2 Samuel 6

Peril in Moving the Ark

1 a  Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to
I.e. Kiriath-jearim
,
c  Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the d  Name, the very name of the  Lord of hosts who e  is
Lit sitting
enthroned above the cherubim.
3They
Lit caused to ride
placed the ark of God on h  a 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.
4So i  they 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. 5Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel j  were celebrating before the  Lord k  with all kinds of instruments made of
Or cypress
fir wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals.

6But when they came to the m  threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah n  reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. 7And the anger of the  Lord burned against Uzzah, and o  God struck him down there for
Lit the
his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God.
8David became angry because
Lit the  Lord broke through a breakthrough
of the  Lord’s outburst against Uzzah, and that place is called
I.e. the breakthrough of Uzzah
Perez-uzzah to this day.
9So s  David was afraid of the  Lord that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the  Lord come to me?” 10And 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 t  Obed-edom the Gittite. 11Thus the ark of the  Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the  Lord u  blessed Obed-edom and all his household.

The Ark Is Brought to Jerusalem

12Now 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.” v  David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into w  the city of David with gladness. 13And so it was, that when the x  bearers of the ark of the  Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an y  ox and a fatling. 14And z  David was dancing before the  Lord with all his might, and David was
Lit girded with
,
ab  wearing a linen ephod.
15So David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark of the  Lord with shouting and the sound of the trumpet.

16Then it happened as the ark of the  Lord came into the city of David that ac  Michal 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.

17So they brought in the ark of the  Lord and set it ad  in its place inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and ae  David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the  Lord. 18When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offering af  he blessed the people in the name of the  Lord of hosts. 19Further, 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.

20But 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! ag  He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants’ maids as one of the ah  foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!” 21So David said to Michal ai  It 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. 22I 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.” 23Michal the daughter of Saul had no child to the day of her death.
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