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13 1/ 5/ 9/ Translation David consulted with the commanders of the thousands and the hundreds, yes,1with every leader. 2/ David said to the whole congregation of Israel, "If it seems good to you, and if there is a breakthrough2brought about by Yahweh our God, let us send to our kindred who remain in all the regions of lsraeP-and among them to the priests and4 the Levites in their pastureland cities-and let them be gathered together to us. 3/ Let us bring around5the ark of our God to ourselves for we did not seek it in the days of Saul." 4/ All the congregation agreed to do this, for the proposal was appropriate in the eyes of all the people. David assembled all Israel, from the Shihor of Egypt up to Lebo-hamath, to bring the ark of God from Kiriath-jearim. 6/ So David and all Israel went up toward Baalah,6to Kiriathjearim , which belongs to Judah/ to bring up from there the ark of the God Yahweh,8who sits enthroned on the cherubim, where he is invoked.97/ They made the ark of God ride on10 a new cart from the house of Abinadab, with Uzzah11 and Ahio12 driving the cart.13 8/ David and all Israel were reveling in the presence of God with all their strength,14 with songs,15lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and trumpets. When they came to the threshing floor of Chidon,16Uzzah put out his hand17 to seize18 the ark, for the oxen had let it slip.19 10/ But Yahweh became angry with Uzzah and struck him because he had put out his hand against the ark;20and he died there in the presence of God.21 11 I David became angry because22 Yahweh had broken forth against Uzzah, and so people call the name of that place Perez-uzzah until this day. 12/ David was afraid of God on that day, saying,23 " How can I bring the ark of God to myself?" 13/ So David did not turn aside the ark to himself to the city of David, but he placed it at the house of Obed-edom the Gittite. 14/ The ark of God stayed in the house of Obededom24three months, and Yahweh blessed the house of Obed-edom and everything that belonged to him.2s 13:1-14 First Attempt to Bring the Ark to Jerusalem See BOB, 514, s.v. ?, definition 5 f(d). In readings discussed in textual notes 6-8, 10, 13-15, 17-18, 2023 , 25, Chronicles presupposes a text of Samuel other than MT. 2 01:!>1!ll. According to the Masoretic accents, this verb goes with the following clause, but NEB and some recent commentators (Williamson, 114; Allen, 384) interpret it as part of the p1·evious, second, conditional clause. Cf. Allen, Greek Chronicles, 1:128. If it is taken with the following verb 01n?ilil (cf. GKC§120h), we would translate: "Let us burst forth and send (to our kindred)." Johnstone, 1:169, adopts this translation and suggests that this verb expresses the unconsidered way in which David attempted at first to bring the ark to Jerusalem, without the Levites carrying it. The ark should only have been handled in the way proposed in the Mosaic tradition (1 Chr 15:15). In either interpretation the verb Yl!l forms a unifying motif in the ark narrative (l Chr 13:11; 14:11; 15:13). In 2 Chr 31:5 it is used to describe the dispersion of a word or message, which would favor the second interpretation. G. R. Driver, "Some Hebrew Roots and Their Meanings," JTS 23 (1922) 72-73, connected Yl!l to Akkadian parii$u ("decide") and proposed: "Let us issue an edict, let us send." 3 ?~ltll' n1:!>1~ '?::J:::!; each tribe had its own "land" (cf. Judg 21:21; 1 Sam 13:7; 2 Chr 11:23; 15:5; 34:33). LXX attests a text with a more common reading: ?~ltll' y1~ ?::;:::! "in all the land of Israel." 4 Cl'1'? , which follows in Samuel MT. See also the next note. 9 CJi\i ~lpl liD~ . Vocalize tJ1e last word Cli\i instead of MT CJili "name" in order to make sense of a difficult text. Comparison with 2 Sam 6:2 suggests that the 327 words preceding this lemma, 1''?ll C'J1"1:::l01 J ili1' 01101' "Yahweh, who sits enthroned on the cherubim," which belong after tlili, were omitted accidentally...


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