13:10 The Lord was so furious with Uzzah, 1 he killed him, because he reached out his hand and touched the ark. 2 He died right there before God. 3
1 tn Heb “and the anger of the
2 tn Heb “because he stretched out his hand over the ark.”
3 sn The modern reader might think God seemed to overreact here, but Israel needed a vivid object lesson of God’s holiness. By loading the ark on a cart, David had violated the instructions in God’s law (Exod 25:12-14; Num 4:5-6, 15). Uzzah’s action, however innocent it may seem, betrayed a certain lack of reverence for God’s presence. God had to remind his people that his holiness could not under any circumstances be violated.
4 tn Heb “because the
5 sn The name Perez Uzzah means in Hebrew “the outburst [against] Uzzah.”