1David consulted with the captains of thousands and of hundreds, even with every leader.
2David said to all the assembly of Israel, “If it seems good to you, and if it is of Yahweh our God, let us send abroad 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 open land, that they may gather themselves to us;
3and let us bring again the ark of our God to us. For we didn’t seek it in the days of Saul.”
4All the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
5So David assembled all Israel together, from the Shihor the Brook of Egypt even to Lebo-hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath Jearim.
6David went up, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath Jearim that belonged to Judah, to bring up from there the ark of God Yahweh that sits above the cherubim that is called by the Name.
7They carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio drove the cart.
8David and all Israel played before God with all their might, even with songs, and with harps, and with stringed instruments, and with tambourines, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
9When they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled.
10The anger of Yahweh was kindled against Uzza and he struck him, because he put forth his hand to the ark; and there he died before God.
11David was displeased because Yahweh had broken forth on Uzza; and he called that place Perez Uzza to this day.
12David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God home to me?”
13So David didn’t move the ark to him into the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of Obed–Edom the Gittite.
14The ark of God remained with the family of Obed–Edom in his house three months, and Yahweh blessed the house of Obed–Edom and all that he had.