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2 Samuel 6:2

And David arose and went with all the people who were with him to Baale-judah, to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the Name, the very name of the Lord of hosts who is enthroned above the cherubim.
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Concordances:
Nave's Topical Bible - Baale;   David;   Kirjath-Jearim;   Mercy-Seat;   Miracles;   Shekinah;   Thompson Chain Reference - Ark;   Manifestations, Special Divine;   Mysteries-Revelations;   Shekinah;   Torrey's Topical Textbook - Ark of the Covenant;   Cherubim;  
Dictionaries:
American Tract Society Bible Dictionary - Ark of the Covenant;   Kirjath-Jearim, or Kirjath-Baal;   Sabaoth;   Uzzah;   Bridgeway Bible Dictionary - Ark;   Cherubim;   David;   Kiriath-jearim;   Tabernacle;   Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology - God, Name of;   Jerusalem;   Samuel, First and Second, Theology of;   Easton Bible Dictionary - Ark;   Baale of Judah;   Kirjath-Jearim;   Obed-Edom;   Uzzah;   Fausset Bible Dictionary - Baalah;   Kirjath Jearim;   Tabernacle;   Holman Bible Dictionary - Baalah;   Baale;   Cherub, Cherubim;   Kiriath-Jearim;   Purity-Purification;   Sabaoth;   Samuel, Books of;   Transportation and Travel;   Uzzah;   Hastings' Dictionary of the Bible - Chronicles, I;   Jerusalem;   Kiriath-Jearim;   Name, Names;   Priests and Levites;   Morrish Bible Dictionary - Baalah ;   Baale of Judah ;   Kirjathjearim ;   The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary - Nachon;   People's Dictionary of the Bible - David;   Jerusalem;   Kirjath-jearim;   Smith Bible Dictionary - Kir'jath-Je'arim;  
Encyclopedias:
International Standard Bible Encyclopedia - Ahimelech;   Ark of the Covenant;   Kiriath-Jearim;   Names, Proper;   Omnipresence;   Throne;   Kitto Biblical Cyclopedia - Ark of the covenant;   The Jewish Encyclopedia - Ark of the Covenant;   Cherub;   Names of God;   Shekinah;  

Adam Clarke Commentary

From Baale of Judah - This is supposed to be the same city which, in Joshua 15:60, is called Kirjah-baal or Kirjath-jearim; (see 1 Chronicles 13:6;); or Baalah, Joshua 15:9.

Whose name is called by the name of the Lord - That is, The ark is called the ark of the Lord of hosts. But this is not a literal version; the word שם shem, Name, occurs twice together; probably one of them should be read שם sham, There. There the name of the Lord of hosts was invoked, etc.

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

Albert Barnes' Notes on the Whole Bible

From Baale of Judah - See the margin and 1 Samuel 6:21 note.

Whose name … - The literal rendering is, “Upon which is called the Name, the Name of Yahweh of Hosts, who sits upon the cherubim,” i. e. the ark which is called after the Lord of Hosts and bears His Name (see Deuteronomy 28:10; 1 Kings 8:43; Isaiah 4:1).

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Barnes, Albert. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:2". "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

And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him,.... The thirty thousand chosen men gathered together, and as many else as chose to go:

from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God; that is, they first went to this place, as in 1 Chronicles 13:6; in order to fetch the ark from thence, as here expressed, and then they came from thence with it; this place is the same that is called Baalah and Kirjathbaal, a city in the tribe of Judah; hence Judah is added to it, and the same with Kirjathjearim, Joshua 15:9; the place where it was brought to when fetched from Bethshemesh, 1 Samuel 7:1; and had been here now near fifty years; nor was it any where else during this time, only once at Gibeah of Saul with him, 1 Samuel 14:18;

whose name he called by the name of the Lord of hosts, that dwelleth between the cherubim; not the ark, but the Lord, whose is the ark; his name is called by the name of Jehovah, the infinite, incomprehensible, eternal, and immutable Being, the Lord of armies above and below; whose habitation was between the cherubim that overshadowed the mercy seat, which was above the ark; all this is said, not only to express the greatness and majesty of God, but for the honour of the ark, which belonged to him.

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

Geneva Study Bible

And David arose, and went with all the people that [were] with him from a Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth [between] the cherubims.

(a) This was a city in Judah called also Kirjathjearim, (Joshua 15:9).
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Beza, Theodore. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:2". "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/gsb/2-samuel-6.html. 1599-1645.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible

from Baale of Judah — A very large force of picked men were selected for this important work lest the undertaking might be opposed or obstructed by the Philistines. Besides, a great concourse of people accompanied them out of veneration for the sacred article. The journey to Baale, which is related (1 Chronicles 13:6), is here presupposed, and the historian describes the course of the procession from that place to the capital.

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

Wesley's Explanatory Notes

And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.

On which, … — That is, by, or before which, they were to present their prayers to God for counsel and succour upon all occasions. And this is mentioned here as the reason why David put himself and his people to so great trouble and charge, because it was to fetch up the choicest treasure which they had.

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Wesley, John. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:2". "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 6:2 And David arose, and went with all the people that [were] with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth [between] the cherubims.

Ver. 2. From Baale of Judah.] Called also Kirjathbaal, [Joshua 15:60] and Kirjathjearim. [1 Chronicles 13:6]

To bring up from thence the ark of God.] Which in Saul’s days had been slighted; and was now haply less regarded, because in a private house.

That dwelleth between the cherabims.] By the presence not only of his grace, but of his glory also upon earth.

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

Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible

2 Samuel 6:2. From Baale of Judah Baale is the same city which in Joshua 15:60 is called Kirjath-baal, or Kirjath-jearim. See 1 Chronicles 13:6.

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Coke, Thomas. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:2". Thomas Coke Commentary on the Holy Bible. https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tcc/2-samuel-6.html. 1801-1803.

Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible

With all the people that were with him; with the whole body of the people; for these seem to be a differing party from the thirty thousand now mentioned. See 1 Chronicles 13:1,2.

From Baale of Judah.

Quest. How from it, when they went to it; as is evident, both from 1 Chronicles 13:6, and because the ark was there, and to be fetched thence?

Answ. Some affirm that the Hebrew preposition mem sometimes signifies to, as Genesis 13:11. But there is no need of that; for 1 Chronicles 13:6 mentions their going to Baalah, and this place mentions their going from it; and the one of these doth manifestly suppose the other; for they went thither, that they might return thence. So the sense is plain,

They went from Baale of Judah, to bring (or rather to carry, for the word signifies either)

up from thence the ark; whereby it is supposed that they first went thither, which is related 1 Chronicles 13:6. Moreover, this place is commonly called Kirjath-jearim, 1 Samuel 7:1 1 Chronicles 12:5, and formerly Kirjath-baal, Joshua 15:60, and Baalah, Joshua 15:9, and here Baale of Judah; so called because it was in the tribe of Judah, as is evident from Joshua 15:1, &c.

To bring up from thence the ark of God unto Jerusalem, which, in many respects, was fitter for it than Baalah; because this was a more public place, where it would be more observed and regarded; and in the centre of the kingdom, to which they might more easily come from all parts; and the royal city, where it might be always at hand for David to inquire at, as occasion required; and the place which God had allotted for it.

Whose name is called by the name of the Lord of hosts: thus whose belongs not to the ark, but to God; for what follows is not the name of the ark, but of God. The place may well be, and is by some, rendered thus, Upon (or at, or beside, or before) which (ark) the name, even the name of

the Lord of hosts, that dwelleth between the cherubims, is called upon; i. e. by or before which they were to present their prayers to God for counsel and succour upon all occasions. And this is mentioned here as the reason why David put himself and his people to so great trouble and charge, because it was to fetch up the choicest treasure which they had, and so the benefit would abundantly recompense the inconvenience.

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Poole, Matthew, "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:2". 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

2.From Baale of Judah — Another name for Kirjath-jearim. See on Joshua 15:9. The preposition from (מן ) is probably the error of some ancient copyist. In Chronicles it is went up to Baal-ah.

Whose name is called by the name of the Lord — Rather, as De Wette, Keil, and others translate, Over which is called the name, the name of Jehovah of hosts. The repetition of the word name intensifies the thought of the personal Presence of Jehovah over the mercy-seat. “There I will meet with thee, and I will commune with thee from above the mercy-seat, from between the two cherubim which are upon the ark of the testimony.” Exodus 25:22.

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

Joseph Benson's Commentary of the Old and New Testaments

2 Samuel 6:2. From Baale of Judah — The same with Kirjath-jearim, 1 Chronicles 13:6, called Baalah, Joshua 15:9, and Kirjath-baal, Joshua 15:60; Joshua 18:14. Some have apprehended a difficulty here, because it is said they went from Baale, whereas, 1 Chronicles 13:6, it is said they went to Baale. But there is no disagreement between these two places. They first went from Jerusalem and other places to Baale, where they assembled, and then from it to Gibeah. To bring up from thence the ark of God — Where it had been a long time in the house of Abinadab, whose son had been sanctified to attend it, 1 Samuel 7:1. Whose name is called by the name, &c. — This rendering is both obscure and inaccurate. The clause should either be translated, On which (ark) is called the name, even the name of the Lord of hosts; that is, which is named the ark of the Lord of hosts: or, At, by, or before which the name, even the name of the Lord of hosts is called upon; that is, by or before which they were to present their prayers to God for counsel and succour on all occasions. And this is mentioned here as the reason why David put himself and his people to so great trouble and charge; it was to fetch up the choicest treasure which they had; it was to convey to its appointed place the ark of the Lord of hosts; the symbol and token of his presence with them, and the medium and principal instrument of their whole worship and service.

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

George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary

Juda. But why are not the other tribes mentioned? and whither did they go? We should probably translate, "from the city of Baalim, in Juda;" which is another name of Cariathiarim, as the Paralipomenon insinuate, [1 Paralipomenon xiii.?] ver. 6. See Josue xv. 9, 60. --- Invoked; or which is called "the ark of the Lord."

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

E.W. Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes

Baale. The old Canaanite name of Kirjath-jearim. Compare 1 Samuel 6:21; 1 Samuel 7:2. 1 Chronicles 13:6.

God. Hebrew. Elohim. App-4.

whose name is called by the name. Some codices, with Aramaean and Vulgate, read "whereupon is called the name", &c.

the LORD of hosts. Hebrew. Jehovah.Sebaioth. One of the Jehovah titles. App-4. Compare 2 Samuel 5:10, and see note on 1 Samuel 1:3.

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Bullinger, Ethelbert William. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:2". "E.W. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/2-samuel-6.html. 1909-1922.

Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged

And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims. From Baale of Judah - or Baalah (Joshua 15:9; Joshua 15:11; Joshua 15:60), or Kirjath-baal (2 Samuel 18:14); i:e., Kirjath-jearim, now Kuryet el-Enab (see the notes at these passages, and 1 Chronicles 2:50; 1 Chronicles 2:52). A very large force of picked men was selected for this important work, lest the undertaking might be opposed or obstructed by the Philistines. Besides, a great concourse of people accompanied them, out of veneration for the sacred edifice, it is said, from Baale. The journey to Baale, which is related, 1 Chronicles 13:6, is pre-supposed, and the historian describes the course of the procession from that place to the capital.

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Jamieson, Robert, D.D.; Fausset, A. R.; Brown, David. "Commentary on 2 Samuel 6:2". "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

(2) From Baale of Judah.—There is either a textual error here, so that instead of from should be read to, or else the historian is so occupied with his main subject that he omits the mention of the journey to Baale. In Joshua 15:9 and 1 Chronicles 13:6, Baale is said to be another name for Kirjath-jearim. This was the place to which the ark was carried after its removal from Bethshemesh (1 Samuel 7:2), and it had remained here ever since. It has been generally identified with Kuryet-el-enab, about eight miles a little north of west from Jerusalem. More recent opinion places it at ‘Erma, about eleven miles a little south of west from Jerusalem, and four miles east of Bethshemesh. In either case it was three or four hours’ march from the capital.

Whose name is called.—Neither the text nor the margin of the English represents the original quite accurately. Translate, which is called by the name, the name of Jehovah of hosts. The ark is thus described as being the visible symbol of God’s presence and of His covenant with His people.

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Treasury of Scripture Knowledge

And David arose, and went with all the people that were with him from Baale of Judah, to bring up from thence the ark of God, whose name is called by the name of the LORD of hosts that dwelleth between the cherubims.
Baale
Joshua 15:9,10,60
Baalah, i
&e., Kirjath-jearim.
1 Samuel 7:1; 1 Chronicles 13:5,6
whose name, etc
or, at which the name, even the name of the Lord of hosts, was called upon.
Leviticus 24:11-16; Isaiah 47:4; 54:5
dwelleth
Exodus 25:18-22; 1 Samuel 4:4; 1 Kings 8:6,7; Psalms 80:1; 1 Peter 1:12
Reciprocal: Exodus 25:22 - between;  Numbers 4:5 - and cover;  Joshua 18:14 - Kirjathbaal;  1 Kings 8:1 - that they might bring;  2 Chronicles 1:4 - the ark;  Psalm 78:67 - GeneralLuke 19:37 - the whole

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