- David conferred with each of his officers,
the commanders of thousands and commanders of hundreds.
- He then said to the whole assembly of Israel,
"If it seems good to you and if it is the will of the LORD our God, let
us send word far and wide to the rest of our brothers throughout the territories
of Israel, and also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their
towns and pasturelands, to come and join us.
- Let us bring the ark of our God back to
us, for we did not inquire of it during the reign of Saul."
- The whole assembly agreed to do this, because
it seemed right to all the people.
- So David assembled all the Israelites, from
the Shihor River in Egypt to Lebo Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath
- David and all the Israelites with him went
to Baalah of Judah (Kiriath Jearim) to bring up from there the ark of God
the LORD, who is enthroned between the cherubim--the ark that is called by
- They moved the ark of God from Abinadab's
house on a new cart, with Uzzah and Ahio guiding it.
- David and all the Israelites were celebrating
with all their might before God, with songs and with harps, lyres, tambourines,
cymbals and trumpets.
- When they came to the threshing floor of
Kidon, Uzzah reached out his hand to steady the ark, because the oxen stumbled.
- The LORD'S anger burned against Uzzah, and
he struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there
- Then David was angry because the LORD'S
wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez
- David was afraid of God that day and asked,
"How can I ever bring the ark of God to me ?"
- He did not take the ark to be with him in
the City of David. Instead, he took it aside to the house of Obed-Edom the
- The ark of God remained with the family
of Obed-Edom in his house for three months, and the LORD blessed his household
and everything he had.