2 Samuel 6:13
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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.

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.

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:

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.

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Keil and Delitzsch Biblical Commentary on the Old Testament

When the procession had reached the threshing-floor of Nachon, Uzzah stretched out his hand to lay hold of the ark, i.e., to keep it from falling over with the cart, because the oxen slipped. And the wrath of the Lord was kindled, and God slew Uzzah upon the spot. Goren nachon means "the threshing-floor of the stroke" (nachon from נכה, not from כּוּן); in the Chronicles we have goren chidon, i.e., the threshing-floor of destruction or disaster (כּידון equals כּיד, Job 21:20). Chidon is probably only an explanation of nachon, so that the name may have been given to the threshing-floor, not from its owner, but from the incident connected with the ark which took place there. Eventually, however, this name was supplanted by the name Perez-uzzah (2 Samuel 6:8). The situation of the threshing-floor cannot be determined, as all that we can gather from this account is that the house of Obed-edom the Gathite was somewhere near it; but no village, hamlet, or town is mentioned.

(Note: If it were possible to discover the situation of Gath-rimmon, the home of Obed-edom (see at 2 Samuel 6:10), we might probably decide the question whether Obed-edom was still living in the town where he was born or not. But according to the Onom., Kirjath-jearim was ten miles from Jerusalem, and Gath-rimmon twelve, that is to say, farther off. Now, if these statements are correct, Obed-edom's house cannot have been in Gath-rimmon.)

Jerome paraphrases הבּקר שׁמטוּ כּי thus: "Because the oxen kicked and turned it (the ark over." But שׁמט does not mean to kick; its true meaning is to let go, or let lie (Exodus 23:11; Deuteronomy 15:2-3), hence to slip or stumble. The stumbling of the animals might easily have turned the cart over, and this was what Uzzah tried to prevent by laying hold of the ark. God smote him there "on account of the offence" (שׁל, ἁπ. λεγ. from שׁלה, in the sense of erring, or committing a fault). The writer of the Chronicles gives it thus: "Because he had stretched out his hand to the ark," though of course the text before us is not to be altered to this, as Thenius and Bertheau suggest.

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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...

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 covenant of the LORD your God...

1 Chronicles 15:2,15,25,26 Then David said, None ought to carry the ark of God but the Levites: for them has the LORD chosen to carry the ark of God...

oxen

1 Kings 8:5 And king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel, that were assembled to him, were with him before the ark...

2 Chronicles 5:6 Also king Solomon, and all the congregation of Israel that were assembled to him before the ark, sacrificed sheep and oxen...

Cross References
Matthew 22:4
Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, "See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast."'

Numbers 4:15
And when Aaron and his sons have finished covering the sanctuary and all the furnishings of the sanctuary, as the camp sets out, after that the sons of Kohath shall come to carry these, but they must not touch the holy things, lest they die. These are the things of the tent of meeting that the sons of Kohath are to carry.

Joshua 3:3
and commanded the people, "As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it.

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

1 Chronicles 15:2
Then David said that no one but the Levites may carry the ark of God, for the LORD had chosen them to carry the ark of the LORD and to minister to him forever.

1 Chronicles 15:15
And the Levites carried the ark of God on their shoulders with the poles, as Moses had commanded according to the word of the LORD.

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