his whole army. He encamped outside the city and built siege works all
around it. 2 The city was kept under siege until the eleventh year of King
By the ninth day of the fourth[i] month the famine in the city had become
so severe that there wa
On hearing this, David sent Joab out with the entire army of fighting
men. 9 The Ammonites came out and drew up in battle formation at the
entrance to their city, while the kings who had come were by themselves
in the open country.
Joab saw that ther
David left Asaph and his associates before the ark of the covenant of
the LORD to minister there regularly, according to each days
He also left Obed-Edom and his sixty-eight associates to
minister with them. Obed-Edom son of Jeduthun,
Sing to him, sing praise to him;
tell of all his wonderful acts.
Glory in his holy name;
let the hearts of those who seek the LORD rejoice.
Look to the LORD and his strength;
seek his face always.
Remember the wonders he has done,
Levites who were carrying the ark of the covenant of the LORD, seven
bulls and seven rams were sacrificed.
Now David was clothed in a robe
of fine linen, as were all the Levites who were carrying the ark, and as
were the musicians, and Kenaniah, who wa
The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
15 After David had constructed buildings for himself in the City of David,
he prepared a place for the ark of God and pitched a tent for it. 2 Then
David said, No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because
Then David was angry because the LORDs wrath had broken out against
Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.[aa]
David was afraid of God that day and asked, How can I ever bring the
ark of God to me?
He did not take the ark to be
21 Satan rose up against Israel and incited David to take a census of
Israel. 2 So David said to Joab and the commanders of the troops, Go and
count the Israelites from Beersheba to Dan. Then report back to me so
that I may know how many there are.
Jehoiakim was twenty-five years old when he became king, and he
reigned in Jerusalem eleven years. His mothers name was Zebidah
daughter of Pedaiah; she was from Rumah.
And he did evil in the eyes
of the LORD, just as his predecessors had done.
The commander of the imperial guard took away the censers
and sprinkling bowlsall that were made of pure gold or silver.
The bronze from the two pillars, the Sea and the movable stands, which
Solomon had made for the temple of the LORD, was
Nevertheless, the LORD did not turn away from the heat of his fierce
anger, which burned against Judah because of all that Manasseh had done
to arouse his anger.
So the LORD said, I will remove Judah also from my
presence as I removed Israel, and I
burned the Asherah pole also.
Then Josiah looked around, and when he
saw the tombs that were there on the hillside, he had the bones removed
from them and burned on the altar to defile it, in accordancewith the word
of the LORD proclaimed by the man of
Asherah pole from the temple of the LORD to the Kidron Valley outside
Jerusalem and burned it there. He ground it to powder and scattered the
dust over the graves of the common people. 7 He also tore down the
quarters of the male shrine prostitutes that w
battle they dedicated for the repair of the temple of the LORD.
everything dedicated by Samuel the seer and by Saul son of Kish,
Abner son of Ner and Joab son of Zeruiah, and all the other dedicated
things were in the care of Shelomith and his rela
articles used in its service.
According to the last instructions of David,
the Levites were counted from those twenty years old or more.
The duty of the Levites was to help Aarons descendants in the service of
the temple of the LORD: to be in charge
Shelomoth, Haziel and Haranthree in all.
These were the heads of the families of Ladan.
And the sons of Shimei:
Jahath, Ziza,[aa] Jeush and Beriah.
These were the sons of Shimeifour in all.
Jahath was the first and Ziza the second, but Jeush and Ber
Eliezer had no other sons, but the sons of Rehabiah were very
The sons of Izhar:
Shelomith was the first.
The sons of Hebron:
Jeriah the first, Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jekameam
The sons of Uzziel:
Then David ordered all the leaders of Israel to help his son
He said to them, Is not theLORD your God with you? And has
he not granted you rest on every side? For he has given the inhabitants of
the land into my hands, and the land is subje
David said, My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house
to be built for the LORD should be of great magnificence and fame and
splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations
for it. So David made extensive prepa
Araunah said to David, Take it! Let my lord the king do whatever
pleases him. Look, I will give the oxen for the burnt oferings, the
threshing sledges for the wood, and the wheat for the grain ofering. I will
give all this.
But King David replied to