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Shmuel B/2 Samuel  6:1 - 7:17

Chapter 6

1 David once again gathered every chosen one in Israel, thirty thousand.  2 David rose up and went, with the entire people that was with him, from Baale-Judah to bring up from there the Ark of God upon which is called the Name - the Name of Hashem — Master of Legions, Who is enthroned upon the Cherubim — is upon it.  3 They placed the Ark of God upon a new wagon and bore it from the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah, and Uzzah and Ahio the sons of Abinadab guided the new wagon.  4 They bore it from the house of Abinadab that was in Gibeah, with the Ark of God, and Ahio walked in front of the Ark.  5 David and the entire House of Israel were rejoicing before Hashem with all the cypress-wood instruments, with harps, lyres, and drums, with timbrels and cymbals.

6 They came to the threshing-floor of Nahon — and Uzzah reached out to the Ark of God and grasped it, for the oxen had shifted it.  7 The anger of Hashem flared up against Uzzah and God struck him there for the error; Uzzah died there by the Ark of God.

8 David was upset because of the breach with which Hashem had broken forth against Uzzah; he called that place Breach of Uzzah to this very day.  9 David feared Hashem on that day, and he said - " How can the Ark of Hashem come to me?"  10 David refused to remove the Ark of Hashem to himself to the City of David; and David diverted it to the house of Obed-edom the Gittite.

11 The Ark remained in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite for three months, and Hashem blessed Obed-edom and his entire household.  12 It was related to King David, saying - "Hashem has blessed the house of Obed-edom and all that is his because of the Ark of God." So David went and he brought up the Ark of God from the house of Obed-edom to the City of David, with gladness.  13 Whenever the bearers of the Ark of Hashem walked six paces, he slaughtered an ox and a fatted ox.  14 David danced with all his strength before Hashem, and David was girdled in a linen tunic.  15 David and the entire House of Israel brought up the Ark of Hashem with loud joyous sound and the sound of the shofar.

16 When the Ark of Hashem arrived at the City of David, Michal daughter of Saul looked out the window and saw King David leaping and dancing before Hashem, and she was contemptuous of him in her heart.

17 They brought the Ark of Hashem and set it up in its place, in the tent that David had pitched for it; and David brought up olah-offerings before Hashem, and peace-offerings.  18 When David had finished bringing up the olah-offering and the peaceoffering, he blessed the people with the Name of Hashem, Master of Legions.  19 He distributed to all the people, to all the multitude of Israel, to man and woman alike, a loaf of bread, a portion of beef, and a container of wine; then the entire people, everyone, went to his home.

~ Sephardim and Chabad Chassidim conclude the Haftarah here ~

20 David returned to bless his household. Michal daughter of Saul went out to meet David and she said, "How honored was the king of Israel today, who exposed himself today in the eyes of his servants' maidservants, as one of the boors might expose himself!"

21 David answered Michal, "Before Hashem who chose me over your father and over his entire household to appoint me as ruler over the people of Hashem, of Israel — before Hashem did I rejoice.  22 Had I held myself even more lightly than this and had I been lowly in my own eyes — and with the maidservants of whom you spoke, among them will I be honored!"

23 Michal daughter of Saul had no child, until the day of her death.

Chapter 7

1 When the king dwelled in his home and Hashem had given him rest from his enemies all around,  2 the king said to Nathan the prophet, "See now, I dwell in a house of cedarwood while the Ark of God dwells within the curtain!"  3 Nathan said to the king, "Whatever is in your heart, go and do, for Hashem is with you."

4 That night the word of Hashem came to Nathan, saying:  5 "Go and say to My servant, to David, 'So says Hashem, will you build a house for My dwelling?  6 For I have not dwelt in a house from the day I brought the Children of Israel up from Egypt to this day, and I have moved about in a tent and a tabernacle.  7 Wherever I moved about among all the Children of Israel, did I say a word to one of the leaders of Israel, whom I have appointed to shepherd My people Israel, saying - "Why have you not built Me a house of cedarwood?" '  8 And now, so shall you say to My servant David, 'So says Hashem, Master of Legions, I have taken you from the sheepfold, from following the flock, to become ruler over My people, over Israel.  9 And I was with you wherever you went, I cut down all your enemies before you, and I gave you great renown, like the renown of the great men who are in the world.  10 I dedicated a place for My people, for Israel; I planted him there and he dwelt in his place so that he shall tremble no more; iniquitous people will no more afflict him as before.  11 From the day that I appointed judges over My people Israel and gave you rest from all your enemies, and Hashem told you that Hashem will make a dynasty for you.  12 When your days are completed and you lay with your forefathers, I shall establish after you your offspring who will issue from your loins, and I shall establish his kingdom.  13 He shall build a house for My sake, and I shall establish the throne of his kingdom forever.  14 I shall be a Father unto him and he shall be a son unto Me; therefore, when he sins, I shall chastise him with the rod of men and with afflictions of human beings.  15 But My kindness will not be removed from him as I removed it from Saul, whom I removed from before you.  16 The security of your house and your kingdom will be forever before you; your throne will be established forever.'"

17 In accordance with all these words and this entire vision, so Nathan spoke to David.


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