1 Chronicles 13

1 Chronicles 13:1  
David consulted with the captains of thousands and of hundreds, even with every leader.

1 Chronicles 13:2  
David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is of Yahweh our God, let’s send word everywhere to our brothers who are left in all the land of Israel, with whom the priests and Levites are in their cities that have pasture lands, that they may gather themselves to us.

1 Chronicles 13:3  
Also, let’s bring the ark of our God back to us again, for we didn’t seek it in the days of Saul.”

1 Chronicles 13:4  
All the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

1 Chronicles 13:5  
So David assembled all Israel together, from the Shihor River of Egypt even to the entrance of Hamath, to bring God’s ark from Kiriath Jearim.

1 Chronicles 13:6  
David went up with all Israel to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath Jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from there God Yahweh’s ark that sits above the cherubim, that is called by the Name.

1 Chronicles 13:7  
They carried God’s ark on a new cart, and brought it out of Abinadab’s house; and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.

1 Chronicles 13:8  
David and all Israel played before God with all their might, even with songs, with harps, with stringed instruments, with tambourines, with cymbals, and with trumpets.

1 Chronicles 13:9  
When they came to Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled.

1 Chronicles 13:10  
Yahweh’s anger burned against Uzza, and he struck him because he put his hand on the ark; and he died there before God.

1 Chronicles 13:11  
David was displeased, because Yahweh had broken out against Uzza. He called that place Perez Uzza, to this day.

1 Chronicles 13:12  
David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring God’s ark home to me?”

1 Chronicles 13:13  
So David didn’t move the ark with him into David’s city, but carried it aside into Obed-Edom the Gittite’s house.

1 Chronicles 13:14  
God’s ark remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months; and Yahweh blessed Obed-Edom’s house and all that he had.

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