2 Samuel 6:1–15


David again assembled all the fit young men in Israel:r thirty thousand. He and all his troops set outs to bring the ark of God from Baale-judah.* The ark bears the Name, the name of the Lord of Armies who is enthroned between the cherubim.t They set the ark of God on a new cart and transported it from Abinadab’s house, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio,F sons of Abinadab, were guiding the cartu and brought it with the ark of God from Abinadab’s house on the hill. Ahio walked in front of the ark. David and the whole house of Israel were dancing before the Lord with all kinds of fir wood instruments,* lyres, harps, tambourines, sistrums,H and cymbals.v

When they came to Nacon’s threshing floor, Uzzah reached out to the ark of God and took hold of it because the oxen had stumbled. Then the Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah,w and God struck him dead on the spot for his irreverence,x and he died there next to the ark of God. David was angry because of the Lord’s outburst against Uzzah, so he named that place Outburst Against Uzzah,* as it is today. David feared the Lord that day and said, “How can the ark of the Lord ever come to me?” 10 So he was not willing to bring the ark of the Lord to the city of David;a instead, he diverted it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath. 11 The ark of the Lord remained in his house three months, and the Lord blessed Obed-edomb and his whole family.

12 It was reported to King David, “The Lord has blessed Obed-edom’s family and all that belongs to him because of the ark of God.” So David went and had the ark of God brought up from Obed-edom’s house to the city of David with rejoicing.c 13 When those carrying the ark of the Lord advanced six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened calf.d 14 David was dancingB with all his might before the Lord wearing a linen ephod.e 15 He and the whole house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the Lord with shouts and the sound of the trumpet.

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