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 2 Samuel 6
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Peril in Moving the Ark

1 Now R148 David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-judah, R149 F57 to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name, R150 the very name of the LORD of hosts who is R151 enthroned F58 above the cherubim. 3 They placed F59 the ark of God on a R152 new cart that they might bring it from the house of Abinadab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were leading the new cart. 4 So they R153 brought it with the ark of God from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Ahio was walking ahead of the ark. 5 Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel were R154 celebrating before the LORD with R155 all kinds of instruments made of fir F60 wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals.

6 But when they came to the threshing R156 floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached R157 out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. 7 And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and God R158 struck him down there for his F61 irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God. 8 David became angry because of F62 the LORD'S outburst against Uzzah, and that place is called Perez-uzzah F63 to this day. 9 So David R159 was afraid of the LORD that day; and he said, "How can the ark of the LORD come to me?" 10 And David was unwilling to move the ark of the LORD into the city of David with him; but David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom R160 the Gittite. 11 Thus the ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the LORD blessed R161 Obed-edom and all his household.

The Ark Is Brought to Jerusalem

12 Now it was told King David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark of God." David R162 went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the R163 city of David with gladness. 13 And so it was, that when the bearers R164 of the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox R165 and a fatling. 14 And David R166 was dancing before the LORD with all his might, and David was wearing R167 F64 a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouting and the sound of the trumpet.

16 Then it happened as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David that Michal R168 the daughter of Saul looked out of the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

17 So they brought in the ark of the LORD and set it in R169 its place inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and David R170 offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. 18 When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offering, he R171 blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts. 19 Further, he distributed to all the people, to all the multitude of Israel, both to men and women, a cake of bread and one of dates and one of raisins to each one. Then all the people departed each to his house.

20 But when David returned to bless his household, Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David and said, "How the king of Israel distinguished himself today! He R172 uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants' maids as one of the foolish R173 ones shamelessly uncovers himself!" 21 So David said to Michal, "It R174 was before the LORD, who chose me above your father and above all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel; therefore I will celebrate before the LORD. 22 "I will be more lightly esteemed than this and will be humble in my own eyes, but with the maids of whom you have spoken, with them I will be distinguished." 23 Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.

F57: I.e. Kiriath-jearim
F58: Lit sitting
F59: Lit caused to ride
F60: Or cypress
F61: Lit the
F62: Lit the L\ORD/ broke through a breakthrough
F63: I.e. the breakthrough of Uzzah
F64: Lit girded with

R148: 1 Chronicles 13:5-14
R149: Joshua 15:9,10; 1 Samuel 7:1
R150: Leviticus 24:16
R151: Exodus 25:22
R152: Numbers 7:4-9; 1 Samuel 6:7
R153: 1 Samuel 7:1; 1 Chronicles 13:7
R154: 1 Samuel 18:6,7
R155: 1 Chronicles 13:8
R156: 1 Chronicles 13:9
R157: Numbers 4:15,19,20
R158: 1 Samuel 6:19
R159: Psalms 119:120; Luke 5:8
R160: 1 Chronicles 26:4-8
R161: Genesis 30:27; 39:5
R162: 1 Chronicles 15:25-16:3
R163: 1 Kings 8:1
R164: Numbers 4:15; Joshua 3:3; 1 Chronicles 15:2,15
R165: 1 Kings 8:5
R166: Exodus 15:20,21; Judges 11:34
R167: Exodus 19:6; 1 Samuel 2:18,28
R168: 2 Samuel 3:14
R169: 1 Chronicles 15:1; 2 Chronicles 1:4
R170: 1 Kings 8:62-65
R171: 1 Kings 8:14,15
R172: 2 Samuel 6:14,16; Ecclesiastes 7:17
R173: Judges 9:4
R174: 1 Samuel 13:14; 15:28


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