13:3 And let us bring again the a ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.
(a) His first concern was to restore religion, which had in Sauls day been corrupted and neglected. 13:5 So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from b Kirjathjearim.
(b) That is, from Gibea, where the inhabitants of Kirjathjearim had placed it in the house of Abinadab, ( 2 Samuel 6:3 ). 13:7 And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio c drave the cart.
(c) The sons of Abinadab. 13:8 And David and all Israel played before d God with all [their] might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
(d) That is, before the Ark, where God showed himself: so that the sign is taken for the thing signified, which is common to all sacraments both in the old and new testaments. 13:9 And when they came unto the threshingfloor of e Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.
(e) Called also Nachon, ( 2 Samuel 6:6 ). 13:10 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died f before God.
(f) Before the Ark for usurping that which did not belong to his calling: for this charge was given to the priests, ( Numbers 4:15 ), so that here all good intentions are condemned, unless they are commanded by the word of God. 13:13 So David brought not the ark [home] to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of g Obededom the Gittite.
(g) Who was a Levite, and called Gittite, because he dwelt at Gath.