2 Samuel 6:13
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New International Version
When those who were carrying the ark of the LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.

New Living Translation
After the men who were carrying the Ark of the LORD had gone six steps, David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.

English Standard Version
And when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened animal.

New American Standard Bible
And so it was, that when the bearers of the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.

King James Bible
And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
When those carrying the ark of the LORD advanced six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened calf.

International Standard Version
After those who were carrying the ark of the LORD had taken six steps, he sacrificed oxen and fattened animals,

NET Bible
Those who carried the ark of the LORD took six steps and then David sacrificed an ox and a fatling calf.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
When those who carried the ark of the LORD had gone six steps, David sacrificed a bull and a fattened calf.

Jubilee Bible 2000
And it was so that when those that bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

King James 2000 Bible
And it was so, that when they that bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

American King James Version
And it was so, that when they that bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatted calves.

American Standard Version
And it was so, that, when they that bare the ark of Jehovah had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And when they that carried the ark of the Lord had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a ram:

Darby Bible Translation
And it was so, that when they that bore the ark of Jehovah had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatted beast.

English Revised Version
And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.

Webster's Bible Translation
And it was so, that when they that bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings.

World English Bible
It was so, that, when those who bore the ark of Yahweh had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened calf.

Young's Literal Translation
And it cometh to pass, when those bearing the ark of Jehovah have stepped six steps, that he sacrificeth an ox and a fatling.
Parallel Commentaries
Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary

6:12-19 It became evident, that happy was the man who had the ark near him. Christ is indeed a Stone of stumbling, and a Rock of offence, to those that are disobedient; but to those that believe, he is a Corner-stone, elect, precious, 1Pe 2:6-8. Let us be religious. Is the ark a blessing to others' houses? We may have it, and the blessing of it, without fetching it away from our neighbours. David, at first setting out, offered sacrifices to God. We are likely to speed in our enterprises, when we begin with God, and give diligence to seek peace with him. And we are so unworthy, and our services are so defiled, that all our joy in God must be connected with repentance and faith in the Redeemer's atoning blood. David attended with high expressions of joy. We ought to serve God with our whole body and soul, and with every endowment and power we possess. On this occasion David laid aside his royal robes, and put on a plain linen dress. David prayed with and for the people, and as a prophet, solemnly blessed them in the name of the Lord.

Pulpit Commentary

Verse 13. - When they that bare the ark of Jehovah had gone six, paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings; Hebrew, an ox and a fatling. Many suppose that David sacrificed an ox and a fatling every six paces along the whole way from the house of Obed-Edom, which was probably near or even in Jerusalem, unto the tent prepared for the ark in Zion. "Evidently the way to the holy city was a way of blood. The stained streets of Zion, the rivers of blood, the slaughtered heaps and the blaze of altar fires formed a strange contrast to the dancing, the singing, and the harping of the multitudes who crowded the city" (Sime, 'Kingdom of All Israel,' p. 288). It is not necessary to suppose, with some objectors, that the ark waited till each sacrifice was completed, or that the road thus lined with victims was many miles in length. The ark did not remain at Perez-Uzzah, but was carried in silent awe to the house of a Levite; and such a house probably was not to be found until they were inside the city walls. There were no country houses in a region lately twice ravaged by the Philistines. But there is an objection to this view, namely, that it is not the sense of the Hebrew. What is there said is that at starting, after stepping six paces, David sacrificed an ox and a fatling (by the hands, of course, of the priests), to ask a blessing upon the removal of the ark, and avert all misfortune. In Chronicles we read nothing of this, but of a sacrifice of seven bullocks and seven rams, offered by the Levites. The one was David's offering made at the beginning, to consecrate the removal; the other was made at the end, and was a thank offering of the Levites, because they had carried the ark safely (1 Chronicles 15:26). The Vulgate has a remarkable addition to ver. 12, taken doubtless by Jerome from manuscripts which existed in his day. It is as follows: "There were with David seven choruses and a calf as victim." The fact is not in itself improbable, and means that the musicians and dancers were divided into bands which mutually relieved one another. And as a sacrifice was also a feast, each band had a calf provided for it. The LXX. omits the thirteenth verse altogether, and substitutes for it, "And seven choruses accompanied him. bearing the ark, and a calf and Iambs as a sacrifice."

Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible

And it was so, that when they that bare the ark of the Lord,.... The Levites; for now David had seen the former mistake, and rectified it, and ordered the Levites to "carry" it, as they did upon their shoulders, with the staves therein, see 1 Chronicles 15:2; when these

had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatlings; upon an altar, which was at once erected for that purpose; the number and kind of sacrifices offered were seven bullocks and seven rams, 1 Chronicles 15:26; and these David offered, not by himself, but by the priests that were with him, and that as soon as they had gone six paces from the house of Obededom; whereby they perceived the Levites, were able to carry the ark, with what was in it, the Lord helping them, as in 1 Chronicles 15:2, and without stumbling and falling, or any evil attending them; and Kimchi thinks these six paces were just the measure of the ground Uzzah went before what befell him; but it is highly probable that he had gone further; however, no doubt by the order of David, the Levites set down the ark, and sacrifices were offered by way of thanksgiving to God, and for the continuance of his goodness, and for atonement for former errors. Some think these seven oxen and rams were offered, at seven different times and places, at every six paces an ox and a ram; but this is not very likely.

Jamieson-Fausset-Brown Bible Commentary

13. when they that bare the ark … had gone six paces—Some think that four altars were hastily raised for the offering of sacrifices at the distance of every six paces (but see on [264]1Ch 15:26).

2 Samuel 6:13 Additional Commentaries
Context
The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
12Now it was told King David, saying, "The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, on account of the ark of God." David went and brought up the ark of God from the house of Obed-edom into the city of David with gladness. 13And so it was, that when the bearers of the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling. 14And David was dancing before the LORD with all his might, and David was wearing a linen ephod.…
Cross References
Matthew 22:4
"Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'

Numbers 4:15
"After Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy furnishings and all the holy articles, and when the camp is ready to move, only then are the Kohathites to come and do the carrying. But they must not touch the holy things or they will die. The Kohathites are to carry those things that are in the tent of meeting.

Joshua 3:3
giving orders to the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the Levitical priests carrying it, you are to move out from your positions and follow it.

1 Kings 8:5
and King Solomon and the entire assembly of Israel that had gathered about him were before the ark, sacrificing so many sheep and cattle that they could not be recorded or counted.

1 Chronicles 15:2
Then David said, "No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the LORD chose them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister before him forever."

1 Chronicles 15:15
And the Levites carried the ark of God with the poles on their shoulders, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.
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And it was so, that when they that bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed oxen and fatted calves.

when they

Numbers 4:15 And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, …

Numbers 7:9 But to the sons of Kohath he gave none…

Joshua 3:3 And they commanded the people, saying, When you see the ark of the …

1 Chronicles 15:2,15,25,26 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: …

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1 Kings 8:5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled …

2 Chronicles 5:6 Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled …

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