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6:1 Again, David gathered together all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
6:2 And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.
6:3 And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it out of the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah: and Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.
6:4 And they brought it out of the house of Abinadab which was at Gibeah, accompanying the ark of God: and Ahio went before the ark.
6:5 And David and all the house of Israel played before the LORD on all manner of instruments made of fir wood, even on harps, and on psalteries, and on timbrels, and on cornets, and on cymbals.
6:6 And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth his hand to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the oxen shook it.
6:7 And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God.
6:8 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to this day.
6:9 And David was afraid of the LORD that day, and said, How shall the ark of the LORD come to me? 6:10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
6:11 And the ark of the LORD continued in the house of Obededom the Gittite three months: and the LORD blessed Obededom, and all his household.
6:12 And it was told king David, saying, The LORD hath blessed the house of Obededom, and all that pertaineth unto 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.
6:13 And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.
6:14 And David danced before the LORD with all his might; and David was girded with a linen ephod.
6:15 So David and all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the LORD with shouting, and with the sound of the trumpet.
6:16 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.
6:17 And they brought in the ark of the LORD, and set it in his place, in the midst of the tabernacle that David had pitched for it: and David offered burnt offerings and peace offerings before the LORD.
6:18 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.
6:19 And he dealt among all the people, even among the whole multitude of Israel, as well to the women as men, to every one a cake of bread, and a good piece of flesh, and a flagon of wine. So all the people departed every one to his house.
6:20 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 to day, who uncovered himself to day in the eyes of the handmaids of his servants, as one of the vain fellows shamelessly uncovereth himself! 6:21 And David said unto Michal, It was before the LORD, which chose me before thy father, and before all his house, to appoint me ruler over the people of the LORD, over Israel: therefore will I play before the LORD.
6:22 And I will yet be more vile than thus, and will be base in mine own sight: and of the maidservants which thou hast spoken of, of them shall I be had in honour.
6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.


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Everything King James Bible:2 Samuel
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible
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Book: 2 Samuel
Chapter: 6

Overview:
The Ark removed from Kirjath-Jearim. (1-5) Uzzah smitten for
touching the Ark, Obed-Edom blessed. (6-11) David brings the Ark
to Zion. (12-19) Michal's ill conduct. (20-23)

1-5 God is present with the souls of his people, when they want
the outward tokens of his presence; but now David is settled in
the Throne, the honour of the Ark begins to revive. Let us learn
hence, to think and to speak highly of God; and to think and
speak honourably of holy ordinances, which are to us as the Ark
was unto Israel, the tokens of God's presence, Mt 28:20.
Christ is our Ark; in and By him God manifests his favour, and
accepts our prayers and praises. The Ark especially typified
Christ and his mediation, in which the name of Jehovah and all
his glories are displayed. The priests should have carried the
Ark upon their shoulders. Philistines may carry the Ark in a
Cart without suffering for it; but if Israelites do So, it is at
their peril, because this was not what God appointed.

6-11 Uzzah was struck dead for touching the Ark. God saw
presumption and irreverence in Uzzah's Heart. Familiarity, even
with that which is most awful, is apt to breed contempt. If it
were So great a crime for one to lay Hold On the Ark of the
Covenant who had No right to do So, what is it for those to lay
claim to the privileges of the Covenant that come not up to the
terms of it? Obed-Edom opened his Doors without fear, knowing
the Ark was a savour of Death unto Death to those only who
treated it wrong. The same Hand that punished Uzzah's proud
presumption, rewarded Obed-Edom's humble boldness. Let none
think the worse of the Gospel for the judgments On those that
reject it, but consider the blessings it brings to all who
receive it. Let masters of families be encouraged to keep up
religion in their families. It is good to live in a family that
entertains the Ark, for all about it will fare the better.

12-19 It became evident, that happy was the Man who had the Ark
near him. Christ is indeed a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of
Offence, to those that are disobedient; but to those that
believe, he is a Corner-Stone, elect, precious, 1Pe 2:6-8. Let
us be religious. Is the Ark a blessing to others' houses? We may
have it, and the blessing of it, without fetching it away from
our neighbours. David, at first setting out, offered sacrifices
to God. We are likely to speed in our enterprises, when we begin
with God, and give diligence to seek peace with him. And we are
So unworthy, and our services are So defiled, that all our joy
in God must be connected with Repentance and Faith in the
Redeemer's atoning Blood. David attended with high expressions
of joy. We ought to serve God with our whole body and soul, and
with every endowment and power we possess. On this occasion
David laid aside his royal robes, and Put On a Plain Linen
Dress. David prayed with and for the people, and as a Prophet,
solemnly blessed them in the name of the Lord.

20-23 David returned to Bless his household, to pray with them,
and for them, and to offer up family thanksgiving for this
national Mercy. It is angels' work to Worship God, surely that
cannot lower the greatest of men. But even the palaces of
princes are not free from family troubles. Exercises of religion
appear mean in the eyes of those who have little or No religion
themselves. If we can approve ourselves to God in what we do in
religion, and do it as before the Lord, we need not heed
reproach. Piety will have its praise: let us not be indifferent
in it, nor afraid or ashamed to own it. David was contented to
justify himself, and he did not further reprove or blame
Michal's insolence; but God punished her. Those that honour God,
he will honour; but those that despise him, and his servants and
service, shall be lightly esteemed.

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