servant of Edom. (1.) "The Gittite" (probably so called because 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 intrusted the custody of the ark (1 Chr. 15:18). When David was bringing up the ark "from the house of Abinadab, that was in Gibeah" (probably some hill or eminence near Kirjath-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 (2 Sam. 6:1-12). There it remained for six 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. (2.) A Merarite Levite, a temple porter, who with his eight sons guarded the southern gate (1 Chr. 15:18, 21; 26:4, 8, 15). (3.) One who had charge of the temple treasures (2 Chr. 25:24).
They believed that her prayers brought a blessing on the family, as the ark of God did to the house of obed-edom.
How many families, besides the house of obed-edom, have been blessed "because of the ark of God!"
It had lain for three months in the house of obed-edom, and for twenty years been hidden at Kirjath-jearim.
All the time that David was "afraid" and without the ark, obed-edom was "blessed" with the ark.
When the ark had been left at the house of obed-edom, obed-edom was not afraid to take it in.
He ordered the men to take the ark into obed-edom's house beside the road and be careful to pick it up by the poles.