5:25 David did just as the Lord commanded him, and he struck down the Philistines from Gibeon all the way to Gezer. 1
6:1 David again assembled 2 all the best 3 men in Israel, thirty thousand in number. 6:2 David and all the men who were with him traveled 4 to 5 Baalah 6 in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God which is called by the name 7 of the Lord of hosts, who sits enthroned between the cherubim that are on it.
1 tn Heb “from Gibeon until you enter Gezer.”
2 tn The translation understands the verb to be a defective spelling of וַיְּאֱסֹף (vayyÿ’esof) due to quiescence of the letter א (alef). The root therefore is אסף (’sf, “to gather”). The Masoretes, however, pointed the verb as וַיֹּסֶף (vayyosef), understanding it to be a form of יָסַף (yasaf, “to add”). This does not fit the context, which calls for a verb of gathering.
3 tn Or “chosen.”
4 tn Heb “arose and went.”
5 tn Heb “from,” but the following context indicates they traveled to this location.
7 tc The MT has here a double reference to the name (שֵׁם שֵׁם, shem shem). Many medieval Hebrew