Parallel Verses

NET Bible

Then David said, "Only the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the Lord chose them to carry the ark of the Lord and to serve before him perpetually.

New American Standard Bible

Then David said, “No one is to carry the ark of God but the Levites; for the Lord chose them to carry the ark of God and to minister to Him forever.”

King James Version

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.

Holman Bible

Then David said, “No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the Lord has chosen them to carry the ark of the Lord and to minister before Him forever.”

International Standard Version

Then David ordered that the Ark of God was to be carried by no one except the descendants of Levi, because the LORD had chosen them to carry the ark of the LORD and to serve him forever.

A Conservative Version

Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites, for LORD has them chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister to him forever.

American Standard Version

Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath Jehovah chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.

Amplified

Then David said, “No one is to carry the ark of God except the Levites; for the Lord chose them to carry the ark of God and to minister to Him forever.”

Bible in Basic English

Then David said, The ark of God may not be moved by any but the Levites, for they have been marked out by God to take the ark of God, and to do his work for ever.

Darby Translation

Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites, for them has Jehovah chosen to carry the ark of God, and to serve him for ever.

Julia Smith Translation

Then David said, None to lift up the ark of God but the Levites: for in them God chose to lift up the ark of God, and to serve him even to forever.

King James 2000

Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them has the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him forever.

Lexham Expanded Bible

Then David ordered [that] none except the Levites should carry the ark of God, for Yahweh had chosen them to carry the ark of Yahweh and to serve him forever.

Modern King James verseion

Then David said, No one ought to carry the ark of God except the Levites, for God has chosen them to carry the ark of God, and to minister to Him forever.

Modern Spelling Tyndale-Coverdale

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."

New Heart English Bible

Then David said, "No one ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites. For the LORD has chosen them to carry the ark of God, and to minister to him forever."

The Emphasized Bible

Then, said David, None must carry the ark of God, save the Levites, - for, of them, did Yahweh make choice, to bear the ark of Yahweh, and to attend it, unto times age-abiding.

Webster

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 to him for ever.

World English Bible

Then David said, "No one ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites. For Yahweh has chosen them to carry the ark of God, and to minister to him forever."

Youngs Literal Translation

Then said David, 'None are to carry the ark of God, except the Levites, for on them hath Jehovah fixed to carry the ark of God, and to serve Him -- unto the age.'

Interlinear

English(KJV)
Strong's
Root Form
Definition
Usage
דּויד דּוד 
David 
Usage: 1074

נסה נשׂא 
Nasa' 
Usage: 653

the ark
ארן ארון 
'arown 
ארן ארון 
'arown 
Usage: 202
Usage: 202

of God
אלהים 
'elohiym 
אלהים 
'elohiym 
Usage: 2600
Usage: 2600

but the Levites
לוי לויּי 
Leviyiy 
Usage: 283

to carry
נסה נשׂא 
Nasa' 
Usage: 653

and to minister
שׁרת 
Sharath 
Usage: 99

עד 
`ad 
by, as long, hitherto, when, how long, as yet
Usage: 784

References

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Context Readings

David's Wives And Children

1 David constructed buildings in the City of David; he then prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 2 Then David said, "Only the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the Lord chose them to carry the ark of the Lord and to serve before him perpetually. 3 David assembled all Israel at Jerusalem to bring the ark of the Lord up to the place he had prepared for it.


Cross References

Deuteronomy 10:8

At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the Lord's covenant, to stand before the Lord to serve him, and to formulate blessings in his name, as they do to this very day.

Deuteronomy 31:9

Then Moses wrote down this law and gave it to the Levitical priests, who carry the ark of the Lord's covenant, and to all Israel's elders.

Numbers 4:2-15

"Take a census of the Kohathites from among the Levites, by their families and by their clans,

Numbers 4:19-20

but in order that they will live and not die when they approach the most holy things, do this for them: Aaron and his sons will go in and appoint each man to his service and his responsibility.

Numbers 7:9

But to the Kohathites he gave none, because the service of the holy things, which they carried on their shoulders, was their responsibility.

Numbers 8:13-14

You are to have the Levites stand before Aaron and his sons, and then offer them as a wave offering to the Lord.

Numbers 8:24-26

"This is what pertains to the Levites: At the age of twenty-five years and upward one may begin to join the company in the work of the tent of meeting,

Numbers 18:1-8

The Lord said to Aaron, "You and your sons and your tribe with you must bear the iniquity of the sanctuary, and you and your sons with you must bear the iniquity of your priesthood.

Joshua 3:3

and commanded the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the Lord your God being carried by the Levitical priests, you must leave here and walk behind it.

Joshua 6:6

So Joshua son of Nun summoned the priests and instructed them, "Pick up the ark of the covenant, and seven priests must carry seven rams' horns in front of the ark of the Lord."

2 Chronicles 35:3

He told the Levites, who instructed all Israel about things consecrated to the Lord, "Place the holy ark in the temple which King Solomon son of David of Israel built. Don't carry it on your shoulders. Now serve the Lord your God and his people Israel!

Isaiah 66:21

And I will choose some of them as priests and Levites," says the Lord.

Jeremiah 33:17-22

For I, the Lord, promise: "David will never lack a successor to occupy the throne over the nation of Israel.

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