New International Reader's Version

1 Chronicles 16

Serving God in Front of the Ark

1The ark of God was carried into Jerusalem. It was put in the tent David had set up for it. The priests brought burnt offerings and friendship offerings to God. After David finished sacrificing those offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord. He gave to each Israelite man and woman a loaf of bread. He also gave each one a date cake and a raisin cake.

He appointed some of the Levites to serve in front of the ark of the Lord. David wanted them to give honor, thanks and praise to the Lord. He is the God of Israel. Asaph was the leader of those Levites. Zechariah was next in rank. Then came Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. They played the lyres and harps. Asaph played the cymbals. Benaiah and Jahaziel, the priests, blew the trumpets. They blew them at regular times in front of the ark of the covenant of God.

That day was the first time David appointed Asaph and his helpers. He appointed them to give praise to the Lord with these words.

Give praise to the Lord. Make his name known.
    Tell the nations what he has done.
Sing to him. Sing praise to him.
    Tell about all the wonderful things he has done.
10 Honor him, because his name is holy.
    Let the hearts of those who trust in the Lord be glad.
11 Look to the Lord and to his strength.
    Always look to him.
12 Remember the wonderful things he has done.
    Remember his miracles and how he judged our enemies.
13 Remember, you his servants, the children of Israel.
    Remember, you people of Jacob. Remember, you who are chosen by God.

14 He is the Lord our God.
    He judges the whole earth.
15 He will keep his covenant forever.
    He will keep his promise for all time to come.
16 He will keep the covenant he made with Abraham.
    He will keep the promise he made to Isaac.
17 He made it stand as a law for Jacob.
    He made it stand as a covenant for Israel. It will last forever.
18 He said, “I will give you the land of Canaan.
    It will belong to you.”

19 At first there weren’t very many of God’s people.
    There were only a few. And they were strangers in the land.
20 They wandered from nation to nation.
    They wandered from one kingdom to another.
21 But God didn’t allow anyone to treat them badly.
    To keep them safe, he gave a command to kings.
22 He said to them, “Do not touch my anointed ones.
    Do not harm my prophets.”

23 All you people of the earth, sing to the Lord.
    Day after day tell about how he saves us.
24 Tell the nations about his glory.
    Tell all people about the wonderful things he has done.
25 The Lord is great. He is really worthy of praise.
    People should have respect for him as the greatest God of all.
26 All the gods of the nations are like their statues.
    They can’t do anything.
    But the Lord made the heavens.
27 Glory and majesty are all around him.
    Strength and joy are in the place where he lives.
28 Praise the Lord, all you nations.
    Praise the Lord for his glory and strength.
29     Praise the Lord for the glory that belongs to him.
Bring an offering and come to him.
    Worship the Lord because of his beauty and holiness.
30 All you people of the earth, tremble when you are with him.
    The world is firmly set in place. It can’t be moved.
31 Let the heavens be filled with joy. Let the earth be glad.
    Let them say among the nations, “The Lord rules!”
32 Let the ocean and everything in it roar.
    Let the fields and everything in them be glad.
33 Let the trees in the forest sing with joy.
    They will sing before the Lord.
    He will judge the people of the world.

34 Give thanks to the Lord, because he is good.
    His faithful love continues forever.
35 Cry out, “Save us, God our Savior.
    Save us. Bring us back from among the nations.
Then we will give thanks to you, because your name is holy.
    We will celebrate by praising you.”
36 Give praise to the Lord, the God of Israel,
    for ever and ever.

Then all the people said, “Amen!” They also said, “Praise the Lord.”

37 David left Asaph and his helpers to serve in front of the ark of the covenant of the Lord. They served there at regular times. They did it as they were required to do each day. 38 David also left Obed-Edom and his 68 helpers to serve with them. Obed-Edom and Hosah guarded the gates. Obed-Edom was the son of Jeduthun.

39 David left Zadok the priest and some other priests in front of the holy tent of the Lord. It was at the high place in Gibeon. 40 David left them there to sacrifice burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar every morning and evening. They did it according to everything written in the Law of the Lord. That’s the Law he had given to Israel. 41 Heman and Jeduthun were with the priests. So were the rest of those who had been chosen by name and appointed to serve. They had been chosen to give thanks to the Lord, “because his faithful love continues forever.” 42 It was the duty of Heman and Jeduthun to blow the trumpets. They also had the duty of playing the cymbals and other instruments for the sacred songs. The sons of Jeduthun were stationed at one of the gates.

43 All the people left. Everyone went home. And David returned home to bless his family.

New American Standard Bible

1 Chronicles 16

A Tent for the Ark

1And they brought in the ark of God and placed it inside the tent which David had pitched for it, and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord. He distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread and a portion of meat and a raisin cake.

He appointed some of the Levites as ministers before the ark of the Lord, even to celebrate and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel: Asaph the chief, and second to him Zechariah, then [a]Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-edom and Jeiel, with musical instruments, harps, lyres; also Asaph played loud-sounding cymbals, and Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests blew trumpets continually before the ark of the covenant of God.

Then on that day David first assigned [b]Asaph and his [c]relatives to give thanks to the Lord.

Psalm of Thanksgiving

Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples.
Sing to Him, sing praises to Him;
[d]Speak of all His [e]wonders.
10 [f]Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the Lord be glad.
11 Seek the Lord and His strength;
Seek His face continually.
12 Remember His wonderful deeds which He has done,
His marvels and the judgments from His mouth,
13 O seed of Israel His servant,
Sons of Jacob, His chosen ones!
14 He is the Lord our God;
His judgments are in all the earth.
15 Remember His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded to a thousand generations,
16 The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac.
17 He also confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel as an everlasting covenant,
18 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan,
As the portion of your inheritance.”
19 When they were only a few in number,
Very few, and strangers in it,
20 And they wandered about from nation to nation,
And from one kingdom to another people,
21 He permitted no man to oppress them,
And He reproved kings for their sakes, saying,
22 “Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”
23 Sing to the Lord, all the earth;
Proclaim good tidings of His salvation from day to day.
24 Tell of His glory among the nations,
His wonderful deeds among all the peoples.
25 For great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
He also is to be feared above all gods.
26 For all the gods of the peoples are [g]idols,
But the Lord made the heavens.
27 Splendor and majesty are before Him,
Strength and joy are in His place.
28 Ascribe to the Lord, O families of the peoples,
Ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
29 Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name;
Bring an [h]offering, and come before Him;
Worship the Lord in [i]holy array.
30 Tremble before Him, all the earth;
Indeed, the world is firmly established, it will not be moved.
31 Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth rejoice;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord reigns.”
32 Let the sea [j]roar, and [k]all it contains;
Let the field exult, and all that is in it.
33 Then the trees of the forest will sing for joy before the Lord;
For He is coming to judge the earth.
34 O give thanks to the Lord, for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
35 Then say, “Save us, O God of our salvation,
And gather us and deliver us from the nations,
To give thanks to Your holy name,
And [l]glory in Your praise.”
36 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel,
From everlasting even to everlasting.

Then all the people said, “Amen,” and praised the Lord.

Worship before the Ark

37 So he left Asaph and his [m]relatives there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord to minister before the ark continually, as every day’s work required; 38 and Obed-edom with [n]his 68 relatives; Obed-edom, also the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah as gatekeepers. 39 He left Zadok the priest and his [o]relatives the priests before the [p]tabernacle of the Lord in the high place which was at Gibeon, 40 to offer burnt offerings to the Lord on the altar of burnt offering continually morning and evening, even according to all that is written in the law of the Lord, which He commanded Israel. 41 With them were Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to the Lord, because His lovingkindness is everlasting. 42 And with them were Heman and Jeduthun with trumpets and cymbals for those who should sound aloud, and with instruments for the songs of God, and the sons of Jeduthun for the gate.

43 Then all the people departed each to his house, and David returned to bless his household.

Notas al pie

  1. 1 Chronicles 16:5 In 1 Chr 15:18, Jaaziel
  2. 1 Chronicles 16:7 Lit by the hand of Asaph
  3. 1 Chronicles 16:7 Lit brothers
  4. 1 Chronicles 16:9 Or Meditate on
  5. 1 Chronicles 16:9 I.e. wonderful acts
  6. 1 Chronicles 16:10 Or Boast
  7. 1 Chronicles 16:26 Or non-existent things
  8. 1 Chronicles 16:29 Or a grain offering
  9. 1 Chronicles 16:29 Or the splendor of holiness
  10. 1 Chronicles 16:32 Or thunder
  11. 1 Chronicles 16:32 Lit its fullness
  12. 1 Chronicles 16:35 Lit boast
  13. 1 Chronicles 16:37 Lit brothers
  14. 1 Chronicles 16:38 Lit their brothers, 68
  15. 1 Chronicles 16:39 Lit brothers
  16. 1 Chronicles 16:39 Lit dwelling place