15:12 And said unto them, Ye [are] the chief of the fathers of
the Levites: e sanctify yourselves, [both] ye and your
brethren, that ye may bring up the ark of the LORD God of
Israel unto [the place that] I have prepared for it.
(e) Prepare yourselves and be pure, abstain from all
things by which you might be polluted, and so not able
to come to the tabernacle.
15:13 For because ye [did it] not at the first, the LORD our God
made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after
the due f order.
(f) According as he has appointed in the law.
15:16 And David spake to the chief of the Levites to appoint
their brethren [to be] the singers with g instruments of
musick, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by
lifting up the voice with joy.
(g) These instruments and other ceremonies which they
observed, were instructions of their infancy, which
continued to the coming of Christ.
15:18 And with them their brethren of the h second [degree],
Zechariah, Ben, and Jaaziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel,
and Unni, Eliab, and Benaiah, and Maaseiah, and
Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom, and
Jeiel, the porters.
(h) Which were inferior in dignity.
15:20 And Zechariah, and Aziel, and Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and
Unni, and Eliab, and Maaseiah, and Benaiah, with
psalteries on i Alamoth;
(i) This was an instrument of music or a certain tune, to
which they sang psalms.
15:21 And Mattithiah, and Elipheleh, and Mikneiah, and Obededom,
and Jeiel, and Azaziah, with harps on the k Sheminith to
(k) Which was the eighth tune, over which he that was most
excellent had charge.
15:22 And Chenaniah, chief of the Levites, l [was] for song:
he instructed about the song, because he [was] skilful.
(l) That is, to appoint Psalms and songs to them that
15:24 And Shebaniah, and Jehoshaphat, and Nethaneel, and Amasai,
and Zechariah, and Benaiah, and Eliezer, the priests, did
blow with the trumpets before the ark of God: and Obededom
and Jehiah [were] doorkeepers m for the ark.
15:26 And it came to pass, when God n helped the Levites that
bare the ark of the covenant of the LORD, that they
offered o seven bullocks and seven rams.
(n) That is, gave them strength to execute their office.
(o) Besides the bullock and the fat beast which David
offered at every sixth pace, (2Sa 6:13).
15:27 And David [was] clothed with a robe of fine linen, and all
the Levites that bare the ark, and the singers, and
Chenaniah the master of the song with the singers: David
also [had] upon him an p ephod of linen.
15:29 And it came to pass, [as] the ark of the q covenant of
the LORD came to the city of David, that Michal the
daughter of Saul looking out at a window saw king David
dancing and playing: and she despised him in her heart.
(q) It was so called because it reminded the Israelites of
the Lord's covenant made with them.