1David consulted with the commanders 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’s spread out and send word everywhere to the rest of our brothers who are in all the land of Israel and to the priests and Levites in their cities that have pastureland, so that they gather themselves to us,
3and let’s bring back the ark of our God to us. For we did not inquire of it in the days of Saul.”
4All the assembly said that they would do this, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
5So David assembled all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt as far as 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, who sits above the cherubim who is called by the Name, Yahweh.
7They carried the ark of God on a new cart and brought it out of the house of Abinadab, and Uzza and Ahio were guiding 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 and took hold of the ark, because the oxen let it slip.
10Then the anger of Yahweh was kindled against Uzza and he struck him down because he reached out his hand upon 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.
12And David was afraid of God that day, saying, “How can I bring the ark of God to me?”
13So David did not take the ark with him into the city of David, but he carried it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.
14The ark of God stayed with the family of Obed-edom in his house for three months, and Yahweh blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that he had.