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2 Samuel 6 :: New International Version (NIV)

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The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

(1Ch 13:1–14; 15:25—16:3 )
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:1 - David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:2 - He and all his men went to Baalah[fn] in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name,[fn] the name of the LORD Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:3 - They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:4 - with the ark of God on it,[fn] and Ahio was walking in front of it.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:5 - David and all Israel were celebrating with all their might before the LORD, with castanets,[fn] harps, lyres, timbrels, sistrums and cymbals.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:6 - When they came to the threshing floor of Nakon, Uzzah reached out and took hold of the ark of God, because the oxen stumbled.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:7 - The LORD’s anger burned against Uzzah because of his irreverent act; therefore God struck him down, and he died there beside the ark of God.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:8 - Then David was angry because the LORD’s wrath had broken out against Uzzah, and to this day that place is called Perez Uzzah.[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:9 - David was afraid of the LORD that day and said, “How can the ark of the LORD ever come to me?”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:10 - He was not willing to take the ark of the LORD to be with him in the City of David. Instead, he took it to the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:11 - The ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite for three months, and the LORD blessed him and his entire household.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:12 - Now King David was told, “The LORD has blessed the household of Obed-Edom and everything he has, because of the ark of God.” So David went to bring up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with rejoicing.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:13 - When those who were carrying the ark of the LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:14 - Wearing a linen ephod, David was dancing before the LORD with all his might,
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:15 - while he and all Israel were bringing up the ark of the LORD with shouts and the sound of trumpets.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:16 - As the ark of the LORD was entering the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul watched from a window. And when she saw King David leaping and dancing before the LORD, she despised him in her heart.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:17 - They brought the ark of the LORD and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it, and David sacrificed burnt offerings and fellowship offerings before the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:18 - After he had finished sacrificing the burnt offerings and fellowship offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD Almighty.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:19 - Then he gave a loaf of bread, a cake of dates and a cake of raisins to each person in the whole crowd of Israelites, both men and women. And all the people went to their homes.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:20 - When David returned home to bless his household, Michal daughter of Saul came out to meet him and said, “How the king of Israel has distinguished himself today, going around half-naked in full view of the slave girls of his servants as any vulgar fellow would!”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:21 - David said to Michal, “It was before the LORD, who chose me rather than your father or anyone from his house when he appointed me ruler over the LORD’s people Israel—I will celebrate before the LORD.
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:22 - I will become even more undignified than this, and I will be humiliated in my own eyes. But by these slave girls you spoke of, I will be held in honor.”
Unchecked Copy Box2Sa 6:23 - And Michal daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.
NIV Footnotes
That is, Kiriath Jearim (see 1 Chron. 13:6)
Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate do not have the Name.
Dead Sea Scrolls and some Septuagint manuscripts; Masoretic Text cart 4 and they brought it with the ark of God from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill
Dead Sea Scrolls and some Septuagint manuscripts; Masoretic Text cart 4 and they brought it with the ark of God from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill
Masoretic Text; Dead Sea Scrolls and Septuagint (see also 1 Chron. 13:8) songs
Perez Uzzah means outbreak against Uzzah.

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