1 Chronicles 13 Bible Commentary

The Geneva Study Bible

(Read all of 1 Chronicles 13)
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 Kirjathjearim.

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

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 6:6).

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.

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.