1 Chronicles 13
God killed Uzza for protecting the ark
And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with
And David said unto all the congregation of Israel, If it seem good unto
you, and that it be of the LORD our God, let us send abroad unto our
brethren every where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them
also to the priests and Levites which are in their cities and suburbs, that
they may gather themselves unto us:
David said to his followers,
If it's okay to you and God, let's bring the ark back to Jerusalem.
And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it
in the days of Saul.
We need it to ask it what to do.
And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was
right in the eyes of all the people.
All of his followers said to him,
It seems like a good idea to us.
So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the
entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjathjearim.
So David gathered everyone in Israel to go get the ark.
And David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjathjearim,
which belonged to Judah, to bring up thence the ark of God the LORD, that
dwelleth between the cherubims, whose name is called on it.
Everyone in Israel went to get the ark, which was in Kirjathjearim. [1
And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of
Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.
They went to Abinadab's house [2
] to get the ark, and put it in a cart driven by Uzza and Ahio.
And David and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with
singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with
cymbals, and with trumpets.
David and everyone in Israel played in front of God with all their might, with singing, harps, timbrels,
cymbals, and trumpets.
And when they came unto
the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the
At the threshingfloor of Chidon [3
], the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah tried to stop it from falling by holding it.
And the anger of the
LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to
the ark: and there he died before God.
God was angry at Uzza for touching the ark
So God killed him. 
And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza:
wherefore that place is called Perezuzza to this day.
David was displeased with God for killing Uzza, so he named the place where God killed him Perezuzza.
And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of
God home to me?
David was afraid of God, saying,
How am I going to get the ark back home?
So David brought not the ark home to himself to the city of David, but
carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
So David decided not to bring the back to his own house, but to the house of Obededom.
And the ark of God remained with the family of Obededom in his house three
months. And the LORD blessed the house of Obededom, and all that he had.
So the ark stayed at Obededom's house for three months.
And God blessed him and all that he had.
- David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kirjathjearim. (v.6)
The Philistines had stolen the ark and left it in Kirjathjearim, after God killed
50,070 for looking at the ark.
Who went with David to recover the ark?
- They carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab. (v.7)
See 1 Samuel 7:1
How long was the ark of the covenant at Abinadab's house?
- The threshingfloor of Chidon (v.9)
Where did God kill Uzzah?
- The anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to
the ark. (v.10)
God, who has a tough time expressing his gratitude, kills Uzza for trying to keep the ark from falling.
DWB: God killed Uzzah
for trying to keep the ark from falling
- Don't touch the ark.
- The anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God. 13:10
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