|And David made him houses in the city of David, and
prepared a place for the ark of God, and pitched for it a tent.
|Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God
but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God,
and to minister unto him for ever.
|And David gathered all Israel together to Jerusalem,
to bring up the ark of the LORD unto his place, which he had prepared
|And David assembled the children of Aaron, and the
|Of the sons of Kohath; Uriel the chief, and his
brethren an hundred and twenty:
|Of the sons of Merari; Asaiah the chief, and his
brethren two hundred and twenty:
|Of the sons of Gershom; Joel the chief, and his
brethren an hundred and thirty:
|Of the sons of Elizaphan; Shemaiah the chief, and
his brethren two hundred:
|Of the sons of Hebron; Eliel the chief, and his
|Of the sons of Uzziel; Amminadab the chief, and his
brethren an hundred and twelve.
|And David called for Zadok and Abiathar the priests,
and for the Levites, for Uriel, Asaiah, and Joel, Shemaiah, and Eliel,
|And said unto them, Ye are the chief of the fathers
of the Levites: sanctify yourselves, both ye and your brethren, that ye
may bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel unto the place that I
have prepared for it.
|For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our
God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due
|So the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves
to bring up the ark of the LORD God of Israel.
|And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God
upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded
according to the word of the LORD.
|And David spake to the chief of the Levites to
appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of music,
psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with
|So the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel; and
of his brethren, Asaph the son of Berechiah; and of the sons of Merari
their brethren, Ethan the son of Kushaiah;
|And with them their brethren of the second degree,
Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Unni,
Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and
Mikneiah, and Obededom, and Jeiel, the porters.
|So the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, were
appointed to sound with cymbals of brass;
|And Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and
Jehiel, and Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with psalteries
|And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and
Obededom, and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps on the Sheminith to excel.
|And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, was for song:
he instructed about the song, because he was skilful.
|And Berechiah and Elkanah were doorkeepers for the
|And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and
Amasai, and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, did blow
with the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obededom and Jehiah were
doorkeepers for the ark.
|So David, and the elders of Israel, and the captains
over thousands, went to bring up the ark of the covenant of the LORD out
of the house of Obededom with joy.
|And it came to pass, when God helped the Levites
that bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that they offered seven
bullocks and seven rams.
|And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and
all the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and Chenaniah the
master of the song with the singers: David also had upon him an ephod of
|Thus all Israel brought up the ark of the covenant
of the LORD with shouting, and with sound of the cornet, and with
trumpets, and with cymbals, making a noise with psalteries and harps.
|And it came to pass, as the ark of the covenant of
the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the daughter of Saul
looking out at a window saw king David dancing and playing: and she
despised him in her heart.
|So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the
midst of the tent that David had pitched for it: and they offered burnt
sacrifices and peace offerings before God.
|And when David had made an end of offering the burnt
offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of
|And he dealt to every one of Israel, both man and
woman, to every one a loaf of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a
flagon of wine.
|And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister
before the ark of the LORD, and to record, and to thank and praise the
LORD God of Israel:
|Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, Jeiel,
and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and Benaiah, and
Obededom: and Jeiel with psalteries and with harps; but Asaph made a
sound with cymbals;
|Benaiah also and Jahaziel the priests with trumpets
continually before the ark of the covenant of God.
|Then on that day David delivered first this psalm to
thank the LORD into the hand of Asaph and his brethren.
|Give thanks unto the LORD, call upon his name, make
known his deeds among the people.
|Sing unto him, sing psalms unto him, talk ye of all
his wondrous works.
|Glory ye in his holy name: let the heart of them
rejoice that seek the LORD.
|Seek the LORD and his strength, seek his face
|Remember his marvellous works that he hath done, his
wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;
|O ye seed of Israel his servant, ye children of
Jacob, his chosen ones.
|He is the LORD our God; his judgments are in all the
|Be ye mindful always of his covenant; the word which
he commanded to a thousand generations;
|Even of the covenant which he made with Abraham, and
of his oath unto Isaac;
|And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and
to Israel for an everlasting covenant,
|Saying, Unto thee will I give the land of Canaan,
the lot of your inheritance;
|When ye were but few, even a few, and strangers in
|And when they went from nation to nation, and from
one kingdom to another people;
|He suffered no man to do them wrong: yea, he
reproved kings for their sakes,
|Saying, Touch not mine anointed, and do my prophets
|Sing unto the LORD, all the earth; show forth from
day to day his salvation.
|Declare his glory among the heathen; his marvellous
works among all nations.
|For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised: he
also is to be feared above all gods.
|For all the gods of the people are idols: but the
LORD made the heavens.
|Glory and honour are in his presence; strength and
gladness are in his place.
|Give unto the LORD, ye kindreds of the people, give
unto the LORD glory and strength.
|Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name:
bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty
|Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall
be stable, that it be not moved.
|Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice:
and let men say among the nations, The LORD reigneth.
|Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the
fields rejoice, and all that is therein.
|Then shall the trees of the wood sing out at the
presence of the LORD, because he cometh to judge the earth.
|O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good; for his
mercy endureth for ever.
|And say ye, Save us, O God of our salvation, and
gather us together, and deliver us from the heathen, that we may give
thanks to thy holy name, and glory in thy praise.
|Blessed be the LORD God of Israel for ever and ever.
And all the people said, Amen, and praised the LORD.
|So he left there before the ark of the covenant of
the LORD Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the ark continually,
as every day's work required:
|And Obededom with their brethren, threescore and
eight; Obededom also the son of Jeduthun and Hosah to be porters:
|And Zadok the priest, and his brethren the priests,
before the tabernacle of the LORD in the high place that was at Gibeon,
|To offer burnt offerings unto the LORD upon the
altar of the burnt offering continually morning and evening, and to do
according to all that is written in the law of the LORD, which he
|And with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest that
were chosen, who were expressed by name, to give thanks to the LORD,
because his mercy endureth for ever;
|And with them Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and
cymbals for those that should make a sound, and with musical instruments
of God. And the sons of Jeduthun were porters.
|And all the people departed every man to his house:
and David returned to bless his house.
|Now it came to pass, as David sat in his house, that
David said to Nathan the prophet, Lo, I dwell in an house of cedars, but
the ark of the covenant of the LORD remaineth under curtains.
|Then Nathan said unto David, Do all that is in thine
heart; for God is with thee.
|And it came to pass the same night, that the word of
God came to Nathan, saying,
|Go and tell David my servant, Thus saith the LORD,
Thou shalt not build me an house to dwell in:
|For I have not dwelt in an house since the day that
I brought up Israel unto this day; but have gone from tent to tent, and
from one tabernacle to another.
|Wheresoever I have walked with all Israel, spake I a
word to any of the judges of Israel, whom I commanded to feed my people,
saying, Why have ye not built me an house of cedars?
|Now therefore thus shalt thou say unto my servant
David, Thus saith the LORD of hosts, I took thee from the sheepcote,
even from following the sheep, that thou shouldest be ruler over my
|And I have been with thee whithersoever thou hast
walked, and have cut off all thine enemies from before thee, and have
made thee a name like the name of the great men that are in the earth.
|Also I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and
will plant them, and they shall dwell in their place, and shall be moved
no more; neither shall the children of wickedness waste them any more,
as at the beginning,
|And since the time that I commanded judges to be
over my people Israel. Moreover I will subdue all thine enemies.
Furthermore I tell thee that the LORD will build thee an house.
|And it shall come to pass, when thy days be expired
that thou must go to be with thy fathers, that I will raise up thy seed
after thee, which shall be of thy sons; and I will establish his
|He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his
throne for ever.
|I will be his father, and he shall be my son: and I
will not take my mercy away from him, as I took it from him that was
|But I will settle him in mine house and in my
kingdom for ever: and his throne shall be established for evermore.
|According to all these words, and according to all
this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
|And David the king came and sat before the LORD, and
said, Who am I, O LORD God, and what is mine house, that thou hast
brought me hitherto?
|And yet this was a small thing in thine eyes, O God;
for thou hast also spoken of thy servant's house for a great while to
come, and hast regarded me according to the estate of a man of high
degree, O LORD God.
|What can David speak more to thee for the honour of
thy servant? for thou knowest thy servant.
|O LORD, for thy servant's sake, and according to
thine own heart, hast thou done all this greatness, in making known all
these great things.
|O LORD, there is none like thee, neither is there
any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
|And what one nation in the earth is like thy people
Israel, whom God went to redeem to be his own people, to make thee a
name of greatness and terribleness, by driving out nations from before
thy people, whom thou hast redeemed out of Egypt?
|Therefore now, LORD, let the thing that thou hast
spoken concerning thy servant and concerning his house be established
for ever, and do as thou hast said.
|Let it even be established, that thy name may be
magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God of Israel, even
a God to Israel: and let the house of David thy servant be established
|For thou, O my God, hast told thy servant that thou
wilt build him an house: therefore thy servant hath found in his heart
to pray before thee.
|And now, LORD, thou art God, and hast promised this
goodness unto thy servant:
|Now therefore let it please thee to bless the house
of thy servant, that it may be before thee for ever: for thou blessest,
O LORD, and it shall be blessed for ever.
|Now after this it came to pass, that David smote the
Philistines, and subdued them, and took Gath and her towns out of the
hand of the Philistines.
|And he smote Moab; and the Moabites became David's
servants, and brought gifts.
|And David smote Hadarezer king of Zobah unto Hamath,
as he went to stablish his dominion by the river Euphrates.
|And David took from him a thousand chariots, and
seven thousand horsemen, and twenty thousand footmen: David also hocked
all the chariot horses, but reserved of them an hundred chariots.
|And when the Syrians of Damascus came to help
Hadarezer king of Zobah, David slew of the Syrians two and twenty
|Then David put garrisons in Syriadamascus; and the
Syrians became David's servants, and brought gifts. Thus the LORD
preserved David whithersoever he went.
|And David took the shields of gold that were on the
servants of Hadarezer, and brought them to Jerusalem.
|Likewise from Tibhath, and from Chun, cities of
Hadarezer, brought David very much brass, wherewith Solomon made the
brazen sea, and the pillars, and the vessels of brass.
|Now when Tou king of Hamath heard how David had
smitten all the host of Hadarezer king of Zobah;
|He sent Hadoram his son to king David, to inquire of
his welfare, and to congratulate him, because he had fought against
Hadarezer, and smitten him; (for Hadarezer had war with Tou;) and with
him all manner of vessels of gold and silver and brass.
|Them also king David dedicated unto the LORD, with
the silver and the gold that he brought from all these nations; from
Edom, and from Moab, and from the children of Ammon, and from the
Philistines, and from Amalek.
|Moreover Abishai the son of Zeruiah slew of the
Edomites in the valley of salt eighteen thousand.
|And he put garrisons in Edom; and all the Edomites
became David's servants. Thus the LORD preserved David whithersoever he
|So David reigned over all Israel, and executed
judgment and justice among all his people.
|And Joab the son of Zeruiah was over the host; and
Jehoshaphat the son of Ahilud, recorder.
|And Zadok the son of Ahitub, and Abimelech the son
of Abiathar, were the priests; and Shavsha was scribe;
|And Benaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the
Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were chief about
|Now it came to pass after this, that Nahash the king
of the children of Ammon died, and his son reigned in his stead.
|And David said, I will show kindness unto Hanun the
son of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me. And David sent
messengers to comfort him concerning his father. So the servants of
David came into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort
|But the princes of the children of Ammon said to
Hanun, Thinkest thou that David doth honour thy father, that he hath
sent comforters unto thee? are not his servants come unto thee for to
search, and to overthrow, and to spy out the land?
|Wherefore Hanun took David's servants, and shaved
them, and cut off their garments in the midst hard by their buttocks,
and sent them away.
|Then there went certain, and told David how the men
were served. And he sent to meet them: for the men were greatly ashamed.
And the king said, Tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then
|And when the children of Ammon saw that they had
made themselves odious to David, Hanun and the children of Ammon sent a
thousand talents of silver to hire them chariots and horsemen out of
Mesopotamia, and out of Syriamaachah, and out of Zobah.
|So they hired thirty and two thousand chariots, and
the king of Maachah and his people; who came and pitched before Medeba.
And the children of Ammon gathered themselves together from their
cities, and came to battle.
|And when David heard of it, he sent Joab, and all
the host of the mighty men.
|And the children of Ammon came out, and put the
battle in array before the gate of the city: and the kings that were
come were by themselves in the field.
|Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against
him before and behind, he chose out of all the choice of Israel, and put
them in array against the Syrians.
|And the rest of the people he delivered unto the
hand of Abishai his brother, and they set themselves in array against
the children of Ammon.
|And he said, If the Syrians be too strong for me,
then thou shalt help me: but if the children of Ammon be too strong for
thee, then I will help thee.
|Be of good courage, and let us behave ourselves
valiantly for our people, and for the cities of our God: and let the
LORD do that which is good in his sight.
|So Joab and the people that were with him drew nigh
before the Syrians unto the battle; and they fled before him.
|And when the children of Ammon saw that the Syrians
were fled, they likewise fled before Abishai his brother, and entered
into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.
|And when the Syrians saw that they were put to the
worse before Israel, they sent messengers, and drew forth the Syrians
that were beyond the river: and Shophach the captain of the host of
Hadarezer went before them.
|And it was told David; and he gathered all Israel,
and passed over Jordan, and came upon them, and set the battle in array
against them. So when David had put the battle in array against the
Syrians, they fought with him.
|But the Syrians fled before Israel; and David slew
of the Syrians seven thousand men which fought in chariots, and forty
thousand footmen, and killed Shophach the captain of the host.
|And when the servants of Hadarezer saw that they
were put to the worse before Israel, they made peace with David, and
became his servants: neither would the Syrians help the children of
Ammon any more.
|And it came to pass, that after the year was
expired, at the time that kings go out to battle, Joab led forth the
power of the army, and wasted the country of the children of Ammon, and
came and besieged Rabbah. But David tarried at Jerusalem. And Joab smote
Rabbah, and destroyed it.
|And David took the crown of their king from off his
head, and found it to weigh a talent of gold, and there were precious
stones in it; and it was set upon David's head: and he brought also
exceeding much spoil out of the city.
|And he brought out the people that were in it, and
cut them with saws, and with harrows of iron, and with axes. Even so
dealt David with all the cities of the children of Ammon. And David and
all the people returned to Jerusalem.
|And it came to pass after this, that there arose war
at Gezer with the Philistines; at which time Sibbechai the Hushathite
slew Sippai, that was of the children of the giant: and they were
|And there was war again with the Philistines; and
Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahmi the brother of Goliath the Gittite,
whose spear staff was like a weaver's beam.
|And yet again there was war at Gath, where was a man
of great stature, whose fingers and toes were four and twenty, six on
each hand, and six on each foot: and he also was the son of the giant.
|But when he defied Israel, Jonathan the son of
Shimea David's brother slew him.
|These were born unto the giant in Gath; and they
fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his servants.
|And Satan stood up against Israel, and provoked
David to number Israel.
|And David said to Joab and to the rulers of the
people, Go, number Israel from Beersheba even to Dan; and bring the
number of them to me, that I may know it.
|And Joab answered, The LORD make his people an
hundred times so many more as they be: but, my lord the king, are they
not all my lord's servants? why then doth my lord require this thing?
why will he be a cause of trespass to Israel?
|Nevertheless the king's word prevailed against Joab.
Wherefore Joab departed, and went throughout all Israel, and came to
|And Joab gave the sum of the number of the people
unto David. And all they of Israel were a thousand thousand and an
hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Judah was four hundred
threescore and ten thousand men that drew sword.
|But Levi and Benjamin counted he not among them: for
the king's word was abominable to Joab.
|And God was displeased with this thing; therefore he
|And David said unto God, I have sinned greatly,
because I have done this thing: but now, I beseech thee, do away the
iniquity of thy servant; for I have done very foolishly.
|And the LORD spake unto Gad, David's seer, saying,
|Go and tell David, saying, Thus saith the LORD, I
offer thee three things: choose thee one of them, that I may do it unto
|So Gad came to David, and said unto him, Thus saith
the LORD, Choose thee
|Either three years' famine; or three months to be
destroyed before thy foes, while that the sword of thine enemies
overtaketh thee; or else three days the sword of the LORD, even the
pestilence, in the land, and the angel of the LORD destroying throughout
all the coasts of Israel. Now therefore advise thyself what word I shall
bring again to him that sent me.
|And David said unto Gad, I am in a great strait: let
me fall now into the hand of the LORD; for very great are his mercies:
but let me not fall into the hand of man.
|So the LORD sent pestilence upon Israel: and there
fell of Israel seventy thousand men.
|And God sent an angel unto Jerusalem to destroy it:
and as he was destroying, the LORD beheld, and he repented him of the
evil, and said to the angel that destroyed, It is enough, stay now thine
hand. And the angel of the LORD stood by the threshingfloor of Ornan the
|And David lifted up his eyes, and saw the angel of
the LORD stand between the earth and the heaven, having a drawn sword in
his hand stretched out over Jerusalem. Then David and the elders of
Israel, who were clothed in sackcloth, fell upon their faces.
|And David said unto God, Is it not I that commanded
the people to be numbered? even I it is that have sinned and done evil
indeed; but as for these sheep, what have they done? let thine hand, I
pray thee, O LORD my God, be on me, and on my father's house; but not on
thy people, that they should be plagued.
|Then the angel of the LORD commanded Gad to say to
David, that David should go up, and set up an altar unto the LORD in the
threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite.
|And David went up at the saying of Gad, which he
spake in the name of the LORD.
|And Ornan turned back, and saw the angel; and his
four sons with him hid themselves. Now Ornan was threshing wheat.
|And as David came to Ornan, Ornan looked and saw
David, and went out of the threshingfloor, and bowed himself to David
with his face to the ground.
|Then David said to Ornan, Grant me the place of this
threshingfloor, that I may build an altar therein unto the LORD: thou
shalt grant it me for the full price: that the plague may be stayed from
|And Ornan said unto David, Take it to thee, and let
my lord the king do that which is good in his eyes: lo, I give thee the
oxen also for burnt offerings, and the threshing instruments for wood,
and the wheat for the meat offering; I give it all.
|And king David said to Ornan, Nay; but I will verily
buy it for the full price: for I will not take that which is thine for
the LORD, nor offer burnt offerings without cost.
|So David gave to Ornan for the place six hundred
shekels of gold by weight.
|And David built there an altar unto the LORD, and
offered burnt offerings and peace offerings, and called upon the LORD;
and he answered him from heaven by fire upon the altar of burnt
|And the LORD commanded the angel; and he put up his
sword again into the sheath thereof.
|At that time when David saw that the LORD had
answered him in the threshingfloor of Ornan the Jebusite, then he
|For the tabernacle of the LORD, which Moses made in
the wilderness, and the altar of the burnt offering, were at that season
in the high place at Gibeon.
|But David could not go before it to inquire of God:
for he was afraid because of the sword of the angel of the LORD.
|Then David said, This is the house of the LORD God,
and this is the altar of the burnt offering for Israel.
|And David commanded to gather together the strangers
that were in the land of Israel; and he set masons to hew wrought stones
to build the house of God.
|And David prepared iron in abundance for the nails
for the doors of the gates, and for the joinings; and brass in abundance
|Also cedar trees in abundance: for the Zidonians and
they of Tyre brought much cedar wood to David.
|And David said, Solomon my son is young and tender,
and the house that is to be builded for the LORD must be exceeding
magnifical, of fame and of glory throughout all countries: I will
therefore now make preparation for it. So David prepared abundantly
before his death.
|Then he called for Solomon his son, and charged him
to build an house for the LORD God of Israel.
|And David said to Solomon, My son, as for me, it was
in my mind to build an house unto the name of the LORD my God:
|But the word of the LORD came to me, saying, Thou
hast shed blood abundantly, and hast made great wars: thou shalt not
build an house unto my name, because thou hast shed much blood upon the
earth in my sight.
|Behold, a son shall be born to thee, who shall be a
man of rest; and I will give him rest from all his enemies round about:
for his name shall be Solomon, and I will give peace and quietness unto
Israel in his days.
|He shall build an house for my name; and he shall be
my son, and I will be his father; and I will establish the throne of his
kingdom over Israel for ever.
|Now, my son, the LORD be with thee; and prosper
thou, and build the house of the LORD thy God, as he hath said of thee.
|Only the LORD give thee wisdom and understanding,
and give thee charge concerning Israel, that thou mayest keep the law of
the LORD thy God.
|Then shalt thou prosper, if thou takest heed to
fulfil the statutes and judgments which the LORD charged Moses with
concerning Israel: be strong, and of good courage; dread not, nor be
|Now, behold, in my trouble I have prepared for the
house of the LORD an hundred thousand talents of gold, and a thousand
thousand talents of silver; and of brass and iron without weight; for it
is in abundance: timber also and stone have I prepared; and thou mayest
|Moreover there are workmen with thee in abundance,
hewers and workers of stone and timber, and all manner of cunning men
for every manner of work.
|Of the gold, the silver, and the brass, and the
iron, there is no number. Arise therefore, and be doing, and the LORD be
|David also commanded all the princes of Israel to
help Solomon his son, saying,
|Is not the LORD your God with you? and hath he not
given you rest on every side? for he hath given the inhabitants of the
land into mine hand; and the land is subdued before the LORD, and before
|Now set your heart and your soul to seek the LORD
your God; arise therefore, and build ye the sanctuary of the LORD God,
to bring the ark of the covenant of the LORD, and the holy vessels of
God, into the house that is to be built to the name of the LORD.