The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
1Again David gathered all the choice men of Israel, thirty thousand.
2And David arose and went with all the people who were with him from 6:2 Baalah, Kirjath Jearim, Josh. 15:9; 1 Chr. 13:6Baale Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, whose name is called 6:2 LXX, Tg., Vg. omit by the Name; many Heb. mss., Syr. thereby the Name, the Lord of Hosts, who dwells between the cherubim.
3So they set the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill; and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drove the new 6:3 LXX adds with the arkcart.
4And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, accompanying the ark of God; and Ahio went before the ark.
5Then David and all the house of Israel 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.
6And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and 6:6 held ittook hold of it, for the oxen stumbled.
7Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his 6:7 Or irreverenceerror; and he died there by the ark of God.
8And David became angry because of the Lord’s outbreak against Uzzah; and he called the name of the place 6:8 Lit. Outburst Against UzzahPerez Uzzah to this day.
9David was afraid of the Lord that day; and he said, “How can the ark of the Lord come to me?”
10So David would not move the ark of the Lord with him into the City of David; but David took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.
11The ark of the Lord remained in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite three months. And the Lord blessed Obed-Edom and all his household.
12Now 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.” So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-Edom to the City of David with gladness.
13And so it was, when those bearing the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, that he sacrificed oxen and fatted sheep.
14Then David danced6:14 whirled about before the Lord with all his might; and David was wearing a linen ephod.
15So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting and with the sound of the trumpet.
16Now 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 whirling before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
17So they brought the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it. Then David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the Lord.
18And when David had finished offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts.
19Then he distributed among all the people, among the whole multitude of Israel, both the women and the men, to everyone a loaf of bread, a piece of meat, and a cake of raisins. So all the people departed, everyone to his house.
20Then 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 today, uncovering himself today in the eyes of the maids of his servants, as one of the base fellows 6:20 openlyshamelessly uncovers himself!”
21So David said to Michal, “It was before the Lord, who chose me instead of your father and all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the Lord, over Israel. Therefore I will play music before the Lord.
22And I will be even more undignified than this, and will be humble in my own sight. But as for the maidservants of whom you have spoken, by them I will be held in honor.”
23Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no children to the day of her death.