1 Chronicles 15

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The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

1 David[a] built houses for himself in the city of David. And he prepared a place for the ark of God and 1pitched a tent for it.
2 Then David said that no one but the Levites may carry 2the ark of God, for the LORD had chosen them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister to him forever.
3 3And David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring up the ark of the LORD 4to its place, which he had prepared for it.
4 And David gathered together the sons of Aaron and 5the Levites:
5 of the sons of Kohath, Uriel the chief, with 120 of his brothers;
6 of the sons of Merari, Asaiah the chief, with 220 of his brothers;
7 of the sons of Gershom, Joel the chief, with 130 of his brothers;
8 of the sons of Elizaphan, Shemaiah the chief, with 200 of his brothers;
9 of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, with 80 of his brothers;
10 of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, with 112 of his brothers.
11 Then David summoned the priests 6Zadok and 7Abiathar, and the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab,
12 and said to them, "You are the heads of the fathers' houses of the Levites. 8Consecrate yourselves, you and your brothers, so that you may bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, 9to the place that I have prepared for it.
13 10Because you did not carry it the first time, the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule."
14 So the priests and the Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel.
15 And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders 11with the poles, 12as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.
16 David also commanded the chiefs of the Levites to appoint their brothers as the singers who should play loudly on 13musical instruments, on harps and lyres and cymbals, to raise sounds of joy.
17 So the Levites appointed 14Heman the son of Joel; and of his brothers 15Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari, their brothers, 16Ethan the son of Kushaiah;
18 and with them their brothers of the second order, Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, and Mikneiah, and the gatekeepers Obed-edom and Jeiel.
19 The singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were to sound bronze cymbals;
20 Zechariah, 17Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah were to play harps according to 18Alamoth;
21 but Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, 19Obed-edom, Jeiel, and Azaziah were to lead with lyres according to 20the Sheminith.
22 Chenaniah, leader of the Levites in music, should direct the music, for he understood it.
23 Berechiah and Elkanah were to be gatekeepers for the ark.
24 Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, should 21blow the trumpets before the ark of God. 22Obed-edom and Jehiah were to be gatekeepers for the ark.
25 23So David and the elders of Israel and the commanders of thousands went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD from the house of 24Obed-edom with rejoicing.
26 And because God helped the Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, they sacrificed 25seven bulls and seven rams.
27 David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, as also were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and the singers and Chenaniah the leader of the music of the singers. And David wore a linen ephod.
28 So all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant of the LORD with shouting, to the sound of the horn, 26trumpets, and cymbals, and made loud music on 27harps and lyres.
29 And as the ark of the covenant of the LORD came to the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and rejoicing, and she despised him in her heart.

1 Chronicles 15 Commentary

Chapter 15

Preparations for the removal of the ark. (1-24) The removal of the ark. (25-29)

Verses 1-24 Wise and good men may be guilty of oversights, which they will correct, as soon as they are aware of them. David does not try to justify what had been done amiss, nor to lay the blame on others; but he owns himself guilty, with others, of not seeking God in due order

Verses 25-29 It is good to notice the assistance of Divine Providence, even in things which fall within the compass of our natural powers; if God did not help us, we could not stir a step. If we do our religious duties in any degree aright, we must own it was God that helped us; had we been left to ourselves, we should have been guilty of some fatal errors. And every thing in which we engage, must be done in dependence on the mercy of God through the sacrifice of the Redeemer.

Cross References 27

  • 1. 1 Chronicles 16:1
  • 2. ver. 15, 26; Numbers 4:2, 15
  • 3. 1 Chronicles 13:5; [1 Kings 8:1]
  • 4. ver. 1, 12; 2 Samuel 6:17
  • 5. See 1 Chronicles 6:16-30
  • 6. 1 Chronicles 6:8; 1 Chronicles 16:39
  • 7. 1 Samuel 22:20; 1 Kings 2:26
  • 8. 2 Chronicles 35:6
  • 9. ver. 1, 3
  • 10. 1 Chronicles 13:7; 2 Samuel 6:3
  • 11. Exodus 25:14
  • 12. Numbers 4:15; Numbers 7:9
  • 13. [1 Chronicles 13:8; 1 Chronicles 16:5, 42]
  • 14. 1 Chronicles 6:33
  • 15. 1 Chronicles 6:39
  • 16. 1 Chronicles 6:44
  • 17. [ver. 18]
  • 18. See Ps. 46, title
  • 19. 1 Chronicles 26:4
  • 20. See Ps. 6, title
  • 21. ver. 28; 1 Chronicles 16:6; Numbers 10:8
  • 22. [See ver. 21 above]
  • 23. For ver. 25-28, see 2 Samuel 6:12-15
  • 24. [See ver. 21 above]
  • 25. Numbers 23:1; Job 42:8
  • 26. [ver. 24]
  • 27. ver. 16

Footnotes 1

Chapter Summary


David, having prepared a place for the ark of God, gathered the Israelites, Levites, and priests, to assist in the bringing of it up thereunto, 1Ch 15:1,13 and which was done in a very honourable and joyful manner, 1Ch 15:24-28, though David, for his behaviour, was despised by Michal his wife in her heart, 1Ch 15:29.

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