And the men of Kirjathjearim came, and fetched up the ark of the LORD,
and brought it into the house of Abinadab in the hill, and sanctified Eleazar
his son to keep the ark of the LORD. And it came to pass, while the ark abode
in Kirjathjearim, that the time was long; for it was twenty
years: and all the house of Israel lamented after the LORD.
And afterward they desired a king: and God gave unto them Saul the son of Cis, a
man of the tribe of Benjamin, by the space of forty years.
1 Sam.7:1-2 says that the ark of the covenant was brought to Abinadab's
house and that it stayed there for 20 years. This was before Saul was made king
But according to 2 Sam.6:2-3, David removed the ark
from Abinadab's house. And Acts 13:21 says
that Saul (David's predecessor) was king for 40 years. So the ark must have
been at Abinadab's house for more than 40 years.