2 Samuel 6: 3, 6-7 and 14


What do the rabbis say about these verses, in general? And more specifically, in verse 2 who is “they”? And verses 6-7, and finally what about David wearing the “linen ephod? Was this the ephod worn by the High Priest?






  1. The Malbim, one of the classic commentaries on Tanach, explains that “they” is referring to the “chosen men of Israel.” They were the representatives of the most important people from al the cities and towns in Israel.

    The Malbim also explains that the linen tunic was a simple piece of clothing and not his royal robes. That way he showed the people that before God there is no royalty, per se, because all human beings are equally insignificant when compared to God.

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