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1 Chronicles 6:31-48 -

In the early verses of this section we may notice, if not the first beginning, yet some of the earliest crystallization of the forms of religious services. It was given to David to settle the ark after its travels through the wilderness, its sojourn in various places since then, doubtless always within the care of some Levitical family (except when taken by enemies, 1 Samuel 4:11 ; 1 Samuel 5:1-12 ; 1 Samuel 6:1-21 .), and in especial its prolonged twenty years' sojourn .at Kirjath-jearim ( 1 Samuel 7:1 , 1 Samuel 7:2 ; 2 Samuel 6:1-19 ; 1 Chronicles 13:3-14 ; 1 Chronicles 15:1-3 ; 1 Chronicles 17:5 ). It now had rest, though its place of rest was only within "curtains" ( 2 Samuel 7:2 ; 1 Chronicles 17:1 ), i.e. in a special separate tent prepared for it by David, which tent was probably the suggestion, and as it were the nucleus, of the coming grand temple itself—the house of God. The event was naturally one of great joy and thanksgiving, of which David himself was the chief leader ( 2 Samuel 6:17-21 ; 1 Chronicles 16:1-3 ); but it appears also that it furnished the occasion of appointing fixed choir conductors, leaders of the service of song" ( 1 Chronicles 16:4-7 , 1 Chronicles 16:37 , 1 Chronicles 16:41 , 1 Chronicles 16:42 ; 1 Chronicles 25:1-7 ).

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