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NEW WORLD TRANSLATION OF THE HOLY SCRIPTURES (1984 EDITION) See 2013 revision
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 Ba′al·e-ju′dah+ 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·bin′a·dab,+ which was on the hill; and Uz′zah and A·hi′o,+ the sons of A·bin′a·dab, were leading the new wagon. 4 So they carried it from A·bin′a·dab’s house, which was on the hill—with the ark of the [true] God; and A·hi′o 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 Na′con,* and Uz′zah+ 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 Uz′zah 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 Uz′zah, and that place came to be called Pe′rez-uz′zah* 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 O′bed-e′dom+ the Git′tite.+ 11 And the ark of Jehovah kept dwelling at the house of O′bed-e′dom the Git′tite three months; and Jehovah kept blessing+ O′bed-e′dom and all his household.+ 12 Finally the report was made to King David, saying: “Jehovah has blessed the house of O′bed-e′dom 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 O′bed-e′dom 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 eph′od+ 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, Mi′chal,+ 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 Mi′chal,+ 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 Mi′chal: “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 Mi′chal,+ Saul’s daughter, she came to have no child down to the day of her death.