1 Chronicles

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1 Chronicles
Chapter 13

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1 And Dauid consulted with the captaines of thousands, and hundreds, and with euery leader.

2 And Dauid said vnto all the Congregation of Israel, If it seeme good vnto you, and that it be of the Lord our God, let vs send abroad vnto our brethren euery where, that are left in all the land of Israel, and with them also to the Priests and Leuites which are in their cities and suburbs, that they may gather themselues vnto vs.

3 And let vs bring againe the Arke of our God to vs: for wee enquired not at it in the dayes of Saul.

4 And all the Congregation saide, that they would doe so: for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.

5 So Dauid gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt, euen vnto the entring of Hemath, to bring the Arke of God from Kiriath-iearim.

6 And Dauid went vp, and all Israel, to Baalah, that is, to Kiriath-iearim, which belonged to Iudah, to bring vp thence the Arke of God the Lord, that dwelleth betweene the Cherubims, whose name is called on it.

7 And they caried the Arke of God in a new cart, out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza, and Ahio draue the cart.

8 And Dauid and all Israel played before God with all their might, and with singing, and with harpes, and with psalteries, and with tymbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

9 And when they came vnto the threshing floore of Chidon, Uzza put foorth his hand to hold the Arke, for the oxen stumbled.

10 And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzza, and hee smote him, because hee put his hand to the Arke: and there he died before God.

11 And Dauid was displeased, because the Lord had made a breach vpon Uzza; wherefore that place is called Perez-Uzza, to this day.

12 And Dauid was afraide of God that day, saying, How shall I bring the Arke of God home to me?

13 So Dauid brought not the Arke home to himselfe to the city of Dauid, but caried it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.

14 And the Arke of God remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three moneths. And the Lord blessed the house of Obed-Edom, and all that he had.

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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

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