2 Samuel 6:1-23
6 And David proceeded again to gather all the choice men in Israel,+ thirty thousand. 2 Then David and all the people that were with him rose up and went to Baʹal·e-juʹdah+ to bring up from there the ark+ of the [true] God, where a name is called on, the name+ of Jehovah of armies,+ sitting on the cherubs.+ 3 However, they had the ark of the [true] God ride upon a new wagon,+ that they might carry it from the house of A·binʹa·dab,+ which was on the hill; and Uzʹzah and A·hiʹo,+ the sons of A·binʹa·dab, were leading the new wagon. 4 So they carried it from A·binʹa·dab’s house, which was on the hill—with the ark of the [true] God; and A·hiʹo was walking ahead of the Ark. 5 And David and all the house of Israel were celebrating before Jehovah with all sorts of instruments of juniper wood and with harps+ and with stringed instruments+ and with tambourines+ and with sistrums* and with cymbals.+ 6 And they came gradually as far as the threshing floor of Naʹcon,* and Uzʹzah+ now thrust [his hand] out to the ark of the [true] God and grabbed hold of it,+ for the cattle nearly caused an upset. 7 At that Jehovah’s anger+ blazed against Uzʹzah and the [true] God struck him down+ there for the irreverent act, so that he died there close by the ark of the [true] God.+ 8 And David became angry over the fact that Jehovah had broken through in a rupture against Uzʹzah, and that place came to be called Peʹrez-uzʹzah* down to this day.+ 9 And David became afraid of Jehovah+ on that day and began to say: “How will the ark of Jehovah come to me?”+ 10 And David was not willing to remove the ark of Jehovah to him at the City of David.+ So David had it carried aside to the house of Oʹbed-eʹdom+ the Gitʹtite.+ 11 And the ark of Jehovah kept dwelling at the house of Oʹbed-eʹdom the Gitʹtite three months; and Jehovah kept blessing+ Oʹbed-eʹdom and all his household.+ 12 Finally the report was made to King David, saying: “Jehovah has blessed the house of Oʹbed-eʹdom and all that is his on account of the ark of the [true] God.” At that David proceeded to go and bring the ark of the [true] God out of the house of Oʹbed-eʹdom up to the City of David with rejoicing.+ 13 And it came about that when the carriers+ of the ark of Jehovah had marched six steps, he immediately sacrificed a bull and a fatling.+ 14 And David was dancing around before Jehovah with all his power, all the while David being girded with an ephʹod+ of linen. 15 And David and all the house of Israel were bringing up the ark+ of Jehovah with joyful shouting+ and sound of horn.+ 16 And it occurred that when the ark of Jehovah came into the City of David, Miʹchal,+ Saul’s daughter, herself looked down through the window and got to see King David leaping and dancing around before Jehovah; and she began to despise+ him in her heart.+ 17 So they brought the ark of Jehovah in and set it in its place inside the tent that David had pitched for it;+ after which David offered up burnt sacrifices+ and communion sacrifices+ before Jehovah. 18 When David was finished with offering up the burnt sacrifices and the communion sacrifices, he then blessed+ the people in the name of Jehovah+ of armies. 19 Further, he apportioned+ to all the people, to the whole crowd of Israel, man as well as woman, to each one a ring-shaped cake of bread and a date cake and a raisin cake,+ after which all the people went each to his own house. 20 David now returned to bless his own household,+ and Miʹchal,+ Saul’s daughter, came on out to meet David and then said: “How glorious the king of Israel made himself today+ when he uncovered himself today to the eyes of the slave girls of his servants, just as one of the empty-headed men* uncovers himself outright!”+ 21 At this David said to Miʹchal: “It was before Jehovah, who* chose me rather than your father and all his household to put me in command+ as leader over Jehovah’s people Israel, and I will celebrate before Jehovah.+ 22 And I will make myself even more lightly esteemed than this,+ and I will become low in my* eyes; and with the slave girls whom you mentioned, with them I am determined to glorify myself.”+ 23 So, as regards Miʹchal,+ Saul’s daughter, she came to have no child down to the day of her death.
^ Or, “musical rattles.”
^ Meaning “Rupture Against Uzzah.”
^ “Empty-headed men,” M; LXX, “dancers.”
^ “It was before Jehovah, who,” M; LXX, “Before Jehovah I shall dance. Blessed be Jehovah, who.”
^ “My,” MSyVg; LXX, “your.”