1 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. 2 And then David said, "The Ark of God ought not to be carried but of the Levites. For them hath the LORD chosen to bear the Ark of the LORD and to minister to him forever."
3 And therefore David gathered all Israel to Jerusalem, to fetch the Ark of the LORD unto the place which he had ordained for it. 4 And David brought together the children of Aaron and the Levites.
5 Of the sons of Kohath: Uriel the chief, and of his brethren a hundred and twenty. 6 And of the children of Merari: Asaiah the chief, and of his brethren two hundred and twenty. 7 And of the sons of Gershom: Joel the chief, and of his brethren a hundred and thirty. 8 And of the children of Elizaphan: Shemaiah the chief and of his brethren two hundred. 9 And of the sons of Hebron: Eliel the chief, and of his brethren eighty. 10 And of the sons of Uzziel, Amminadab the chief, and of his brethren a hundred and twelve.
11 And David called to Zadok and Abiathar the priests, and to the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab; 12 and said unto them, "Ye are the principal heads of the Levites - sanctify therefore yourselves and your brethren and bring the Ark of the LORD God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it. 13 For because ye were not there at the first time, the LORD our God made a rent among us, for that we sought him not as the fashion ought to be." 14 And the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to fetch the Ark of the LORD God of Israel. 15 And the children of the Levites bare the Ark of God upon their shoulders with staves thereon as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD.
16 And David spake to the chief heads of the Levites, that they should appoint of their brethren to sing with instruments of music: psalteries, harps and cymbals that sounded, and to sing on high with Joyfulness. 17 And the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel: and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Barachiah. And of the sons of Merari, their brethren: Ethan the son of Kushaiah. 18 And with them their brethren of the second degree: Zachariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Uri, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah; Obededom and Jeiel, porters. 19 Heman, Asaph and Ethan sang with cymbals of brass to make a sound. 20 And Zachariah, Uzziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah sang with psalteries on an Alamoth. 21 And Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obededom, Jeiel, and Azaziah sang with harps an eight above to courage with all. 22 And Chenaniah the chief of the Levites was master of the song and taught to sing, for he was a man of understanding. 23 And Barachiah and Elkanah kept the door of the Ark. 24 And Shebaniah, Jehoshaphat, Nathaniel, Amasai, Zachariah, Benaiah and Eliezer, priests, were blowers with trumpets before the Ark of God. And Obededom and Jehiah were keepers of the door of the Ark.
25 And David and the elders of Israel and the Captains over thousands went to fetch the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD out of the house of Obededom with gladness. 26 And when God had helped the Levites that bare the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD, they offered seven oxen and seven rams.
27 And David had on him an alb of bysse, and so had the Levites that bare the Ark, and so had the singers, and Chenaniah the ruler of the song and of the singers. And David had moreover upon him an Ephod of linen. 28 And all Israel brought the Ark of the LORD's covenant with shouting and blowing of horns, and with trumpets and cymbals that sounded, and with psalteries and harps. 29 And as the Ark of the Covenant of the LORD came unto the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked out at a window: and when she saw king David dancing and playing, she despised him in her heart.