Chapter 13: The Ark Brought From Kiryath Yearim
1 Then David consulted with the captains of thousands and hundreds and with every leader. 2 And David said to all the assembly of Ysrayl, “If it seems good to you and if it is of Yah our Almighty, let us send out to our brothers everywhere who are left in all the land of Ysrayl and with them to the priests and Levites who are in their cities and their common-lands, that they may gather together to us–3 And let us bring the ark of our Yah back to us, for we have not inquired at it since the days of Shaul”. 4 Then all the assembly said that they would do so, for the thing was right in the eyes of all the people.
5 So David gathered all Ysrayl together, from Shihor in Egypt to as far as the entrance of Hamath, to bring the ark of Yah from Kiryath Yearim. 6 And David and all Ysrayl went up to Baalah (called Baale Yahudah in 2 Shemuyah 6:2), to Kiryath Yearim, which belonged to Yahudah, to bring up from there the ark of Yah the Father, who dwells between the cherubim, where His name is proclaimed. 7 So they carried the ark of Yah on a new cart from the house of Abinadab and Uzzayah and Ahio drove the cart. 8 Then David and all Ysrayl played music before Yah with all their might, with singing, on harps, on stringed instruments, on tambourines, on cymbals and with trumpets.
9 And when they came to Chidon’s (called Nachon in 2 Shemuyah 6:6) threshing floor, Uzzayah put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. 10 Then the anger of Yah was aroused against Uzzayah and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark and he died there before Yah. 11 And David became angry because of Yah’s outbreak against Uzzayah. Therefore, that place is called Perez Uzzayah (literally outburst against Uzzayah) to this day. 12 David was afraid of Yah that day saying, “How can I bring the ark of Yah to me”?
13 So David would not move the ark with him into the City of David but took it aside into the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite. 14 The ark of Yah remained with the family of Obed-Edom in his house three months. And Yah blessed the house of Obed-Edom and all that he had.
Chapter 14: David Established at Yahrushalom
1 Now Hiram King of Tyre sent messengers to David and cedar trees, with masons and carpenters, to build him a house. 2 So David knew that Yah had established him as king over Ysrayl, for his kingdom was highly exalted for the sake of His people Ysrayl.
3 Then David took more wives in Yahrushalom and David begot more sons and daughters. 4 And these are the names of his children whom he had in Yahrushalom: Shammua (spelled Shimea in 3:5), Shobab, Nathan, Solomon– 5 Ibhar, Ylishua, Ylpelet (spelled yliphelet in 3:6)–6 Nogah, Nepheg, Yaphia–7 Ylishama, Beeliada (spelled Yliada in 3:8) and Yliphelet.
The Philistines Defeated
8 Now when the Philistines heard that David had been anointed king over all Ysrayl, all the Philistines went up to search for David. And David heard of it and went out against them. 9 Then the Philistines went and made a raid on the Valley of Rephaim. 10 And David inquired of Yah saying, “Shall I go up against the Philistines? Will you deliver them into my hand?” Yah said to him, “Go up, for I will deliver them into your hand”. 11 So they went up to Baal Perazim and David defeated them there. Then David said, “Yah has broken through my enemies by my hand like a breakthrough of water”. Therefore they called the name of that place Baal Perazim (literally Master of Breakthroughs). 12 And when they left their gods there, David gave a commandment and they were burned with fire.
Yah Helps David: Yah Tells David How to Defeat the Philistines Again
13 Then the Philistines once again made a raid on the valley. 14 Therefore, David inquired again of Yah and Yah said to him, “You shall not go up after them. Circle around them and come upon them in front of the mulberry trees. 15 And it shall be, when you hear a sound of marching in the tops of the mulberry trees, then you shall go out to battle, for Yah has gone out before you to strike the camp of the Philistines”. 16 So David did as Yah commanded him and they drove back the army of the Philistines from Gibeon as far as Gezer. 17 Then the fame of David went out into all lands and Yah brought the fear of Him upon all nations.