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2 Samuel 6

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 1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, who were thirty thousand in number.

 2 David arose and went with all the people that were with him to Baale Judah, to bring from there the ark of God, which is named by the name of the LORD of hosts who sits on the throne between the two cherubim.

 3 They set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was on the hill; and the sons of Abinadab, Uzzah and Ahio, drove the new cart.

 4 They brought it out of the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill, and accompanied the ark of God; Ahio went ahead of the ark.

 5 Before the LORD David and all the house of Israel played on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, on psalteries, on timbrels, on cornets, and on cymbals.

 6 When they came to Nachon's threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it; for the oxen had unsteadied and leaned it.

 7 The anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah for touching the ark, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there next to the ark of God.

 8 David was displeased because the LORD's anger had broken on Uzzah; and he called the name of the place Perez-uzzah [the breaking forth on Uzzah] to this day.

 9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, "How can the ark of the LORD come to me?"

 10 So David would not bring the ark of the LORD to himself in the city of David; instead David transported it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

 11 And the ark of the LORD remained in the house of Obededom the Gittite for three months; and the LORD blessed Obededom and all his household.

 12 This was told to king David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of Obededom, and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God. So David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obededom into the city of David with gladness."

 13 And it was so, that when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

 14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was clothed with a linen ephod.1

 15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.

 16 And as the ark of the LORD came into the city of David, Michal Saul's daughter looked through a window, and saw king David leaping and dancing before the LORD; and she despised him in her heart.

 17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had erected for it; and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.

 18 And as soon as David had made an end of offering burnt offerings and peace offerings, he blessed the people in the name of the LORD of hosts.

 19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to everyone a cake of bread, and a good piece of meat, and a cake of rasians. So all the people departed, everyone to his own house.

 20 Then David returned to bless his household. And Michal the daughter of Saul came out to meet David, and said, "How glorious was the king of Israel today, who uncovered himself today in the eyes of the servant girls of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovers himself!"

 21 And David said to Michal, "It was before the LORD, who chose me instead your father and all in his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel; therefore I will celebrate before the LORD.

 22 I will could be even more improper than that, and could even be base in my own sight; and still the servant girls, of whom you have spoken, would hold me in honor."

 23 Therefore Michal, the daughter of Saul, had no children to the day of her death.


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1 David was clothed with a linen ephod. The ephod was a part of the sacerdotal habit among Jews, being a covering for the back and breast, held together on the shoulders by two clasps or brooches of onyx stones set in gold, and fastened by a girdle of the same stuff as the ephod. The ephod for the priests was of plain linen; that for the high priest was richly embroidered in colors. The breastplate of the high priest was worn upon the ephod in front.

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