen from Kohath, 1 from Merari, and 1 from Geshom) Uriel the chief, and his brethren an hundred and twenty:
6 Of the sons of Merari; Asaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred and twenty:
7 Of the sons of Gershom; Joel the chief and his brethren an hundred and thirty:
8 Of the sons of Elizaphan; Shemaiah the chief, and his brethren two hundred:
9 Of the sons of Hebron; Eliel the chief, and his brethren fourscore:
10 Of the sons of Uzziel; Amminadab the chief, and his brethren an hundred and twelve.
11 And David called for Zadok (Zadock is put 1st, of the line of Phinehas. Abiathar was afterward disloyal [cp. 1 Kings 2:26,35]. See 2 Sam. 8:17) and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel, and Amminadab,
12 And said to them, "You are the chief of the fathers of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both you and your brethren, that you may bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel to the place that I have prepared for it.
13 For because you did it not at the first, the Lord our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought Him not according to the rule.
14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel.
15 And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, according as Moses commanded according to the word of the Lord.
16 And David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren (i.e. fellow-tribesmen. See next verse) to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.
17 So the Levites appointed Heman (Samuel's grandson [a Kkohathite]. 1 Chron. 2:6) the son of Joel; and of his brethren, Asaph (a Gershonite. Cp. 6:30 and 1 Kings 4:51) the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari their brethren, Ethan (or Jeduthun, a Merarite. See the 3 Psalms connected with him [Pss. 38,61,76) the son of Kushaiah;
18 And with them their brethren of the second degree, Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, the porters.
19 So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were appointed to sound with cymbals of brass;
20 And Zechariah, and Aziel, (another name, Jaaziel, in v.18) and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries on Alamoth; (The maidens' choir. One of 3 special choirs, the other 2 being Shemenith, a men's choir; Jeduthun's choir. "Alamoth" found only once as the subscript of Ps. 45. This choir was processional, not ecclesiastical. Cp. Ps. 68:11,25, which refers to this event, not to the Exodus)
21 And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps on the the eighth (i.e. 8 string lyre) to lead.
22 And Chenaniah, prince (not by birth, but by merit. Probably the chief musician) of the Levites, was for song: (or, was for service: especially the service of carrying up the Ark) he instructed about the song, (3 Psalm appointed: 1 Chron. 16:7-36. Pss. 5 and 11; which, being suitable for general use, were afterwards handed over to "the chief musician". See notes at end of Ps. 3) because he was skillful.
23 And Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the ark.
24 And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, did blow with the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obededom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark.
25 So David, and the elders (a representing "all Israel". 2 Sam. 6:15) of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of Obededom with joy.
26 And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that they offered seven bullocks and seven rams.
27 And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: David also had upon him an ephod of linen.
28 Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.
29 And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal, the daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.