1 Chronicles 15:15
New International Version
And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.

New Living Translation
Then the Levites carried the Ark of God on their shoulders with its carrying poles, just as the LORD had instructed Moses.

English Standard Version
And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.

Berean Study Bible
And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.

King James Bible
And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD.

New King James Version
And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders, by its poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.

New American Standard Bible
The sons of the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles on them, just as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.

NASB 1995
The sons of the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles thereon, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.

NASB 1977
And the sons of the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders, with the poles thereon as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.

Amplified Bible
The Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.

Christian Standard Bible
Then the Levites carried the ark of God the way Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD: on their shoulders with the poles.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Then the Levites carried the ark of God the way Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD: on their shoulders with the poles.

American Standard Version
And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of Jehovah.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And the Levites carried the Ark of LORD JEHOVAH, just as Moshe had commanded by the word of LORD JEHOVAH, and they carried it on their shoulders.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And the sons of the Levites took the ark of God, (as Moses commanded by the word of God according to the scripture) upon their shoulders with staves.

Contemporary English Version
on poles that rested on their shoulders, just as the LORD had told Moses to do.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And the sons of Levi took the ark of God as Moses had commanded, according to the word of the Lord, upon their shoulders, with the staves.

English Revised Version
And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God upon their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD.

Good News Translation
The Levites carried it on poles on their shoulders, as the LORD had commanded through Moses.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
The Levites carried God's ark on their shoulders. They used poles as Moses had commanded according to the LORD's instructions.

International Standard Version
The descendants of Levi carried the Ark of God the way Moses had commanded and in accordance with the command from the LORD—that is, with poles on their shoulders.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God upon their shoulders with the bars thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD.

Literal Standard Version
and sons of the Levites carry the Ark of God, as Moses commanded, according to the word of YHWH, above them with poles on their shoulder.

NET Bible
The descendants of Levi carried the ark of God on their shoulders with poles, just as Moses had ordered according to the divine command.

New Heart English Bible
The descendants of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD.

World English Bible
The children of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of Yahweh.

Young's Literal Translation
and sons of the Levites bear the ark of God, as Moses commanded, according to the word of Jehovah, on their shoulder, with staves, above them.

Additional Translations ...
Context
The Priests and Levites Carry the Ark
14So the priests and Levites consecrated themselves to bring up the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel. 15And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD. 16David also told the leaders of the Levites to appoint their relatives as singers to lift up their voices with joy, accompanied by musical instruments—harps, lyres, and cymbals.…

Cross References
Exodus 25:14
Insert the poles into the rings on the sides of the ark, in order to carry it.

Numbers 4:5
Whenever the camp sets out, Aaron and his sons are to go in, take down the veil of the curtain, and cover the ark of the Testimony with it.

2 Samuel 6:13
When those carrying the ark of the LORD had advanced six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened calf.

1 Chronicles 13:10
And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and He struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.


Treasury of Scripture

And the children of the Levites bore the ark of God on their shoulders with the staves thereon, as Moses commanded according to the word of the LORD.

bare the ark

Exodus 25:12,12-15
And thou shalt cast four rings of gold for it, and put them in the four corners thereof; and two rings shall be in the one side of it, and two rings in the other side of it…

Exodus 37:3-5
And he cast for it four rings of gold, to be set by the four corners of it; even two rings upon the one side of it, and two rings upon the other side of it…

Exodus 40:20
And he took and put the testimony into the ark, and set the staves on the ark, and put the mercy seat above upon the ark:









(15) And the children of the Levites bare the ark of God.--The priests and Levites, having purified themselves (1Chronicles 15:14), duly and rightly discharged their sacred office of bearing the Ark. This statement anticipates 1Chronicles 15:25, sqq. Such brief anticipative summaries of a series of events afterwards described in detail are very common in Hebrew narrative.

Upon their shoulders with the staves there-on.--Literally, with their shoulder, with the poles upon themselves.

As Moses commanded according to the word of the Lord.--Numbers 7:9; Numbers 4:15; Exodus 25:13-15.

Verse 15. - (So see Exodus 25:13-15; Numbers 4:15; Numbers 7:9.) It is plain that from the first stress was laid upon the rings and the staves through them by which the ark was to be carried, as also the "table of shittim wood" (Exodus 25:26-28) and the "altar" (Exodus 27:4-7) and the "altar of incense" (Exodus 30:4, 5). However, these rings and staves were not found in the permanent furniture of the temple, except only for the ark.

Parallel Commentaries ...


Hebrew
And the Levites
בְנֵֽי־ (ḇə·nê-)
Noun - masculine plural construct
Strong's 1121: A son

carried
וַיִּשְׂא֣וּ (way·yiś·’ū)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine plural
Strong's 5375: To lift, carry, take

the ark
אֲר֣וֹן (’ă·rō·wn)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's 727: A chest, ark

of God
הָֽאֱלֹהִ֔ים (hā·’ĕ·lō·hîm)
Article | Noun - masculine plural
Strong's 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

on their shoulders
בִּכְתֵפָ֥ם (biḵ·ṯê·p̄ām)
Preposition-b | Noun - feminine singular construct | third person masculine plural
Strong's 3802: The shoulder, side-piece, lateral projection of anything

with the poles,
בַּמֹּט֖וֹת (bam·mō·ṭō·wṯ)
Preposition-b, Article | Noun - feminine plural
Strong's 4133: A pole, an ox-bow, a yoke

as
כַּאֲשֶׁ֛ר (ka·’ă·šer)
Preposition-k | Pronoun - relative
Strong's 834: Who, which, what, that, when, where, how, because, in order that

Moses
מֹשֶׁ֖ה (mō·šeh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 4872: Moses -- a great Israelite leader, prophet and lawgiver

had commanded
צִוָּ֥ה (ṣiw·wāh)
Verb - Piel - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's 6680: To lay charge (upon), give charge (to), command, order

in accordance with the word
כִּדְבַ֣ר (kiḏ·ḇar)
Preposition-k | Noun - masculine singular construct
Strong's 1697: A word, a matter, thing, a cause

of the LORD.
יְהוָ֑ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel


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