1David built houses for himself in the City of David. Then he built a place to put the Box of the Agreement. He set up a tent for it. 2Then David said, “Only the Levites are permitted to carry the Box of the Agreement. The Lord chose them to carry the Box of the Agreement and to serve him forever.” 3David told all the people of Israel to meet together at Jerusalem ˻while the Levites carried˼ the Box of the Agreement to the place he had made for it. 4David called together the descendants of Aaron and the Levites. 5There were 120 people from Kohath’s family group. Uriel was their leader. 6There were 220 people from Merari’s family group. Asaiah was their leader. 7There were 130 people from Gershon’s family group. Joel was their leader. 8There were 200 people from Elizaphan’s family group. Shemaiah was their leader. 9There were 80 people from Hebron’s family group. Eliel was their leader. 10There were 112 people from Uzziel’s family group. Amminadab was their leader. 11Then David asked the priests, Zadok and Abiathar, to come to him. David also asked these Levites to come to him: Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab. 12David said to them, “You are the leaders from the family group of Levi. You and the other Levites must make yourselves holy. Then bring the Box of the Agreement to the place I have made for it. 13The last time we did not ask the Lord how to carry the Box of the Agreement. You Levites did not carry it, and that is why the Lord punished us.” 14Then the priests and Levites made themselves holy so they could carry the Box of the Agreement of the Lord God of Israel. 15The Levites used the special poles to carry the Box of the Agreement on their shoulders, the way Moses commanded. They carried the Box just like the Lord said. 16David told the Levite leaders to get their brothers, the singers. The singers were to take their lyres, harps, and cymbals and sing happy songs. 17Then the Levites got Heman and his brothers, Asaph and Ethan. Heman was Joel’s son. Asaph was Berekiah’s son. Ethan was Kushaiah’s son. These men were from the Merari family group. 18There was also a second group of Levites. They were Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed Edom, and Jeiel. These men were the Levite guards. 19The singers Heman, Asaph, and Ethan played bronze cymbals. 20Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah played the alamoth lyres. 21Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed Edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah played the sheminith harps. This was their job forever. 22The Levite leader Kenaniah was in charge of the singing. Kenaniah had this job because he was very skilled at singing. 23Berekiah and Elkanah were two of the guards for the Box of the Agreement. 24The priests Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer had the job of blowing trumpets ˻as they walked˼ in front of the Box of the Agreement. Obed Edom and Jehiah were the other guards for the Box of the Agreement. 25David, the elders ˻(leaders)˼ of Israel, and the generals went to get the Box of the Agreement. They brought it out from Obed Edom’s house. Everyone was very happy! 26God helped the Levites that carried the Box of the Agreement. They sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27All the Levites that carried the Box of the Agreement wore robes made from fine linen. Kenaniah, the man in charge of the singing, and all the singers had robes made from fine linen. David also wore a robe made from fine linen. And David also wore an ephod made of fine linen. 28So all the people of Israel brought up the Box of the Agreement. They shouted, they blew rams’ horns and trumpets, and they played cymbals, lyres, and harps. 29When the Box of the Agreement arrived at the City of David, Michal looked through a window. Michal was Saul’s daughter. She saw King David dancing and playing around. And she lost her respect for David—˻she thought he was being foolish˼.
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