1 Chronicles 15:13
New International Version
It was because you, the Levites, did not bring it up the first time that the LORD our God broke out in anger against us. We did not inquire of him about how to do it in the prescribed way."

New Living Translation
Because you Levites did not carry the Ark the first time, the anger of the LORD our God burst out against us. We failed to ask God how to move it properly."

English Standard Version
Because you did not carry it the first time, the LORD our God broke out against us, because we did not seek him according to the rule.”

Berean Study Bible
It was because you Levites were not with us the first time that the LORD our God burst forth in anger against us. For we did not consult Him about the proper order.”

New American Standard Bible
"Because you did not carry it at the first, the LORD our God made an outburst on us, for we did not seek Him according to the ordinance."

King James Bible
For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

Christian Standard Bible
For the LORD our God burst out in anger against us because you Levites were not with us the first time, for we didn't inquire of him about the proper procedures."

Contemporary English Version
The first time we tried to bring the chest to Jerusalem, we didn't ask the LORD what he wanted us to do. He was angry with us, because you Levites weren't there to carry the chest."

Good News Translation
Because you were not there to carry it the first time, the LORD our God punished us for not worshiping him as we should have done."

Holman Christian Standard Bible
For the LORD our God burst out in anger against us because you Levites were not with us the first time, for we didn't inquire of Him about the proper procedures."

International Standard Version
Because you didn't carry it from the very first, the LORD our God attacked us, since we didn't care for it appropriately."

NET Bible
The first time you did not carry it; that is why the LORD God attacked us, because we did not ask him about the proper way to carry it."

New Heart English Bible
For because you were not prepared the first time, the LORD our God made an outbreak against us, because we did not seek him according to the ordinance."

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Because you weren't there the first time, the LORD our God struck us. We hadn't dedicated our lives to serving him in the way [he] designated."

JPS Tanakh 1917
For because ye [bore it] not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought Him not according to the ordinance.'

New American Standard 1977
“Because you did not carry it at the first, the LORD our God made an outburst on us, for we did not seek Him according to the ordinance.”

Jubilee Bible 2000
for because ye did not do it thus at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us because we did not seek him according to his ordinance.

King James 2000 Bible
For because you did it not at the first, the LORD our God broke forth upon us, for we sought him not about the proper order.

American King James Version
For because you did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach on us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

American Standard Version
For because ye bare it not at the first, Jehovah our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not according to the ordinance.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
For because ye were not ready at the first, our God made a breach upon us, because we sought him not according to the ordinance.

Douay-Rheims Bible
Lest as the Lord at first struck us, because you were not present, the same should now also come to pass, by our doing some thing against the law.

Darby Bible Translation
For because ye did [it] not at the first, Jehovah our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

English Revised Version
For because ye bare it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not according to the ordinance.

Webster's Bible Translation
For because ye did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach upon us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

World English Bible
For because you didn't carry it at first, Yahweh our God made broke out against us, because we didn't seek him according to the ordinance."

Young's Literal Translation
because at the first it was not ye, Jehovah our God made a breach upon us, because we sought Him not according to the ordinance.'
Study Bible
Preparations to Move the Ark
12And he said to them, “You are the heads of the Levitical families. You and your relatives must consecrate yourselves so that you may bring the ark of the LORD, the God of Israel, to the place I have prepared for it. 13It was because you Levites were not with us the first time that the LORD our God burst forth in anger against us. For we did not consult Him about the proper order.”
Cross References
2 Samuel 6:3
They set the ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the house of Abinadab, which was on the hill. Uzzah and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, were guiding the new cart,

1 Chronicles 13:7
So they carried the ark of God from the house of Abinadab on a new cart, with Uzzah and Ahio guiding the cart.

1 Chronicles 13:10
And the anger of the LORD burned against Uzzah, and He struck him down because he had put his hand on the ark. So he died there before God.

Treasury of Scripture

For because you did it not at the first, the LORD our God made a breach on us, for that we sought him not after the due order.

ye did it

1 Chronicles 13:7-9
And they carried the ark of God in a new cart out of the house of Abinadab: and Uzza and Ahio drave the cart…

the Lord

1 Chronicles 13:10,11
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzza, and he smote him, because he put his hand to the ark: and there he died before God…

2 Samuel 6:7,8
And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Uzzah; and God smote him there for his error; and there he died by the ark of God…

for that

1 Chronicles 15:2
Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them hath the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God, and to minister unto him for ever.

Numbers 4:15
And when Aaron and his sons have made an end of covering the sanctuary, and all the vessels of the sanctuary, as the camp is to set forward; after that, the sons of Kohath shall come to bear it: but they shall not touch any holy thing, lest they die. These things are the burden of the sons of Kohath in the tabernacle of the congregation.

Numbers 7:9
But unto the sons of Kohath he gave none: because the service of the sanctuary belonging unto them was that they should bear upon their shoulders.







Lexicon
It was because
כִּ֛י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

you Levites
אַתֶּ֑ם (’at·tem)
Pronoun - second person masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 859: Thou and thee, ye and you

were not with us
לֹ֣א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

the first time
לְמַבָּרִ֥אשׁוֹנָ֖ה (lə·mab·bā·ri·šō·w·nāh)
Conjunctive waw, Article | Adjective - feminine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7223: First, in place, time, rank

that the LORD
יְהוָ֤ה (Yah·weh)
Noun - proper - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 3068: LORD -- the proper name of the God of Israel

our God
אֱלֹהֵ֙ינוּ֙ (’ĕ·lō·hê·nū)
Noun - masculine plural construct | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 430: gods -- the supreme God, magistrates, a superlative

burst forth in anger
פָּרַ֨ץ (pā·raṣ)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 6555: To break through

against us.
בָּ֔נוּ (bā·nū)
Preposition | first person common plural
Strong's Hebrew

For
כִּי־ (kî-)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

we did not
לֹ֥א (lō)
Adverb - Negative particle
Strong's Hebrew 3808: Not, no

consult Him
דְרַשְׁנֻ֖הוּ (ḏə·raš·nu·hū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - first person common plural | third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 1875: To tread, frequent, to follow, to seek, ask, to worship

about the proper order.”
כַּמִּשְׁפָּֽט׃ (kam·miš·pāṭ)
Preposition-k, Article | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4941: A verdict, a sentence, formal decree, divine law, penalty, justice, privilege, style
(13) For because ye did it not at the first.--The Hebrew seems to mean, for because on the first occasion it was not you (that is, the heads of the Levitical houses)--scil., who carried up the ark, but Uzza and Ahio, sons of Abinadab (2Samuel 6:3). The phrase so rendered only occurs here (l?mabb?rishon?h = "because at the first").

Our God made a breach.--Broke out upon us; referring to the sudden death of Uzza (1Chronicles 13:10). (Comp. Exodus 19:22; Exodus 19:24, same phrase.)

We sought him not (1Chronicles 13:3) after the due order.--The Ark was carried on a cart, instead of being borne by the sons of Kohath "on their shoulders, with the staves thereon" (1Chronicles 15:15; Numbers 4:15). Even the Kohathites themselves were forbidden to "touch any holy thing," as Uzza had ventured to do. It has been said that the "sanctity of institutions," as opposed to the "sanctity of a people under the government of a righteous God," is the leading idea of the Chronicles. It would be difficult to show how the sanctity of a people is to be secured, and how the government of a righteous God is to be realised, except in and through Divine institutions. As there is a "due order" by which God rules the physical world, so is there a corresponding order whereby His will is fulfilled in the spiritual sphere. There are positive institutions in Christianity as well as in Mosaism; and if we abolish the Divine authority of the one, why not of the other also?

Verse 13. - This verse purports to say that the Levites had been deficient in their duty in the double sense of not having themselves exclusively undertaken the removal of the ark, and not having executed that removal after the due order. 15:1-24 Wise and good men may be guilty of oversights, which they will correct, as soon as they are aware of them. David does not try to justify what had been done amiss, nor to lay the blame on others; but he owns himself guilty, with others, of not seeking God in due order
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