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Bible Commentaries

Geneva Study Bible

1 Chronicles 13

Verse 3

13:3 And let us bring again the {a} ark of our God to us: for we enquired not at it in the days of Saul.

(a) His first concern was to restore religion, which had in Saul’s day been corrupted and neglected.

Verse 5

13:5 So David gathered all Israel together, from Shihor of Egypt even unto the entering of Hemath, to bring the ark of God from {b} Kirjathjearim.

(b) That is, from Gibea, where the inhabitants of Kirjathjearim had placed it in the house of Abinadab, 2 Samuel 6:3.

Verse 7

13:7 And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio {c} drave the cart.

(c) The sons of Abinadab.

Verse 8

13:8 And David and all Israel played before {d} God with all [their] might, and with singing, and with harps, and with psalteries, and with timbrels, and with cymbals, and with trumpets.

(d) That is, before the Ark, where God showed himself: so that the sign is taken for the thing signified, which is common to all sacraments both in the old and new testaments.

Verse 9

13:9 And when they came unto the threshingfloor of {e} Chidon, Uzza put forth his hand to hold the ark; for the oxen stumbled.

(e) Called also Nachon, 2 Samuel 6:6.

Verse 10

13:10 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 {f} before God.

(f) Before the Ark for usurping that which did not belong to his calling: for this charge was given to the priests, Numbers 4:15 , so that here all good intentions are condemned, unless they are commanded by the word of God.

Verse 13

13:13 So David brought not the ark [home] to himself to the city of David, but carried it aside into the house of {g} Obededom the Gittite.

(g) Who was a Levite, and called Gittite, because he dwelt at Gath.

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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 1 Chronicles 13". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/eng/gsb/1-chronicles-13.html. 1599-1645.