David(A) and all Israel went to Baalah(B) (that is, Kiriath-jearim that belongs to Judah) to take from there the ark of God, which bears the name of the Lord who is enthroned between the cherubim.(C) At Abinadab’s house(D) they set the ark of God on a new cart. Uzzah and Ahio[a] were guiding the cart.

David and all Israel were dancing with all their might before God with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets.(E) When they came to Chidon’s threshing floor,(F) Uzzah reached out to hold the ark because the oxen had stumbled. 10 Then the Lord’s anger burned against Uzzah, and he struck him dead because he had reached out to the ark.(G) So he died there in the presence of God.(H)

11 David was angry because of the Lord’s outburst against Uzzah, so he named that place Outburst Against Uzzah,[b] as it is still named today. 12 David feared God that day and said, “How can I ever bring the ark of God to me?” 13 So David did not bring the ark of God home[c] to the city of David; instead, he diverted it to the house of Obed-edom of Gath.(I) 14 The ark of God remained with Obed-edom’s family in his house for three months, and the Lord blessed his family and all that he had.

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Footnotes

  1. 13:7 Or And his brothers
  2. 13:11 Or Perez-uzzah
  3. 13:13 Lit to himself

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