David Brings the Ark of Yahweh to Jerusalem
1David again gathered all the chosen men in Israel, thirty thousand. 2David got up and went and all the people who were with him, from Baale-judah to bring up from there the ark of God which is called the name, the name of Yahweh of hosts, upon which the cherubim sit.#Literally “the cherubim are sitting on him” 3They loaded the ark of God on a new utility cart, and they carried it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Now Uzza and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new utility cart along. 4So they brought it out from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill with the ark of God, and Ahio was going before the ark. 5Now David and all the house of Israel were dancing before Yahweh, with all kinds of musical instruments made from ash trees, and with zithers, harps, tambourines, sistrums, and cymbals. 6When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzza reached out to the ark of God and took hold of it, because the oxen had stumbled. 7Then the anger of Yahweh was kindled#Literally “Then the nose of Yahweh became hot” against Uzza, and God struck him down there because of the indiscretion,#Legal regulations offered by Moses did not permit an Israelite to handle the ark of the covenant in this manner (compare Exod 25:12–16) and he died there beside the ark of God. 8David was angry#Literally “It was hot for David” because Yahweh had burst out against Uzza, and he called that place Perez-Uzza until this day. 9But David feared Yahweh on that day and said, “How can the ark of Yahweh come to me?” 10However, David was not willing to bring the ark of Yahweh to himself, to the city of David, so David caused it to turn to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 11So the ark of Yahweh remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and Yahweh blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.
12It was told to King David, “Yahweh has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and all that is his because of the ark of God.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the city of David with jubilation. 13It happened that when the carriers of the ark of Yahweh had marched six steps that he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14Now David was dancing with all his might before Yahweh, and David was wearing#Hebrew “girded with” a linen ephod. 15So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of Yahweh with shouts of joyful acclaim and with the sound of the trumpet. 16It happened that when the ark of Yahweh came into the city of David, Michal the daughter of Saul looked down through the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before Yahweh, and she despised him in her heart.
17They brought the ark of Yahweh and set it in its place in the middle of the tent which David had pitched for it. Then David offered up burnt offerings and fellowship offerings in the presence of Yahweh. 18When David had finished from the sacrificing of the burnt offerings and the fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of Yahweh of hosts. 19Then he distributed to all the people, to all the multitude of Israel, from man to woman, to each: one ring-shaped piece of bread, one cake of dates, and one cake of raisins; and all the people went each to his house.
20When David returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David. She said, “How the king of Israel honored himself today by uncovering himself#Literally “who has uncovered himself” before the eyes of the maids of his servants, as the total exposure of a worthless one.”#Literally “as the total uncovering of one of the worthless” 21So David said to Michal, “In the presence of Yahweh who chose me over#Literally “more than” your father and over#Literally “more than” his household, to appoint me as leader over the people of Yahweh, over Israel, I have celebrated before Yahweh. 22I will demean myself again more than this, and I will be abased in my eyes, but with the maids whom you mentioned, with them I will be honored.” 23So for Michal the daughter of Saul, she had no child until the day of her death.
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