Bible Names N-Z: Obed-Edom
Obed-Edom in Easton's Bible Dictionary
servant of Edom. (1.) "The Gittite" (probably so called
he was a native of Gath-rimmon), a Levite of the
family of the
Korhites (1 Chr. 26:1, 4-8), to whom was specially
custody of the ark (1 Chr. 15:18). When David was
the ark "from the house of Abinadab, that was in
(probably some hill or eminence near Kirjath-
jearim), and had
reached Nachon's threshing-floor, he became afraid
the "breach upon Uzzah," and carried it aside into
the house of
Obededom (2 Sam. 6:1-12). There it remained for six
was to him and his house the occasion of great
then removed it with great rejoicing to Jerusalem,
and set it in
the midst of the tabernacle he had pitched for it.
(2.) A Merarite Levite, a temple porter, who with
sons guarded the southern gate (1 Chr. 15:18, 21;
26:4, 8, 15).
(3.) One who had charge of the temple treasures (2
Obed-Edom in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. 2 Samuel 6:11. (On his title "the Gittite".) Gath-rimmon
was a city of the Levite Kohathites in Dan (Joshua 21:24).
He was a Kohathite and distinguished by his title "Gittite"
from Obed Edom, son of Jeduthun, a Merarite (1 Chronicles
16:38). frontGITTITE.) Lived near Perez Uzzah, on the way
from Kirjath Jearim to Jerusalem. After Uzzah's stroke David
in fear took the ark aside to the house of Obed Edom.
Instead of the Levites bearing the ark (as was commanded,
Numbers 7:9), David had put it in a cart, in the Philistine
fashion (1 Samuel 6:8). His turning aside from the direct
way to go to Obed Edom's house is accounted for by his
sudden fear owing to the punishment of Uzzah's presumption;
he goes to a Kohathite Levite, one of the family especially
appointed to bear the ark on their shoulders, and deposits
the ark with him, conscious that he himself might have been
punished for irregularity.
Accordingly, in 1 Chronicles 15 we find the ark was
no longer taken in a cart, but borne on the Levites'
shoulders, with Obed Edom "a doorkeeper for the ark," and it
is emphatically said it was "as Moses commanded, according
to the word of Jehovah" (1 Chronicles 15:15; 1 Chronicles
15:18; 1 Chronicles 15:24). The minute propriety of these
details establishes the truthfulness of the narrative of the
divine visitation on Uzzah. The Lord blessed Obed Edom and
all his household in consequence during its three months'
stay with him; so David brought it up front Obed Edom's
house with joy. While the ark brought a plague every one was
glad to be rid of it; but when it brought a blessing to Obed
Edom, they wished for it. Many will own a blessing ark; he
is an Obed Edom indeed that will own a persecuted, tossed,
banished ark (Trapp). "God blessed him" with eight sons who
were temple porters (1 Chronicles 26:1-5; 1 Chronicles
Obed Edom and his sons guarded the S. temple gate
and the house Asuppim, i.e. "of gatherings", a store of the
temple goods near the S. gate in the outer court (1
Chronicles 26:15). Obed Edom was doorkeeper for the ark (1
Chronicles 15:24). Those whom the Lord hath blessed, and who
have received God's ark into their home and heart, are best
fitted to serve in the sanctuary and to open the kingdom of
heaven ministerially. The site of his house is still pointed
out, a very green plateau, Kuryet es saideh "the abode of
the blessed," on the way from Kirjath Jearim to Jerusalem, a
little beyond Khirbet el Uz (Perez Uzzah). In 1 Chronicles
16:38 Obed Edom the singer appears distinct from Obed Edom
the "porter" or gatekeeper (1 Chronicles 16:4-5; 1
Chronicles 16:38). Obed Edom and his colleagues could not
possibly at the same time as porters precede, and as singers
come after, the priests and the ark.
2. (See OBED EDOM (1).) A Merarite Levite of the
second degree (1 Chronicles 16:38).
3. A Levite in Amaziah's time, having charge of the
vessels of God's house, taken captive with the king by Joash
king of Israel at Bethshemesh battle (2 Chronicles 25:23-
24). Probably sprung from "Obed Edom the Gittite." The
blessed of the Lord shall dwell in the Lord's house forever.
Obed-Edom in Hitchcock's Bible Names
servant of Edom
Obed-Edom in Naves Topical Bible
-1. A Korhite Levite
Doorkeeper of the ark of the covenant
1Ch 15:18,24; 26:4-8
David leaves the ark of the covenant with
2Sa 6:10; 1Ch 13:13,14
The ark of the covenant removed from
2Sa 6:12; 1Ch 15:25
Appointed to sound with harps
Appointed to minister before the ark of the covenant
-2. A doorkeeper of the temple
-3. A conservator of the vessels of the temple in the time of
Obed-Edom in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(servant of Edom).
1. A Levite, described as a Gittite, 2Sa 6:10,11 that
is, probably, a native of the Levitical city of Gath-rimmon in
Manasseh, which was assigned to the Kohathites. Jos 21:25
(B.C. 1045.) After the death of Uzzah, the ark, which was
being conducted from the house of Abinadab in Gibeah to the
city of David, was carried aside into the house of Obed edom,
where it continued three months. It was brought thence by
David. 2Sa 6:12; 1Ch 15:25
2. "Obed-edom the son of Jeduthun" 1Ch 16:38 a
Merarite Levite, appears to be a different person from the
last mentioned. He was a Levite of the second degree and a
gate-keeper for the ark, 1Ch 15:18,24 appointed to sound "with
harps on the Sheminith to excel." 1Ch 15:21; 16:5 (B.C. 1043.)
Obed-Edom in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
o'-bed-e'-dom (`obhedh 'edhowm (2 Ch 25:24), `obhedd 'edhom
(2 Sam 6:10; 1 Ch 13:13,14; 15:25), but elsewhere without
hyphen, "servant of (god) Edom"; so W. R. Smith, Religion of
Semites (2), 42, and H. P. Smith, Samuel, 294 f, though
others explain it as = "servant of man"): In 2 Sam
6:10,11,12; 1 Ch 13:13,14 a Philistine of Gath and servant
of David, who received the Ark of Yahweh into his house when
David brought it into Jerusalem from Kiriath-jearim. Because
of the sudden death of Uzzah, David was unwilling to proceed
with the Ark to his citadel, and it remained three months in
the house of Obed-edom, "and Yahweh blessed Obed-edom, and
all his house" (2 Sam 6:11). According to 1 Ch 13:14 the Ark
had a special "house" of its own while there. He is probably
the same as the Levite of 1 Ch 15:25. In 1 Ch 15:16-21 Obed-
edom is a "singer," and in 1 Ch 15:24 a "doorkeeper," while
according to 1 Ch 26:4-8,15 he is a Korahite doorkeeper, to
whose house fell the overseership of the storehouse (26:15),
while 1 Ch 16:5,38 names him as a "minister before the ark,"
a member of the house or perhaps guild of Jeduthun (see 2 Ch
Obed-edom is an illustration of the service rendered to
Hebrew religion by foreigners, reminding one of the Simon of
Cyrene who bore the cross of Jesus (Mt 27:32, etc.). The
Chronicler naturally desired to think that only Levites
could discharge such duties as Obed-edom performed, and
hence, the references to him as a Levite.
David Francis Roberts.
Obed-Edom in Wikipedia
Obed-Edom - servant of Edom.
"The Gittite" (probably so called because he was a native of
Gath-rimmon), a Levite of the family of the Korhites, to
whom was specially entrusted the custody of the ark. When
David was bringing up the ark "from the house of Abinadab,
that was in Gibeah" (probably some hill or eminence near
Kiriath-jearim), and had reached Nachon's threshing-floor, he
became afraid because of the "breach upon Uzzah", and carried
it aside into the house of Obededom. There it remained for
three months and was to him and his house the occasion of
great blessing. David then removed it with great rejoicing to
Jerusalem, and set it in the midst of the Tabernacle he had
pitched for it.
A Merarite Levite, a temple porter, who with his eight sons
guarded the southern gate.
One who had charge of the Temple in Jerusalem's treasures.
Obed-Edom Scripture - 1 Chronicles 16:5
Asaph the chief, and next to him Zechariah, Jeiel, and
Shemiramoth, and Jehiel, and Mattithiah, and Eliab, and
Benaiah, and Obededom: and Jeiel with psalteries and with
harps; but Asaph made a sound with cymbals;
Obed-Edom Scripture - 2 Chronicles 25:24
And [he took] all the gold and the silver, and all the vessels
that were found in the house of God with Obededom, and the
treasures of the king's house, the hostages also, and returned
Obed-Edom Scripture - 2 Samuel 6:10
So David would not remove the ark of the LORD unto him into
the city of David: but David carried it aside into the house
of Obededom the Gittite.
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