NASB — 2 Samuel 6 — KJV

Peril in Moving the Ark

1 aNow David again gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to IaBaale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the bName, the very name of the LORD of hosts who cis IIenthroned [above] the cherubim. 3 They Iplaced the ark of God on aa 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. 4 So athey 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. 5 Meanwhile, David and all the house of Israel awere celebrating before the LORD bwith all kinds of [instruments made of] Ifir wood, and with lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets and cymbals.

[1] a1Ch 13:5-14
[2] II.e. Kiriath-jearim IILit sitting aJsh 15:9, 10; 1S 7:1 bLv 24:16 cEx 25:22
[3] ILit caused to ride aNu 7:4-9; 1S 6:7
[4] a1S 7:1; 1Ch 13:7
[5] IOr cypress a1S 18:6, 7 b1Ch 13:8

6 ¶ But when they came to the athreshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah breached out toward the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen nearly upset [it]. 7 And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and aGod struck him down there for Ihis irreverence; and he died there by the ark of God. 8 David became angry because Iof the LORDS outburst against Uzzah, and that place is called IIPerez-uzzah to this day. 9 So aDavid 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 aObed-edom the Gittite. 11 Thus the ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months, and the LORD ablessed Obed-edom and all his household.

[6] a1Ch 13:9 bNu 4:15, 19, 20
[7] ILit the a1S 6:19
[8] ILit the LORD broke through a breakthrough III.e. the breakthrough of Uzzah
[9] aPs 119:120; Lk 5:8
[10] a1Ch 26:4-8
[11] aGn 30:27; 39:5

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.” aDavid went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into bthe city of David with gladness. 13 And so it was, that when the abearers of the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an box and a fatling. 14 And aDavid was dancing before the LORD with all [his] might, and David was Ibwearing 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.

[12] a1Ch 15:25-16:3 b1K 8:1
[13] aNu 4:15; Jsh 3:3; 1Ch 15:2, 15 b1K 8:5
[14] ILit girded with aEx 15:20, 21; Jg 11:34 bEx 19:6; 1S 2:18, 28

16 ¶ Then it happened [as] the ark of the LORD came into the city of David that aMichal 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.

[16] a2S 3:14

17 ¶ So they brought in the ark of the LORD and set it ain its place inside the tent which David had pitched for it; and bDavid offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. 18 When David had finished offering the burnt offering and the peace offering, ahe 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.

[17] a1Ch 15:1; 2Ch 1:4 b1K 8:62-65
[18] a1K 8:14, 15

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! aHe uncovered himself today in the eyes of his servants’ maids as one of the bfoolish ones shamelessly uncovers himself!” 21 So David said to Michal, “a[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.

[20] a2S 6:14, 16; Ec 7:17 bJg 9:4
[21] a1S 13:14; 15:28


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David fetcheth the Ark from Kirjath-jearim on a new cart.

1 ¶ Again, David gathered together all [the] chosen [men] of Israel, thirty thousand. 2 And David arose, and went with all the people that [were] with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth [between] the cherubims. 3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that [was] in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart. 4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which [was] at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark. 5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of [instruments made of] fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.

[1] 2S 5:1; 1K 8:1; 1Ch 13:1; Ps 132:1.
[2] Ex 25:18; Lv 24:11; Jsh 15:9, 60; 1S 4:4; 7:1; 1K 8:6; 1Ch 13:5; Ps 80:1; Is 47:4; 54:5; 1P 1:12.
[3] Nu 4:5; 7:9; 1S 6:7.
[4] 1S 7:1; 1Ch 13:7.
[5] 1S 10:5; 16:16; 2K 3:15; 1Ch 13:8; 15:10; Ps 47:5; 68:25; 150:3; Dn 3:5, 7, 10, 15; Am 5:23; 6:5.

Uzzah is smitten at Perez-uzzah.

6 ¶ And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth [his hand] to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook [it]. 7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for [his] error; and there he died by the ark of God. 8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day. 9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me? 10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

[6] Nu 4:15, 19; 1Ch 13:9.
[7] Lv 10:1; 1S 6:19; 1Ch 13:10; 15:2, 13; 1Co 11:30.
[8] 1Ch 13:11; Jna 4:1, 9.
[9] Nu 17:12; 1S 5:10; 6:20; 1K 8:27; 1Ch 13:11; Jb 25:5; Ps 119:120; Is 6:5; Lk 5:8; 1P 3:6.
[10] 2S 4:3; 15:19; 18:2; 1Ch 13:13; 15:18; 16:5; 26:4.

God blesseth Obed-edom for the Ark.

11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.

[11] Gn 30:27; 39:5, 23; Pv 3:9; Mal 3:10.

David bringeth the Ark into Zion with sacrifices, danceth before it, for which Michal despiseth him.

12 ¶ And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that [pertaineth] unto him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness. 13 And it was [so], that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings. 14 And David danced before the LORD with all [his] might; and David [was] girded with a linen ephod. 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet. 16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

[12] 1Ch 15:1, 25; Ps 24:7; 68:24; 132:6; Mt 10:42.
[13] Nu 4:15; 7:9; Jsh 3:3; 1K 8:5; 1Ch 15:2, 15, 25; 2Ch 5:6.
[14] Ex 15:20; Dt 6:5; Jg 11:34; 21:21; 1S 2:18, 28; 22:18; 1Ch 15:27; Ps 30:11; 149:3; 150:4; Ec 9:10; Lk 15:25; Col 3:23.
[15] Nu 10:1; Jsh 6:4; 1Ch 15:16, 25, 28; Ezr 3:10; Ps 47:1, 5; 68:24; 132:18; 150:3.
[16] 2S 3:14; 1Ch 15:29; Ps 69:7; Is 53:3; Ac 2:13; 1Co 2:14.

He placeth it in a tabernacle with great joy and feasting.

17 ¶ And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD. 18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts. 19 And he dealt among all the people, [even] among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece [of flesh], and a flagon [of wine]. So all the people departed every one to his house.

[17] 1K 8:5, 62; 1Ch 15:1; 16:1; 2Ch 1:4; 5:6; 7:5; Ezr 6:16; Ps 132:8.
[18] Gn 14:19; Ex 39:43; Lv 9:22; 1K 8:55; 1Ch 16:2; 2Ch 6:3; 30:18, 27; Ac 3:26; He 7:1.
[19] 1K 8:66; 1Ch 16:3; 2Ch 7:10; 30:24; 35:7, 12; Ne 8:10; Ezk 45:17; Ac 20:35; Ep 4:8.

Michal reproving David for his religious joy is childless to her death.

20 ¶ Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, How glorious was the king of Israel to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! 21 And David said unto Michal, [It was] before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD. 22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour. 23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.

[20] Gn 18:19; Jsh 24:15; Jg 9:4; 1S 19:23; 2S 6:14, 16, 18; 1Ch 16:43; Ne 4:3; Jb 30:8; Ps 30:1; 69:7; 101:2; Is 53:2; Mk 3:21; Jn 13:6; 1Co 4:10; Php 2:7.
[21] 1S 13:14; 15:28; 16:1, 12; 2S 6:5, 14, 16; 1Ch 15:29; Ps 78:70; 89:19; Ac 13:22; 1Co 10:31.
[22] Gn 32:10; 1S 2:30; Jb 40:4; 42:6; Is 50:6; 51:7; Mt 5:11; Ac 5:41; 1Ti 1:15; He 12:2; 1P 4:14; 5:6.
[23] 1S 1:6; 15:35; Is 4:1; 22:14; Ho 9:11; Mt 1:25; Lk 1:25.


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