1 Chronicles
Chapter 13

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1 And David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds, and with every leader.

2 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:

3 And let us bring again the ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.

4 And all the congregation said that they would do so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

5 So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from Kirjathjearim.

6 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.

7 And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart.

8 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.

9 And when they came unto the threshingfloor of Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.

10 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.

11 And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach upon Uzza: wherefore that place is called Perezuzza to this day.

12 And David was afraid of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the ark of God home to me?

13 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.

14 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.

Commentary for 1 Chronicles 13

David consults about the ark. (1-5) The removal of the ark. (6-14)1-5 David said not, What magnificent thing shall I do now? or, What pleasant thing? but, What pious thing? that he might have the comfort and benefit of that sacred oracle. Let us bring the ark to us, that it may be a blessing to us. Those who honour God, profit themselves. It is the wisdom of those setting out in the world, to take God's ark with them. Those are likely to go on in the favour of God, who begin in the fear of God.

6-14 Let the sin of Uzza warn all to take heed of presumption, rashness, and irreverence, in dealing with holy things; and let none think that a good design will justify a bad action. Let the punishment of Uzza teach us not to dare to trifle with God in our approaches to him; yet let us, through Christ, come boldly to the throne of grace. If the gospel be to some a savour of death unto death, as the ark was to Uzza, yet let us receive it in the love of it, and it will be to us a savour of life unto life.

Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.

Discussion for 1 Chronicles 13

  • Irene123
    To Sue M. - Yes, God does test us; it's all through the N.T. scriptures; the 4 gospels as well as Acts and the epistles.
  • Sue M.
    This passage reminds me of the story in Kings where God tells the man of God not to hang around after giving the message. Another prophet, possibly older, tells the 1st prophet that an angel told him to stay in the area and dine with him. It was a lie. In the end, the prophet is killed for assuming God didn't mean his original word. Does God test us to see if we'll obey? Read it in 1 Kings13
  • Bitrus Chatjok
    Uzza forgotten to understood that no one can help almighty God
  • Irene123
    TO T. Jones - 1 Chron. ch. 13 - God smote Uzza because he touched the ark. The ark was holy and under God's protection. He knew beforehand it would be 'atremble' and at that exact place. it was a test for anyone near the ark, to see if they would obey His instructions. God would have been right there to keep it from falling - and they all knew that. uza forgot: we are not to forget His teachings;
  • Larry Thmpson
    The LORD instructed Moses how to carry the ark of the covenant, the priest were to put staves through the rings, one on each corner of the ark, and carry the ark with the staves, therefore no flesh would touch the ark. God instructed Moses how to carry the ark and he wrote it down, and it is not the LORD's fault if they are ignorant and we have instructions to be obeyed and it is not God's fault
  • Simon
    I think the only reason God smote UZZA , Because David he didnt follow the instructure of God, the ark should not carrie by the camel or animal
    From Dublin simon
  • Giovanni Camingawan
    The Lord smote Uzza because he disobeyed the commandment about the Ark. The Lord is very serious with disobedience, remember only the levites or the priest can touch the ark thus, the Lord smote Uzza becuase of disobeying the commandmen.
  • T jones
    Why did the lord smote Uzza ???

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David gathered all of Israel to bring what to Kirjathjearim?
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