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2 Samuel 6:10

And David was unwilling to move the ark of the Lord into the city of David with him; but David took it aside to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Ark;   David;   Gath;   Kirjath-Jearim;   Obed-Edom;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Ark of the Covenant;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ark of the Covenant;   Obed-Edom;   Uzzah;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Ark;   Gath;   Tabernacle;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - Jerusalem;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ark;   Gittite;   Obed-Edom;   Tabernacle;   Uzzah;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Dance;   Gittites;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Gath;   Kohathites;   Obed-Edom;   Purity-Purification;   Samuel, Books of;   Transportation and Travel;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Ark;   Chronicles, I;   Jerusalem;   Obed-Edom;   Priests and Levites;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Gittites ;   Obededom ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Nachon;   Obed-edom;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - David;   Jerusalem;   Obed-edom;   Smith Bible Dictionary - O'bed-E'dom;   Watson's Biblical & Theological Dictionary - Obed-Edom;  
Encyclopedias:
Condensed Biblical Cyclopedia - Hebrew Monarchy, the;   International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Edom;   Obed-Edom;   Philistines;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ark of the covenant;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Aliens;   Ark of the Covenant;   Obed-Edom;   Priest;   Samuel, Books of;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

But David carried it aside - The house of Obed-edom appears to have been very near the city, which they were about to enter, but were prevented by this accident, and lodged the ark with the nearest friend.

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Clarke, Adam. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". "The Adam Clarke Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/2-samuel-6.html. 1832.

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

Obed-edom was a Levite of the family of Merari, being 1 Chronicles 15:18-24; 1 Chronicles 16:38 a son of Jeduthun, who was a Merarite. He was a porter, a player on the harp, and was one of the Levites especially designated to take part in the musical services on the occasion of bringing up the ark to Zion, and to minister before it when brought up. He is called a Gittite perhaps from Gath-Rimmon, in Manasseh, which belonged to the Kohathites Joshua 21:25. Marriage with a Kohathite, or some other cause, would account for his dwelling in a Kohathite city.

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". "Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bnb/2-samuel-6.html. 1870.

John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible

So David would not remove the ark of the Lord unto him into the city of David,.... As yet, but wait a little longer, until he had more thoroughly considered of it, and made himself acquainted with everything relative to the ark, that he might know how to behave for the future, without giving offence:

but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite; which was close by, on one side of the place where they were; this man was a Levite, as appears from his being afterwards appointed to be doorkeeper for the ark, and to sing praise before it, and so a proper person to commit the care of it to, 1 Chronicles 15:18; he is called a Gittite, either because he had sojourned in Gath some time, or rather because he was of Gathrimmon, a city of the Levites, Joshua 21:24.

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Gill, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". "The New John Gill Exposition of the Entire Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/2-samuel-6.html. 1999.

Geneva Study Bible

So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom e the Gittite.

(e) Who was a Levite, and had dwelt in Gittaim, (1 Chronicles 15:21).
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-6.html. 1599-1645.

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

House of Obed-edom — Obed-edom knew what slaughter the ark had made among the Philistines and the Bethshemites. He saw Uzzah struck dead; yet invites it to his house, and opens his doors without fear, knowing it was a savour of death, only to them that treated it ill. "O the courage, says Bishop Hall, of an honest and faithful heart! Nothing can make God otherwise than amiable to him: even his justice is lovely."

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". "John Wesley's Explanatory Notes on the Whole Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/2-samuel-6.html. 1765.

John Trapp Complete Commentary

2 Samuel 6:10 So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

Ver. 10. So David would not remove.] For he taketh it for granted that it was not God’s will he should.

Into the house of Obededom the Gittite,] i.e., Born in Gathrimmon, a city of priests, [Joshua 21:24-25] and himself a Levite, a good man, and glad of such a guest as the ark, which he entertained cheerfully, and resolved to handle holily. Sancte magis quam scite, as he once said to the Vestalis Virgo.

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Trapp, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". John Trapp Complete Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/2-samuel-6.html. 1865-1868.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

Which doubtless was done by the consent and desire of the owner of it, who for the enjoyment of so great a privilege, was willing to expose himself to some hazard; and wisely considered that the late judgment was not to be imputed to the ark, but to Uzzah’s carelessness in managing it.

The Gittite: he was certainly a Levite, 1 Chronicles 15:18,21,21 16:5 26:4, and here called a Gittite, either, first, from Gath of the Philistines, where he or his father might be born or have sojourned, which might be upon divers occasions; or, secondly, from Gath-rimmon, which was a Levitical city, Joshua 21:24,25.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/2-samuel-6.html. 1685.

Whedon's Commentary on the Bible

10.Obed-edom — A Levite descended from Kohath, (see 1 Chronicles 26:8,) and afterwards honoured as one of the “doorkeepers for the ark.” 1 Chronicles 15:24. His family long continued in the sanctuary service as keepers of the sacred vessels. 2 Chronicles 25:24.

The Gittite — So called from the name of his birthplace, the Levitical city of Gath-rimmon in the tribe of Dan. Joshua 19:45; Joshua 21:24.

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Whedon, Daniel. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/whe/2-samuel-6.html. 1874-1909.

Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible

So David would not remove the ark of YHWH to him into the city of David, but David carried it aside into the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.’

On this basis David was unwilling to move the Ark into the City of David. He did not want YHWH’s anger to fall on the City of David as well. So instead he arranged for it to be carried to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. Obed-edom was a Levite of the family of the Korahites, which sprang from Kohath (compare 1 Chronicles 26:4), and belonged to the class of Levitical doorkeepers whose duty it was, in cooperation with other Levites, to watch over the Ark in the sacred tent (1 Chronicles 15:18; 1 Chronicles 15:24). Thus he was a very suitable person for the task. He was probably called the Gittite or Gathite from the fact that his birthplace was the Levitical city of Gath-rimmon in the tribe of Dan (Joshua 21:24; compare Joshua 19:45), although some have argued that he was from the Philistine Gath.

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Pett, Peter. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/2-samuel-6.html. 2013.

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Samuel 6:10. David carried it to the house of Obed-edom, the Gittite — He is not called a Gittite from his being born in, or dwelling at, that Gath which was a city of the Philistines, but from Gath-rimmon, a Levitical city, Joshua 21:24. For it is certain he was a Levite, 1 Chronicles 15:18-24; 1 Chronicles 16:5. Obed-edom knew what slaughter the ark had made among the Philistines and the Bethshemites; he saw Uzzah struck dead; yet invites it to his house, and opens his doors without fear, knowing it was a savour of death only to them that treated it ill. “O the courage,” says Bishop Hall, “of an honest and faithful heart! Nothing can make God otherwise than amiable to him; even his justice is lovely.”

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Benson, Joseph. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". Joseph Benson's Commentary. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/rbc/2-samuel-6.html. 1857.

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Gethite, a native of Geth-remmon, a Levitical city; (Josue xxi. 24,) or he might have been born at Geth; (Calmet) or his father might have resided there a long time, (Serarius; Tirinus) unless he was there with David. (Salien) --- He was a Levite, 1 Paralipomenon xv. 18., and xvi. 5., and xxvi. 4. (Calmet)

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Haydock, George Leo. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". "George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/2-samuel-6.html. 1859.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.

No JFB commentary on this verse.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/2-samuel-6.html. 1871-8.

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers

(10) Obed-edom the Gittite.—He was a Levite, but whether of the family of Kohath or of Merari is uncertain, since at this time the name appears in both these families (see for Merari, 1 Chronicles 15:17-18, and for Kohath, 1 Chronicles 26:1; 1 Chronicles 26:4; 1 Chronicles 26:8; 1 Chronicles 26:13-15). The one hero mentioned was a Gittite, i.e., born at, or belonging to, Gath-rimmon, a Levitical city on the confines of Dan and Manasseh (Joshua 21:24-25). One of these Levites is described as “the son of Jeduthun” (1 Chronicles 16:38, where both are mentioned), and as Jeduthun probably belonged to the family of Merari, it is probable that the one here mentioned was called “the Gittite” for distinction’s sake, and belonged to the family of Kohath, to which Gath-rimmon belonged (Joshua 21:20). Moreover, it is said of the Obed-edom of 1 Chronicles 26:4-5, that “God blessed him,” which seems to refer to this passage. The name, although a singular one (servant of Edom) was not uncommon, and was also borne by one having charge of the vessels of the sanctuary in the days of King Amaziah (2 Chronicles 25:24). The Obed-edoms of David’s time were porters of the Tabernacle, Levitical musicians, and took an active part in bringing the ark to Jerusalem, and afterwards in ministering before it (1 Chronicles 15:16; 1 Chronicles 15:18; 1 Chronicles 15:21; 1 Chronicles 15:24; 1 Chronicles 16:4-5; 1 Chronicles 16:37-38; 1 Chronicles 26:1; 1 Chronicles 26:4; 1 Chronicles 26:13-15).

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Ellicott, Charles John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ebc/2-samuel-6.html. 1905.

Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house of Obededom the Gittite.
Obed-edom
1 Chronicles 13:13,14; 15:18; 16:5; 26:4-8
Gittite
4:3; 15:19; 18:2
Reciprocal: 2 Samuel 5:7 - the same;  2 Samuel 15:18 - Gittites;  1 Chronicles 11:5 - the city;  Matthew 25:25 - General

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Torrey, R. A. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:10". "The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tsk/2-samuel-6.html.