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.
And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded17 in accordance with the word of the LORD.1816
David19 told the leaders of the Levites20 to appoint their fellow Levites as musicians21 to make a joyful sound with musical instruments: lyres, harps and cymbals.2217
So the Levites appointed Heman23 son of Joel; from his relatives, Asaph24 son of Berekiah; and from their relatives the Merarites,25 Ethan son of Kushaiah;
and with them their relatives next in rank: Zechariah,b Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom26 and Jeiel,c the gatekeepers.
The musicians Heman,27 Asaph and Ethan were to sound the bronze cymbals;
Zechariah, Jaaziel,d Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah were to play the lyres according to "alamoth,"e21
and Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel and Azaziah were to play the harps, directing according to "sheminith."f22
Kenaniah the head Levite was in charge of the singing; that was his responsibility because he was skillful at it.
Berekiah and Elkanah were to be doorkeepers for the ark.
Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezer the priests were to blow trumpets28 before the ark of God. Obed-Edom and Jehiah were also to be doorkeepers for the ark.
So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of units of a thousand went to bring up the ark29 of the covenant of the LORD from the house of Obed-Edom, with rejoicing.
Because God had helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, seven bulls and seven rams30 were sacrificed.
Now David was clothed in a robe of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and as were the musicians, and Kenaniah, who was in charge of the singing of the choirs. David also wore a linen ephod.3128
So all Israel32 brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouts,33 with the sounding of rams' horns34 and trumpets, and of cymbals, and the playing of lyres and harps.
As the ark of the covenant of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David dancing and celebrating, she despised him in her heart.