Good News Translation (GNB)

The Covenant Box is Moved from Kiriath Jearim

(2 Sam 6.1–11)

131King David consulted with all the officers in command of units of a thousand men and units of a hundred men. 2Then he announced to all the people of Israel, “If you give your approval and if it is the will of the LORD our God, let us send messengers to the rest of our people and to the priests and Levites in their towns, and tell them to assemble here with us. 3Then we will go and fetch God's Covenant Box, which was ignored while Saul was king.” 4The people were pleased with the suggestion and agreed to it.


1 Sam 7.1–2
So David assembled the people of Israel from all over the country, from the Egyptian border in the south to Hamath Pass in the north, in order to bring the Covenant Box from Kiriath Jearim to Jerusalem. 6
Ex 25.22
David and the people went to the city of Baalah, that is, to Kiriath Jearim, in the territory of Judah, to fetch the Covenant Box of God, which bears the name of the LORD enthroned above the winged creatures. 7At Abinadab's house they brought out the Covenant Box and put it on a new cart. Uzzah and Ahio guided the cart, 8while David and all the people danced with all their might to honour God. They sang and played musical instruments — harps, drums, cymbals, and trumpets.

9As they came to the threshing place of Chidon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah stretched out his hand and took hold of the Covenant Box. 10At once the LORD became angry with Uzzah and killed him for touching the box. He died there in God's presence, 11and so that place has been called Perez Uzzah13.11 Perez Uzzah: This name in Hebrew means “Punishment of Uzzah”. ever since. David was furious because the LORD had punished Uzzah in anger.

12Then David was afraid of God and said, “How can I take the Covenant Box with me now?” 13So David did not take it with him to Jerusalem. Instead, he left it at the house of a man named Obed Edom, a native of the city of Gath. 14

1 Chr 26.4–5
It stayed there three months, and the LORD blessed Obed Edom's family and everything that belonged to him.


David's Activities in Jerusalem

(2 Sam 5.11–16)

141King Hiram of Tyre sent a trade mission to David; he provided him with cedar logs and with stonemasons and carpenters to build a palace. 2And so David realized that the LORD had established him as king of Israel and was making his kingdom prosperous for the sake of his people.

3There in Jerusalem, David married more wives and had more sons and daughters. 4The following children were born to him in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab, Nathan, Solomon, 5Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, 6Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7Elishama, Beeliada,14.7 Beeliada: Called Eliada in 3.8. and Eliphelet.

Victory over the Philistines

(2 Sam 5.17–25)

8When the Philistines heard that David had now been made king over the whole country of Israel, their army went out to capture him. So David marched out to meet them. 9The Philistines arrived at the Valley of Rephaim and began plundering. 10David asked God, “Shall I attack the Philistines? Will you give me the victory?”

The LORD answered, “Yes, attack! I will give you the victory!”

11So David attacked them at Baal Perazim and defeated them. He said, “God has used me to break through the enemy army like a flood.” So that place is called Baal Perazim.14.11 Baal Perazim: This name in Hebrew means “Lord of the Breakthrough”. 12When the Philistines fled, they left their idols behind, and David gave orders for them to be burnt.

13Soon the Philistines returned to the valley and started plundering it again. 14Once more David consulted God, who answered, “Don't attack them from here, but go round and get ready to attack them from the other side, near the balsam trees. 15When you hear the sound of marching in the treetops, then attack, because I will be marching ahead of you to defeat the Philistine army.” 16David did what God had commanded, and so he drove the Philistines back from Gibeon all the way to Gezer. 17David's fame spread everywhere, and the LORD made every nation afraid of him.


Getting Ready to Move the Covenant Box

151For his own use, David built houses in David's City.15.1 David's city: That part of Jerusalem which David had captured from the original inhabitants, the Jebusites (see 2 Sam 5.6–10). He also prepared a place for God's Covenant Box and put up a tent for it. 2

Deut 10.8
Then he said, “Only Levites should carry the Covenant Box, because they are the ones the LORD chose to carry it and to serve him for ever.” 3So David summoned all the people of Israel to Jerusalem in order to bring the Covenant Box to the place he had prepared for it. 4Next he sent for the descendants of Aaron and for the Levites. 5From the Levite clan of Kohath came Uriel, in charge of 120 members of his clan; 6from the clan of Merari came Asaiah, in charge of 220; 7from the clan of Gershon, Joel, in charge of 130; 8from the clan of Elizaphan, Shemaiah, in charge of 200; 9from the clan of Hebron, Eliel, in charge of eighty; 10and from the clan of Uzziel, Amminadab, in charge of 112.

11David called in the priests Zadok and Abiathar and the six Levites, Uriel, Asaiah, Joel, Shemaiah, Eliel, and Amminadab. 12He said to the Levites, “You are the leaders of the Levite clans. Purify yourselves and your fellow-Levites, so that you can bring the Covenant Box of the LORD God of Israel to the place I have prepared for it. 13Because you were not there to carry it the first time, the LORD our God punished us for not worshipping him as we should have done.”

14Then the priests and the Levites purified themselves in order to move the Covenant Box of the LORD God of Israel. 15

Ex 25.14
The Levites carried it on poles on their shoulders, as the LORD had commanded through Moses.

16David commanded the leaders of the Levites to assign various Levites to sing and to play joyful music on harps and cymbals. 17-21From the clans of singers they chose the following men to play the brass cymbals: Heman son of Joel, his relative Asaph son of Berechiah, and Ethan son of Kushaiah, of the clan of Merari. To assist them they chose the following Levites to play the high-pitched harps: Zechariah, Jaaziel, Shemiramoth, Jehiel, Unni, Eliab, Maaseiah, and Benaiah.

To play the low-pitched harps they chose the following Levites: Mattithiah, Eliphelehu, Mikneiah, Azaziah, and the temple guards, Obed Edom and Jeiel.

22Because of his skill in music Chenaniah was chosen to be in charge of the levitical musicians. 23-24Berechiah and Elkanah, along with Obed Edom and Jehiah, were chosen as guards for the Covenant Box. The priests Shebaniah, Joshaphat, Nethanel, Amasai, Zechariah, Benaiah, and Eliezer were chosen to blow trumpets in front of the Covenant Box.

Moving the Covenant Box to Jerusalem

(2 Sam 6.12–22)

25So King David, the leaders of Israel, and the military commanders went to the house of Obed Edom to fetch the Covenant Box, and they had a great celebration. 26They sacrificed seven bulls and seven sheep, to make sure that God would help the Levites who were carrying the Covenant Box. 27David was wearing a robe made of the finest linen, and so were the musicians, Chenaniah their leader, and the Levites who carried the Box. David also wore a linen ephod. 28So all the Israelites accompanied the Covenant Box up to Jerusalem with shouts of joy, the sound of trumpets, horns, and cymbals, and the music of harps.

29As the Box was being brought into the city, Michal, Saul's daughter, looked out of the window and saw King David dancing and leaping for joy, and she was disgusted with him.