He told them: "You are the leaders of the Levites' families. You and your relatives must consecrate yourselves and bring the ark of the Lord God of Israel up to the place I have prepared for it.
Slaughter the Passover lambs, consecrate yourselves, and make preparations for your countrymen to do what the Lord commanded through Moses."
Then Moses went down from the mountain to the people and sanctified the people, and they washed their clothes.
These were the family leaders of the Levites, as listed in their genealogical records. They lived in Jerusalem.
David constructed buildings in the City of David; he then prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it.
David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring the ark of the Lord up to the place he had prepared for it.
The priests and Levites consecrated themselves so they could bring up the ark of the Lord God of Israel.
Just like their relatives, the descendants of Aaron, they also cast lots before King David, Zadok, Ahimelech, the leaders of families, the priests, and the Levites. The families of the oldest son cast lots along with the those of the youngest.
The priests left the holy place. All the priests who participated had consecrated themselves, no matter which division they represented.
He brought in the priests and Levites and assembled them in the square on the east side.
They slaughtered the Passover lamb on the fourteenth day of the second month. The priests and Levites were ashamed, so they consecrated themselves and brought burnt sacrifices to the Lord's temple.
This will be for the priests who are set apart from the descendants of Zadok who kept my charge and did not go astray when the people of Israel strayed off, like the Levites did.
Therefore I exhort you, brothers and sisters, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a sacrifice -- alive, holy, and pleasing to God -- which is your reasonable service.
They were singing a new song: "You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals because you were killed, and at the cost of your own blood you have purchased for God persons from every tribe, language, people, and nation.