A son of Abinadab, in whose house the men of Kirjath-jearim placed the ark of the covenant when it was brought back from the land of the Philistines.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,2 put forth his hand to steady the ark, and was immediately struck down and died. The place where this occurred was henceforth called Perez-uzzah.3 David on this feared to proceed further, and placed the ark in the house of Obed-Edom the Gittite.4



  1. 1 Sam. 7:1.
  2. Num. 4:15.
  3. 1 Chr. 13:11.
  4. 2 Sam. 6:2-11; 1 Chr. 13:6-13.


  • Easton, M.G. (1897). Easton's Bible Dictionary. New York: Harper & Brothers.

This article incorporates text from Easton’s Bible Dictionary (1897) by M.G. Easton, which is in the public domain.