First Book of Paralipomenon (Author Compiled by Isaias and Esdras from records of Nathan, Gad, Addo, Ahias, Jehu and others.)

14:1¤ And Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, and cedar trees, and masons, and carpenters, to build him a house.

14:2And David perceived that the Lord had confirmed him king over Israel, and that his kingdom was exalted over his people Israel.

14:3And David took other wives in Jerusalem: and he begot sons, and daughters.

14:4Now these are the names of them that were born to him in Jerusalem: Samua, and Sobad, Nathan, and Solomon,

14:5Jebahar, and Elisua, and Eliphalet,

14:6And Noga, and Napheg, and Japhia,

14:7Elisama, and Baaliada, and Eliphalet.

14:8And the Philistines hearing that David was anointed king over all Israel, went all up to seek him: and David heard of it, and went out against them.

14:9And the Philistines came and spread themselves in the vale of Raphaim.

14:10And David consulted the Lord, saying: Shall I go up against the Philistines, and wilt thou deliver them into my hand? And the Lord said to him: Go up, and I will deliver them into thy hand.

14:11And when they were come to Baalpharasim, David defeated them there, and he said: God hath divided my enemies by my hand, as waters are divided: and therefore the name of that place was called Baalpharasim.

14:12And they left there their gods, and David commanded that they should be burnt.

14:13Another time also the Philistines made an irruption, and spread themselves abroad in the valley.

14:14And David consulted God again, and God said to him: Go not up after them, turn away from them, and come upon them over against the pear trees.

14:15And when thou shalt hear the sound of one going in the tops of the pear trees, then shalt thou go out to battle. For God is gone out before thee to strike the army of the Philistines.

14:16And David did as God had commanded him, and defeated the army of the Philistines, slaying them from Gabaon to Gazera.

14:17And the name of David became famous in all countries, and the Lord made all nations fear him.

15:1¤ He made also houses for himself in the city of David: and built a place for the ark of God, and pitched a tabernacle for it.

15:2Then David said: No one ought to carry the ark of God, but the Levites, whom the Lord hath chosen to carry it, and to minister unto himself for ever.

15:3And he gathered all Israel together into Jerusalem, that the ark of God might be brought into its place, which he had prepared for it.

15:4And the sons of Aaron also, and the Levites.

15:5Of the children of Caath, Uriel was the chief, and his brethren a hundred and twenty.

15:6Of the sons of Merari, Asaia the chief, and his brethren two hundred and twenty.

15:7Of the sons of Gersom, Joel the chief, and his brethren a hundred and thirty.

15:8Of the sons of Elisaphan, Semeias the chief: and his brethren two hundred.

15:9Of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief: and his brethren eighty.

15:10Of the sons of Oziel, Aminadab the chief: and his brethren a hundred and twelve.

15:11And David called Sadoc, and Abiathar the priests, and the Levites, Uriel, Asaia, Joel, Semeia, Eliel, and Aminadab:

15:12And he said to them: You that are the heads of the Levitical families, be sanctified with your brethren, and bring the ark of the Lord the God of Israel to the place, which is prepared for it:

15:13Lest as the Lord at first struck us, because you were not present, the same should now also come to pass, by our doing some thing against the law.

15:14So the priests and the Levites were sanctified, to carry the ark of the Lord the God of Israel.

15:15And the sons of Levi took the ark of God as Moses had commanded, according to the word of the Lord, upon their shoulders, with the staves.

15:16And David spoke to the chiefs of the Levites, to appoint some of their brethren to be singers with musical instruments, to wit, on psalteries, and harps, and cymbals, that the joyful noise might resound on high.

15:17And they appointed Levites, Hemam the son of Joel, and of his brethren Asaph the son of Barachias: and of the sons of Merari, their brethren: Ethan the son of Casaia.

15:18And with them their brethren: in the second rank, Zacharias, and Ben, and Jaziel, and Semiramoth, and Jahiel, and Ani, and Eliab, and Banaias, and Maasias, and Mathathias, and Eliphalu, and Macenias, and Obededom, and Jehiel, the porters.

15:19Now the singers, Heman, Asaph, and Ethan, sounded with cymbals of brass.

15:20And Zacharias, and Oziel, and Semiramoth, and Jehiel, and Ani, and Eliab, and Maasias, and Banaias, sung mysteries upon psalteries.

15:21And Mathathias, and Eliphalu, and Macenias and Obededom, and Jehiel and Ozaziu, sung a song of victory for the octave upon harps.

15:22And Chonenias chief of the Levites, presided over the prophecy, to give out the tunes: for he was very skilful.

15:23And Barachias, and Elcana, were doorkeepers of the ark.

15:24And Sebenias, and Josaphat, and Nathanael, and Amasai, and Zacharias, and Banaias, and Eliezer the priests, sounded with trumpets, before the ark of God: and Obededom and Jehias were porters of the ark.

15:25So David and all the ancients of Israel, and the captains over thousands, went to bring the ark of the covenant of the Lord out of the house of Obededom with joy.

15:26And when God had helped the Levites who carried the ark of the covenant of the Lord, they offered in sacrifice seven oxen, and seven rams.

15:27And David was clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all the Levites that carried the ark, and the singing men, and Chonenias the ruler of the prophecy among the singers: and David also had on him an ephod of linen.

15:28And all Israel brought the ark of the covenant of the Lord with joyful shouting, and sounding with the sound of the cornet, and with trumpets, and cymbals, and psalteries, and harps.

15:29And when the ark of the covenant of the Lord was come to the city of David, Michol the daughter of Saul looking out at a window, saw king David dancing and playing, and she despised him in her heart.

16:1¤ So they brought the ark of God, and set it in the midst of the tent, which David had pitched for it: and they offered holocausts, and peace offerings before God.

16:2And when David had made an end of offering holocausts, and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord.

16:3And he divided to all and every one, both men and women, a loaf of bread, and a piece of roasted beef, and flour fried with oil.

16:4And he appointed Levites to minister before the ark of the Lord, and to remember his works, and to glorify, and praise the Lord God of Israel.

16:5Asaph the chief, and next after him Zacharias: moreover Jahiel, and Semiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mathathias, and Eliab, and Banaias, and Obededom: and Jehiel over the instruments of psaltery, and harps: and Asaph sounded with cymbals:

16:6But Banaias, and Jaziel the priests, to sound the trumpet continually before the ark of the covenant of the Lord.

16:7In that day David made Asaph the chief to give praise to the Lord with his brethren.

16:8Praise ye the Lord, and call upon his name: make known his doings among the nations.

16:9Sing to him, yea, sing praises to him: and relate all his wondrous works.

16:10Praise ye his holy name: let the heart of them rejoice, that seek the Lord.

16:11Seek ye the Lord, and his power: seek ye his face evermore.

16:12Remember his wonderful works, which he hath done: his signs, and the judgments of his mouth.

16:13O ye seed of Israel his servants, ye children of Jacob his chosen.

16:14He is the Lord our God: his judgments are in all the earth.

16:15Remember for ever his covenant: the word, which he commanded to a thousand generations.

16:16The covenant which he made with Abraham: and his oath to Isaac.

16:17And he appointed the same to Jacob for a precept: and to Israel for an everlasting covenant:

16:18Saying: To thee will I give the land of Chanaan: the lot of your inheritance.

16:19When they were but a small number: very few and sojourners in it.

16:20And they passed from nation to nation: and from a kingdom to another people.

16:21He suffered no man to do them wrong: and reproved kings for their sake.

16:22Touch not my anointed: and do no evil to my prophets.

16:23Sing ye to the Lord, all the earth: shew forth from day to day his salvation.

16:24Declare his glory among the Gentiles: his wonders among all people.

16:25For the Lord is great and exceedingly to be praised: and he is to be feared above all gods.

16:26For all the gods of the nations are idols: but the Lord made the heavens.

16:27Praise and magnificence are before him: strength and joy in his place.

16:28Bring ye to the Lord, O ye families of the nations: bring ye to the Lord glory and empire.

16:29Give to the Lord glory to his name, bring up sacrifice, and come ye in his sight: and adore the Lord in holy becomingness.

16:30Let all the earth be moved at his presence: for he hath founded the world immoveable.

16:31Let the heavens rejoice, and the earth be glad: and let them say among the nations: The Lord hath reigned.

16:32Let the sea roar, and the fulness thereof: let the fields rejoice, and all things that are in them.

16:33Then shall the trees of the wood give praise before the Lord: because he is come to judge the earth.

16:34Give ye glory to the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.

16:35And say ye: Save us, O God our savior: and gather us together, and deliver us from the nations, that we may give glory to thy holy name, and may rejoice in singing thy praises.

16:36Blessed be the Lord the God of Israel from eternity to eternity: and let all the people say Amen, and a hymn to God.

16:37So he left there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord, Asaph and his brethren to minister in the presence of the ark continually day by day, and in their courses.

16:38And Obededom, with his brethren sixty-eight: and Obededom the son of Idithun, and Hosa he appointed to be porters.

16:39And Sadoc the priest, and his brethren priests, before the tabernacle of the Lord in the high place, which was in Gabaon.

16:40That they should offer holocausts to the Lord upon the altar of holocausts continually, morning and evening, according to all that is written in the law of the Lord, which he commanded Israel.

16:41And after him Heman, and Idithun, and the rest that were chosen, every one by his name to give praise to the Lord: because his mercy endureth for ever.

16:42And Heman and Idithun sounded the trumpet, and played on the cymbals, and all kinds of musical instruments to sing praises to God: and the sons of Idithun he made porters.

16:43And all the people returned to their houses: and David to bless also his own house.

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