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Adam Clarke Commentary

1 Chronicles 13

Introduction

David consults with his officers, and resolves to bring back the ark from the house of Abinadab, 1 Chronicles 13:1 -4. They place it on a new cart, and Uzza and Ahio drive the cart; the oxen stumbling, Uzza puts forth his hand to save the ark from falling, and he is smitten by the Lord, 1 Chronicles 13:5 -10. David is displeased, and orders the ark to be carried to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite, 1 Chronicles 13:11 -13. The ark abides there three months, and the Lord blesses Obed-edom, 1 Chronicles 13:14 .

Verse 1

David consulted - Having taken the strong hold of Zion from the Jebusites, organized his army, got assurances of the friendly disposition of the Israelites towards him, he judged it right to do what he could for the establishment of religion in the land; and as a first step, consulted on the propriety of bringing the ark from an obscure village, where it had remained during the reign of Saul, to the royal city or seat of government.

Verse 5

From Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath - "Therefore David gathered all Israel, from the Nile, נילוס Nilos, of Egypt, even to the entrance of Antioch." - T.

Verse 6

Whose name is called on it - "Where his name is invoked." - T.And so the Hebrew, אשר נקרא שם asher nikra shem, should be understood, his name was not called on it, but invoked at it.

Verse 7

In a new cart - Lest it should be profaned by being placed on any carriage that had been employed about common uses.Uzza and Ahio - All the versions understand אחיו achyo as signifying brother or brothers; so does Jarchi, who observes, from 2 Samuel 6:3 , that these were the sons of Abinadab.

Verse 9

Uzza put forth his hand - See this transaction explained 2 Samuel 6:6 (note), etc.

Verse 14

The Lord blessed the house of Obed-edom - That this man was only a sojourner at Gath, whence he was termed Gittite, and that he was originally a Levite, is evident from 1 Chronicles 15:17 , 1 Chronicles 15:18 .The Targum ends this chapter thus: "And the Word of the Lord blessed Obed-edom, and his children, and his grand-children; and his wife conceived, and his eight daughters-in-law: and each brought forth eight at one birth, insomuch that in one day there were found, of fathers and children, fourscore and one; and He blessed and increased greatly all that belonged to him." This exposition will not be generally received; but all rabbins must be allowed to deal in the marvellous.For other remarks see on 2 Samuel 6:1 (note), etc.

1 Chronicles 13


  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 inquired 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.

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