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And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from Ba′ale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who sits enthroned on the cherubim. And they carried the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abin′adab which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahi′o,[a] the sons of Abin′adab, were driving the new cart[b] with the ark of God; and Ahi′o[c] went before the ark. And David and all the house of Israel were making merry before the Lord with all their might, with songs[d] and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.

And when they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there because he put forth his hand to the ark;[e] and he died there beside the ark of God. And David was angry because the Lord had broken forth upon Uzzah; and that place is called Pe′rez-uz′zah,[f] to this day. And David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 10 So David was not willing to take the ark of the Lord into the city of David; but David took it aside to the house of O′bed-e′dom the Gittite. 11 And the ark of the Lord remained in the house of O′bed-e′dom the Gittite three months; and the Lord blessed O′bed-e′dom and all his household.

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  1. 2 Samuel 6:3 Or and his brother
  2. 2 Samuel 6:3 Compare Gk: Heb the new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was on the hill
  3. 2 Samuel 6:4 Or and his brother
  4. 2 Samuel 6:5 Gk 1 Chron 13.8: Heb fir-trees
  5. 2 Samuel 6:7 1 Chron 13.10: Heb uncertain
  6. 2 Samuel 6:8 That is The breaking forth upon Uzzah