2 Samuel 6:13
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.

Berean Study Bible
When those carrying the ark of the LORD had advanced six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened calf.

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.

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

Contemporary English Version
The people carrying the chest walked six steps, then David sacrificed an ox and a choice cow.

Good News Translation
After the men carrying the Covenant Box had gone six steps, David had them stop while he offered the LORD a sacrifice of a bull and a fattened calf.

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.

New Heart English Bible
And it was so, that, when those who bore the ark of the LORD had gone six steps, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened 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.

JPS Tanakh 1917
And it was so, that when they that bore the ark of the LORD had gone six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fatling.

New American Standard 1977
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.

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.

Brenton Septuagint Translation
And there were with him bearing the ark seven bands, and for a sacrifice a calf and lambs.

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.
Study Bible
The Ark Brought to Jerusalem
12Now it was reported to King David, “The LORD has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that belongs to him, because of the ark of God.” So David went and had the ark of God brought up from the house of Obed-edom into the City of David with rejoicing. 13When those carrying the ark of the LORD had advanced six paces, he sacrificed an ox and a fattened calf. 14And David, wearing a linen ephod, danced with all his might before the LORD,…
Cross References
Matthew 22:4
Again, he sent other servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and fatlings have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'

Numbers 4:15
When Aaron and his sons have finished covering the holy objects and all their equipment, as soon as the camp is ready to move, the Kohathites shall come and do the carrying. But they must not touch the holy objects, or they will die. These are the transportation duties of the Kohathites regarding the Tent of Meeting.

Joshua 3:3
and commanded the people: "When you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God being carried by the Levitical priests, you are to set out from your positions and follow it.

1 Kings 8:5
There, before the ark, King Solomon and all the congregation of Israel who had assembled with him sacrificed so many sheep and oxen that they could not be counted or numbered.

1 Chronicles 15:2
Then David said, "No one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, because the LORD has chosen 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 on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded in accordance with the word of the LORD.

Treasury of Scripture

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, 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.

Joshua 3:3
And they commanded the people, saying, When ye see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God, and the priests the Levites bearing it, then ye shall remove from your place, and go after it.

oxen

1 Kings 8:5
And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled unto him, were with him before the ark, sacrificing sheep and oxen, that could not be told nor numbered for multitude.

2 Chronicles 5:6
Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled unto him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen, which could not be told nor numbered for multitude.







Lexicon
When
כִּ֧י (kî)
Conjunction
Strong's Hebrew 3588: A relative conjunction

those carrying
נֹשְׂאֵ֥י (nō·śə·’ê)
Verb - Qal - Participle - masculine plural construct
Strong's Hebrew 5375: To lift, carry, take

the ark
אֲרוֹן־ (’ă·rō·wn-)
Noun - common singular construct
Strong's Hebrew 727: A chest, ark

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

had advanced
צָעֲד֛וּ (ṣā·‘ă·ḏū)
Verb - Qal - Perfect - third person common plural
Strong's Hebrew 6805: To pace, step regularly, to mount, to march, to hurl

six
שִׁשָּׁ֣ה (šiš·šāh)
Number - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 8337: Six (a cardinal number)

paces,
צְעָדִ֑ים (ṣə·‘ā·ḏîm)
Noun - masculine plural
Strong's Hebrew 6806: A pace, regular step

he sacrificed
וַיִּזְבַּ֥ח (way·yiz·baḥ)
Conjunctive waw | Verb - Qal - Consecutive imperfect - third person masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 2076: To slaughter for sacrifice

an ox
שׁ֖וֹר (šō·wr)
Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 7794: A head of cattle (bullock, ox, etcetera)

and a fattened calf.
וּמְרִֽיא׃ (ū·mə·rî)
Conjunctive waw | Noun - masculine singular
Strong's Hebrew 4806: A fatling, fatlings
(13) They that bare the ark.--David no longer presumed to violate the law, but took care that the ark should be borne by the proper persons. In 1 Chronicles 15 a detailed account is given of the sanctification of the priests and Levites for the purpose, and of the musical arrangements.

Had gone six paces.--As soon as the removal of the ark had been successfully begun, David offered sacrifices of thanksgiving and of prayer; and again, when the journey was completed, "they offered burnt sacrifices and peace offerings before God" (2Samuel 6:17, 1Chronicles 16:1). The work was begun and ended with solemn sacrifice. It is quite unnecessary to suppose that offerings were made at each six steps of the way, for although this might have been possible, it is not recorded. Of course, David offered these sacrifices, like all Israel" in 1Kings 8:62, through the ministration of the priests whom he had called together.

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." 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.
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