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HEBREW: 5798 aze `Uzza' or hze `Uzzah
NAVE: Uzza Uzzah
EBD: Uzza Uzzah
Uz | Uz, The land of | Uzai | Uzal | Uzza, The Garden Of | Uzzah | Uzzen Sheerah | Uzzen-sherah | Uzzensherah | Uzzi | Uzzia


In Bible versions:

a Levite; head of a group of temple servants in Ezra's time
son Abinadab, the Levite who kept the ark for David
son of Shimei, a Levite of the clan of Merari

strength; goat
Google Maps: Uzza (31° 46´, 35° 14´)


Strongs #05798: aze `Uzza' or hze `Uzzah

Uzza or Uzzah = "strength"

n pr m
1) a man slain by Jehovah for touching the sacred ark
2) a Benjamite of the sons of Ehud
3) ancestor of a family of temple slaves who returned from exile with
4) a Merarite Levite

n pr loc
5) the garden where kings Manasseh and Amon of Judah were buried

5798 `Uzza' ooz-zaw'

or (Uzzah {ooz-zaw'}; feminine of 5797; strength; Uzza or
Uzzah, the name of five Israelites:-Uzza, Uzzah.
see HEBREW for 05797

Uzza [EBD]

strengh, a garden in which Manasseh and Amon were buried (2 Kings 21:18, 26). It was probably near the king's palace in Jerusalem, or may have formed part of the palace grounds. Manasseh may probably have acquired it from some one of this name.

Uzzah [EBD]

strength, a son of Abinadab, in whose house the men of Kirjath-jearim placed the ark when it was brought back from the land of the Philistines (1 Sam. 7:1). He with his brother Ahio drove the cart on which the ark was placed when David sought to bring it up to Jerusalem. When the oxen stumbled, Uzzah, in direct violation of the divine law (Num. 4:15), put forth his hand to steady the ark, and was immediately smitten unto death. The place where this occurred was henceforth called Perez-uzzah (1 Chr. 13:11). David on this feared to proceed further, and placed the ark in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite (2 Sam. 6:2-11; 1 Chr. 13:6-13).

Uzza [NAVE]

1. See: Uzzah, 1. 2. Proprietor of the burial place of kings Manasseh and Amon, 2 Kin. 21:18, 26.
3. Son of Shimei, 1 Chr. 6:29.
4. Son of Ehud, 1 Chr. 8:7.
5. One of the Nethinim, Ezra 2:49; Neh. 7:51.

Uzzah [NAVE]

1. Called also Uzza, son of Abinadab. Driver of the cart in moving the ark, 2 Sam. 6:3; 1 Chr. 13:7.
Stricken dead for touching the ark, 2 Sam. 6:6-8; 1 Chr. 13:9-11.
2. See: Uzza, 2.


  1. A Benjamite of the sons of Ehud. (1 Chronicles 8:7) (B.C. 1445.)
  2. Elsewhere called UZZA, OR UZZAH. (1 Chronicles 13:7,9,10,11) [UZZA, OR UZZAH]
  3. The children of Uzza were a family of Nethinim who returned with Zerubbabel. (Ezra 2:49; Nehemiah 7:51) (B.C. before 536.)
  4. Properly Uzzah. As the text now stands, Uzzah is a descendant of Merari, (1 Chronicles 6:29) (14); but there appears to be a gap in the verse. Perhaps he is the same as Zina or Zizah the son of Shimei. (1 Chronicles 23:10,11) for these names evidently denote the same person, and, in Hebrew character, are not unlike Uzzah.


(strength), one of the sons of Abinadab, in whose house at Kirjath-jearim the ark rested for twenty years. Uzzah probably was the second and Ahio the third. They both accompanied its removal when David first undertook to carry it to Jerusalem. (B.C. 1043.) Ahio apparently went before the new cart, (1 Chronicles 13:7) on which it was placed, and Uzzah walked by the side. "At the threshing-floor of Nachon" (2 Samuel 6:6) or Chidon (1 Chronicles 13:9) perhaps slipping over the smooth rock oxen stumbled. Uzzah caught the ark to prevent its falling. The profanation was punished by his instant death to the great grief of David, who named the place Perez-uzzah (the breaking-forth on Uzzah). But Uzzah?s fate was not merely the penalty of his own rashness. The improper mode of transporting the ark, which ought to have been borne on the shoulders of the Levites was the primary cause of his unholy deed; and David distinctly recognized it as a punishment on the people in general "because we sought him not after the due order."


UZZA; UZZAH - uz'-a, uz'-a ('uzzah (2 Sam 6:6-8), otherwise `uzza' meaning uncertain):

(1) One of those who accompanied the ark on its journey from Kiriath-jearim toward David's citadel (2 Sam 6:3-8, "Uzzah" = 1 Ch 13:7-11, "Uzza"). From the text of 2 Sam 6:3-8, as generally corrected with the help of Septuagint, it is supposed that Uzzah walked by the side of the ark while Ahio (or "his brother") went in front of it. The word which describes what happened to the oxen is variously translated; the Revised Version (British and American) has "stumbled"; others render it, "They let the oxen slip," "The oxen shook (the ark)." Uzzah, whatever it be that took place, caught hold of the ark; something else happened, and Uzzah died on the spot. If the word translated "rashness" (Revised Version margin) in 2 Sam 6:7 (not "error" as English Versions of the Bible) is to be kept in the text, Uzzah would be considered guilty of too little reverence for the ark; but the words "for (his) rashness" are lacking in the Septuagint (Codex Vaticanus), while 1 Ch 13:10 has "because he put forth his hand to the ark," and further no such Hebrew word as we find here is known to us. The older commentators regarded the death as provoked by non-observance of the provisions about the ark as given in the Pentateuch, but it is generally believed today that these were not known in David's time.

What is clear is that Uzzah's act led to an accident of some kind, and the event was regarded by David as inauspicious, so that the journey with the ark was discontinued. We know how the Old Testament writers represent events as due to divine intervention where we would perhaps discern natural causes.

(2) The garden of Uzza (2 Ki 21:18,26). Manasseh the king is said (2 Ki 21:18) to have been "buried in the garden of his own house, in the garden of Uzza"; and Amon (2 Ki 21:26) "was buried in his sepulchre in the garden of Uzza." It has been suggested that "Uzza"--"Uzziah" ('uzziyah) = Azariah" (compare 2 Ki 15:1-6). The garden of Manasseh would then be identical with that of Uzziah, by whom it was originally laid out. 2 Ch 33:20 does not mention the garden.

(3) Son of Shimei, a Merarite (1 Ch 6:29 (Hebrew 14)), the Revised Version (British and American) "Uzzah," the King James Version "Uzza."

(4) A descendant of Ehud, and head of a Benjamite family (1 Ch 8:7, "Uzza"). Hogg, JQR, 102 ff (1893) (see Curtis, Chron., 156-59), finds a proper name "Iglaam" in 1 Ch 8:6, and so reads "and Iglaam begot Uzza and Abishabar."

(5) Head of a Nethinim family that returned from Babylon (Ezr 2:49) = "Uzza" of Neh 7:51.

David Francis Roberts

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