2 David said to the entire assembly of Yisrael, “If you approve, and if Hashem our God concurs, let us send far and wide to our remaining kinsmen throughout the territories of Yisrael, including the Kohanim and Leviim in the towns where they have pasturelands, that they should gather together to us
va-YO-mer da-VEED l’-KHOL k’-HAL yis-ra-AYL im a-lay-KHEM TOV u-min a-do-NAI e-lo-HAY-nu nif-r’-TZAH nish-l’-KHAH al a-KHAY-nu ha-nish-a-REEM b’-KHOL ar-TZOT yis-ra-AYL v’-i-ma-HEM ha-ko-ha-NEEM v’-hal-vi-YIM b’-a-RAY mig-r’-shay-HEM v’-yi-ka-v’-TZU ay-LAY-nu
13:2 That they should gather together to us
King David assembled the People of Israel before bringing the Aron HaBrit to its resting place in Yerushalayim. The Ark is the symbol of the covenant between the Children of Israel and God, as it says, “And deposit in the Aron [the tablets of] the Pact which I will give you” (Exodus 25:16). The verses in Exodus continue to elaborate about the function of the Aron: “There I will meet with you, and I will impart to you—from above the cover, from between the two cherubim that are on top of the Aron HaBrit” (Exodus 25:22). Since the Lord continues to communicate with the people from above the Aron after the revelation at Sinai, this means that the Ark is the means through which He expresses His continued commitment to the covenant and His closeness with the people. David therefore felt that the entire nation should take part in the ceremony marking the transference of the Ark to Yerushalayim.