BIBLE: I Chronicles Chapter 16 – Headline “The Coffin of the Oath” []

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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I Chronicles 16

The Ark Placed in the Tabernacle

I Chronicles 16:So they brought the ark (‘ārôn) of God (‘ĕlōhîm), and set it in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then they offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before God (‘ĕlōhîm).
  • The meaning of the word “ark” (‘ārôn) is coffin. Its root meaning is to pluck (grapes).
    • Inside the ark are the tablets of testimony, ie the ten commandments, the law. When Jesus died He was put in the tomb (coffin) and fulfilled the law. The new covenant was pronounced when Jesus and His disciples drank of the cup of red wine, which was plucked from the vines of red grapes.
    • The Hebrew word “dam” is used for both red blood and red wine, plucked from grapes. Matthew 26:27 Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. 28 For this is My “dam” (blood/wine) of the new covenant (oath), which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
I Chronicles 16:And when David had finished offering the burnt offerings and the peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).
I Chronicles 16:Then he distributed to everyone of Israel, both man and woman, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins.
I Chronicles 16:And he appointed some of the Levites to minister before the ark (‘ārôn) of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), to commemorate, to thank, and to praise the Lord God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm) of Israel:
I Chronicles 16:Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, then Jeiel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Mattithiah, Eliab, Benaiah, and Obed-Edom: Jeiel with stringed instruments and harps, but Asaph made music with cymbals;
I Chronicles 16:Benaiah and Jahaziel the priests regularly blew the trumpets before the ark of the covenant (an oath, testimony,vow) of God (‘ĕlōhîm).
AsaphThe Chief -made music with cymbals
JeielMade music with Stringed instruments and harps
BenaiahThe priest: blew the trumpets before the Ark of the Covenant of God
JahazielThe priest: blew the trumpets before the Ark of the Covenant of God

David’s Song of Thanksgiving

I Chronicles 16:On that day David first delivered this psalm into the hand of Asaph and his brethren, to thank the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ):
I Chronicles 16:Oh, give thanks to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ)!
Call upon His name;
Make known His deeds among the peoples!

I Chronicles 16:Sing to Him, sing psalms to Him;
Talk of all His wondrous works!

I Chronicles 16:10 Glory in His holy name;
Let the hearts of those rejoice who seek the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ)!

I Chronicles 16:11 Seek the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) and His strength;
Seek His face evermore!

I Chronicles 16:12 Remember His marvelous works which He has done,
His wonders, and the judgments of His mouth,

I Chronicles 16:13 O seed of Israel His servant,
You children of Jacob, His chosen ones!
  • Seed is always the seed of a male.
  • “Seed” is always of a man. However: in Genesis 4 the seed is of a woman-which makes her a virgin.
I Chronicles 16:14 He is the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) our God (‘ĕlōhîm);
His judgments are in all the earth.

I Chronicles 16:15 Remember His covenant forever,
The word which He commanded, for a thousand generations,

I Chronicles 16:16 The covenant which He made with Abraham,
And His oath to Isaac,

I Chronicles 16:17 And confirmed it to Jacob for a statute,
To Israel for an everlasting covenant,

I Chronicles 16:18 Saying, “To you I will give the land of Canaan
As the allotment of your inheritance,”

I Chronicles 16:19 When you were few in number,
Indeed very few, and strangers in it.
I Chronicles 16:20 When they went from one nation to another,
And from one kingdom to another people,

I Chronicles 16:21 He permitted no man to do them wrong;
Yes, He rebuked kings for their sakes,

I Chronicles 16:22 Saying, “Do not touch My anointed ones,
And do My prophets no harm.”
I Chronicles 16:23 Sing to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), all the earth;
Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.

I Chronicles 16:24 Declare His glory among the nations (gentiles),
His wonders among all peoples.
I Chronicles 16:25 For the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) is great and greatly to be praised;
He is also to be feared above all gods.

I Chronicles 16:26 For all the gods of the peoples are idols (worthless things),
But the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) made the heavens.

I Chronicles 16:27 Honor and majesty are before Him;
Strength and gladness are in His place.
I Chronicles 16:28 Give to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), O families of the peoples,
Give to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) glory and strength.

I Chronicles 16:29 Give to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) the glory due His name;
Bring an offering, and come before Him.
Oh, worship the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) in the beauty of holiness!

I Chronicles 16:30 Tremble before Him, all the earth.
The world also is firmly established,
It shall not be moved.
I Chronicles 16:31 Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad;
And let them say among the nations, “The Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) reigns.”

I Chronicles 16:32 Let the sea roar, and all its fullness;
Let the field rejoice, and all that is in it.

I Chronicles 16:33 Then the trees of the woods shall rejoice before the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ),
For He is coming to judge the earth.
I Chronicles 16:34 Oh, give thanks to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), for He is good!
For His mercy endures forever.

I Chronicles 16:35 And say, “Save us, O God (‘ĕlōhîm) of our salvation (yēšaʿ: pronounced yeh’-shah: The same word as the Hebrew name of Jesus: Yeh-shua);
Gather us together, and deliver us from the Gentiles,
To give thanks to Your holy name,
To triumph in Your praise.”
I Chronicles 16:36 Blessed be the Lord God (Yᵊhōvâ ‘ĕlōhîm) of Israel
From everlasting to everlasting!
And all the people said, “Amen!” and praised the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ).

Regular Worship Maintained

I Chronicles 16:37 So he left Asaph and his brothers there before the ark of the covenant of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) to minister before the ark regularly, as every day’s work required;
I Chronicles 16:38 and Obed-Edom with his sixty-eight brethren, including Obed-Edom the son of Jeduthun, and Hosah, to be gatekeepers;
I Chronicles 16:39 and Zadok the priest and his brethren the priests, before the tabernacle of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) at the high place (Place for pagan worship) that was at Gibeon,
I Chronicles 16:40 to offer burnt offerings to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) on the altar of burnt offering regularly morning and evening, and to do according to all that is written in the Law of the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ) which He commanded Israel;
I Chronicles 16:41 and with them Heman and Jeduthun and the rest who were chosen, who were designated by name, to give thanks to the Lord (Yᵊhōvâ), because His mercy endures forever;
 I Chronicles 16:42 and with them Heman and Jeduthun, to sound aloud with trumpets and cymbals and the musical instruments of God (‘ĕlōhîm). Now the sons of Jeduthun were gatekeepers.
I Chronicles 16:43 Then all the people departed, every man to his house; and David returned to bless his house.

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