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Matthew Henry

Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary - 1 Chronicles 13:9-14

This breach upon Uzza, which caused all the joy to cease, we had an account of, 2 Sam. 6:6-8 1. Let the sin of Uzza warn us all to take heed of presumption, rashness, and irreverence, in dealing about holy things (1 Chron. 13:9), and not to think that a good intention will justify a bad action. In our communion with God we must carefully watch over our own hearts, lest familiarity breed contempt, and we think God is in any way beholden to us. 2. Let the punishment of Uzza convince us that the... read more

John Gill

John Gills Exposition of the Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 13:5-14

So David gathered all Israel together ,.... The principal of them, even 30,000 select men, 2 Samuel 6:1 . from Shihor of Egypt ; or the Nile of Egypt, as the Targum and other Jewish writers, called Shihor from the blackness of its water, see Jeremiah 2:18 though some think the river Rhinocurura is meant, which both lay to the south of the land of Israel: even unto the entering of Hamath ; which the Targum interprets of Antiochia, which lay to the north of the land; so that this... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 13:1-14

Before viewing this chapter in any detail, there is a general impression which it makes, and that , though general, yet not vague, but of a commanding sort. Here is, so to put it, a certain day in a man's life, an important day, one looked for and consecrated to high end. It rose bright and its joy spread. With intense activity the work is set about, and it is at all events designed and superintended by a good man, though it is not possible that he should, in his own person, carry out... read more

Spence, H. D. M., etc.

The Pulpit Commentary - 1 Chronicles 13:11

Displeased . The Hebrew root. ( חָרָה ) betokens a mixture of anger and grief. It is the word used of Jonah (iv. 1, 9), and perhaps our English word "vexed" or "hurt," would convey its meaning. Had made a breach ; literally, had broken forth a breaking forth on Uzza ; i.e. had fiercely broken forth on Uzza. There are many exactly analogous uses of both verb and noun in the Hebrew. To this day . This phrase, also found in the parallel place, indicates the lapse of time from the... read more

Donald C. Fleming

Bridgeway Bible Commentary - 1 Chronicles 13:1-14

The ark comes to Jerusalem (13:1-16:7)David knew that part of the reason for Israel’s previous weakness was Saul’s lack of interest in its religious life. Even the ark of the covenant, symbol of God’s presence, lay forgotten in a country house. David set out to restore the ark to its rightful place at the centre of the nation’s religious life. In bringing the ark to Jerusalem, his aim was to make Jerusalem the religious, as well as the political, centre of Israel. But his plans suffered an... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Chronicles 13:1-14

1. The removal of the ark from Kiriath-jearim ch. 13The lesson the writer intended this incident to teach the readers is that Yahweh is holy and His people should not take His presence among them lightly (cf. Leviticus 10:1-11; Numbers 16). God’s presence is real, and His people must deal with it in harmony with His character (cf. Exodus 25-31). It would have been tempting to regard the rituals and physical objects used in worship as common. The writer warned his readers not to make this fatal... read more

Thomas Constable

Expository Notes of Dr. Thomas Constable - 1 Chronicles 13:1-43

D. David and the Ark chs. 13-16"In the Chronicler’s eyes David’s reign consisted of two great religious phases, his movement of the ark to Jerusalem (chs. 13-16) and his preparations for the building of the temple (chs. 17-19 or at least 17-22, 28, 29). The intent of the parallelism seems to be to mark the ends of these two phases with praise and prayer that both glorified Yahweh and spelled out his relationship to his people in theological terms appropriate to the Chronicler and his... read more

John Dummelow

John Dummelow's Commentary on the Bible - 1 Chronicles 13:1-14

The Removal of the Ark from Kirjath-jearimThis chapter merely expands 2 Samuel 6:1-11, with some unimportant differences.3. We enquired not at it] perhaps, better, ’we did not seek it,’ i.e. to convey it to a place of honour: cp. 1 Chronicles 15:13.5. Shihor of Egypt] usually employed to designate the Nile (Isaiah 23:3; Jeremiah 2:18), but here applied to the ’brook of Egypt’ (Joshua 15:4), the modern El Arish, a small stream on the borders of Egypt flowing into the Mediterranean. The entering... read more

Charles John Ellicott

Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers - 1 Chronicles 13:11

(11) Made a breach.—Ɓrokenforťh against. The same verb recurs in 1 Chronicles 14:11. (Comp. Exodus 19:22.)Wherefore that place is called.—Heb., and he (one) called that place.To this day.—It is not implied necessarily that the place was known by this name in the days of the Chronicles. The same phrase occurs in the parallel verse of Samuel, and the chronicler has merely given a exact transcript of his source. read more

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