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2 Samuel 6:1-2 Contemporary English Version (CEV)

David Brings the Sacred Chest Back to Jerusalem

David brought together thirty thousand of Israel’s best soldiers and led them to Baalah in Judah, which was also called Kiriath-Jearim. They were going there[a] to get the sacred chest and bring it back to Jerusalem. The throne of the Lord All-Powerful is above the winged creatures[b] on top of this chest, and he is worshiped there.[c]


  1. 6.2 to Baalah. . . there: The Dead Sea Scrolls and 1 Chronicles 13.6; the Standard Hebrew Text “from Baalah in Judah. They had gone there.”
  2. 6.2 winged creatures: Two golden statues of winged creatures were on top of the sacred chest and were symbols of the Lord’s throne on earth (see Exodus 25.18).
  3. 6.2 he is worshiped there: Or “the chest belongs to him.”

2 Samuel 6:1-2 New International Version (NIV)

The Ark Brought to Jerusalem

David again brought together all the able young men of Israel—thirty thousand. He and all his men went to Baalah[a] in Judah to bring up from there the ark of God, which is called by the Name,[b] the name of the Lord Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim on the ark.


  1. 2 Samuel 6:2 That is, Kiriath Jearim (see 1 Chron. 13:6)
  2. 2 Samuel 6:2 Hebrew; Septuagint and Vulgate do not have the Name.
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