1 David again
gathered all the chosen men of Israel, thirty thousand.
2 David and all
the people with him set out and went from Baale-judah, to bring
up from there the ark of God, which is called by the name of the
Lord of hosts who is enthroned on the cherubim.
3 They carried
the ark of God on a new cart, and brought it out of the house of
Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab,
were driving the new cart
4 with the ark
of God; and Ahio went in front of the ark.
5 David and all
the house of Israel were dancing before the Lord with all their
might, with songs and lyres and harps and tambourines and castanets
12 It was told King David, ‘The Lord has blessed the
household of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the
ark of God.’ So David went and brought up the ark of God from
the house of Obed-edom to the city of David with rejoicing;
13 and when those
who bore the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an
ox and a fatling.
14 David danced
before the Lord with all his might; David was girded with a linen
15 So David and
all the house of Israel brought up the ark of the Lord with shouting,
and with the sound of the trumpet.
16 As the ark
of the Lord came into the city of David, Michal daughter of Saul
looked out of the window, and saw King David leaping and dancing
before the Lord; and she despised him in her heart.
17 They brought
in the ark of the Lord, and set it in its place, inside the tent
that David had pitched for it; and David offered burnt-offerings
and offerings of well-being before the Lord.
18 When David
had finished offering the burnt-offerings and the offerings of well-being,
he blessed the people in the name of the Lord of hosts,
19 and distributed
food among all the people, the whole multitude of Israel, both men
and women, to each a cake of bread, a portion of meat, and a cake
of raisins. Then all the people went back to their homes.