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.
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
(b) That is, from Gibea, where the inhabitants of
Kirjathjearim had placed it in the house of Abinadab, (2 Samuel
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.
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.
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
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
(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.
So David brought not the ark [home] to himself to the city of David, but carried
it aside into the house of g Obededom
(g) Who was a Levite, and called Gittite, because
he dwelt at Gath.