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Ark of our God, for we neglected it during the
reign of Saul.”
4 The whole assembly agreed to this, for the
people could see it was the right thing to do.
5 So David summoned all Israel, from the Shi
hor Brook of Egypt in the south all the way
to the town of Lebo-hamath in the north, to
join in bringing the Ark of God from Kiriath-
jearim. 6 Then David and all Israel went to Ba
alah of Judah (also called Kiriath-jearim) to
bring back the Ark of God, which bears the
name* of the Lord who is enthroned between
the cherubim. 7 They placed the Ark of God on
a new cart and brought it from Abinadab’s
house. Uzzah and Ahio were guiding the cart.
8 David and all Israel were celebrating before
God with all their might, singing songs and
playing all kinds of musical instruments—
lyres, harps, tambourines, cymbals, and
9 But when they arrived at the threshing
floor of Nacon,* the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah
reached out his hand to steady the Ark. 10 Then
the Lord’s anger was aroused against Uzzah,
and he struck him dead because he had laid
his hand on the Ark. So Uzzah died there in the
presence of God.
11 David was angry because the Lord’s anger
had burst out against Uzzah. He named that
place Perez-uzzah (which means “to burst out
against Uzzah”), as it is still called today.
David was now afraid of God, and he
asked, “How can I ever bring the Ark of God
back into my care?” 13 So David did not move
the Ark into the City of David. Instead, he took
it to the house of O
bed-edom of Gath. 14 The
Ark of God remained there in Obed-edom’s
house for three months, and the Lord blessed
the household of O
bed-edom and everything
King Hiram of Tyre sent messengers
to David, along with cedar timber, and stone
masons and carpenters to build him a palace.
2 And David realized that the Lord had con
firmed him as king over Israel and had greatly
blessed his kingdom for the sake of his people
3 Then David married more wives in Jerusa
lem, and they had more sons and daughters.
4 These are the names of Da
vid’s sons who
were born in Jerusalem: Shammua, Shobab,
Nathan, Solomon, 5 Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet,
6 Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, 7 Elishama, Eliada,*
8 When the Philistines heard that David had
been anointed king over all Israel, they mobi
lized all their forces to capture him. But David
was told they were coming, so he marched
out to meet them. 9 The Philistines arrived
and made a raid in the valley of Rephai m. 10 So
David asked God, “Should I go out to fight the
Philistines? Will you hand them over to me?”
The Lord replied, “Yes, go ahead. I will hand
them over to you.”
11 So David and his troops went up to Baal-
perazim and defeated the Philistines there.
“God did it!” David exclaimed. “He used me to
burst through my enemies like a raging flood!”
So they named that place Baal-perazim (which
means “the Lord who bursts through”). 12 The
Philistines had abandoned their gods there, so
David gave orders to burn them.
13 But after a while the Philistines returned
and raided the valley again. 14 And once again
David asked God what to do. “Do not attack
them straight on,” God replied. “Instead,
circle around behind and attack them near the
poplar* trees. 15 When you hear a sound like
marching feet in the tops of the poplar trees,
go out and attack! That will be the signal that
God is moving ahead of you to strike down
the Philistine army.” 16 So David did what God
commanded, and they struck down the Phi
listine army all the way from Gibeon to Gezer.
17 So David’s fame spread everywhere, and
the Lord caused all the nations to fear David.
13:1 Hebrew the commanders of thousands and of hundreds.
13:6 Or the Ark of God, where the Name is proclaimed—the
13:9 As in parallel text at 2 Sam 6:6; Hebrew reads Kidon.
14:7 Hebrew Beeliada, a variant spelling of Eliada; compare 3:8
and parallel text at 2 Sam 5:16. 14:14 Or aspen, or balsam; also
in 14:15. The exact identification of this tree is uncertain.
This letter is from Paul, a slave of Christ J esus,
chosen by God to be an apostle and sent out
to preach his Good News. 2 God promised this
Good News long ago through his prophets in
the holy Scriptures. 3 The Good News is about
his Son. In his earthly life he was born into
King David’s family line, 4 and he was shown
to be* the Son of God when he was raised from
the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit.* He
is Jesus Christ our Lord. 5 Through Christ, God
has given us the privilege* and authority as
apostles to tell Gentiles everywhere what God
has done for them, so that they will believe
and obey him, bringing glory to his name.
6 And you are included among those Gen
tiles who have been called to belong to J esus
Christ. 7 I am writing to all of you in Rome who
are loved by God and are called to be his own
May God our Father and the Lord Jesus
Christ give you grace and peace.
8 Let me say first that I thank my God
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