King David and the Ark of the Covenant (1 Chr 13:1-13:4)

“King David consulted with the commanders of the thousands and of the hundreds, with every leader. King David said to all the assembly of Israel. ‘If it seems good to you, and if it is the will of Yahweh our God, let us send abroad to our kindred who remain in all the land of Israel, including the priests and Levites in the cities that have pasture lands, that they may come together to us. Then let us bring again the ark of our God to us. We did not turn to it in the days of Saul.’ The whole assembly agreed to do so, for the thing pleased all the people.”

King David gathered all the commanders either at Hebron or Jerusalem. His intention was to bring the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. King David felt that it had been neglected under the time of King Saul. Even though this section relies on 2 Samuel, chapter 6, there is no mention of the capture of the ark by the Philistines as in I Samuel, chapter 6. Everyone agreed that this was a good idea. The separation of the priests and Levites is a reflection of the post-exilic times of the biblical author.

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