Peril in Moving the Ark

(A)Now David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to [a](B)Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the (C)Name, the very name of the Lord of hosts who (D)is [b]enthroned above the cherubim. They [c]placed the ark of God on (E)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. So (F)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. Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel (G)were celebrating before the Lord (H)with all kinds of instruments made of [d]fir wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals.

But when they came to the (I)threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah (J)reached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset it. And the anger of the Lord burned against Uzzah, and (K)God struck him down there for [e]his irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God. David became angry because [f]of the Lord’s outburst against Uzzah, and that place is called [g]Perez-uzzah to this day. So (L)David 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 (M)Obed-edom the Gittite. 11 Thus the ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the Lord (N)blessed 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.” (O)David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into (P)the city of David with gladness. 13 And so it was, that when the (Q)bearers of the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an (R)ox and a fatling. 14 And (S)David was dancing before the Lord with all his might, and David was [h](T)wearing 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 (U)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.

17 So they brought in the ark of the Lord and set it (V)in its place inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and (W)David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord. 18 When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offering, (X)he 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! (Y)He uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants’ maids as one of the (Z)foolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!” 21 So David said to Michal, “(AA)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. 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.

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  1. 2 Samuel 6:2 I.e. Kiriath-jearim
  2. 2 Samuel 6:2 Lit sitting
  3. 2 Samuel 6:3 Lit caused to ride
  4. 2 Samuel 6:5 Or cypress
  5. 2 Samuel 6:7 Lit the
  6. 2 Samuel 6:8 Lit the Lord broke through a breakthrough
  7. 2 Samuel 6:8 I.e. the breakthrough of Uzzah
  8. 2 Samuel 6:14 Lit girded with

20 and when they had brought them to the chief magistrates, they said, “These men are throwing our city into confusion, being Jews, 21 and (A)are proclaiming customs which it is not lawful for us to accept or to observe, being (B)Romans.”

Paul and Silas Imprisoned

22 The crowd rose up together against them, and the chief magistrates tore their [a]robes off them and proceeded to order [b]them to be (C)beaten with rods. 23 When they had struck them with many blows, they threw them into prison, commanding (D)the jailer to guard them securely; 24 [c]and he, having received such a command, threw them into the inner prison and fastened their feet in (E)the [d]stocks.

25 But about midnight (F)Paul and Silas were praying and (G)singing hymns of praise to God, and the prisoners were listening to them;

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  1. Acts 16:22 Or outer garments
  2. Acts 16:22 Lit to beat with rods
  3. Acts 16:24 Lit who
  4. Acts 16:24 Lit wood

For our (A)exhortation does not come from (B)error or (C)impurity or [a]by way of (D)deceit; (E)but just as we have been approved by God to be (F)entrusted with the gospel, so we speak, (G)not as pleasing men, but God who [b](H)examines our hearts. For we never came [c]with flattering speech, as you know, nor with (I)a pretext for greed—(J)God is witness— nor did we (K)seek glory from men, either from you or from others, even though as (L)apostles of Christ [d]we might have [e]asserted our authority.

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  1. 1 Thessalonians 2:3 Lit in deceit
  2. 1 Thessalonians 2:4 Or approves
  3. 1 Thessalonians 2:5 Lit in a word of flattery
  4. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Lit being able to
  5. 1 Thessalonians 2:6 Or be burdensome