161They took the Covenant Box to the tent which David had prepared for it and put it inside. Then they offered sacrifices and fellowship offerings to God. 2After David had finished offering the sacrifices, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD 3and distributed food to them all. He gave each man and woman in Israel a loaf of bread, a piece of roasted meat,16.3 a piece of roasted meat; or a cake of dates. and some raisins.
4David appointed some of the Levites to lead the worship of the LORD, the God of Israel, in front of the Covenant Box, by singing and praising him. 5Asaph was appointed leader, with Zechariah as his assistant. Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed Edom, and Jeiel were to play harps. Asaph was to sound the cymbals, 6and two priests, Benaiah and Jahaziel, were to blow trumpets regularly in front of the Covenant Box. 7It was then that David first gave Asaph and his fellow-Levites the responsibility for singing praises to the LORD.
8Give thanks to the LORD, proclaim his greatness;
tell the nations what he has done.
9Sing praise to the LORD;
tell the wonderful things he has done.
10Be glad that we belong to him;
let all who worship him rejoice!
11Go to the LORD for help,
and worship him continually.
12-13You descendants of Jacob, God's servant,
descendants of Israel, whom God chose,
remember the miracles that God performed
and the judgements that he gave.
14The LORD is our God;
his commands are for all the world.
15Never forget God's covenant,
which he made to last for ever,
the covenant he made with Abraham,
the promise he made to Isaac.
The LORD made a covenant with Jacob,
one that will last for ever.
18“I will give you the land of Canaan,” he said.
“It will be your own possession.”
19God's people were few in number,
strangers in the land of Canaan.
20They wandered from country to country,
from one kingdom to another.
But God let no one oppress them;
to protect them, he warned the kings:
22“Don't harm my chosen servants;
do not touch my prophets.”
23Sing to the LORD, all the world!
Proclaim every day the good news that he has saved us.
24Proclaim his glory to the nations,
his mighty deeds to all peoples.
25The LORD is great and is to be highly praised;
he is to be honoured more than all the gods.
26The gods of all other nations are only idols,
but the LORD created the heavens.
27Glory and majesty surround him,
power and joy fill his Temple.
28Praise the LORD, all people on earth,
praise his glory and might.
29Praise the LORD's glorious name;
bring an offering and come into his Temple.
Bow down before the Holy One when he appears;16.29 when he appears; or in garments of worship.
30tremble before him, all the earth!
The earth is set firmly in place and cannot be moved.
31Be glad, earth and sky!
Tell the nations that the LORD is king.
32Roar, sea, and every creature in you;
be glad, fields, and everything in you!
33The trees in the woods will shout for joy
when the LORD comes to rule the earth.
Give thanks to the LORD, because he is good;
his love is eternal.
35Say to him, “Save us, O God our Saviour;
gather us together; rescue us from the nations,
so that we may be thankful
and praise your holy name.”
36Praise the LORD, the God of Israel!
Praise him now and for ever!
Then all the people said, “Amen”, and praised the LORD.
37King David put Asaph and his fellow-Levites in permanent charge of the worship that was held at the place where the Covenant Box was kept. They were to perform their duties there day by day. 38Obed Edom son of Jeduthun and 68 men of his clan were to assist them. Hosah and Obed Edom were in charge of guarding the gates.
39Zadok the priest and his fellow-priests, however, were in charge of the worship of the LORD at the place of worship in Gibeon. 40Every morning and evening they were to burn sacrifices whole on the altar in accordance with what was written in the Law which the LORD gave to Israel. 41There with them were Heman and Jeduthun and the others who were specifically chosen to sing praises to the LORD for his eternal love. 42Heman and Jeduthun also had charge of the trumpets and cymbals and the other instruments which were played when the songs of praise were sung. The members of Jeduthun's clan were in charge of guarding the gates.
Then everyone went home, and David went home to spend some time with his family.
171King David was now living in his palace. One day he sent for the prophet Nathan and said to him, “Here I am living in a house built of cedar, but the LORD's Covenant Box is kept in a tent!”
2Nathan answered, “Do whatever you have in mind, because God is with you.”
3But that night God said to Nathan, 4“Go and tell my servant David that I say to him, ‘You are not the one to build a temple for me to live in. 5From the time I rescued the people of Israel from Egypt until now, I have never lived in a temple; I have always lived in tents and moved from place to place. 6In all my travelling with the people of Israel I never asked any of the leaders that I appointed why they had not built me a temple made of cedar.’
7“So tell my servant David that I, the LORD Almighty, say to him, ‘I took you from looking after sheep in the fields and made you the ruler of my people Israel. 8I have been with you wherever you have gone, and I have defeated all your enemies as you advanced. I will make you as famous as the greatest leaders in the world. 9-10I have chosen a place for my people Israel and have settled them there, where they will live without being oppressed any more. Ever since they entered this land they have been attacked by violent people, but this will not happen again. I promise to defeat all your enemies and to give you descendants. 11When you die and are buried with your ancestors, I will make one of your sons king and will keep his kingdom strong. 12He will be the one to build a temple for me, and I will make sure that his dynasty continues for ever. 13
I will be his father and he will be my son. I will not withdraw my support from him as I did from Saul, whom I removed so that you could be king. 14I will put him in charge of my people and my kingdom for ever. His dynasty will never end.’ ”
15Nathan told David everything that God had revealed to him.
16Then King David went into the Tent of the LORD's presence, sat down, and prayed, “I am not worthy of what you have already done for me, LORD God, nor is my family. 17Yet now you are doing even more; you have made promises about my descendants in the years to come, and you, LORD God, are already treating me like a great man.17.17 Probable text and you, LORD God… man; Hebrew unclear. 18What more can I say to you! You know me well, and yet you honour me, your servant. 19It was your will and purpose to do this for me and to show me my future greatness. 20LORD, there is none like you; we have always known that you alone are God. 21There is no other nation on earth like Israel, whom you rescued from slavery to make them your own people. The great and wonderful things you did for them spread your fame throughout the world. You rescued your people from Egypt and drove out other nations as your people advanced. 22You have made Israel your own people for ever, and you, LORD, have become their God.
23“And now, O LORD, fulfil for all time the promise you made about me and my descendants, and do what you said you would. 24Your fame will be great, and people will for ever say, ‘The LORD Almighty is God over Israel.’ And you will preserve my dynasty for all time. 25I have the courage to pray this prayer to you, my God, because you have revealed all this to me, your servant, and have told me that you will make my descendants kings. 26You, LORD, are God, and you have made this wonderful promise to me. 27I ask you to bless my descendants so that they will continue to enjoy your favour. You, LORD, have blessed them, and your blessing will rest on them for ever.”
181Some time later King David attacked the Philistines again and defeated them. He took out of their control the city of Gath and its surrounding villages. 2He also defeated the Moabites, who became his subjects and paid taxes to him.
3Next, David attacked King Hadadezer of the Syrian state of Zobah, near the territory of Hamath, because Hadadezer was trying to gain control of the territory by the upper Euphrates. 4David captured a thousand of his chariots, 7,000 horsemen, and 20,000 foot soldiers. He kept enough horses for a hundred chariots and crippled all the rest.
5When the Syrians of Damascus sent an army to help King Hadadezer, David attacked it and killed 22,000 men. 6Then he set up military camps in their territory, and they became his subjects and paid taxes to him. The LORD made David victorious everywhere. 7David captured the gold shields carried by Hadadezer's officials and took them to Jerusalem. 8
He also took a great quantity of bronze from Tibhath and Kun, cities ruled by Hadadezer. (Solomon later used this bronze to make the tank, the columns, and the bronze utensils for the Temple.)
9King Toi of Hamath heard that David had defeated Hadadezer's entire army. 10So he sent his son Joram to greet King David and congratulate him for his victory over Hadadezer, against whom Toi had fought many times. Joram brought David presents made of gold, silver, and bronze. 11King David dedicated them for use in worship, along with the silver and gold he took from the nations he conquered — Edom, Moab, Ammon, Philistia, and Amalek.
Abishai, whose mother was Zeruiah, defeated the Edomites in the Valley of Salt and killed 18,000 of them. 13He set up military camps throughout Edom, and the people there became King David's subjects. The LORD made David victorious everywhere.
14David ruled over all Israel and made sure that his people were always treated fairly and justly. 15Abishai's brother Joab was commander of the army; Jehoshaphat son of Ahilud was in charge of the records; 16Zadok son of Ahitub and Ahimelech son of Abiathar were priests; Seraiah18.16 Probable text (see 2 Sam 8.17) Seraiah; Hebrew Shavsha. was court secretary; 17Benaiah son of Jehoiada was in charge of David's bodyguard; and King David's sons held high positions in his service.