Day 215 of the Holy Bible One Year CHALLENGE. David brings back the Ark. David sings to God. Romans 16: Paul's final words

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1 Chronicles 15

1 Chronicles 16:1-36

Romans 16

Psalm 90:11-17

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1 Chronicles 15

The Box of the Agreement in Jerusalem

David built houses for himself in the City of David. Then he prepared a place to put God’s Holy Box. He set up a tent for it. 2 Then he said, “Only the Levites should carry God’s Holy Box. The LORD chose them to carry it and to serve him forever.”

3 David told all the Israelites to meet together at Jerusalem to join in bringing the LORD’s Holy Box to the place he had prepared for it. 4 He called together the descendants of Aaron and the Levites.

5 There were 120 people from the tribe of Kohath. Uriel was their leader.

6 There were 220 people from the tribe

of Merari. Asaiah was their leader.

7 There were 130 people from the tribe of Gershon. Joel was their leader.

8 There were 200 people from the tribe

of Elizaphan. Shemaiah was their leader.

9 There were 80 people from the tribe of

Hebron. Eliel was their leader.

10 There were 112 people from the tribe of Uzziel. Amminadab was their leader.

David Talks to the Priests and Levites

11 Then David asked the priests, Zadok and Abiathar, to come to him. David also asked these Levites to come to him: Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel and Amminadab. 12 David said to them, “You are the leaders from the tribe of Levi. You and the other Levites must make yourselves holy.* Then bring the Holy Box of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place I have made for it. 13 The first time we tried to bring it to Jerusalem, we did not ask the LORD about the right way to move it. And he punished us because you Levites did not carry it.”

14 Then the priests and Levites made themselves holy so that they could carry the Holy Box of the LORD, the God of Israel. 15 The Levites used the special poles to carry God’s Holy Box on their shoulders, the way Moses had commanded. They carried it just as the LORD had said.

The Singers

16 David told the Levite leaders to choose some singers from among the Levites. The singers were to take their lyres, harps and cymbals and sing joyful songs.

17 Then the Levites chose Heman and his relatives Asaph and Ethan. Heman was the son of Joel, and Asaph was the son of Berekiah. Ethan was the son of Kushaiah, who was from the Merari family group. 18 There was also a second group of Levites. They were Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Benaiah, Maaseiah, Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed- Edom and Jeiel. These men were the Levite guards.

19 The singers Heman, Asaph and Ethan were chosen to play the bronze cymbals. 20 Zechariah, Aziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah and Benaiah played the small harps. 21 Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Obed-Edom, Jeiel and Azaziah played the large harps. 22 The Levite leader Kenaniah was in charge of the singing. Kenaniah had this job because he was very skilled at singing.

23 Berekiah and Elkanah were two of the guards for the Holy Box. 24 The priests Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah and Eliezer had the job of blowing trumpets as they walked in front of God’s Holy Box. Obed- Edom and Jehiah were the other guards for the Holy Box.

25 David, the leaders of Israel and the army commanders went to get the Box of the LORD’s Agreement. They brought it out from Obed-Edom’s house. Every- one was very happy! 26 Because God helped the Levites who carried the Box of the LORD’s Agreement, they sacrificed seven bulls and seven rams to him. 27 All the Levites who carried the

Holy Box wore robes made from fine linen. Kenaniah, the man in charge of the singing, and all the singers had robes made from fine linen. David also wore a robe of fine linen and an ephod of fine linen.

28 So all the Israelites joined in bringing up the Box of the LORD’s Agreement. They shouted, they blew rams’ horns and trumpets, and they played cymbals, lyres and harps.

29 When the Box of the LORD’s Agreement arrived at the City of David, Saul’s daughter Michal was looking through a window. When she saw King David dancing and playing, she felt disgusted with him.

1 Chronicles 16:1-36

The Levites brought God’s Holy Box and put it inside the tent David had set up for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and fellowship offerings to God. 2 After David had finished giving the burnt offerings and the fellowship offerings, he used the LORD’s name to bless the people. 3 Then he gave food to the whole Israelite crowd. He gave a loaf of bread, a lump of dates and a lump of raisins to every man and woman there.

4 Then David chose some of the Levites to serve before the LORD’s Holy Box. They had the job of celebrating and giving thanks and praise to the LORD, the God of Israel. 5 Asaph was the leader of the first group. His group played the cymbals. Zechariah was the leader of the second group. The other Levites were Uzziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom and Jeiel. These men played the lyres and harps. 6 Benaiah and Jahaziel were the priests who always blew the trumpets before the Box of God’s Agreement. 7 This was when David first gave Asaph and the other Levites the job of singing praises to the LORD.

David’s Song of Thanks

8 Give thanks to the LORD and call out to him!

Tell the nations what he has done!

9 Sing to him; sing praises to him.

Tell about the amazing things he has done.

10 Be proud of his holy name.

You followers of the LORD, be happy! 11 Depend on the LORD for strength. Always go to him for help.

12 Remember the amazing things he has done.

Remember his miracles and his fair decisions.

13 The people of Israel are his servants.

The descendants of Jacob are his chosen people.

14 The LORD is our God.

He rules the whole world.

15 Remember his agreement forever,

the promise he gave that will never end.

16 Remember the agreement he made with Abraham.

Remember his promise to Isaac.

17 He gave it as a law for Jacob,

as an agreement with Israel that will last forever.

18 He said, “I will give you the land of Canaan.

It will be your very own.”

19 At the time God said this, there were only a few of his people,

and they were immigrants in the land of Canaan.

20 They traveled around from nation to nation,

from one kingdom to another.

21 But the Lord did not let anyone mistreat them.

He warned kings not to harm them.

22 He said, “Don’t hurt my chosen people.

Don’t hurt my prophets.”

23 Let the whole world sing to the LORD!

Tell the good news every day about how he saves us.

24 Tell all the nations how wonderful he is!

Tell people everywhere about the amazing things he does.

25 The LORD is great and worthy of praise.

He is more awesome than all the gods.

26 All the gods in other nations are nothing but statues,

but the LORD made the heavens!

27 He lives in the presence of glory and honor.

His Temple is a place of power and joy.

28 Praise the LORD, all people of every nation;

praise the LORD’s glory and power!

29 Give the LORD praise worthy of his glory.

Come into his presence with your offerings.

Worship the LORD in all his holy beauty.

30 Everyone on earth should tremble before him!

But the world stands firm and cannot be moved.

31 Let the heavens rejoice and the earth be happy!

Let people everywhere say, “The LORD rules!”

32 Let the sea and everything in it shout for joy!

Let the fields and everything in them be happy!

33 The trees of the forest will sing for joy

when they see the LORD,

because he is coming to rule the world.

34 Give thanks to the LORD because he is good.

His faithful love will continue forever.

35 Say to him, “Save us, God our Saviour.

Bring us back and save us from the other nations.

Then we will give thanks to your holy name

and joyfully praise you.”

36 Praise the LORD, the God of Israel! He always was and will always be worthy of praise!

All the people praised the LORD and said “Amen!”

Romans 16

Paul Has Some Final Things to Say

I want you to know that you can trust our sister Phoebe. She is a special servant of the church in Cenchrea. 2 I ask you to accept her as one who belongs to the Lord. Accept her the way God’s people should. Help her with anything she needs from you. Many people, including me, have depended on her for support.

3 Give my greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, who have worked together with me for Christ Jesus. 4 They risked their own lives to save mine. I am thankful to them, and all the non- Jewish churches are thankful to them.

5 Also, give greetings to the church that meets in their house.

Give greetings to my dear friend Epaenetus. He was the first person in Asia to become a follower of Christ.

6 Greetings also to Mary. She worked very hard for you.

7 And greet Andronicus and Junia. They are my relatives, and they were in prison with me. They were followers of Christ before I was. And they are some of the most important of those he sent out to do his work.*

8 Give my greetings to Ampliatus, my dear friend among the Lord’s people, 9 and to Urbanus. He has worked together with us for Christ.

Give greetings also to my dear friend Stachys 10 and to Apelles, who has proved himself to be a true follower of Christ.

Give greetings to everyone in the family of Aristobulus 11 and to Herodion, my relative.

Greetings to all those in the family of Narcissus who belong to the Lord 12 and to Tryphaena and Tryphosa, women who work very hard for the Lord. Greetings to my dear friend Per- sis. She has also worked very hard for the Lord.

13 Greetings also to Rufus, one of the Lord’s chosen people, and to his mother, who has been a mother to me too.

14 Give my greetings to Asyncritus, Phlegon, Hermes, Patrobas, Hermas and all the believers who are with them.

15 Give greetings to Philologus and Julia,

to Nereus and his sister, to Olympas and to all of God’s people with them.

16 Give each other the special greeting of God’s people.

All the churches of Christ send their greetings to you.

17 Brothers and sisters, I want you to be very careful of those who cause arguments and hurt people’s faith by teaching things that are against what you learned. Stay away from them. 18 People like that are not serving Christ our Lord. They are only pleasing themselves. They use fancy talk and say nice things to fool those who don’t know about evil. 19 Everyone has heard about your obedience to the Lord, and I am very happy about that. But I want you to be wise about what is good and to know nothing about what is evil.

20 The God who brings peace will soon defeat Satan and give you power over him.

The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

21 Timothy, a worker together with me, sends you his greetings. Also Lucius, Jason and Sosipater (these are my relatives) send their greetings.

22 I am Tertius, the one writing this letter for Paul. I send you my own greetings as one who belongs to the Lord.

23 Gaius is letting me and the whole church here use his home. He sends his greetings to you. Erastus and our brother Quartus also send their greetings. Erastus is the city treasurer here. 24 

25 Praise God! He is the one who can make you strong in faith. He can use the Good News that I teach to make you strong. It is the message about Jesus Christ that I tell people. That message is the secret truth that was hidden for ages and ages but has been made known. 26 And that truth has now been shown to us. It was made known by what the prophets wrote in the Scriptures, as the eternal God commanded. And it has now been made known to all people to lead them to trust and obey him. 27 Glory forever to the only wise God through Jesus Christ. Amen.

Psalm 90:11-17

11 No one really knows the full power of your anger,

but our fear and respect for you is as great as your anger.

12 Teach us how short our lives are

so that we can become wise.

13 LORD, come back to us. Be kind to your servants.

14 Fill us with your love every morning.

Let us be happy and enjoy our lives.

15 For years you have made life hard for us

and have given us many troubles. Now make us happy for just as long.

16 Let your servants see the wonderful

things you can do for them,

and let their children see your glory.

17 Lord, our God, be kind to us.