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1And they brought in 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. 2And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord, 3and distributed to all Israel, both men and women, to each a loaf of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake of raisins.

4Moreover 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. 5Asaph was the chief, and second to him were Zechariʹah, Je-iʹel, Shemiʹramoth, Jehiʹel, Mattithiʹah, Eliʹab, Benaiʹah, Oʹbed-eʹdom, and Je-iʹel, who were to play harps and lyres; Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6and Benaiʹah and Jahaʹziel the priests were to blow trumpets continually, before the ark of the covenant of God. 7Then on that day David first appointed that thanksgiving be sung to the Lord by Asaph and his brethren.

8O give thanks to the Lord, call on his name,

make known his deeds among the peoples!

9Sing to him, sing praises to him,

tell of all his wonderful works!

10Glory in his holy name;

let the hearts of those who seek the Lord rejoice!

11Seek the Lord and his strength,

seek his presence continually!

12Remember the wonderful works that he has done,

the wonders he wrought, the judgments he uttered,

13O offspring of Abraham his servant,

sons of Jacob, his chosen ones!

14He is the Lord our God;

his judgments are in all the earth.

15He is mindful of his covenant for ever,

of the word that he commanded, for a thousand generations,

16the covenant which he made with Abraham,

his sworn promise to Isaac,

17which he confirmed as a statute to Jacob,

as an everlasting covenant to Israel,

18saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,

as your portion for an inheritance.”

19When they were few in number,

and of little account, and sojourners in it,

20wandering from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another people,

21he allowed no one to oppress them;

he rebuked kings on their account,

22saying, “Touch not my anointed ones,

do my prophets no harm!”

23Sing to the Lord, all the earth!

Tell of his salvation from day to day.

24Declare his glory among the nations,

his marvelous works among all the peoples!

25For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,

and he is to be held in awe above all gods.

26For all the gods of the peoples are idols;

but the Lord made the heavens.

27Honor and majesty are before him;

strength and joy are in his place.

28Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,

ascribe to the Lord glory and strength!

29Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name;

bring an offering, and come before him!

Worship the Lord in holy array;

30tremble before him, all the earth;

yea, the world stands firm, never to be moved.

31Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice,

and let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns!”

32Let the sea roar, and all that fills it,

let the field exult, and everything in it!

33Then shall the trees of the wood sing for joy

before the Lord, for he comes to judge the earth.

34O give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;

for his steadfast love endures for ever!

35Say 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.

36Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,

from everlasting to everlasting!”

Then all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord.

37So 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, 38and also Oʹbed-eʹdom and his sixty-eight brethren; while Oʹbed-eʹdom, the son of Jeduʹthun, and Hosah were to be gatekeepers. 39And he left Zadok the priest and his brethren the priests before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place that was at Gibeon, 40to 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. 41With them were Heman and Jeduʹthun, and the rest of those chosen and expressly named to give thanks to the Lord, for his steadfast love endures for ever. 42Heman and Jeduʹthun had trumpets and cymbals for the music and instruments for sacred song. The sons of Jeduʹthun were appointed to the gate.

43Then all the people departed each to his house, and David went home to bless his household.

Revised Standard Version of the Bible, copyright © 1946, 1952, and 1971 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America.
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