David and the Ark
1David consulted with all his leaders, the commanders of hundreds and of thousands. 2Then he said to the whole assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if this is from the Lord our God, let us spread out and send the message to the rest of our relatives in all the districts of Israel, including the priests and Levites in their cities with pasturelands,#Nm 35:1-8 that they should gather together with us. 3Then let us bring back the ark of our God, for we did not inquire of him#13:3 Or did not seek it#1Sm 7:1-2; 1Ch 10:14; 15:13 in Saul’s days.” 4Since the proposal seemed right to all the people, the whole assembly agreed to do it.
5So David assembled all Israel,#2Sm 6:1; 1Ch 15:3 from the Shihor of Egypt to the entrance of Hamath,#13:5 Or to Lebo-hamath#1Kg 8:65 to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim.#1Sm 6:21; 7:1 6David#2Sm 6:2-11 and all Israel went to Baalah#Jos 15:9 (that is, Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah) to take from there the ark of God, which bears the name of the Lord who is enthroned between the cherubim.#2Kg 19:15 7At Abinadab’s house#1Sm 7:1 they set the ark of God on a new cart. Uzzah and Ahio#13:7 Or And his brothers were guiding the cart.
8David and all Israel were dancing with all their might before God with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.#1Ch 15:16 9When they came to Chidon’s threshing floor,#2Sm 6:6 Uzzah reached out to hold the ark because the oxen had stumbled. 10Then the Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him dead because he had reached out to the ark.#1Ch 15:13,15 So he died there in the presence of God.#Lv 10:2
11David was angry because of the Lord’s outburst against Uzzah, so he named that place Outburst Against Uzzah,#13:11 Or Perez-uzzah as it is still named today. 12David feared God that day and said, “How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?” 13So David did not bring the ark of God home#13:13 Litto himself to the city of David; instead, he diverted it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath.#1Ch 26:4-5; 2Ch 25:23-24 14The ark of God remained with Obed-edom’s family in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his family and all that he had.