1 David constructed buildings for himself in the City of David. Then he prepared a place for Gods Ark and pitched a tent for it.
2 David insisted that only the Levites carry Gods Ark because Jehovah had chosen them to carry his Ark and to serve him from generation to generation.
3 David called together all Israel at Jerusalem to bring Jehovahs Ark to the place he had prepared for it.
4 David also called together Aarons descendants and the Levites.
5 Leading Kohaths descendants were Uriel, who came with one hundred and twenty of his relatives.
6 Leading Meraris descendants were Asaiah, who came with two hundred and twenty of his relatives.
7 Leading Gershoms descendants were Joel, who came with one hundred and thirty of his relatives.
8 Leading Elizaphans descendants were Shemaiah, who came with two hundred of his relatives.
9 Leading Hebrons descendants were Eliel, who came with eighty of his relatives.
10 Leading Uzziels descendants were Amminadab, who came with one hundred and twelve of his relatives.
11 David called for the priests Zadok and Abiathar and for the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab.
12 He said to them: »You are the heads of the Levite families. You and your brothers must perform the ceremonies to make yourselves holy. Then bring the Ark of Jehovah the God of Israel to the place I prepared for it.
13 »Because you Levites were not there the first time, Jehovah our God struck us. We had not dedicated our lives to serving him in the way he designated.«
14 So the priests and the Levites made themselves holy in order to move the Ark of Jehovah the God of Israel.
15 The Levites carried Gods Ark on their shoulders. They used poles as Moses had commanded according to Jehovahs instructions.
16 David told the Levite leaders to appoint some of their brothers to serve as musicians. They were expected to play music on harps, lyres, and cymbals to produce joyful music for singing.
17 So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel, and from his relatives they appointed Asaph Berechiahs son. From their own relatives, Meraris descendants, they appointed Ethan son of Kushaiah.
18 In addition, they appointed their relatives from the second division: Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah. Obed Edom and Jeiel were appointed gatekeepers.
19 The musicians Heman, Asaph, and Ethan were appointed to play bronze cymbals.
20 Zechariah, Jaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were appointed to play harps tuned according to alamoth.
21 Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed Edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were appointed to play lyres and to conduct the eighth.
22 Chenaniah, a Levite leader, instructed others how to sing prophetic songs because he was skilled at it.
23 Berechiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark.
24 The priests Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer blew trumpets in front of Gods Ark. Obed Edom and Jehiah were doorkeepers for the ark.
25 Thus David, the leaders of Israel, and the armys commanders joyfully went to get the Ark of Jehovahs Covenant from Obed Edoms house.
26 Because God helped the Levites who carried the Ark of the Jehovahs Covenant, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.
27 David was dressed in a fine linen robe, as were all the Levites who carried the Ark, the Levites who were singers, and Chenaniah, the leader of the musicians prophetic songs. David also wore a linen ephod.
28 All Israel brought the Ark of Jehovahs Covenant with shouts of joy and the sounding of rams horns, trumpets, cymbals, harps, and lyres.
29 When the Ark of Jehovahs Covenant came to the City of David, Sauls daughter Michal looked out of a window and saw King David dancing and celebrating, so she despised him.