15 And he made himself houses in David’s City, and prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 2 * Then David said “There should nobody carry the ark of God but the Levites, because they were the ones Jehovah chose for carrying the ark of God and for tending it forever.” 3 And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring the ark of Jehovah up to its place which he had prepared for it. 4 And David brought together the sons of Aaron and the Levites: 5 for the sons of Kehath, Uriel the chief, and a hundred and twenty his brothers; 6 for the sons of Merari, ʽAsajah the chief, and a hundred and twenty his brothers; 7 for the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, and a hundred and thirty his brothers; 8 for the sons of Elisaphan, Shemaʽiah the chief, and two hundred his brothers; 9 for the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, and eighty his brothers; 10 for the sons of ʽUzziel, ʽAmminadab the chief, and a hundred and twelve his brothers. 11 And David called the priests Sadok and Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, ʽAsajah, and Joel, Shemaʽiah and Eliel and ʽAmminadab, 12 and said to them “You are the Levite heads of families; hallow yourselves, you and your brothers, and bring up the ark of Israel’s God Jehovah to what I have prepared for it. 13 * For because it was not you the first time our God Jehovah scathed us because we did not attend to it in the regular way.” 14 And the priests and Levites hallowed themselves to bring up the ark of Israel’s God Jehovah; 15 and the sons of the Levites carried the ark of God, as Moses had commanded in accordance with Jehovah’s word, on their shoulders by poles over them. 16 And David told the chiefs of the Levites to station their brothers the singers with musical instruments, harps and lyres and sonorous cymbals to make a high sound of gladness. 17 And the Levites stationed Heman the son of Joel, and of his brothers Asaph the son of Berekiah, and of their brothers the sons of Merari Ethan the son of Kushajah, 18 and with them their brothers to take second parts, Zecariah and Jaʽaziel and Shemiramoth and Jehiel and ʽUnni and Eliab and Benajah and Maʽasejah and Mattithiah and Eliphelehu and Miknejah and ʽObed-Edom and Jeʽiel the gatemen; 19 and the singers Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were with bronze cymbals to clang, 20 * and Zecariah and ʽAziel and Shemiramoth and Jehiel and ‘Unni and Eliab and Maʽasejah and Benajah with harps of high pitch, 21 * and Mattithiah and Eliphelehu and Miknejah and ʽObed-Edom and Jeʽiel and ʽAzaziah with lyres of bass pitch to keep the time. 22 And Kenaniah, chief of the Levites in carrying, was manager about the carrying, because he had good judgment; 23 and Berekiah and Elkanah were gatemen for the ark; 24 and the priests Shebaniah and Joshaphat and Nethanel and ʽAmasai and Zecariah and Benajah and Eliʽezer blew the trumpets before the ark of God; and ʽObed-Edom and Jehijah were gatemen for the ark. 25 And David and the elders of Israel and the captains of thousands were the marchers to bring the ark of Jehovah’s covenant up from ʽObed-Edom’s house with festivity. 26 And when God helped the Levites who carried the ark of Jehovah’s covenant, they sacrificed seven steers and seven rams. 27 * And David was attired in a linen robe, and all the Levites who carried the ark and the singers and Kenaniah the chief of the carrying of the singers; and David had a linen ephod on him. 28 And all Israel brought up the ark of Jehovah’s covenant with cheering and blasts of ram-horns and with trumpets and with sonorous cymbals and with harps and lyres. 29 And when the ark of Jehovah’s covenant came to David’s City, Mical the daughter of Saul looked out through the window and saw King David dancing and playing, and felt a contempt for him.
^ 15:2 Var. of Jehovah and for
^ 15:13 (first part) Unc., susp.
^ 15:20 (last words) Unc.
^ 15:21 (last words) Unc.
^ 15:27 (the chief of the carrying of the singers) Susp.