And (A)David arose and went with all the people who were with him from [a]Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called [b]by the Name, the Lord of Hosts, (B)who dwells between the cherubim. So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on (C)the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new [c]cart. And they brought it out of (D)the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark. Then David and all the house of Israel (E)played music before the Lord on all kinds of instruments of fir wood, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on sistrums, and on cymbals.

And when they came to (F)Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his (G)hand to the ark of God and [d]took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his [e]error; and he died there by the ark of God. And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place [f]Perez Uzzah to this day.

(H)David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?” 10 So David would not move the ark of the Lord with him into the (I)City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the (J)Gittite. 11 (K)The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the Lord (L)blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.

12 Now it was told King David, saying, “The Lord has blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” (M)So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness. 13 And so it was, when (N)those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed (O)oxen and fatted sheep. 14 Then David (P)danced[g] before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing (Q)a linen ephod. 15 (R)So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.

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Footnotes

  1. 2 Samuel 6:2 Baalah, Kirjath Jearim, Josh. 15:9; 1 Chr. 13:6
  2. 2 Samuel 6:2 LXX, Tg., Vg. omit by the Name; many Heb. mss., Syr. there
  3. 2 Samuel 6:3 LXX adds with the ark
  4. 2 Samuel 6:6 held it
  5. 2 Samuel 6:7 Or irreverence
  6. 2 Samuel 6:8 Lit. Outburst Against Uzzah
  7. 2 Samuel 6:14 whirled about