Peril in Transporting the Ark
1 Then David consulted with the captains of the thousands and the hundreds, even with every leader. 2 David said to all the assembly of Israel, "If it seems good to you, and if it is from the LORD our God, let us send everywhere to our kinsmen who remain in all the land of Israel, also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their cities with pasture lands, that they may meet with us; 3 and let us bring back the ark of our God to us, for R173 we did not seek it in the days of Saul." 4 Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
5 So R174 David assembled all Israel together, from the Shihor of Egypt even to the entrance of Hamath, to R175 bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. 6 David R176 and all Israel went up to Baalah, R177 that is, to Kiriath-jearim, which belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, the LORD who R178 is enthroned above the cherubim, where His name is called. 7 They carried F176 the ark of God on a new cart from the R179 house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. 8 David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, even R180 with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals and with trumpets.
9 When they came to the R181 threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, because the oxen nearly upset it. 10 The anger of the LORD burned against Uzza, so He struck him down because R182 he put out his hand to the ark; and R183 he died there before God. 11 Then David became angry because of F177 the LORD'S outburst against Uzza; and he called that place Perez-uzza F178 to this day. 12 David was afraid of God that day, saying, "How can I bring the ark of God home to me?" 13 So David did not take the ark with him to the city of David, but took it aside to R184 the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 14 Thus the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months; and the R185 LORD blessed the family of Obed-edom with all that he had.
F176: Lit caused to ride
F177: Lit the L\ORD/ had broken through a breakthrough
F178: I.e. the breakthrough of Uzza
R173: 1 Samuel 7:1,2
R174: 2 Samuel 6:1; 1 Kings 8:65; 1 Chronicles 15:3
R175: 1 Samuel 6:21; 7:1
R176: 2 Samuel 6:2-11
R177: Joshua 15:9
R178: Exodus 25:22; 2 Kings 19:15
R179: 1 Samuel 7:1
R180: 1 Chronicles 15:16
R181: 2 Samuel 6:6
R182: 1 Chronicles 15:13,15
R183: Leviticus 10:2
R184: 1 Chronicles 15:25
R185: 1 Chronicles 26:4,5