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FIVE BOOKS OF MOSES
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I Chronicles 15

1He had houses made for himself in the City of David, and he prepared a place for the Aron of Hashem, and pitched a tent for it.

אוַיַּעַשׂ־לוֹ בָתִּים בְּעִיר דָּוִיד וַיָּכֶן מָקוֹם לַאֲרוֹן הָאֱלֹהִים וַיֶּט־לוֹ אֹהֶל׃

2Then David gave orders that none but the Leviim were to carry the Aron of Hashem, for Hashem had chosen them to carry the Aron of Hashem and to minister to Him forever.

באָז אָמַר דָּוִיד לֹא לָשֵׂאת אֶת־אֲרוֹן הָאֱלֹהִים כִּי אִם־הַלְוִיִּם כִּי־בָם בָּחַר יְהֹוָה לָשֵׂאת אֶת־אֲרוֹן יְהֹוָה וּלְשָׁרְתוֹ עַד־עוֹלָם׃

3David assembled all Yisrael in Yerushalayim to bring up the Aron of Hashem to its place, which he had prepared for it.

va-yak-HAYL da-VEED et kol yis-ra-AYL el y'-ru-sha-LA-im l'-ha-a-LOT et a-RON a-do-NAI el m'-ko-MO a-sher hay-KHEEN LO

גוַיַּקְהֵל דָּוִיד אֶת־כָּל־יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל־יְרוּשָׁלָ ִם לְהַעֲלוֹת אֶת־אֲרוֹן יְהֹוָה אֶל־מְקוֹמוֹ אֲשֶׁר־הֵכִין לוֹ׃

15:3   David assembled all Yisrael in Yerushalayim

David summoned the entire Nation of Israel to bring the Aron HaBrit to its place in the heart of Yerushalayim. Such a public demonstration was necessary because this was a truly momentous event: King David was bringing the spiritual center, or focal point, of the people to the spiritual center of the land. This highlights the never-ending bond between the People of Israel and the Land of Israel, which is cemented by their covenant with the God of Israel.

4Then David gathered together the Aaronides and the Leviim:

דוַיֶּאֱסֹף דָּוִיד אֶת־בְּנֵי אַהֲרֹן וְאֶת־הַלְוִיִּם׃

5the sons of Kehat: Uriel the officer and his kinsmen—120;

הלִבְנֵי קְהָת אוּרִיאֵל הַשָּׂר וְאֶחָיו מֵאָה וְעֶשְׂרִים׃

6the sons of Merari: Asaiah the officer and his kinsmen—220;

ולִבְנֵי מְרָרִי עֲשָׂיָה הַשָּׂר וְאֶחָיו מָאתַיִם וְעֶשְׂרִים׃

7the sons of Gershom: Yoel the officer and his kinsmen—130;

זלִבְנֵי גֵּרְשׁוֹם יוֹאֵל הַשָּׂר וְאֶחָיו מֵאָה וּשְׁלֹשִׁים׃

8the sons of Elizaphan: Shemaya the officer and his kinsmen—200;

חלִבְנֵי אֱלִיצָפָן שְׁמַעְיָה הַשָּׂר וְאֶחָיו מָאתָיִם׃

9the sons of Chevron: Eliel the officer and his kinsmen—80;

טלִבְנֵי חֶבְרוֹן אֱלִיאֵל הַשָּׂר וְאֶחָיו שְׁמוֹנִים׃

10the sons of Uzziel: Aminadav the officer and his kinsmen—112.

ילִבְנֵי עֻזִּיאֵל עַמִּינָדָב הַשָּׂר וְאֶחָיו מֵאָה וּשְׁנֵים עָשָׂר׃

11David sent for Tzadok and Evyatar the Kohanim, and for the Leviim: Uriel, Asaiah, Yoel, Shemaya, Eliel, and Aminadav.

יאוַיִּקְרָא דָוִיד לְצָדוֹק וּלְאֶבְיָתָר הַכֹּהֲנִים וְלַלְוִיִּם לְאוּרִיאֵל עֲשָׂיָה וְיוֹאֵל שְׁמַעְיָה וֶאֱלִיאֵל וְעַמִּינָדָב׃

12He said to them, “You are the heads of the clans of the Leviim; sanctify yourselves, you and your kinsmen, and bring up the Aron of Hashem God of Yisrael to [the place] I have prepared for it.

יבוַיֹּאמֶר לָהֶם אַתֶּם רָאשֵׁי הָאָבוֹת לַלְוִיִּם הִתְקַדְּשׁוּ אַתֶּם וַאֲחֵיכֶם וְהַעֲלִיתֶם אֵת אֲרוֹן יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל אֶל־הֲכִינוֹתִי לוֹ׃

13Because you were not there the first time, Hashem our God burst out against us, for we did not show due regard for Him.”

יגכִּי לְמַבָּרִאשׁוֹנָה לֹא אַתֶּם פָּרַץ יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵינוּ בָּנוּ כִּי־לֹא דְרַשְׁנֻהוּ כַּמִּשְׁפָּט׃

14The Kohanim and Leviim sanctified themselves in order to bring up the Aron of Hashem God of Yisrael.

ידוַיִּתְקַדְּשׁוּ הַכֹּהֲנִים וְהַלְוִיִּם לְהַעֲלוֹת אֶת־אֲרוֹן יְהֹוָה אֱלֹהֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל׃

15The Leviim carried the Aron of Hashem by means of poles on their shoulders, as Moshe had commanded in accordance with the word of Hashem.

טווַיִּשְׂאוּ בְנֵי־הַלְוִיִּם אֵת אֲרוֹן הָאֱלֹהִים כַּאֲשֶׁר צִוָּה מֹשֶׁה כִּדְבַר יְהֹוָה בִּכְתֵפָם בַּמֹּטוֹת עֲלֵיהֶם׃

16David ordered the officers of the Leviim to install their kinsmen, the singers, with musical instruments, harps, lyres, and cymbals, joyfully making their voices heard.

טזוַיֹּאמֶר דָּוִיד לְשָׂרֵי הַלְוִיִּם לְהַעֲמִיד אֶת־אֲחֵיהֶם הַמְשֹׁרְרִים בִּכְלֵי־שִׁיר נְבָלִים וְכִנֹּרוֹת וּמְצִלְתָּיִם מַשְׁמִיעִים לְהָרִים־בְּקוֹל לְשִׂמְחָה׃

17So the Leviim installed Hayman son of Yoel and, of his kinsmen, Asaf son of Berechya; and, of the sons of Merari their kinsmen, Ethan son of Kushaiah.

יזוַיַּעֲמִידוּ הַלְוִיִּם אֵת הֵימָן בֶּן־יוֹאֵל וּמִן־אֶחָיו אָסָף בֶּן־בֶּרֶכְיָהוּ וּמִן־בְּנֵי מְרָרִי אֲחֵיהֶם אֵיתָן בֶּן־קוּשָׁיָהוּ׃

18Together with them were their kinsmen of second rank, Zecharya, Ben, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Yechiel, Unni, Eliav, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphalehu, Mikneiah, Oved Edom and Jeiel the gatekeepers.

יחוְעִמָּהֶם אֲחֵיהֶם הַמִּשְׁנִים זְכַרְיָהוּ בֵּן וְיַעֲזִיאֵל וּשְׁמִירָמוֹת וִיחִיאֵל וְעֻנִּי אֱלִיאָב וּבְנָיָהוּ וּמַעֲשֵׂיָהוּ וּמַתִּתְיָהוּ וֶאֱלִיפְלֵהוּ וּמִקְנֵיָהוּ וְעֹבֵד אֱדֹם וִיעִיאֵל הַשֹּׁעֲרִים׃

19Also the singers Hayman, Asaf, and Ethan to sound the bronze cymbals,

יטוְהַמְשֹׁרְרִים הֵימָן אָסָף וְאֵיתָן בִּמְצִלְתַּיִם נְחֹשֶׁת לְהַשְׁמִיעַ׃

20and Zecharya, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Yechiel, Unni, Eliav, Maaseiah, and Benaiah with harps on alamoth;

כוּזְכַרְיָה וַעֲזִיאֵל וּשְׁמִירָמוֹת וִיחִיאֵל וְעֻנִּי וֶאֱלִיאָב וּמַעֲשֵׂיָהוּ וּבְנָיָהוּ בִּנְבָלִים עַל־עֲלָמוֹת׃

21also Mattithiah, Eliphalehu, Mikneiah, Obededom, Jeiel, and Azaziah, with lyres to lead on the sheminith;

כאוּמַתִּתְיָהוּ וֶאֱלִיפְלֵהוּ וּמִקְנֵיָהוּ וְעֹבֵד אֱדֹם וִיעִיאֵל וַעֲזַזְיָהוּ בְּכִנֹּרוֹת עַל־הַשְּׁמִינִית לְנַצֵּחַ׃

22also Chenaniah, officer of the Leviim in song; he was in charge of the song because he was a master.

כבוּכְנַנְיָהוּ שַׂר־הַלְוִיִּם בְּמַשָּׂא יָסֹר בַּמַּשָּׂא כִּי מֵבִין הוּא׃

23Berechya and Elkana were gatekeepers for the Aron.

כגוּבֶרֶכְיָה וְאֶלְקָנָה שֹׁעֲרִים לָאָרוֹן׃

24Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zecharya, Benaiah, and Eliezer the Kohanim sounded the trumpets before the Aron of Hashem, and Obededom and Jehiah were gatekeepers for the Aron.

כדוּשְׁבַנְיָהוּ וְיוֹשָׁפָט וּנְתַנְאֵל וַעֲמָשַׂי וּזְכַרְיָהוּ וּבְנָיָהוּ וֶאֱלִיעֶזֶר הַכֹּהֲנִים מחצצרים [מַחְצְרִים] בַּחֲצֹצְרוֹת לִפְנֵי אֲרוֹן הָאֱלֹהִים וְעֹבֵד אֱדֹם וִיחִיָּה שֹׁעֲרִים לָאָרוֹן׃

25Then David and the elders of Yisrael and the officers of the thousands who were going to bring up the Aron Brit Hashem from the house of Oved Edom were joyful.

כהוַיְהִי דָוִיד וְזִקְנֵי יִשְׂרָאֵל וְשָׂרֵי הָאֲלָפִים הַהֹלְכִים לְהַעֲלוֹת אֶת־אֲרוֹן בְּרִית־יְהֹוָה מִן־בֵּית עֹבֵד־אֱדֹם בְּשִׂמְחָה׃

26Since Hashem helped the Leviim who were carrying the Aron Brit Hashem, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams.

כווַיְהִי בֶּעְזֹר הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת־הַלְוִיִּם נֹשְׂאֵי אֲרוֹן בְּרִית־יְהֹוָה וַיִּזְבְּחוּ שִׁבְעָה־פָרִים וְשִׁבְעָה אֵילִים׃

27Now David and all the Leviim who were carrying the Aron, and the singers and Chenaniah, officer of song of the singers, were wrapped in robes of fine linen, and David wore a linen ephod.

כזוְדָוִיד מְכֻרְבָּל בִּמְעִיל בּוּץ וְכָל־הַלְוִיִּם הַנֹּשְׂאִים אֶת־הָאָרוֹן וְהַמְשֹׁרְרִים וּכְנַנְיָה הַשַּׂר הַמַּשָּׂא הַמְשֹׁרְרִים וְעַל־דָּוִיד אֵפוֹד בָּד׃

28All Yisrael brought up the Aron Brit Hashem with shouts and with blasts of the shofar, with trumpets and cymbals, playing on harps and lyres.

כחוְכָל־יִשְׂרָאֵל מַעֲלִים אֶת־אֲרוֹן בְּרִית־יְהֹוָה בִּתְרוּעָה וּבְקוֹל שׁוֹפָר וּבַחֲצֹצְרוֹת וּבִמְצִלְתָּיִם מַשְׁמִעִים בִּנְבָלִים וְכִנֹּרוֹת׃

29As the Aron Brit Hashem arrived at the City of David, Michal daughter of Shaul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing, and she despised him for it.

כטוַיְהִי אֲרוֹן בְּרִית יְהֹוָה בָּא עַד־עִיר דָּוִיד וּמִיכַל בַּת־שָׁאוּל נִשְׁקְפָה בְּעַד הַחַלּוֹן וַתֵּרֶא אֶת־הַמֶּלֶךְ דָּוִיד מְרַקֵּד וּמְשַׂחֵק וַתִּבֶז לוֹ בְּלִבָּהּ׃