FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER SIXTEEN

FIRST CHRONICLES CHAPTER SIXTEEN

1 They brought the ark of God and set it in

The tent that David pitched for it, and they  

Brought up burnt offerings and offerings

Of fellowship before the Lord. 2 After David

Had sacrificed burnt offerings as well

As offerings of fellowship, he blessed

The people in the name of God, 3 and then

He gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates,

And a cake of raisins to Israelites,

Each man and woman. 4 He appointed some  

Levites to minister before the ark

Of God, to thank, praise, and extol the LORD,

The God of Israel. 5 The chief was Asaph,

 And next to him in rank were Zechariah,

Then Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Je-

Hiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Ben- 

Aiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel.

They were to play the lyres and harps, and Asaph’s

Job was to sound the cymbals. 6 Benaiah

And Jahaziel, priests, were there to blow

The trumpets regularly in front of

The ark of covenant of God. 7 On that

               Day David first appointed Asaph and

His colleagues to give praise to God this way:

8 Give praise unto the LORD, proclaim his name; 

Make known among the nations what he’s done,

9 And sing to him, sing praise to him; tell his

Great exploits. 10 Glory in his holy name;   

Let hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.

11 Look to the LORD and to his strength; and always

Look for his face. 12 Remember wonders he

Has done, his miracles, and judgments he

Pronounced, 13 you his own servants, the descendants

Of Israel, his chosen ones, the children

Of Jacob. 14 He’s the LORD our God; his judgments

Prevail in all the earth, 15 and he remembers

His covenant forever, and the promise

He made, down to a thousand generations,

16 The covenant he made with Abraham,

The oath he swore to Isaac. 17 He confirmed

It unto Jacob, a decree, and unto

Israel as a covenant forever:

18 “To you I’ll give the land of Canaan as

The portion you’ll inherit.” 19 When they were

But few in number, few indeed, and strangers

In it, 20 theywandered land to land, from one

Kingdom into another. 21 He allowed

None to oppress them; and for their sake he

Rebuked kings. 22 “Don’t touch my anointed ones;

And do my prophets no harm.” 23 Sing to God,

All earth; proclaim the Lord’s salvation day

By day. 24 Declare his glory in the nations,

His awesome deeds among all peoples, 25 for

Great is the LORD, most worthy of our praise;

He shall be feared above all gods, 26 for all

The nations’ gods are idols, but the LORD

Did make the heavens. 27 Majesty and splendor

Are before him; and strength and joy are in

His dwelling place. 28 Accredit God, you groups

Of nations, yes, 29 accredit God with strength

And glory, and ascribe to God the glory

That’s due his name; bring out an offering

And come before him. Worship God within

The splendor of hisholiness. 30 All earth,

Tremble before him! For the world is firmly

Established; it cannot be moved, 31 and let

The heavens revel, let the earth be glad;

Let them say in the nations, “The LORD reigns!”

32 And let the sea resound, and all in it;

Let fields be jubilant, and everything

In them! 33 Let trees in forests sing; and let

Them sing for joy before the LORD, for he

Does come to judge the earth. 34 Give thanks to God, 

For he is good; his love endures forever.

35 Cry out, “Save us, our Savior God; assemble

Us and deliver us from nations, so

We may give thanks unto your holy name,

And glory in your praise,” 36 and praise the LORD, 

The God of Israel, from everlasting

To everlasting. All the people said

“Amen” and “Praise the LORD.” 37 And David left

Asaph and his associates before

God’s ark of covenant to minister

There regularly, as to each day’s

Requirements. 38 Also, he left Obed-Edom

And sixty-eight associates to go

And minister with them. And Obed-Edom,

Jeduthun’s son, and also Hosah, were

Gatekeepers. 39 David left Priest Zadok and

His fellow priests before the tabernacle

Of God at the high place in Gibeon

40 To make burnt offerings to God upon

The altar of burnt offering consistently,

Morning and evening, by the writing in

The Law of God, which he gave Israel.

41 With them were Heman and Jeduthun and

The others chosen and selected by

Name to give thanks to God, “because his love

Endures forever.” 42 Heman and Jeduthun

Directed music for the trumpets and  

The cymbals and for other instruments

That played the sacred song. Jeduthun’s son

Were stationed at the gate, 43 then people left,

Each for their home, and David too returned

To bless his family in his own turn.