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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
15 And he continued building houses+ for himself in the City of David; and he went on to prepare a place+ for the ark of the [true] God and pitch a tent for it. 2 It was then that David said: “No one is to carry the ark of the [true] God but the Levites, for they are the ones whom Jehovah has chosen to carry the ark of Jehovah*+ and to minister+ to him to time indefinite.” 3 Then David congregated all Israel at Jerusalem+ to bring the ark+ of Jehovah up to its place that he had prepared for it. 4 And David proceeded to gather the sons of Aaron+ and the Levites; 5 of the sons of Ko′hath, U·ri′el+ the chief and his brothers, a hundred and twenty; 6 of the sons of Me·rar′i,+ A·sai′ah+ the chief and his brothers, two hundred and twenty; 7 of the sons of Ger′shom,+ Joel+ the chief and his brothers, a hundred and thirty; 8 of the sons of E·li·za′phan,+ She·mai′ah+ the chief and his brothers, two hundred; 9 of the sons of He′bron, E′li·el the chief and his brothers, eighty; 10 of the sons of Uz′zi·el,+ Am·min′a·dab the chief and his brothers, a hundred and twelve. 11 Furthermore, David called Za′dok+ and A·bi′a·thar+ the priests, and the Levites U·ri′el,+ A·sai′ah+ and Joel,+ She·mai′ah+ and E′li·el+ and Am·min′a·dab, 12 and he went on to say to them: “YOU are the heads+ of the fathers of the Levites. Sanctify+ yourselves, YOU and YOUR brothers, and YOU must bring the ark of Jehovah the God of Israel up to the place that* I have prepared for it. 13 Because at the first time YOU did not,+ Jehovah our God broke through against us,+ for we did not search after him according to the custom.”+ 14 So the priests and the Levites sanctified+ themselves to bring up the ark of Jehovah the God of Israel. 15 Then the sons of the Levites began to carry+ the ark of the [true] God, just as Moses had commanded by Jehovah’s word, upon their shoulders with the rods upon them.+ 16 David now said to the chiefs of the Levites to station their brothers the singers+ with the instruments of song,+ stringed instruments+ and harps+ and cymbals,+ playing aloud to cause a sound of rejoicing to arise. 17 Accordingly the Levites stationed He′man+ the son of Joel and, of his brothers, A′saph+ the son of Ber·e·chi′ah; and, of the sons of Me·rar′i their brothers, E′than+ the son of Kush·a′iah; 18 and with them their brothers of the second division,+ Zech·a·ri′ah,+ Ben and Ja·a′zi·el and She·mir′a·moth and Je·hi′el and Un′ni, E·li′ab and Be·nai′ah and Ma·a·sei′ah and Mat·ti·thi′ah and E·liph′e·le·hu and Mik·ne′iah, and O′bed-e′dom+ and Je·i′el the gatekeepers, 19 and the singers He′man,+ A′saph+ and E′than, with the copper cymbals to play aloud;+ 20 and Zech·a·ri′ah and A′zi·el+ and She·mir′a·moth and Je·hi′el and Un′ni and E·li′ab and Ma·a·sei′ah and Be·nai′ah with stringed instruments tuned to Al′a·moth,*+ 21 and Mat·ti·thi′ah+ and E·liph′e·le·hu and Mik·ne′iah and O′bed-e′dom and Je·i′el and Az·a·zi′ah with harps+ tuned to Shem′i·nith,*+ to act as directors; 22 and Chen·a·ni′ah+ the chief of the Levites in carrying, he giving instruction* in carrying, for he was expert;+ 23 and Ber·e·chi′ah and El·ka′nah the gatekeepers+ for the Ark; 24 and Sheb·a·ni′ah and Josh′a·phat and Ne·than′el and A·ma′sai and Zech·a·ri′ah and Be·nai′ah and E·li·e′zer the priests loudly sounding the trumpets+ before the ark of the [true] God, and O′bed-e′dom and Je·hi′ah the gatekeepers for the Ark. 25 And David+ and the older men of Israel+ and the chiefs+ of the thousands came to be the ones walking along to bring up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah from the house of O′bed-e′dom+ with rejoicing.+ 26 And it came about when the [true] God helped+ the Levites while carrying the ark of the covenant of Jehovah that they proceeded to sacrifice seven young bulls and seven rams.+ 27 And David was dressed in a sleeveless coat of fine fabric, and also all the Levites carrying the Ark and the singers and Chen·a·ni′ah+ the chief of the carrying by the singers;+ but upon David there was an eph′od+ of linen. 28 And all the Israelites were bringing up the ark of the covenant of Jehovah with joyful shouting+ and with the sounding of the horn+ and with trumpets+ and with cymbals,+ playing aloud on stringed instruments and harps.+ 29 And it came about that, when the ark of the covenant+ of Jehovah came as far as the City of David, Mi′chal,+ Saul’s daughter, herself looked down through the window and got to see King David skipping about and celebrating;+ and she began to despise+ him in her heart.
^ “Jehovah,” Al, Leningrad B 19A and many mss.
^ “The place that,” TVg and four Heb. mss; M omits.
^ “Alamoth,” an unexplained musical term. Lit., “young women.” Probably referring to the soprano voices of young women or the falsetto of boys.
^ “Sheminith.” Lit., “the eighth.” Possibly referring to the eighth key or a lower octave.
^ “He giving instruction.” In Heb. this is a verb in the infinitive absolute, indefinite as to time and impersonal.