16[1-3] They brought in the Chest of God, and set it in the midst of the tent that David had pitched for it; and they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God. When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh. He gave to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins.
[4-36] He set certain of the Levites to minister before the Chest of Yahweh, and to celebrate and to thank and praise Yahweh, the God of Israel; Asaph the leader, and second to him Zechariah, Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, Obed-Edom, and Jeiel with lyres and with harps; and Asaph with cymbals, sounding aloud; and Benaiah and Jahaziel the preachers with horns continually, before the Chest of the promised agreement of God. Then on that day David first ordained to give thanks to Yahweh, by the hand of Asaph and his family.
Oh give thanks to Yahweh. Call on God’s name. Make the acts of God known among the peoples.
Sing to God. Sing praises to God. Tell of all God’s wonderful works.
Glory in God’s holy name. Let the heart of those who look for Yahweh be happy.
Turn to Yahweh, who is your strength. Turn to God forevermore.
Remember the wonderful works God has done, God’s wonders, and God’s Word,
you people of Israel, God’s workers, you people of Jacob, God’s chosen ones.
Yahweh is our God, whose judgments are in all the earth.
Remember God’s promised agreement forever, God’s Word is for a thousand generations,
the promised agreement which God made with Abraham, and promised to Isaac.
God confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting promised agreement, saying,
I’ll you give the land of Canaan, the land of your inheritance,
when you were but a few in number, yes, very few, and foreigners were in it.
They went about from nation to nation, from one country to another people.
God wouldn’t let anyone do them wrong. Yes, God reproved rulers for their sakes, saying,
Don’t touch my anointed ones! Don’t hurt my preachers.
Sing to Yahweh, all the earth! Display God’s saving grace from day to day.
Tell of God’s glory among the nations, and God’s wonderful works among all the peoples.
For great is Yahweh, and greatly to be praised, who also is to be feared above all gods.
For all the gods of the peoples are false gods, but Yahweh made the heavens.
God is honorable and awesome. Where God is, there is strength and happiness.
Give credit to Yahweh, you peoples, credit to Yahweh glory and strength!
Credit to Yahweh the glory due to God’s name. Bring an offering, and come to God. Worship Yahweh in holy display.
Tremble before God, all the earth. The world also is set uped that it can’t be moved.
Let the heavens be glad, and let the earth be happy! Let them say among the nations, Yahweh rules.
Let the sea roar, and its fullness! Let the field triumph, and whatever’s in it!
Then the trees of the forest will sing for great happiness before Yahweh, who comes to judge the earth.
Oh give thanks to Yahweh, for God is good, whose loving kindness lasts forever.
Say, Save us, God of our saving grace! Gather us together and bring us back from the nations,
to give thanks to Your holy name, to triumph in Your praise.
Blessed be Yahweh, the God of Israel, from everlasting even to everlasting.
All the people said, Amen, and praised Yahweh.
[37-43] So he left there, before the Chest of the promised agreement of Yahweh, Asaph and his family, to minister before the Chest continually, as every day’s work required; and Obed-Edom with 68 family members; Obed-Edom also of Jeduthun and Hosah to be doorkeepers; and Zadok the preacher, and his family the preachers, before the tent of Yahweh in the high place that was at Gibeon, to offer burnt offerings to Yahweh on the altar of burnt offering continually morning and evening, even according to what’s written in the law of Yahweh which God told to Israel; and with them Heman and Jeduthun, and the rest who were chosen who were mentioned by name, to give thanks to Yahweh, because God’s loving kindness lasts forever; and with them Heman and Jeduthun with horns and cymbals for those that should sound aloud, and with instruments for the songs of God; and the descendants of Jeduthun to be at the gate. All the people went home; and David returned to bless his house.
17[1-15] When David moved in his house, he said to Nathan the preacher, “See, I live in a house of cedar, but the Chest of the promised agreement of Yahweh is under tent curtains. Nathan said to David, “Do what’s in your heart because God is with you.” The same night, the word of God came to Nathan, saying, “Go and tell David My worker, ‘Yahweh says, ‘You won’t build Me a house to live in because I haven’t lived in a house since the day that I brought up Israel, to today, but have gone from one tent to another. In all the places in which I’ve walked with all Israel, have I said a word to any of the judges of Israel whom I told to be shepherd of My people, saying, Why haven’t you built Me a house of cedar?’ So now this will you tell my worker David, ‘Yahweh, the God of All Creation says, I took you from the sheep pen, from following the sheep, so that you would be head over My people Israel; and I’ve been with you wherever you’ve gone, and have stopped all your enemies from before you; and I’ll make you a name, like the name of the great ones who are dead in the earth. I’ll appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may live in their own place, and be moved no more; neither will the evil people hurt them any more, as at the first, and as from the day that I told the judges to be over My people Israel; and I’ll defeat all your enemies. Besides I tell you that Yahweh will build you a house. When your days are done that you must go to be with your ancestors, I’ll put your child after you, who will be one of your sons; and I’ll set up his rule. He’ll build Me a house, and I’ll set up his throne forever. I’ll be like a parent to him, and he’ll be my child; and I won’t take my loving kindness away from him, as I took it from Saul that was before you; but I’ll settle him in My house and in My land forever; and his throne will be set up forever.’” So Nathan told David all these words, according to this vision.
[16 -27] Then David the ruler went in, and sat before Yahweh and said, “Who am I, Yahweh God, and what’s my house, that You’ve brought me this far? This was a small thing in Your eyes, God; but You’ve told me of Your worker’s house for a great while to come, and have thought of me like someone of high degree, Yahweh God. What can David say more to You about the honor which is done to Your worker? for You know Your worker. Yahweh, for Your worker’s sake, and according to Your own heart, have You done this great thing, to make known all these great things. Yahweh, there is none like You, nor is there any God besides You, according to what we’ve heard with our ears. What nation in the earth is like Your people Israel, whom You, God, went to save for Yourself for a people, to make You a name by great and awesome things, in driving out the nations from before Your people, whom You brought out of Egypt? For Your people Israel You made Your own people forever; and You, Yahweh, became their God. Now, Yahweh, let the word that You’ve said about Your worker, and about my house, being set up forever, and do as You’ve said. Let Your Name be lifted up and made well known forever, saying, Yahweh, the God of All Creation is the God of Israel, even a God to Israel; and the house of David Your worker is set up before You. For You, my God, have revealed to Your worker that You’ll build me a house; so has Your worker found in my heart to pray before You. Now, Yahweh, You’re God, and have promised this good thing to Your worker, and now it has pleased You to bless the house of Your worker, that it may continue forever before You because You, Yahweh, have blessed, and it’s blessed forever.
18[1-4] After this, David fought the Philistines, and defeated them, and took Gath with its towns out of the hand of the Philistines. He fought Moab; and the Moabites became workers for David, and brought tax money to him. David fought Hadadezer, ruler of Zobah Hamath, as he went to set up his rule by the river Euphrates. David took from him 1,000 war vehicles, 7,000 riders, and 20,000 foot soldiers; and David hamstrung all the war vehicle horses, but kept enough for 100 of them.
[5-8] When the Syrians of Damascus came to help Hadadezer ruler of Zobah, David defeated 22,000 Syrians. Then David put fortresss in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became workers for David, and brought him tax money. Yahweh gave victory to David wherever he went. David took the shields of gold that were on the workers of Hadadezer, and brought them to Jerusalem. From Tibhath and from Cun, cities of Hadadezer, David took a whole lot of brass, with which Solomon made the bronze sea, and the pillars, and the pots of brass.
[9-13] When Tou ruler of Hamath heard that David had defeated all the troops of Hadadezer ruler of Zobah, he sent his son Hadoram to ruler David, to greet him, and to bless him, because he had fought against Hadadezer and defeated him; (for Hadadezer had many wars with Tou; ) and he had with him all kinds of things of gold, silver, and brass. These also ruler David dedicated to Yahweh with the silver and the gold that he carried away from all the nations; from Edom, Moab, the people of Ammon, the Philistines, and Amalek. Besides Abishai of Zeruiah defeated 18,000 Edomites in the Valley of Salt. He put fortresses in Edom; and all the Edomites became workers to David. Yahweh gave victory to David wherever he went.
[14-17] So David ruled over all Israel; and he gave justice and equality to all his people. Joab of Zeruiah was over the troops; and Jehoshaphat of Ahilud was recorder; and Zadok of Ahitub, and Abimelech of Abiathar were preachers; and Shavsha was secretary; and Benaiah of Jehoiada was over the Cherethites and the Pelethites; and the sons of David were leaders for him.
19[1-5] After this, Nahash the ruler of the people of Ammon died, and his son ruled in his place. David said, I’ll show kindness to Hanun of Nahash, because his father showed kindness to me. So David sent messengers to comfort him about his father. David’s workers came into the land of the people of Ammon to Hanun, to comfort him. But the leaders of the people of Ammon said to Hanun, ‘Do you think that David honors your father, in that he has sent comforters to you? Aren’t his workers come to you to search, to overthrow, and to spy out the land?” So Hanun took David’s workers, shaved them, tore their clothes half off exposing their buttocks, and sent them away. Then certain people went and told David how the men were treated. He went to meet them because the men were greatly ashamed. David said, “Stay at Jericho until your beards be grown, and then return.”
[6 -9] When the people of Ammon saw that they had made themselves hateful to David, Hanun and the people of Ammon sent 7,500 pounds of silver to hire them war vehicles and riders out of Mesopotamia, out of Arammaacah, and out of Zobah. So they hired 32,000 war vehicles, and the ruler of Maacah and his people who came and encamped before Medeba. The people of Ammon gathered themselves together from their cities, and came to battle. When David heard it, he sent Joab, and all the troops of soldiers. The people of Ammon came out, and got ready for battle at the gate of the city; and the rulers who had come were by themselves in the field.
[10-15] Now when Joab saw that the battle was set against him before and behind, he chose the best men of Israel, and put them in battle against the Syrians. The rest of the people he put into the hand of Abishai his brother; and they put themselves in battle against the people of Ammon. He said, If the Syrians are too strong for me, then you’ll help me; but if the people of Ammon are too strong for you, then I’ll help you. Be brave, and let us fight strong for our people, and for the cities of our God; and may Yahweh do what’s best. So Joab and the people who were with him came to battle the Syrians; and they ran before him. When the people of Ammon saw that the Syrians had run, they likewise ran before Abishai his brother, and went into the city. Then Joab came to Jerusalem.
[16-19] When the Syrians saw that they were defeated by Israel, they sent messengers, and drew out the Syrians who were across the river with Shophach, the captain of the troops of Hadadezer, at their head. It was told David; and he gathered all Israel together, crossed over the Jordan, and came on them, and went to battle against them. So when David had gone to battle against the Syrians, they fought with him. The Syrians ran before Israel; and David killed of the Syrians the soldiers of 7,000 war vehicles, and 41,000 foot soldiers, and killed Shophach the captain of the troops. When the workers of Hadadezer saw that they were defeated by Israel, they made peace with David, and served him; and the Syrians wouldn’t help the people of Ammon any more.
20[1-3] At the beginning of the year, at the time when rulers go out to battle, Joab led out the troops, and destroyed the country of the people of Ammon, and came and besieged Rabbah. But David stayed at Jerusalem. Joab fought Rabbah, and overthrew it. David took the crown of their ruler from off his head, and found it to weigh 75 lbs of gold, and there were precious stones in it; and it was set on David’s head; and he brought a lot of stuff out of the city. He brought out the people who were in it, and made them work with saws, harrows of iron, and axes. David did this to all the cities of the people of Ammon. David and all the people returned to Jerusalem.
[4-8] After this, a war started at Gezer with the Philistines; then Sibbecai, the Hushathite, killed Sippai, of the descendants of the giant; and they were defeated. There was again war with the Philistines; and Elhanan of Jair killed Lahmi, the brother of Goliath, the Gittite, the staff of whose spear was as long as a weaver’s beam. There was again war at Gath where there was another giant, who was very tall and had 24 fingers and toes, six on each hand and foot, and who was born to the giant. When he defied Israel, Jonathan of Shimea, David’s brother killed him. These were born to the giant in Gath; and they fell by the hand of David, and by the hand of his soldiers.