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1 Chronicles 16 :: Revised Standard Version (RSV)

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A Tent for the Ark

(2Sa 6:17–19 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:1 - And they brought the ark of God, and set it inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:2 - And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:3 - and distributed to all Israel, both men and women, to each a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:4 - Moreover he appointed certain of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the LORD, to invoke, to thank, and to praise the LORD, the God of Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:5 - Asaph was the chief, and second to him were Zechari'ah, Je-i'el, Shemi'ramoth, Jehi'el, Mattithi'ah, Eli'ab, Benai'ah, O'bed-e'dom, and Je-i'el, who were to play harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:6 - and Benai'ah and Jaha'ziel the priests were to blow trumpets continually, before the ark of the covenant of God.
(Psa 96:1–13; 105:1–15; 106:1, 47, 48 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:7 - Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the LORD by Asaph and his brethren.

Psalm of Thanksgiving

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:8 - O give thanks to the LORD, call on his name, make known his deeds among the peoples!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:9 - Sing to him, sing praises to him, tell of all his wonderful works!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:10 - Glory in his holy name; let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:11 - Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his presence continually!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:12 - Remember the wonderful works that he has done, the wonders he wrought, the judgments he uttered,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:13 - O offspring of Abraham his servant, sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:14 - He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the earth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:15 - He is mindful of his covenant for ever, of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:16 - the covenant which he made with Abraham, his sworn promise to Isaac,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:17 - which he confirmed as a statute to Jacob, as an everlasting covenant to Israel,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:18 - saying, "To you I will give the land of Canaan, as your portion for an inheritance."
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:19 - When they were few in number, and of little account, and sojourners in it,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:20 - wandering from nation to nation, from one kingdom to another people,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:21 - he allowed no one to oppress them; he rebuked kings on their account,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:22 - saying, "Touch not my anointed ones, do my prophets no harm!"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:23 - Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:24 - Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:25 - For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and he is to be held in awe above all gods.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:26 - For all the gods of the peoples are idols; but the LORD made the heavens.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:27 - Honor and majesty are before him; strength and joy are in his place.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:28 - Ascribe to the LORD, O families of the peoples, ascribe to the LORD glory and strength!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:29 - Ascribe to the LORD the glory due his name; bring an offering, and come before him! Worship the LORD in holy array;
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:30 - tremble before him, all the earth; yea, the world stands firm, never to be moved.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:31 - Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice, and let them say among the nations, "The LORD reigns!"
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:32 - Let the sea roar, and all that fills it, let the field exult, and everything in it!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:33 - Then shall the trees of the wood sing for joy before the LORD, for he comes to judge the earth.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:34 - O give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures for ever!
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:35 - Say also: "Deliver us, O God of our salvation, and gather and save us from among the nations, that we may give thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:36 - Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, from everlasting to everlasting!" Then all the people said "Amen!" and praised the LORD.

Worship before the Ark

Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:37 - So David left Asaph and his brethren there before the ark of the covenant of the LORD to minister continually before the ark as each day required,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:38 - and also O'bed-e'dom and his sixty-eight brethren; while O'bed-e'dom, the son of Jedu'thun, and Hosah were to be gatekeepers.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:39 - And he left Zadok the priest and his brethren the priests before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that was at Gibeon,
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:40 - to offer burnt offerings to the LORD upon the altar of burnt offering continually morning and evening, according to all that is written in the law of the LORD which he commanded Israel.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:41 - With them were Heman and Jedu'thun, and the rest of those chosen and expressly named to give thanks to the LORD, for his steadfast love endures for ever.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:42 - Heman and Jedu'thun had trumpets and cymbals for the music and instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jedu'thun were appointed to the gate.
Unchecked Copy Box1Ch 16:43 - Then all the people departed each to his house, and David went home to bless his household.

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Source: Transcribed from: The Holy Bible: Revised Standard Version containing the Old and New Testaments, translated from the original tongues: being the version set forth A.D. 1611, revised A.D. 1881-1885 and A.D. 1901: compared with the most ancient authorities and revised A.D. 1946-52. — 2nd ed. of New Testament A.D. 1971. There should be enough in the rest of the description to identify the text.

Language: English

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