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Perez-Uzzah

PEREZ-UZZAH pĭr’ əz uz’ ə (פֶּ֣רֶץ עֻזָּ֔ה in 2 Sam 6:8 or פֶּ֣רֶץ עֻזָּ֔א in 1 Chron 13:11, LXX Διακοπὴ̀ ̓Οζα meaning the breach of Uzzah). The name of the place where God struck Uzzah dead for touching the Ark of the covenant.

Both 2 Samuel 6:6-11 and 1 Chronicles 13:9-14 record the sin of Uzzah. As the Ark was being transported on an oxcart, Uzzah reached and touched it to stop it from tipping. God killed him for that, and David in anger named the place Perez-uzzah. The site is unknown, but must be between Jerusalem and Kiriath-jearim to the W.