2 Samuel 6:4

4 with the ark of God; and Ahio went in front of the ark.

2 Samuel 6:4 Meaning and Commentary

2 Samuel 6:4

And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which [was]
at Gibeah
That is, the new cart, which is the last thing spoken of, ( 2 Samuel 6:3 ) ; and the bringing of the ark out of his house is mentioned before; though some take this to be the coffer in which were the presents of the Philistines, which was now brought out along with the ark, see ( 1 Samuel 6:8 ) ;

accompanying the ark of God;
or "with the ark of God" F6; that is, they brought the new cart "from" the house of Abinadab on the hill, with the ark of God upon it:

and Ahio went before the ark;
guiding the oxen that drew it, and Uzzah might go behind, or on one side, to take care that the ark fell not out of it.


FOOTNOTES:

F6 (Myhlah Nwra Me) "cum arca Dei", Pagninus, Montanus, Tigurine version, Piscator.

2 Samuel 6:4 In-Context

2 David and all the people with him set out and went from Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned on the cherubim.
3 They carried the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were driving the new cart
4 with the ark of God; and Ahio went in front of the ark.
5 David and all the house of Israel were dancing before the Lord with all their might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets and cymbals.
6 When they came to the threshing floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen shook it.

Footnotes 2

  • [a]. Compare Gk: Heb [and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill with the ark of God]
  • [b]. Or [and his brother]