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1 Chronicles 16:1-43

16  And they brought the ark of God in and set it in the tent David had pitched for it, and presented burnt-offerings and welfare-sacrifices before God. 2  And when David finished offering the burnt-offering and the welfare-sacrifices he blessed the people in the name of Jehovah, 3*  and distributed to all the men of Israel, women as well as men, a biscuit apiece and a steak and a cake of raisins. 4  And he put before the ark of Jehovah some of the Levites as attendants and to sing for the memorial and give thanks and praise to Israel’s God Jehovah: 5*  Asaph the head, and second under him Zecariah, Jeʽiel and Shemiramoth and Jehiel and Mattithiah and Eliab and Benajah and ʽObed-Edom and Jeʽiel, with instruments, harps and lyres and Asaph sounding cymbals, 6  and the priests Benajah and Jahaziel with perpetual trumpets before the ark of God’s covenant. 7  On that day David then first put the giving of thanks to Jehovah into the hands of Asaph and his brothers: 8  “Thank Jehovah, proclaim his name, make known among the peoples his deeds; 9  Sing for him, make music for him, review all his wonders, 10  Boast of his holy name, let the hearts of those who seek Jehovah be glad. 11  Look to Jehovah and his strength; always be looking for his face. 12  Remember his wonders that he has done, his miracles and the judgments of his mouth, 13  You descendants of his servant Israel, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones. 14  He is our God Jehovah, his judgments run throughout the earth. 15*  Forever remember his covenant, the word that he commanded for a thousand years, 16  Which he undertook with Abraham, and Isaac had his oath, 17  And he confirmed it to be a decree for Jacob, a perpetual covenant for Israel, 18  ‘To you I will give Canaan as your definite estate,’ 19  When they were few in number, a mere handful, and immigrants in it, 20  And going about from nation to nation, and from a kingdom to another people. 21  He did not let any man deny them justice, but reproved kings on their account, 22  ‘Do not touch my anointed ones nor harm my prophets.’ 23  Sing for Jehovah, all the earth! Tell the good news of his salvation day after day, 24  Tell the tale of his glory among the nations, among all the peoples his wondrous feats, 25  Because Jehovah is great and high-praised, and he is terrible over all gods, 26  For all the peoples’ gods are trumperies, but Jehovah made the skies. 27  Majesty and splendor are before him, strength and glee in the place where he is. 28  Give to Jehovah, clans of peoples, give to Jehovah glory and might! 29  Give to Jehovah the glory that belongs to his name; carry an offering, and come in before him. Do reverence to Jehovah in stately sacred garb; 30  tremble before him, all the earth, be the world established too, not to be disturbed. 31  Let the heavens be glad and the earth jubilant, and let them say among the nations ‘Jehovah is king!’ 32  Let the sea and what fills it thunder, let the fields and everything in them exult, 33  Then let the trees on the rocks shout, before Jehovah, because he has come to judge the earth! 34  Thank Jehovah, because he is good, because his friendship lasts forever, 35  And let them say ‘Save us, God of our salvation, and gather us and deliver us out of the nations, To give thanks to your holy name, to glory in your praise. 36  Blessed be Israel’s God Jehovah from eternity to eternity.’” And all the people said “Amen” and gave praise to Jehovah. 37  And he left there before the ark of Jehovah’s covenant Asaph and his brothers to officiate regularly before the ark, giving the daily service each day, 38*  and ʽObed-Edom the son of Jeduthun and Hosah and their brothers, sixty-eight of them, for gatemen; 39  and before Jehovah’s tabernacle at the height in Gibeon 40  Priest Sadok to offer burnt-offerings to Jehovah on the altar of burnt-offering regularly morning and evening, and for everything that is written in Jehovah’s code which he commanded to Israel, 41  and with them Heman and Jeduthun and the remainder of the sifted men who have been specified by name, to give thanks to Jehovah because his friendship lasts forever, 42*  and with them trumpets and cymbals for sounding and the instruments for the sacred songs, and Jeduthun’s sons for the gate. 43  And all the people went to their several homes, and David went around to bless his family.


16:3 (steak) Unc.
16:5 Lit. with instruments of harps and with lyres
16:15 Conj. he remembers
16:38 Codd. and ʽObed-Edom and their brothers, sixty-eight of them, and ʽObed-Edom the son of Jeduthun and Hosah for gatemen
16:42 Lit. for the songs of God