The Bible in Its Traditions

1 Chronicles 13:1–14

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And David consulted with the captains of thousands and of hundreds, even with every leader.

1Chr13:2  And he said to the entire assembly of Israel: “If it pleases you, and if the words that I speak come from the Lord our God, let us send to the remainder of our brothers, in all the regions of Israel, and to the priests and Levites who live in the suburbs of the cities, so that they may gather to us.

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And David said unto all the assembly of Israel: 'If it seem good unto you, and if it be of YHWH our God, let us send abroad everywhere unto our brethren that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them to the priests and Levites that are in their cities that have open land about them, that they may gather themselves unto us;

1Chr13:3  And let us bring back the ark of our God to us. For we did not seek it during the days of Saul.”

And David said to all the assemblies of Israel, If it seems good to you, let us beseech the LORD our God to repair the breaches of our brethren who reside in all towns of Israel, and settle with them priests and Levites in their cities and suburbs;

and let us bring back the ark of our God to us; for we sought not unto it in the days of Saul.'

1Chr13:4  And the entire multitude responded that it should be done. For the word had pleased all the people.

So that they may gather themselves and come to us, and pray before the LORD our God and beseech him because of our sins; for we did not pray before him in the days of Saul.

And all the assembly said that they would do so; for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

1Chr13:5  Therefore, David gathered all of Israel, from Shihor of Egypt even to the entrance of Hamath, so as to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim.

And all the assemblies said that they would do so.

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So David assembled all Israel together, from Shihor the brook of Egypt even unto the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim.

1Chr13:6  And David ascended with all the men of Israel to the hill of Kiriath-jearim, which is in Judah, so that he might bring from there the ark of the Lord God, sitting upon the Cherubim, where his name is invoked.

And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-jearim, which belonged to Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, YHWH that sitteth upon the cherubim, whereon is called the Name.

1Chr13:7  And they placed the ark of God upon a new cart from the house of Abinadab. Then Uzzah and his brother drove the cart.

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And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab; and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.

1Chr13:8  Now David and all of Israel were playing before God, with all of their ability, in songs, and with harps, and psalteries, and timbrels, and cymbals, and trumpets.

And they placed the ark of the LORD in a new cart, and carried it out of the house of Abinadab; and Uzza and his brothers drove the cart.

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And David and all Israel played before God with all their might; even with songs, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

1Chr13:9  And when they had arrived at the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzzah reached out his hand, so that he might support the ark. For indeed, the ox being wanton had caused it to incline a little.

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And when they came unto the threshing-floor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.

And they came as far as the threshing-floor: and Oza put forth his hand to hold the ark, because the bullock moved it from its place.

1Chr13:10  And so the Lord became angry against Uzzah. And he struck him down because he had touched the ark. And he died there before the Lord.

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10  And the anger of YHWH was kindled against Uzza, and He smote him, because he put forth his hand to the ark; and there he died before God.

1Chr13:11  And David was greatly saddened because the Lord had divided Uzzah. And he called that place ‘the Division of Uzzah,’ even to the present day.

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11  And David was displeased, because YHWH had broken forth upon Uzza; and that place was called Perez-uzza unto this day.

11  And David was dispirited, because the Lord had made a breach on Oza: and he called that place the Breach of Oza until this day.

1Chr13:12  And then he feared God, at that time, saying: “How will I be able to bring in the ark of God to myself?”

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12  And David was afraid of God that day, saying: 'How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?'

1Chr13:13  And for this reason, he did not bring it to himself, that is, into the City of David. Instead, he turned aside to the house of Obededom, the Gittite.

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13  So David removed not the ark unto him into the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

13  So David brought not the ark home to himself into the city of David, but he turned it aside into the house of Abeddara the Gethite.

1Chr13:14  Therefore, the ark of God dwelt in the house of Obededom for three months. And the Lord blessed his house and all that he had.

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14  And the ark of God remained with the family of Obed-edom in his house three months; and YHWH blessed the house of Obed-edom, and all that he had.

1Chr14:1  Also, Hiram, the king of Tyre, sent messengers to David, and cedar wood, and artisans of walls and of wood, so that they might build a house for him.