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Duties of the Levites

    9:1   So all Israel was listed by their families ; and, truly, they are recorded in the book of the kings of Israel. And Judah was taken away as prisoners to Babylon because of their sin. 2 Now the first to take up their heritage in their towns were : Israel, the priests, the Levites, and the Nethinim. 3 And in Jerusalem there were living some of the sons of Judah, and of Benjamin, and of Ephraim and Manasseh ; 4 Uthai, the son of Ammihud, the son of Omri, the son of Imri, the son of Bani, of the sons of Perez, the son of Judah. 5 And of the Shilonites : Asaiah the oldest, and his sons. 6 And of the sons of Zerah : Jeuel, and their brothers, six hundred and ninety. 7 And of the sons of Benjamin : Sallu, the son of Meshullam, Judah, the son of Hassenuah, 8 And Ibneiah, the son of Jeroham, and Elah, the son of Uzzi, the son of Michri, and Meshullam, the son of Shephatiah, the son of Reuel, the son of Ibnijah ; 9 And their brothers, in the list of their generations, nine hundred and fifty-six. All these men were heads of families, listed by the names of their fathers.
    9:10 And of the priests : Jedaiah and Jehoiarib and Jachin 11 And Azariah, the son of Hilkiah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Zadok, the son of Meraioth, the son of Ahitub, the ruler of the house of God ; 12 And Adaiah, the son of Jeroham, the son of Pashhur, the son of Malchijah, and Maasai, the son of Adiel, the son of Jahzerah, the son of Meshullam, the son of Meshillemith, the son of Immer ; 13 And their brothers, heads of their families, a thousand and seven hundred and sixty : able men, doing the work of the house of God.
    9:14 And of the Levites : Shemaiah, the son of Hasshub, the son of Azrikam, the son of Hashabiah, of the sons of Merari ; 15 And Bakbakkar, Heresh, and Galal, and Mattaniah, the son of Mica, the son of Zichri, the son of Asaph; 16 And Obadiah, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Galal, the son of Jeduthun, and Berechiah, the son of Asa, the son of Elkanah, who were living in the small towns of the Netophathites.
    9:17 And the door-keepers : Shallum and Akkub and Talmon and Ahiman and their brothers : Shallum was the chief. 18 Up till then they had been at the king's door to the east. They were door-keepers for the tents of the sons of Levi. 19 And Shallum, the son of Kore, the son of Ebiasaph, the son of Korah, and his brothers, of his family, the Korahites, were responsible for everything which had to be done in connection with the order of worship, keepers of the doors of the Tent ; their fathers had had the care of the tents of the Lord, being keepers of the doorway. 20 In the past Phinehas, the son of Eleazar, had been ruler over them ; may the Lord be with him ! 21 Zechariah, the son of Meshelemiah, was keeper of the door of the Tent of meeting. 22 There were two hundred and twelve whose business it was to keep the doorway. These were listed by families in the country places where they were living, whom David and Samuel the seer put in their responsible positions. 23 So they and their sons had the care of the doors of the house of the Lord, the house of the Tent, as watchers. 24 There were keepers of the doors on the four sides, to the east, west, north, and south. 25 And their brothers, in the country places where they were living, were to come in every seven days to be with them from time to time. 26 For the four chief door-keepers, who were Levites, had a special position, looking after the rooms and the store-houses of the house of God. 27 Their sleeping-rooms were round the house of God, for they had the care of it, and were responsible for opening it morning by morning.
    9:28 Certain of them had the care of the vessels used in worship, to keep an account of them when they came in and when they were taken out again. 29 And some of them were responsible for the holy things and for the vessels of the holy place, and the meal and the wine and the oil and the perfume and the spices. 30 And some of the sons of the priests were responsible for crushing the spices. 31 And Mattithiah, one of the Levites, the oldest son of Shallum the Korahite, was responsible for cooking the flat cakes. 32 And some of their brothers, sons of the Kohathites, were responsible for the holy bread which was put in order before the Lord, to get it ready every Sabbath.
    9:33 And these were those who had the ordering of the music and songs, heads of families of the Levites, who were living in the rooms, and were free from other work, for their work went on day and night. 34 These were heads of families of the Levites in their generations, chief men ; they were living at Jerusalem.
    9:35 And in Gibeon was living the father of Gibeon, Jeiel, whose wife's name was Maacah ; 36 And Abdon his oldest son, and Zur and Kish and Baal and Ner and Nadab 37 And Gedor and Ahio and Zechariah and Mikloth 38 Mikloth was the father of Shimeam. They were living with their brothers in Jerusalem opposite their brothers. 39 And Ner was the father of Kish ; and Kish was the father of Saul ; and Saul was the father of Jonathan and Malchi-shua and Abinadab and Eshbaal. 40 And the son of Jonathan was Merib-baal ; and Merib-baal was the father of Micah. 41 And the sons of Micah: Pithon and Melech and Tahrea and Ahaz. 42 And Ahaz was the father of Jarah ; and Jarah was the father of Alemeth and Azmaveth and Zimri ; and Zimri was the father of Moza. 43 And Moza was the father of Binea ; and Rephaiah was his son, Eleasah his son, Azel his son. 44 And Azel had five sons, whose names are : Azrikam, his oldest son, and Ishmael and Sheariah and Obadiah and Hanan : these were the sons of Azel.

David, King of all Israel

    10:1   Now the Philistines were fighting against Israel ; and the men of Israel went in flight before the Philistines, falling down wounded in Mount Gilboa. 2 And the Philistines went hard after Saul and his sons, and put to death Jonathan and Abinadab and Malchi-shua, the sons of Saul. 3 And the fight was going against Saul, and the archers came across him, and he was wounded by the archers. 4 Then Saul said to the servant who had the care of his arms, Take your sword and put it through me, before these men without circumcision come and make sport of me. But his servant, full of fear, would not do so. Then Saul took out his sword, falling on it himself. 5 And when his servant saw that Saul was dead, he did the same, and came to his death. 6 So death overtook Saul and his three sons ; all his family came to an end together. 7 And when all the men of Israel who were in the valley saw that the men of Israel had gone in flight and that Saul and his sons were dead, they went in flight away from their towns ; and the Philistines came and took them for themselves.
    10:8 Now the day after, when the Philistines came to take their goods from the dead, they saw Saul and his sons dead in Mount Gilboa. 9 And they took everything off him, and took his head and his war-dress, and sent word into the land of the Philistines round about to give the news to their gods and to the people. 10 And they put his war-dress in the house of their gods, and put up his head in the house of Dagon. 11 And when the news came to Jabesh-gilead of what the Philistines had done to Saul, 12 All the fighting-men came up and took away Saul's body and the bodies of his sons, and took them to Jabesh, and put their bones to rest under the oak-tree in Jabesh, and took no food for seven days.
    10:13 So death came to Saul because of the sin which he did against the Lord, that is, because of the word of the Lord which he kept not ; and because he went for directions to one who had an evil spirit, 14 And not to the Lord : for this reason, he put him to death and gave the kingdom to David, the son of Jesse.

David's mighty men

    11:1   Then all Israel came together to David at Hebron, and said, Truly, we are your bone and your flesh. 2 In the past, when Saul was king, it was you who went at the head of Israel when they went out or came in ; and the Lord your God said to you, You are to be the keeper of my people Israel, and their ruler. 3 So all the responsible men of Israel came to the king at Hebron ; and David made an agreement with them in Hebron before the Lord ; and they put the holy oil on David and made him king over Israel, as the Lord had said by Samuel.
    11:4 Then David and all Israel went to Jerusalem (which is Jebus) ; and the Jebusites, the people of the land, were there. 5 And the people of Jebus said to David, You will not come in here. But still, David took the strong place of Zion, which is the town of David. 6 And David said, The first to overcome the Jebusites will be chief and captain. And Joab, the son of Zeruiah, went up first, and became chief. 7 And David took the strong tower for his living-place, so it was named the town of David. 8 And he took in hand the building of the town all round, starting from the Millo ; and Joab put the rest of the town in order. 9 And David became greater and greater in power, because the Lord of armies was with him.
    11:10 Now these are the chief of David's men of war who were his strong supporters in the kingdom, and, with all Israel, made him king, as the Lord had said about Israel. 11 This is the list of David's men of war : Ishbaal, the son of a Hachmonite, the chief of the three: he put to death three hundred at one time with his spear.
    11:12 And after him was Eleazar, the son of Dodo the Ahohite, who was one of the three great fighters. 13 He was with David at Pas-dammim, where the Philistines had come together for the fight, near a bit of land full of barley ; and the people went in flight before the Philistines. 14 And he took up his position in the middle of the bit of land, and kept back their attack, and overcame the Philistines; and the Lord gave a great salvation.
    11:15 And three of the thirty went down to David, to the rock, into the strong place of Adullam; and the army of the Philistines had taken up their position in the valley of Rephaim. 16 At that time David had taken cover in the strong place, and an armed force of the Philistines was in Beth-lehem. 17 And David, moved by a strong desire, said, If only someone would give me a drink of the water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem by the doorway into the town ! 18 So the three, forcing a way through the Philistine army, got water from the water-hole of Beth-lehem, by the doorway into the town, and took it back to David; but David would not take it, but made an offering of it, draining it out to the Lord, 19 Saying, By my God, far be it from me to do this ! How may I take as drink the life-blood of these men who have put their lives in danger ? so he did not take it. These things did the three great men of war.
    11:20 And Abishai, the brother of Joab, was chief of the thirty, for he put to death three hundred with his spear, but he had not a name among the three. 21 Of the thirty, he was the noblest, and was made their captain, but he was not equal to the first three.
    11:22 Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, a fighting-man of Kabzeel, had done great acts ; he put to death two young lions going into their secret place ; and he went down into a hole and put a lion to death in time of snow. 23 And he made an attack on an Egyptian, a very tall man about five cubits high, armed with a spear like a cloth-worker's rod ; he went down to him with a stick, and pulling his spear out of the hand of the Egyptian, put him to death with that same spear. 24 These were the acts of Benaiah, the son of Jehoiada, who had a great name among the thirty men of war. 25 He was honoured over the thirty, but he was not equal to the first three : and David put him over his servants.
    11:26 And these were the great men of war : Asahel, the brother of Joab, Elhanan, the son of Dodo of Beth-lehem,
27 Shammoth the Harodite, Helez the Pelonite,
28 Ira, the son of Ikkesh the Tekoite, Abiezer the Anathothite,
29 Sibbecai the Hushathite, Ilai the Ahohite,
30 Maharai the Netophathite, Heled, the son of Baanah the Netophathite,
31 Ithai, the son of Ribai of Gibeah, of the children of Benjamin, Benaiah the Pirathonite,
32 Hurai of Nahale-gaash, Abiel the Arbathite,
33 Azmaveth of Bahurim, Eliahba the Shaalbonite,
34 The sons of Hashem the Gizonite, Jonathan, the son of Shage the Hararite,
35 Ahiam, the son of Sacar the Hararite, Eliphal, the son of Ur,
36 Hepher the Mecherathite, Ahijah the Pelonite,
37 Hezro the Carmelite, Naarai, the son of Ezbai,
38 Joel, the brother of Nathan, Mibhar, the son of Hagri,
39 Zelek the Ammonite, and Naharai the Berothite, the servant who had the care of the arms of Joab, the son of Zeruiah ;
40 Ira the Ithrite, Gareb the Ithrite,
41 Uriah the Hittite, Zabad, the son of Ahlai,
42 Adina, the son of Shiza the Reubenite, a chief of the Reubenites, and thirty with him;
43 Hanan, the son of Maacah, and Joshaphat the Mithnite,
44 Uzzia the Ashterathite, Shama and Jeiel, the sons of Hotham the Aroerite,
45 Jediael, the son of Shimri, and Joha his brother, the Tizite,
46 Eliel the Mahavite, and Jeribai and Joshaviah, the sons of Elnaam, and Ithmah the Moabite,
47 Eliel and Obed, and Jaasiel the Mezobaite.

David's army

    12:1   Now these are the men who came to David at Ziklag, while he was still shut up, because of Saul, the son of Kish ; they were among the strong men, his helpers in war. 2 They were armed with bows, and were able to send stones, and arrows from the bow, with right hand or left : they were Saul's brothers, of Benjamin. 3 Ahiezer was their chief, then Joash, the sons of Shemaah the Gibeathite ; and Jeziel and Pelet, the sons of Azmaveth ; and Beracah and Jehu the Anathothite ; 4 And Ishmaiah the Gibeonite, a great man among the thirty, and their chief ; and Jeremiah and Jehaziel and Johanan and Jozabad the Gederathite ; 5 Eluzai and Jerimoth and Bealiah and Shemariah and Shephatiah the Haruphite ; 6 Elkanah and Isshiah and Azarel and Joezer and Jashobeam, the Korahites ; 7 And Joelah and Zebadiah, the sons of Jeroham of Gedor.
    12:8 And some of the Gadites, siding with David, went to his strong place in the waste land, great and strong men, trained for war, expert in the use of arms, whose faces were like the faces of lions, and they were quick-footed like roes on the mountains ; 9 Ezer their chief, Obadiah the second, Eliab the third, 10 Mishmannah the fourth, Jeremiah the fifth, 11 Attai the sixth, Eliel the seventh, 12 Johanan the eighth, Elzabad the ninth, 13 Jeremiah the tenth, Machbannai the eleventh. 14 These Gadites were captains of the army ; the least of them was captain over a hundred men, and the greatest over a thousand. 15 It was they who went over Jordan in the first month, when the river was overflowing, and put to flight all the people of the valleys, to the east and to the west.
    12:16 And some of the children of Benjamin and Judah came to David in his strong place. 17 And David went out to them, and said to them, If you have come in peace to give me help, my heart will be united with yours ; but if you have come to give me up to those who would take my life, though my hands are clean from wrongdoing, then may the God of our fathers see it and give you punishment. 18 Then the spirit came on Amasai, who was chief of the captains, and he said,
    We are yours, David, we are on your side, O son of Jesse : may peace be with you and peace be with your helpers ; for God is your helper.
Then David took them into his army and made them captains of the band.
    12:19 And some of the men of Manasseh came over to David, when he went with the Philistines to the war against Saul, but he gave them no help : for the lords of the Philistines, after discussion, sent him away, saying, He will go back to his master Saul, at the price of our lives. 20 Then when he went back to Ziklag, there came over to him, of the men of Manasseh, Adnah and Jozabad and Jediael and Michael and Jozabad and Elihu and Zillethai, captains of thousands from the armies of Manasseh. 21 And they gave David help against the armed bands, for they were all great men of war, and captains in the army. 22 And from day to day more supporters came to David, till he had a great army like the army of God.
    12:23 These are the numbers of the chiefs of the armed men, ready for war, who came to David at Hebron, to give the kingdom of Saul into his hands, as the Lord had said. 24 There were six thousand, eight hundred spearmen of the children of Judah, armed for war ; 25 Seven thousand, one hundred of the children of Simeon, great men of war ; 26 Of the children of Levi, four thousand, six hundred. 27 And Jehoiada, chief of the family of Aaron, and with him three thousand, seven hundred men ; 28 And Zadok, a young man, great and strong in war, with twenty-two captains from his father's people. 29 And of the children of Benjamin, the brothers of Saul, three thousand ; for up to that time the greater part of them had been true to Saul. 30 And of the children of Ephraim, twenty thousand, eight hundred great men of war, men of great name in their families. 31 And from the half-tribe of Manasseh, eighteen thousand, listed by name, came to make David king. 32 And of the children of Issachar, there were two hundred chiefs, men who had expert knowledge of the times and what it was best for Israel to do, and all their brothers were under their orders. 33 Of Zebulun, there were fifty thousand men, who went out with the army, expert in ordering the fight, to give help with all sorts of arms; true-hearted men. 34 And of Naphtali, a thousand captains with thirty-seven thousand spearmen. 35 And of the Danites, twenty-eight thousand, six hundred, expert in ordering the fight. 36 And of Asher, forty thousand who went out with the army, expert in ordering the fight. 37 From the other side of Jordan, there were a hundred and twenty thousand of the Reubenites and the Gadites and the men of the half-tribe of Manasseh, armed with every sort of instrument of war.
    12:38 All these men of war, expert in ordering the fight, came to Hebron with the full purpose of making David king over all Israel ; and all the rest of Israel were united in their desire to make David king. 39 For three days they were there with David, feasting at his table, for their brothers had made ready food for them. 40 And those who were near, as far as Issachar and Zebulun and Naphtali, came with food on asses and camels and mules and oxen, with meal for food and cakes of figs and masses of grapes, and wine and oil and oxen and sheep in great numbers, for there was joy in Israel.

Death of Uzzah

    13:1   Then David had discussions with the captains of thousands and the captains of hundreds and with every chief. 2 And David said to all the men of Israel who had come together there, If it seems good to you and if it is the purpose of the Lord our God, let us send to all the rest of our brothers, everywhere in the land of Israel, and to the priests and the Levites in their towns and the country round them, and get them to come together here to us ; 3 And let us get back for ourselves the ark of our God : for in the days of Saul we did not go to it for directions. 4 And all the people said they would do so, for it seemed right to them.
    13:5 So David sent for all Israel to come together, from Shihor, the river of Egypt, as far as the way into Hamath, to get the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. 6 And David went up, with all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim in Judah, to get up from there the ark of God, over which the holy Name is named, the name of the Lord whose place is between the winged ones. 7 And they put the ark of God on a new cart, and took it out of the house of Abinadab ; and Uzza and Ahio were the drivers of the cart. 8 Then David and all Israel made melody before God with all their strength, with songs and corded instruments of music, and with brass instruments and horns.
    13:9 And when they came to the grain-floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to keep the ark in its place, for the oxen were slipping. 10 And the wrath of the Lord, burning against Uzza, sent destruction on him because he had put his hand on the ark, and death came to him there before God. 11 And David was angry because of the Lord's outburst of wrath against Uzza, and he gave that place the name Perez-uzza, to this day. 12 And so great was David's fear of God that day, that he said, How may I let the ark of God come to me ? 13 So David did not let the ark come back to him to the town of David, but had it turned away and put into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 14 And the ark of God was in the house of Obed-edom for three months ; and the Lord sent a blessing on the house of Obed-edom and on all he had.

David took more wives

    14:1   And Hiram, king of Tyre, sent men to David with cedar-trees, and stoneworkers and woodworkers for the building of his house. 2 And David saw that the Lord had made his position safe as king over Israel, lifting up his kingdom on high because of his people Israel.
    14:3 And while he was living in Jerusalem, David took more wives and became the father of more sons and daughters. 4 These are the names of the children he had in Jerusalem : Shammua and Shobab, Nathan and Solomon 5 And Ibhar and Elishua and Elpelet 6 And Nogah and Nepheg and Japhia 7 And Elishama and Beeliada and Eliphelet.
    14:8 And when the Philistines had news that David had been made king over all Israel, they went up in search of David, and David, hearing of it, went out against them. 9 Now the Philistines had come, and had gone out in every direction in the valley of Rephaim. 10 And David, desiring directions from God, said, Am I to go up against the Philistines ? and will you give them into my hands ? And the Lord said, Go up ; for I will give them into your hands. 11 So they went up to Baal-perazim, and David overcame them there, and David said, God has let the forces fighting against me be broken by my hand, as a wall is broken down by rushing water ; so they gave that place the name of Baal-perazim. 12 And the Philistines did not take their images with them in their flight ; and at David's orders they were burned with fire.
    14:13 Then the Philistines again went out in every direction in the valley. 14 And David went for directions to God ; and God said to him, You are not to go up after them; but, turning away from them, come face to face with them opposite the spice-trees. 15 And at the sound of footsteps in the tops of the trees, go out to the fight, for God has gone out before you to overcome the army of the Philistines. 16 And David did as the Lord had said ; and they overcame the army of the Philistines, attacking them from Gibeon as far as Gezer. 17 And David's name was honoured in all lands ; and the Lord put the fear of him on all nations.

Ark brought to Jerusalem

    15:1   And David made houses for himself in the town of David ; and he got ready a place for the ark of God, and put up a tent for it. 2 Then David said, The ark of God may not be moved by any but the Levites, for they have been marked out by God to take the ark of God, and to do his work for ever. 3 And David made all Israel come together at Jerusalem, to take the ark of the Lord to its place, which he had got ready for it. 4 And David got together the sons of Aaron, and the Levites ;
5 Of the sons of Kohath : Uriel the chief, and his brothers, a hundred and twenty ;
6 Of the sons of Merari : Asaiah the chief, and his brothers, two hundred and twenty ;
7 Of the sons of Gershom : Joel the chief, and his brothers, a hundred and thirty ;
8 Of the sons of Elizaphan : Shemaiah the chief, and his brothers, two hundred ;
9 Of the sons of Hebron : Eliel the chief, and his brothers, eighty ;
10 Of the sons of Uzziel : Amminadab the chief, and his brothers, a hundred and twelve.
11 And David sent for Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and for the Levites, Uriel, Asaiah and Joel, Shemaiah and Eliel and Amminadab, 12 And said to them, You are the heads of the families of the Levites : make yourselves holy, you and your brothers, so that you may take the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel, to the place which I have made ready for it. 13 For because you did not take it at the first, the Lord our God sent punishment on us, because we did not get directions from him in the right way. 14 So the priests and the Levites made themselves holy to take up the ark of the Lord, the God of Israel. 15 And the sons of the Levites took up the ark of God, lifting it by its rods, as the Lord had said to Moses.
    15:16 And David gave orders to the chief of the Levites to put their brothers the music-makers in position, with instruments of music, corded instruments and brass, with glad voices making sounds of joy. 17 So Heman, the son of Joel, and, of his brothers, Asaph, the son of Berechiah ; and of the sons of Merari their brothers, Ethan, the son of Kushaiah, were put in position by the Levites; 18 And with them their brothers of the second order, Zechariah, Bani and Jaaziel and Shemiramoth and Jehiel and Unni, Eliab and Benaiah and Maaseiah and Mattithiah and Eliphelehu and Mikneiah, and Obed-edom and Jeiel, the door-keepers. 19 So those who made melody, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were put in position, with brass instruments, sounding loudly ; 20 And Zechariah and Aziel and Shemiramoth and Jehiel, Unni and Eliab and Maaseiah and Benaiah, with corded instruments put to Alamoth. 21 And Mattithiah and Eliphelehu and Mikneiah and Obed-edom and Jeiel and Azaziah, with corded instruments on the octave, to give the first note of the song. 22 And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was master of the music : he gave directions about the song, because he was expert. 23 And Berechiah and Elkanah were door-keepers for the ark. 24 And Shebaniah and Joshaphat and Nethanel and Amasai and Zechariah and Benaiah and Eliezer, the priests, made music on the horns before the ark of God ; and Obed-edom and Jehiah were door-keepers for the ark.
    15:25 So David, and the responsible men of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went with joy to get the ark of the agreement of the Lord out of the house of Obed-edom. 26 And when God gave help to the Levites who were lifting up the ark of the agreement of the Lord, they made an offering of seven oxen and seven sheep. 27 And David was clothed with a robe of fair linen, as were all the Levites who took up the ark, and those who made melody, and Chenaniah the master of those who made melody ; and David had on a linen ephod ; 28 So all Israel took up the ark of the agreement of the Lord, with loud cries and with horns and brass and corded instruments sounding loudly.
    15:29 And when the ark of the agreement of the Lord came into the town of David, Michal, the daughter of Saul, looking out of the window, saw King David dancing and playing ; and to her mind he seemed foolish.

Psalm of thanksgiving.

    16:1   Then they took in the ark of God and put it inside the tent which David had put up for it ; and they made offerings, burned offerings and peace-offerings before God. 2 And when David had come to an end of making the burned offerings and peace-offerings, he gave the people a blessing in the name of the Lord. 3 And he gave to everyone, every man and woman of Israel, a cake of bread, some meat, and a cake of dry grapes.
    16:4 And he put some of the Levites before the ark of the Lord as servants, to keep the acts of the Lord in memory, and to give worship and praise to the Lord, the God of Israel : 5 Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, Uzziel and Shemiramoth and Jehiel and Mattithiah and Eliab and Benaiah and Obed-edom and Jeiel, with corded instruments of music ; and Asaph, with brass instruments sounding loudly ; 6 And Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests, blowing horns all the time before the ark of the agreement of God.
    16:7 Then on that day David first made the giving of praise to the Lord the work of Asaph and his brothers.
    16:8 O give praise to the Lord ; give honour to his name, talking of his doings among the peoples. 9 Let your voice be sounded in songs and melody ; let all your thoughts be of the wonder of his works. 10 Have glory in his holy name ; let the hearts of those who are searching after the Lord be glad. 11 Let your search be for the Lord and for his strength ; let your hearts ever be turned to him. 12 Keep in mind the great works which he has done ; his wonders, and the decisions of his mouth ; 13 O you seed of Israel his servant, you children of Jacob, his loved ones.
    16:14 He is the Lord our God : he is judge of all the earth. 15 He has kept his agreement in mind for ever, the word which he gave for a thousand generations ; 16 The agreement which he made with Abraham, and his oath to Isaac ; 17 And he gave it to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an eternal agreement ; 18 Saying, To you will I give the land of Canaan, the measured line of your heritage :
    16:19 When you were still small in number, and strange in the land ; 20 When they went about from one nation to another, and from one kingdom to another people ; 21 He would not let anyone do them wrong ; he even kept back kings because of them, 22 Saying, Put not your hand on those who have been marked with my holy oil, and do my prophets no wrong.
    16:23 Make songs to the Lord, all the earth ; give the good news of his salvation day by day. 24 Make clear his glory to the nations, and his wonders to all the peoples. 25 For the Lord is great, and greatly to be praised ; and he is more to be feared than all other gods. 26 For all the gods of the nations are false gods ; but the Lord made the heavens. 27 Honour and glory are before him : strength and joy are in his holy place.
    16:28 Give to the Lord, O you families of the peoples, give to the Lord glory and strength. 29 Give to the Lord the glory of his name ; take with you an offering and come before him ; give worship to the Lord in holy robes. 30 Be in fear before him, all the earth : the world is ordered so that it may not be moved. 31 Let the heavens have joy and let the earth be glad ; let them say among the nations, The Lord is King. 32 Let the sea be thundering with all its waters ; let the field be glad, and everything which is in it ; 33 Then let all the trees of the wood be sounding with joy before the Lord, for he is come to be the judge of the earth. 34 O give praise to the Lord, for he is good : for his mercy is unchanging for ever.
    16:35 And say, Be our saviour, O God of our salvation, and let us come back, and give us salvation from the nations, so that we may give honour to your holy name and have glory in your praise. 36 Praise be to the Lord, the God of Israel, for ever and for ever.
And all the people said, So be it ; and gave praise to the Lord.
    16:37 So he made Asaph and his brothers keep their places there before the ark of the agreement of the Lord, to do whatever had to be done before the ark at all times day by day : 38 And Obed-edom, the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah, with their brothers, sixty-eight of them, to be door-keepers : 39 And Zadok the priest, with his brothers the priests, before the House of the Lord in the high place at Gibeon ; 40 To give burned offerings to the Lord on the altar of burned offerings morning and evening, every day, as it is ordered in the law of the Lord which he gave to Israel ; 41 And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest who were marked out by name to give praise to the Lord, for his mercy is unchanging for ever ; 42 And Heman and Jeduthun had horns and brass instruments sounding loudly, and instruments of music for the songs of God ; and the sons of Jeduthun were to be at the door.
    16:43 And all the people went away, every man to his house ; and David went back to give a blessing to his family.

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