After David had constructed buildings for himself in the City of David, he prepared1 a place for the ark of God and pitched2 a tent for it.
Then David said, "No one but the Levites3 may carry4 the ark of God, because the LORD chose them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister5 before him forever."
David assembled all Israel6 in Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the LORD to the place he had prepared for it.
He called together the descendants of Aaron and the Levites:75
From the descendants of Kohath, Uriel8 the leader and 120 relatives;
from the descendants of Merari, Asaiah the leader and 220 relatives;
from the descendants of Gershon,a Joel the leader and 130 relatives;
from the descendants of Elizaphan,9 Shemaiah the leader and 200 relatives;
from the descendants of Hebron,10 Eliel the leader and 80 relatives;
from the descendants of Uzziel, Amminadab the leader and 112 relatives.
Then David summoned Zadok11 and Abiathar12 the priests, and Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab the Levites.
He said to them, "You are the heads of the Levitical families; you and your fellow Levites are to consecrate13 yourselves and bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it.
It was because you, the Levites,14 did not bring it up the first time that the LORD our God broke out in anger against us.15 We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way.16"
So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves in order to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel.