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16 The men carrying the ark set it inside the tent David had put up for it. They presented burnt offerings and fellowship offerings in Elohim’s presence. When David had finished sacrificing burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh. He also distributed to every person in Israel—both men and women—a loaf of bread, a date cake, and a raisin cake.

The Levites Lead the Worship in Jerusalem(A)

David appointed some Levites to serve in front of Yahweh’s ark by offering prayers, thanks, and praise to Yahweh Elohim of Israel. Asaph was the head; Zechariah was second, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed Edom, and Jeiel with harps and lyres. Asaph played the cymbals. The priests Benaiah and Jahaziel played trumpets all the time in front of the ark of Elohim’s promise. For the first time David entrusted Asaph and his relatives with the task of singing songs of thanks to Yahweh:

“Give thanks to Yahweh.
Call on his name.
Make known among the nations what he has done.
Sing to him.
Make music to praise him.
Meditate on all the miracles he has done.
10 Brag about his holy name.
Let the hearts of those who seek Yahweh rejoice.
11 Search for Yahweh and his strength.
Always seek his presence.
12 Remember the miracles he performed,
    the amazing things he did and the judgments he pronounced,
13 you descendants of Israel, his servant,
    you descendants of Jacob, his chosen ones.

14 “He is Yahweh our Elohim.
    His judgments are pronounced throughout the earth.
15 Remember his promise[a] forever,
    the word that he commanded for a thousand generations,
16 the promise that he made to Abraham,
    and his sworn promise to Isaac.
17 He confirmed it as a law for Jacob,
    as an everlasting promise to Israel,
18 by saying, ‘I will give you Canaan.
    It is your share of the inheritance.’

19 “While they were few in number,
    a small group of foreigners living in that land,
20 they wandered from nation to nation
    and from one kingdom to another.
21 He didn’t permit anyone to oppress them.
He warned kings about them:
22 ‘Do not touch my anointed ones
    or harm my prophets.’

23 “Sing to Yahweh, all the earth!
    Day after day announce that Yahweh saves his people.
24 Tell people about his glory.
    Tell all the nations about his miracles.

25 Yahweh is great!
    He should be highly praised.
    He should be feared more than all other gods
26 because all the gods of the nations are idols.
Yahweh made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are in his presence.
Strength and joy are where he is.

28 “Give to Yahweh, you families of the nations.
Give to Yahweh glory and power.
29 Give to Yahweh the glory his name deserves.
    Bring an offering, and come to him.
        Worship Yahweh in his holy splendor.
30 Tremble in his presence, all the earth!

“The earth stands firm; it cannot be moved.
31 Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be glad.
    Say to the nations, ‘Yahweh rules as king!’
32 Let the sea and everything in it roar like thunder.
    Let the fields and everything in them rejoice.
33 Then the trees in the forest will sing with joy
    in the presence of Yahweh when he comes to judge the earth.

34 “Give thanks to Yahweh because he is good,
    because his mercy endures forever.
35 Say, ‘Rescue us, O Elohim our Savior.
    Gather us and save us from the nations
        so that we may give thanks to your holy name
            and make your praise our glory.’
36 Thanks be to Yahweh Elohim of Israel
    from everlasting to everlasting.”

Then all the people said amen and praised Yahweh.

37 David left Asaph and his relatives to serve continually in front of the ark of Yahweh’s promise, as the daily work required. 38 David also left Obed Edom and 68 of his relatives to serve there. Obed Edom (Jeduthun’s son) and Hosah were to be gatekeepers. 39 David left Zadok and his priestly relatives to serve in Yahweh’s tent at the place of worship in Gibeon. 40 They were ordered to sacrifice burnt offerings to Yahweh. This happened on the altar of burnt offerings continually, morning and evening, as written in Yahweh’s Teachings that he gave Israel. 41 With Zadok and his relatives were Heman, Jeduthun, and the rest of the Levites who had been selected, chosen by name, to give thanks to Yahweh by singing, “His mercy endures forever.” 42 Also, Heman and Jeduthun played trumpets, cymbals, and the other musical instruments that accompany sacred songs. Jeduthun’s sons were stationed at the gate.

43 Then all the people went home. David went back to bless his family.


  1. 1 Chronicles 16:15 Or “covenant.”