Bringing Back the Ark
1David talked with all the officers of his army, the commanders of a hundred men and the commanders of a thousand men. 2Then David called the people of Israel together and said, “If you think it is a good idea, and if it is what the Lord our God wants, let’s send a message. Let’s tell our fellow Israelites in all the areas of Israel and the priests and Levites living with them in their towns and pastures to come and join us. 3Let’s bring the Ark of our God back to us. We did not use it to ask God for help while Saul was king.” 4All the people agreed with David, because they all thought it was the right thing to do.
5So David gathered all the Israelites, from the Shihor River in Egypt to Lebo Hamath, to bring the Ark of God back from the town of Kiriath Jearim. 6David and all the Israelites with him went to Baalah of Judah, which is Kiriath Jearim, to get the Ark of God the Lord. God’s throne is between the golden, winged creatures on the Ark, and the Ark is called by his name.
7The people carried the Ark of God from Abinadab’s house on a new cart, and Uzzah and Ahio guided it. 8David and all the Israelites were celebrating in the presence of God. With all their strength they were singing and playing lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.
9When David’s men came to the threshing floor of Kidon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the Ark. 10The Lord was angry with Uzzah and killed him, because he had touched the Ark. So Uzzah died there in the presence of God.
11David was angry because the Lord had punished Uzzah in his anger. Now that place is called The Punishment of Uzzah.
12David was afraid of God that day and asked, “How can I bring the Ark of God home to me?” 13So David did not take the Ark with him to Jerusalem. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom who was from Gath. 14The Ark of God stayed with Obed-Edom’s family in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-Edom’s family and everything he owned.
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