1David talked with all the officers of his army. 2Then David called the people of Israel together. He said to them: “If you think it is a good idea, and if it is what the Lord wants, let us send a message to our brothers in all the areas of Israel. Let’s also send the message to the priests and Levites that live with our brothers in their towns and the fields near those towns. Let the message tell them to come and join us. 3Let’s bring the Box of the Agreement back to us in Jerusalem. We did not take care of the Box of the Agreement while Saul was king.” 4So all the people of Israel agreed with David. They all thought it was the right thing to do. 5So David gathered all the people of Israel from the Shihor River in Egypt to the town of Lebo Hamath. They came together to bring the Box of the Agreement back from the town of Kiriath Jearim. 6David and all the people of Israel with him went to Baalah of Judah. (Baalah is another name for Kiriath Jearim.) They went there to bring out the Box of the Agreement. That Box of the Agreement is the Box of God the Lord. He sits above the Cherub angels. It is the Box that is called by the Lord’s Name. 7The people moved the Box of the Agreement from Abinadab’s house. They put it on a new wagon. Uzzah and Ahio were driving the wagon. 8David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before God. They were praising God and singing songs. They were playing harps, lyres, drums, cymbals, and trumpets. 9They came to Kidon’s threshing floor. The bulls pulling the wagon stumbled. And the Box of the Agreement almost fell. Uzzah reached out with his hand to catch the Box. 10The Lord became very angry at Uzzah. The Lord killed Uzzah because he touched the Box. So Uzzah died there in front of God. 11God showed his anger at Uzzah. And this made David angry. Since that time until now that place has been called “Perez Uzzah.” 12David was afraid of God that day. David said, “I can’t bring the Box of the Agreement here to me!” 13So David did not take the Box of the Agreement with him to the City of David. He left the Box of the Agreement at Obed Edom’s house. Obed Edom was from the city of Gath. 14The Box of the Agreement stayed with Obed Edom’s family in his house for three months. The Lord blessed Obed Edom’s family and everything Obed Edom owned.
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