1David consulted with the heads of thousands and of hundreds; 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 did not 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 were celebrating before God with all their might, with songs, and with harps, and with lyres, and with tambourines, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.
9And when they came to the threshing floor of Chidon, Uzza reached out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen let it slip.
10Then the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Uzza and he struck him down because he put forth his hand to the ark, and he died there before God.
11And David became angry because Yahweh had broken out, a breaking out against Uzzah, and that place is called Perez-Uzzah 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.