1 Chronicles 15:1-16:36
David’s Wives and Children
15 And David built houses for himself in the city of David, and he established a place for the ark of God. And he pitched a tent for it. 2 Then David ordered that none except the Levites should carry the ark of God, for Yahweh had chosen them to carry the ark of Yahweh and to serve him forever. 3 And David gathered all Israel to Jerusalem to bring up the ark of Yahweh to its place that he had established for it. 4 And David gathered the sons of Aaron and the Levites. 5 Of the sons of Kohath: Uriel the chief and one hundred and twenty of his brothers. 6 Of the sons of Merari: Asaiah the chief and two hundred and twenty of his brothers. 7 Of the sons of Gershom: Joel the chief and one hundred and thirty of his brothers. 8 Of the sons of Elizaphan: Shemaiah the chief and two hundred of his brothers. 9 Of the sons of Hebron: Eliel the chief and eighty of his brothers. 10 Of the sons of Uzziel: Amminadab the chief and one hundred and twelve of his brothers. 11 Then David summoned Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab. 12 And he said to them, “You are the heads of the families[a] for the Levites. Sanctify yourselves and your brothers and bring up the ark of Yahweh, the God of Israel, to the place I have established for it. 13 Because the first time you did not, and Yahweh our God burst out against us, for we did not care for it according to the law.” 14 Then the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to bring up the ark of Yahweh, the God of Israel. 15 And the sons of the Levites carried the ark of God according to what Moses commanded, according to the word of Yahweh, on their shoulders with the carrying poles upon them.
16 Then David ordered the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as singers with instruments of song, musical instruments, stringed instruments, and cymbals, raising their voices for joy.[b] 17 So the Levites appointed Heman son of Joel, and from his brothers, Asaph the son of Berekiah, and from the sons of Merari, their brothers, Ethan the son of Kushaiah; 18 and with them their brothers of the second rank, Zechariah the son, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, and the gatekeepers Obed-Edom and Jeiel. 19 Now the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound bronze cymbals; 20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play on harps according to Alamoth; 21 and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to play lyres, directing according to the Sheminith. 22 And Kenaniah, chief of the Levites in singing, was to be an instructor in singing because he understood. 23 And Berekiah and Elkanah were gatekeepers for the ark. 24 And Shebaniah, Jehoshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Elizezer the priests sounded the trumpets[c] before the ark of God. And Obed-Edom and Jehiah were gatekeepers for the ark.
25 And it happened that David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh from the house of Obed-Edom with joy. 26 And it happened that when God helped the Levites carrying the ark of the covenant of Yahweh, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams. 27 Now David was clothed with a robe of fine linen; so also all the Levites who were carrying the ark, the singers, and Kenaniah the chief of the singing. And David wore a linen ephod. 28 And all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of Yahweh with shouting, with the sound of a shofar,[d] and with trumpets and cymbals, making loud music with musical instruments and stringed instruments.
29 And when the ark of the covenant of Yahweh came into the city of David, then Michal the daughter of Saul looked down from the window and saw the king, David, leaping and dancing. And she despised him in her heart.
The Ark of the Covenant Placed in Its Tent
16 And they brought the ark of God and set it inside the tent that David had pitched for it. And they offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before God. 2 And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh. 3 And he distributed to every man of Israel, both men and women, to each person a loaf of bread, a cake of dates, and a cake of raisins. 4 Then he appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of Yahweh, to invoke, thank, and praise Yahweh the God of Israel. 5 Asaph was chief, and his second was Zechariah; Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel were on harps and lyres. And Asaph played on the cymbals. 6 And Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests blew on the trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God. 7 Then on that day David first appointed to give thanks to Yahweh by the hand of Asaph and his brothers.
David’s Song of Thanks
8 Give thanks to Yahweh; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the nations!
9 Sing to him; sing praises to him;
tell of his wondrous works!
10 Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those seeking Yahweh rejoice!
11 Seek Yahweh and his strength;
seek his face continually!
12 Remember his wonderful works that he has done,
his wonders and the judgments of his mouth,
13 O offspring of Israel, his servant,
O sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
14 He is Yahweh our God;
his judgments are in all the earth.
15 Remember his covenant forever,
the word he commanded for a thousand generations,
16 that he made[e] with Abraham,
his sworn oath to Isaac.
17 And he confirmed it to Jacob as a statute,
an everlasting covenant to Israel,
18 saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
the portion of your inheritance.”
19 When you were few in number, little,
and sojourners were in it,
20 when they wandered from nation to nation,
and from one kingdom to another people,
21 he did not allow anyone to oppress them,
and he rebuked kings on their account,
22 saying, “You must not touch my anointed
nor do harm to my prophets!”
23 Sing to Yahweh, all the earth!
Proclaim his salvation from day to day!
24 Proclaim his glory among the nations,
his wondrous works among the peoples!
25 For Yahweh is great and greatly praised,
and he is feared among all gods.
26 For all the gods of the nations are idols,
but Yahweh made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before him;
strength and joy are in his place.
28 Ascribe to Yahweh, O clans of the nations,
ascribe to Yahweh glory and strength!
29 Ascribe to Yahweh the glory of his name!
Lift up an offering and come before him!
Bow down to Yahweh in the splendor of holiness!
30 Tremble before him, all the earth;
surely the world shall not be shaken.
31 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad,
and let them tell the peoples, “Yahweh reigns!”
32 Let the sea roar and its fullness;
let the field rejoice and all that is in it.
33 Then the trees of the forest shall sing for joy before Yahweh,
for he comes to judge the earth.
34 Oh give thanks to Yahweh, for he is good;
his loyal love is everlasting.
35 Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation;
gather us and rescue us from the nations
that we may give thanks to your holy name
and glory in your praise.
36 Blessed be Yahweh the God of Israel,
from everlasting to everlasting!”
Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised Yahweh.
God’s Wrath Revealed Against Sinful Humanity
18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all impiety and unrighteousness of people, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because what can be known about God is evident among[a] them, for God made it clear to them. 20 For from the creation of the world, his invisible attributes, both his eternal power and deity, are discerned clearly, being understood in the things created, so that they are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their reasoning, and their senseless hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools, 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God with the likeness of an image of mortal human beings and birds and quadrupeds and reptiles.
24 Therefore God gave them over in the desires of their hearts to immorality, that their bodies would be dishonored among themselves, 25 who exchanged the truth of God with a lie, and worshiped and served the creation rather than the Creator, who is blessed for eternity. Amen.
God Hands Sinful Humanity over to Depravity
26 Because of this, God gave them over to degrading passions, for their females exchanged the natural relations for those contrary to nature, 27 and likewise also the males, abandoning the natural relations with the female, were inflamed in their desire toward one another, males with males committing the shameless deed, and receiving in themselves the penalty that was necessary for their error. 28 And just as they did not see fit to recognize God[b], God gave them over to a debased mind, to do the things that are not proper, 29 being filled with all unrighteousness, wickedness, greediness, malice, full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, malevolence. They are gossipers, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, arrogant, boasters, contrivers of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 senseless, faithless, unfeeling, unmerciful, 32 who, although they[c] know the requirements of God, that those who do such things are worthy of death, not only do they do the same things, but also they approve of those who do them.
A Prayer for God to Throw down the Wicked
10 Why, O Yahweh, do you stand far off?
Why do you hide[a] during times of distress?
2 In arrogance the wicked persecutes[b] the poor.
Let them be caught in the schemes that they devised,
3 for the wicked boasts about the desire of his heart,[c]
and the one greedy for gain curses and treats Yahweh with contempt.
4 With bald-faced pride[d] the wicked will not seek God.
There is no God in any of his thoughts.
5 His ways[e] endure at all times.[f]
Your judgments are aloof from him.
As for all his enemies, he scoffs at them.
6 He says in his heart, “I shall not be moved
throughout all generations,[g] during which I will have no trouble.”
7 His mouth is filled with cursing,
with deceits and oppression;
under his tongue are trouble and evil.
8 He sits in ambush in villages;
in the hiding places he kills the innocent.
His eyes lurk[h] for the helpless.
9 He lies in ambush secretly,[i] like a lion in a thicket.
He lies in ambush to seize the poor;
he seizes the poor by catching him in his net.
10 He is crushed;[j] he is bowed down;[k]
so[l] the helpless host[m] falls by his might.[n]
11 He says in his heart, “God has forgotten.
He has hidden his face.
He never sees.”
12 Rise up, O Yahweh;
O God, lift up your hand.
Do not forget the afflicted.
13 Why does the wicked treat God with contempt?
He says in his heart, “You will not call me to account.”
14 But you have seen; indeed you have noted trouble and grief
to take it into your hand.
The helpless abandons himself upon you;
you have been the helper for the orphan.
15 Break the arm of the wicked,
and as for the evil man—
seek out his wickedness until you find none.
- Psalm 10:1 Or “shut your eyes”
- Psalm 10:2 Or “pursues”
- Psalm 10:3 Literally “soul”
- Psalm 10:4 Literally “According to the height of his nose”
- Psalm 10:5 According to the reading tradition (Qere)
- Psalm 10:5 Hebrew “time”
- Psalm 10:6 Literally “for a generation and a generation”
- Psalm 10:8 Literally “lie hid”
- Psalm 10:9 Literally “in the secret places”
- Psalm 10:10 Or “and he the wicked stoops”
- Psalm 10:10 Or “he the wicked crouches”
- Psalm 10:10 Or “and”
- Psalm 10:10 According to the reading tradition (Qere)
- Psalm 10:10 Literally “mighty ones”
6 Many will seek favor before the generous,
and everyone is the friend of a man of gifts.[a]
7 All the brothers of the poor, if they hate him,
how much more will his friends keep away from him.
He pursues them with words, and they are gone.[b]