Bible Names N-Z: Uzzah
Uzzah in Easton's Bible Dictionary
strength, a son of Abinadab, in whose house the men of
Kirjath-jearim placed the ark when it was brought back
land of the Philistines (1 Sam. 7:1). He with his
drove the cart on which the ark was placed when David
bring it up to Jerusalem. When the oxen stumbled,
direct violation of the divine law (Num. 4:15), put
hand to steady the ark, and was immediately smitten
The place where this occurred was henceforth called
(1 Chr. 13:11). David on this feared to proceed
placed the ark in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite
6:2-11; 1 Chr. 13:6-13).
Uzzah in Fausset's Bible Dictionary
1. A Benjamite, of Ehud's sons (1 Chronicles 8:7).
2. Children of Uzza; Nethinim who returned with
Zerubbabel (Ezra 2:49; Nehemiah 7:51).
3. A descendant of Merari (1 Chronicles 6:29).
Uzzah in Hitchcock's Bible Names
Uzzah in Naves Topical Bible
-1. Also called UZZA, son of Abinadab
Driver of the cart when moving the ark of the covenant
2Sa 6:3; 1Ch 13:7
Stricken dead for touching the ark of the covenant
2Sa 6:6-8; 1Ch 13:9-11
See UZZA, Number two
Uzzah in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(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, 1Ch
13:7 on which it was placed, and Uzzah walked by the side. "At
the threshing-floor of Nachon" 2Sa 6:6 or Chidon 1Ch 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."
Uzzah in the Bible Encyclopedia - ISBE
uz'-a, uz'-a ('uzzah (2 Sam 6:6-8), otherwise `uzza' meaning
(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
(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
Uzzah in Wikipedia
According to the Tanakh, Uzzah (fl. 1010 BC) was an
Israelite whose death is associated with touching the Ark of
the Covenant. He was the 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. With his brother Ahio, he
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, steadied the ark with
his hand, and was immediately killed. The place where this
occurred was then called Perez-uzzah. David feared to
proceed further, and placed the ark in the house of Obed-edom
Uzzah Scripture - 2 Samuel 6:3
And they set the ark of God upon a new cart, and brought it
out of the house of Abinadab that [was] in Gibeah: and Uzzah
and Ahio, the sons of Abinadab, drave the new cart.
Uzzah Scripture - 2 Samuel 6:6
And when they came to Nachon's threshingfloor, Uzzah put forth
[his hand] to the ark of God, and took hold of it; for the
oxen shook [it].
Uzzah Scripture - 2 Samuel 6:8
And David was displeased, because the LORD had made a breach
upon Uzzah: and he called the name of the place Perezuzzah to
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