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The Chronicles of the Kings of Juda(Part Three)
The First Book
The 15th Chapter
And David made him houses in the city of David, and prepared a place for the Ark of God, and pitched for it a tent. And then David said, the Ark of God ought not to be carried but of the Levites. For them has the Lord chosen to bear the Ark of the Lord and to minister to him for ever. And therefore David gathered all Israel to Jerusalem, to fetch the Ark of the Lord unto the place which he had ordained for it. And David brought to gether the children of Aaron and the Levites. Of the sons of Cahas: Uriel the chief, and of his brethren an hundred and twenty. And of the children of Merari: Asaiah the chief, and of his brethren two hundred and twenty. And of the sons of Gersom: Joel the chief, and of his brethren an hundred and thirty. And of the children of Elizaphan: Semeiah the chief and of his brethren two hundred. And of the sons of Hebron, Eliel the chief, and of his brethren eighty. And of the sons of Oziel, Aminadab the chief, and of his brethren an hundred and twelve.
And David called to Zadock and Abiathar the priests, and to the Levites Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Semeiah, Eliel and Aminadab: and said unto them: you are the principal heads of the Levites, sanctify therefore yourselves and your brethren and bring the Ark of the Lord God of Israel unto the place that I have prepared for it. For because you were not there at the first time, the Lord our God made a rent among us, for that we sought him not as the fashion ought to be. And the priests and the Levites sanctified themselves to fetch the Ark of the Lord God of Israel. And the children of the Levites bare the Ark of God upon their shoulders with staves thereon as Moses commanded according to the word of the Lord.
And David spoke to the chief heads of the Levites, that they should appoint of their brethren to sing with instruments of music: psalteries, harps and cymbals that sounded, and to sing on high with Joyfulness. And the Levites appointed Heman the son of Joel: and of his brethren, Asaph the son of Barachiah. And of the sons of Merari their brethren: Ethan the son of Cusaiahu. And with them their brethren of the second degree: Zachariah, Ben, Jaaziel, Semiramoth, Jahiel, Uri, Eliab, Banaiah, Maasaiah, Mathasiah, Eliphelehu, Makeniah, Obed Edom and Jeiel, porters. Heman, Asaph and Ethan sang with cymbals of brass to make a sound. And Zachariah, Oziel, Semiramoth, Jehiel, Ani, Eliab, Maasaiah and Banaiah sang with psalteries on an *Almoth. And Mathasiah, Eliphelehu, Makeniah, Obed Edom, Jeiel, and Ozaziah sang with harps an eight above to courage with all. And Conaniah the chief of the Levites was master of the song and taught to sing, for he was a man of understanding. *Almoth (musical instrument MN)
And Barachiah and Elcanah kept the door of the Ark. And Sacaniah, Jehosaphat, Nathaniel, Amasai, Zachariah, Banaiah and Eliezer priests were blowers with trumpets before the Ark of God. And Obed Edom and Jahiah were keepers of the door of the Ark.
And David and the elders of Israel and the Captains over thousands went to fetch the Ark of the appointment of the Lord out of the house of Obed Edom with gladness. And when God had help the Levites that bare the Ark of the appointment of the Lord, they offered seven oxen and seven rams. And David had on him an *alb of byss, and so had the Levites that bare the Ark, and so had the singers, and Conaniah the ruler of the song and of the singers. And David had moreover upon him an Ephod of linen. And all Israel brought the Ark of the Lords covenant with shouting and blowing of horns, and with trumpets and cymbals that sounded, and with psalteries and harps. *alb= white linen garment
And as the Ark of the appointment of the Lord came unto the city of David, Michol the daughter of Saul looked out at a window: and when she saw king David dancing and playing, she despised him in her heart.
The 16th Chapter
When they had brought in the Ark of God they set it in the tent that David had pitched for it. And they brought burnt sacrifice and peaceofferings before God. And when David had made an end of offering of burntofferings and of peaceofferings, he blessed the people with the name of the Lord. And he dealt all Israel both man and woman a cracknel of bread, a piece of flesh and a mess of sops.
And he appointed certain of the Levites to minister before the Lord, and to repeat, and to thank and praise the Lord God of Israel: even Asaph the chief, and next to him Zachariah then Jeiel, Semiramoth, Jehiel, Mathasaih, Eliab, Banaiah, Obed Edom, and Jeiel with Psalteries and harps. But Asaph with sounding cymbals and Banaiah and Jahaziel priests with trumpets continually before the Ark of the covenant of God.
And that same time David did appoint chiefly to thank the Lord by Asaph and his brethren. Thank the Lord, call on his name, make his Acts known among the people.
Sing unto him and play unto him: and record all his wonderful deeds. Praise his holy name, and let the hearts of them that seek the Lord rejoice. Seek the Lord and his strength: Seek his presence always.
Remember his marvels which he did, and his wonders, and the judgements of his mouth: The seed of Israel are his servants: the children of Jacob are his chosen. He is the Lord our God: in all lands are his judgements. Think on his appointment ever, and on the word he commanded to a thousand generations. Of his covenant to Abraham, and of his oath to Isaac: which he set before Jacob for a decree, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant, saying: to you I will give the land of Canaan, to be the portion of your inheritance. When you were a small company in number, even but a few, and thereto strangers therein. And they went from people to people, and from one Kingdom to another nation. He allowed no man to do them wrong: But rebuked kings for their sakes. Touch not mine anointed, nor do my Prophets any harm. Sing unto the Lord all the earth: and show from day to day his victories.
Tell among the heathen of his glory: and among all nations of his wonderful deeds.
For great is the Lord and to be praised exceedingly: and terrible is he above all Gods.
For all the Gods of the heathen are Idols: But the Lord made heaven.
Praise and honor are in his presence: strength and gladness are in his place.
Ascribe to the Lord you kindreds of people, Ascribe to the Lord Glory and strength.
Give honor unto the Lords name: bring presents and come before him, and bow to the Lord in holy apparel.
All the earth fear him, he stablished the earth that it cannot move. The heaven rejoice and the earth be glad, and let men tell among the nations that the Lord is a King.
Let the sea thunder and his fullness, and let the fields rejoice and all that is therein.
Moreover let the trees of the wood ring at the presence of the Lord: for he comes to judge the earth.
Thank the Lord for he is good, and his mercy lasts ever: and say: save us O' God our saviour and gather us together and deliver us from among the heathen, to thank your holy name, and to praise you with the praise that becomes you. Blessed be the Lord God of Israel for ever and ever, and all nations say Amen, so praising the Lord.
And he left there before the ark of the Lords covenant, Asaph and his brethren, to minister before the Ark evermore day by day. And Obed Edom with his brethren three score and eight, and Obed Edom the son of Iduthun and Ozah to be porters. And Zadock the priest with his brethren the priests set he before the tabernacle of the Lord at the hillaltar of Gabaon, to offer burntofferings unto the Lord upon the burntoffering altar perpetually at morning and evening, according to all that is written in the law of the Lord which he commanded Israel. And with them Heman and Iduthun, and other that were chosen and named by name, to thank the Lord that his mercy lasts ever. And with the said Heman and Iduthun were trumpets and sounding cymbals, and instruments of the melody of God. And the sons of Iduthun were porters. And then all the people departed, every man to his house: and David returned to salute his household.
The 17th Chapter
And as David dwelt in his house he said to Nathan the prophet: lo, I dwell in an house of Cedar tree: and the Ark of the Lords covenant dwells under curtains. And Nathan said to David: do all that is in your heart, for God is with you.
But the same night the word of God came to Nathan saying: go and tell David my servant, thus says the Lord, you shall not build me an house to dwell in. For I have dwell in no house since I brought out the children of Israel unto this day: But have gone from tent to tent and from one tabernacle to another. Neither in any place wheresoever I have walked throughout all Israel, spoke I ever one word to any of the judges of Israel which I commanded to feed my people, saying: why build you me not an house of Cedar tree? Now therefore thus say unto my servant David: thus says the Lord of Hosts: I took you out of the pasture from after sheep, that you should be captain over my people Israel. And I have been with you in all you took in hand, and have weeded out all your enemies out of your sight, and have made you a name like the name of the greatest men of the earth. And I will ordain a place for my people Israel, and will make it fast, and they shall dwell under it and shall move no more. Neither shall the children of wickedness vex them any more as at the beginning, and since the time I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and will bring under all your enemies (for I told you that the Lord would build you an house).
But when your days be expired, that you must go after your fathers, I will set up your seed after you, which shall be of your sons and will settle his kingdom. He shall build me an house, and I will stablish his seat for ever. I will be his father and he shall be my son, and I will not put my mercy away from him as I did from him that was before you. But I will set him in mine house and in my kingdom for ever, and his seat shall be sure for ever.
When Nathan had told David according to all these words, and to all this vision, king David went and sat him before the Lord and said: what am I O' Lord God and what is mine household, that you have promoted me thus far. And yet this seemed little in your eyes O' God. But that you should speak of your servants house for a great while to come: and have looked upon me as upon a man of high degree O' Lord God. What can David desire more of you, wherein you should make your servant more glorious? You know your servant: And Lord for your servants sake, even according to your own heart you have done all this magnificence, to show all bounteousness Lord, there is none like you, nor any God save you, according to all that we have heard with our ears. Moreover what nation on the earth is like your people Israel, which God went and redeemed to be his own people, and to make you a name of excellency and terribleness, with casting out nations from before your people, for ever, and you Lord are become their God.
And now Lord the thing you have spoken concerning your servant and his house be true for ever, and do as you have said. And your name continue and wax great for ever, that it be said: the Lord of Hosts, the God of Israel is God in Israel, and the house of David your servant be stable before you. For you Lord have told your servant, that you will build him an house. And therefore your servant has found in his heart to pray before you. And now Lord you are the very God, and have promised this goodness unto your servant. Now therefore go to and bless the house of your servant, that it may continue before you for ever. For what you bless, O' Lord that is blessed for ever.
The 18th Chapter
And after that David beat the Philistines and subdued them, and took Gath and the towns that longed thereto, out of the hands of the Philistines. And he beat the Moabites, and the Moabites became Davids servants and paid him tribute. And David beat Hadadezer king of Zobah unto Hemath, as he went to bring his dominion unto the river Euphrates. And David took from him a thousand chariots and seven thousand horsemen and twenty thousand footmen, and brake all the chariots, save that he reserved of them an hundred. Then came the Sirians of Damasco to help Hadadezer king of Zobah. And David slew of the Sirians twenty two thousand, and put garrisons in Siria Damasco: And the Sirians became Davids servants and brought him tribute. For the Lord help David in all that he went to.
And David took the shields of gold that were on the servants of Hadadezer and brought them to Jerusalem. And from Thebahas and Chun, cities of Hadadezer, brought David exceeding much brass. Wherewith Salomon made the brazen sea and the pillars and the vessels of brass.
And when You king of Hemath, heard how David had beat all the host of Hadadezer king of Zobah, he sent Haduram his son to king David, to salute him and to bless him, because he had fought with Hadadezer and beaten him (for You had war with Hadadezer) and sent all manner of Jewels of gold, silver and brass with him. And king David dedicated them also unto the Lord with the silver and gold that he brought from all nations, from the Edomites, from the Moabites, from the children of Ammon, from the Philistines, from the Amalekites. And Abisai the son of Zaruiah slew of the Edomites in the salt valley eighteen thousand, and put Soldiers in Edom, and all Edom became Davids servants: for the Lord kept David in all that he took in hand. And David reigned over all Israel and did right and equity unto all his people. And Joab the son of Zaruiah was over the host, and Jehosaphat the son of Ahilud recorder, and Zadock the son of Ahitob and Abimelech the son of Abiathar were the priests, and Susa was scribe, and Banaiah the son of Jehoiada was over the Cerethites and the Phelethites and the eldest sons of David waited at the kings hand.
The 19th Chapter
After this it chanced that Nahas king of the children of Ammon died, and his son made king in his stead. Then said David, I will show kindness unto Hanon the son of Nahas, because his father dealt kindly with me: and thereupon David sent messengers to comfort him over the death of his father. And when the servants of David were come into the land of the children of Ammon to Hanon to comfort him, the Lords of the children of Ammon said to Hanon: think you that David does honor your father in your sight, that he has sent comforters unto you? No, but it is to search and overthrow and to spy out the land, that his servants be come unto you.
Whereupon Hanon took Davids servants and shaved them, and cut off their coats hard by their buttocks and sent them away. And there went that told David how the men were served. And the king sent to meet them (for the men were exceedingly ashamed) and said: tarry at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.
And when the children of Ammon saw that they stank in the nose of David, Hanon, and the children of Ammon sent a thousand talents of silver to hire the chariots and horsemen out of Mesopotamia and out of Siria Maacah and out of Zobah. And they hired thirty two thousand chariots, and the king of Maacah and his people, which came and pitched before Midba. And the children of Ammon gathered themselves to gether from their cities and went out to battle. And as soon as David heard of it, he sent Joab with all the host of strong men. And the children of Ammon came out and put them in array to battle before the gate of the city. And the kings that were come kept them by themselves in the field.
When Joab saw that the front of the battle was before him and after, he chose out of all the youth of Israel and put them in array against the Sirians. And the rest of the people he delivered unto Abisai his brother, that they should put themselves in array against the children of Ammon, and said: If the Sirians be too strong for me, secure me, and if the children of Ammon be too good for you, I will help you. Pluck up your heart and let us play the men for our peoples sake, and for the cities of our God, and the Lord to do what seems him best. And Joab and the people that were with him drew near to the Sirians, to fight, and they fled before him. And when the children of Ammon saw that the Sirians were fled, they ran away likewise, from Abisai his brother and got them into the city. And Joab came to Jerusalem.
And when the Sirians saw that they were put to the worse of Israel, they sent messengers and fetched out the Sirians that are beyond the river with Sophach the Captain of the host of Hadadezer before them. Which when it was told David, he gathered all Israel, and went over Jordan and went and set upon them. And David put himself in array against the Sirians, and they fought with him. But the Sirians fled before Israel, and David destroyed of the Sirians seven thousand chariots, and slew forty thousand footmen and killed Sophach the Captain of the host. And when the servants of Hadadezer saw that they were put to the worse of Israel, they made peace with David and served him. Neither would the Sirians help the children of Ammon any more.
The 20th Chapter
And the year following about the time that kings go out a warfare, Joab carried out the army of the host and destroyed the country of the children of Ammon, and went and besieged Rabah and destroyed it: But David bode at Jerusalem while Joab smote Rabah and destroyed it: And David took the crown of their king off his head, and found therein the weight of a talent of gold, and there were precious stones in it, and it was set on Davids head. And he brought out also the spoil of the city which was exceeding much. And he brought out the people that were in it and tamed them with saws and harrows of iron and with brakes, and so dealt David with all the cities of the children of Ammon. And then David and all the people came again to Jerusalem. After that there arose war at Gazer with the Philistines. At which time Sobocai the Husathite slew Saphai that was of the children of Raphaim, and they were subdued. And there was battle again with the Philistines, and Elhanan the son of Jair slew Lahemi the brother of Goliath the Gethite, whose spear was like the beam of a weaver. And there chanced yet again war at Geth, where was a man of a size with twenty four fingers and toes, six on every hand and six on every foot, and was the son of Haraphah and defied Israel. And Jehonathan the son of Samaa Davids brother slew him. These were born of Haraphah at Geth and were overthrown by the hand of David and of his servants.
The 21st Chapter
And Satan stood up against Israel, and persuaded David to number Israel. And David said to Joab and the rulers of the people, go you and number Israel from Bersabe to Dan, and bring it to me that I may know the number of them. And Joab answered: the Lord make your people an hundred times so many more as they be. But my Lord King, are they not all my Lords servants? Why then does my Lord require this thing? why should my Lord be a cause of trespass to Israel?
Neverthelater the kings words prevailed against Joab. And Joab took his way and went throughout all Israel, and came to Jerusalem and gave the number of the count of the people unto David. And all Israel were in number a thousand, thousand and an hundred thousand men that drew sword: and Juda was four hundred and seventy thousand men that drew sword. But the Levites and Benjamin he counted not among them. For the Kings deed seemed abominable to Joab. And the Lord was displeased with this thing, and smote Israel. The said David to God: I have sinned exceedingly in doing this thing. Nevertheless yet do away the wickedness of your servant, for I have done above measure foolishly.
And the Lord spoke unto Gad Davids seer of visions saying: go and tell David saying. Thus says the Lord: I give you the choice of three things: choose you one of them, that I may do unto you. And Gad came to David and said to him: Thus says the Lord. Choose you either three years famishment, or three months to be consumed of your adversaries, the sword of your enemies overtaking you: or else the sword of the Lord three days and pestilence in the land, the Angel of the Lord destroying throughout all the coasts of Israel. And now advise yourself what word I shall bring again unto him that sent me. And David said to Gad, I am in an exceeding straight. But let me fall in to the hands of the Lord, for passing great is his mercy, and let me not fall unto the hands of men.
And the Lord sent pestilence upon all Israel, so that there were overthrown of Israel seventy thousand men. And God sent the Angel to Jerusalem to destroy it. And as he was about to destroy, the Lord beheld and had compassion on the wretchedness, and said to the Angel that destroyed, it is enough, now cease your hand. And the Angel of the Lord stood by the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite. And David lifted up his eyes and saw the Angel of the Lord stand between the earth and heaven with a drawn sword in his hand stretched out toward Jerusalem. Then fell David and the elders of Israel clothed in sack upon their faces. And David said unto God: Is it not I that commanded to number the people? And I am he that have sinned and done evil in deed. But what have these sheep done? Let your hand therefore O' Lord God be on me and on my fathers house, and not on your people to destroy them.
And the Angel commanded Gad to say to David, that David should go and rear up an altar unto the Lord, in the threshing door of Ornan the Jebusite. And David went at the saying of Gad which spoke in the name of the Lord. And Ornan turned about and saw the Angel, and his four sons with him, and hid themselves: for Oman was threshing wheat. And David came to Ornan. And when Ornan looked and saw David, he went out of the threshing floor and bowed himself to David with his face to the ground.
And David said to Ornan: give me the place of the threshing floor, that I may build an altar therein unto the Lord. Let me have it for as much money as it is worth, that the plague may cease from the people. And Ornan said to David: take it to you, and let my Lord king do that seems good in his eyes. See, I give you oxen for a burntsacrifice, and the threshing sleds for wood, and wheat for meatoffering: I give it all. But king David said to Ornan: not so, but I will buy it for as much money as it is worth. I will not take that which is yours, for the Lord, and offer burntoffering without cost.
And so David gave to Ornan for the place sickles of gold six hundred by weight. And David built there an altar unto the Lord and offered burntofferings and peaceofferings and called unto the Lord and he heard him from heaven in fire upon the altar of burntoffering. And the Lord commanded the Angel to put up his sword again to the sheath of it. At that time when David saw, that the Lord had heard him in the threshing floor of Ornan the Jebusite: he used to offer there. For the tabernacle of the Lord which Moses made in the wilderness, and the altar of burntoffering were that season in the hill at Gabaon. And David could not go before it to seek God, because he was afraid of the sword of the Angel of the Lord. And David said: this is the house of the Lord God, and this the burntoffering altar for Israel.
The 22nd Chapter
And David commanded to gather the strangers that were in the land of Israel, and set hewers to hew stone, to build the house of God. And David prepared plenty of iron for nails to the doors of the gates and to join with all, and abundance of brass without weight, and of Cedar trees without number. For the Zidons and they of Tire brought much Cedar wood to David. For David thus thought, Salomon my son is young and tender, and the house that is to be built for the Lord, must exceed in greatness, that it may be spoken of and praised in all lands. I will therefore make ordinance for it. And so David prepared abundance before his death.
And he called Salomon his son and charged him to build an house for the Lord God of Israel: And David said to Salomon: my son, I had in mine heart to build an house unto the name of the Lord my God. But the word of the Lord came to me saying: you have shed much blood, and have made many battles. You shall not build an house for my name, for you have shed much blood to the earth in my sight. Behold a son shall be born you which shall be a man of rest, for I will give him rest from all his enemies round about. And his name shall be Salomon: for I will send rest and peace upon Israel in his days. He shall build an house for my name, and he shall be my son, and I will be his father, and will stablish the seat of his kingdom upon Israel for ever. Now my son, the Lord be with you, that you may prosper and build the house of the Lord your God, as he has said of you. And the Lord give you wisdom and understanding, and make you governor of Israel, and to keep the law of the Lord your God. For then you shall prosper: If you shall be diligent to do the ordinances and laws which the Lord charged Moses with, to deliver to Israel. Pluck up your heart and be strong, dread not nor be discouraged. Behold in mine adversity I have prepared for the house of the Lord an hundred thousand talents of gold and a thousand, thousand talents of silver, and as for brass and iron it cannot be numbered, it is so much. And I have prepared timber and stone, and shall provide more thereto. Moreover you have workmen enough and masons and carpenters to work in stone and timber, and all manner of wise men for whatsoever work it be. And of gold, silver, brass and iron there is no number. Up therefore and set upon it, and the Lord shall be with you.
And David commanded all the Lords of Israel, to help Salomon his son saying: Is not the Lord your God with you? and has he not given you rest on every side? for he has given the inhabiters of the land into mine hand and the land is subdued before the Lord and before his people. Now therefore set your hearts and your souls, to seek the Lord your God. And up and build you the temple of the Lord God, to bring the Ark of the covenant of the Lord, and the holy vessels of God into the house so built for the name of the Lord.
The 23rd Chapter
And when David was old and stricken in years, he made Salomon his son king over Israel. And then he gathered together all the lords of Israel with the Priests and the Levites. And the Levites were numbered from thirty years and above, and the tale of them in men poll by poll was thirty eight thousand. Of which twenty four thousand were set to further the work of the house of the Lord. And six thousand were officers and Judges. Four thousand were porters and four thousand praised the Lord with such instruments as David had made to praise withal.
And David put an order among the children of Levi: Gerson, Cahas and Merari: of the Gersonites was Laadan and Semei. The sons of Laadan: the chief was Jehiel and then Zethan and Joel, three. The sons of Semei, Salomith, Haziel, and Haran, three. These were the ancient heads of Laadan. And the sons of Semei were also Jahas, Zinah, Jaus and Bariah: these four were the sons of Semei. And Jahas was the chief, Zinah the second. But Jaus and Bariah had not many sons, and therefore they were reckoned for one ancient household.
The sons of Cahas: Amram, Izahar, Hebron and Uziel, four. The sons of Amram: Aaron and Moses. And Aaron was appointed to consecrate in the place most holy, with his sons for ever: and to burn the offerings before the Lord, and to minister, and to bless in his name for ever. And as for Moses the man of God, his children were named with the tribe of Levi. The sons of Moses: Gersom and Eliezer. And of the sons of Gersom: Sabael was the chief. The sons of Eliezer: Rohabiah the chief. And Eliezer had no other sons: But the sons of Rohabiah were very many. And of the sons of Izabar: Salomi, the chief. The sons of Hebron: Jeriahu the first. Amariah the second, Jahaziel the third and Jecmaam the fourth. The sons of Uziel: Micah the first and Jesiah the second. The sons of Merari: Mahali: and Musi, the sons of Mahali: Eleazar and Cis. And Eleazar died and had no sons, but daughters only, which their brethren the sons of Cis took. The sons of Musi: Mahali, Eder, and Jerimuth, three. These are the children of Levi in the households of their fathers the ancient heads, viewed and numbered by name and poll by poll from twenty years and above, to work in the service of the house of the Lord. For David said: the Lord God of Israel has given rest unto his people, and they shall dwell in Jerusalem for ever. Moreover the Levites should now no more bear the tabernacle and all the vessels that pertain to the service thereof. But at the last commandment of David, the Levites were numbered from twenty years and above, to wait at the hands of the sons of Aaron in the service of the house of the Lord, and to have the oversight of the courts and of the store houses, and of the purifying of all holy things, and of the work of the things that served for the house of God, as the showbread, the fine flour, the meatofferings, the flawnes (fried cakes) of sweet bread, and of the things baked in the frying pan, or broiled on the gridiron, and on all manner measures and size and to wait every morning to thank and praise the Lord, and likewise at evening. And to wait on every offering of burntsacrifices unto the Lord, the Sabbaths and first days of the months, and other feastful days by number and custom, was their office ever before the Lord. And that they should wait on the tabernacle of witness and on the holy place, and on the sons of Aaron their brethren, in the service of the house of the Lord.
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