1 Chronicles 13 (New American Standard)

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Peril in Transporting the Ark

1 Then David consulted with the captains of the thousands and the hundreds, even with every leader. 2 David said to all the assembly of Israel, "If it seems good to you, and if it is from the LORD our God, let us send everywhere to our kinsmen who remain in all the land of Israel, also to the priests and Levites who are with them in their cities with pasture lands, that they may meet with us; 3 and let us bring back the ark of our God to us, 1for we did not seek it in the days of Saul." 4 Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people. 5 2So David assembled all Israel together, from the Shihor of Egypt even to the entrance of Hamath, 3to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. 6 4David and all Israel went up to 5Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim, which belongs to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, the LORD 6who is enthroned above the cherubim, where His name is called. 7 They acarried the ark of God on a new cart from 7the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart. 8 David and all Israel were celebrating before God with all their might, 8even with songs and with lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals and with trumpets. 9 When they came to 9the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, because the oxen nearly upset it. 10 The anger of the LORD burned against Uzza, so He struck him down 10because he put out his hand to the ark ; 11and he died there before God. 11 Then David became angry because bof the LORD'S outburst against Uzza ; and he called that place cPerez-uzza to this day. 12 David was afraid of God that day, saying, "How can I bring the ark of God home to me?" 13 So David did not take the ark with him to the city of David, but took it aside 12to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 14 Thus the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months ; and 13the LORD blessed the family of Obed-edom with all that he had.
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