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1 Samuel 5:1–6:21
5 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it afrom Ebenezer to Ashdod. 2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of bDagon 1and set it by Dagon. 3 And when the people of Ashdod arose early in the morning, there was Dagon, cfallen on its face to the earth before the ark of the Lord. So they took Dagon and dset it in its place again. 4 And when they arose early the next morning, there was Dagon, fallen on its face to the ground before the ark of the Lord. eThe head of Dagon and both the palms of its hands were broken off on the threshold; only 2Dagon’s torso was left of it. 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor any who come into Dagon’s house ftread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
6 But the ghand of the Lord was heavy on the people of Ashdod, and He hravaged them and struck them with itumors, 3both Ashdod and its jterritory. 7 And when the men of Ashdod saw how it was, they said, “The ark of the kGod of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is harsh toward us and Dagon our god.” 8 Therefore they sent and gathered to themselves all the llords of the Philistines, and said, “What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?”
And they answered, “Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried away to mGath.” So they carried the ark of the God of Israel away. 9 So it was, after they had carried it away, that nthe hand of the Lord was against the city with a very great destruction; and He struck the men of the city, both small and great, 4and tumors broke out on them.
10 Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. So it was, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, “They have brought the ark of the God of Israel to us, to kill us and our people!” 11 So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, “Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go back to its own place, so that it does not kill us and our people.” For there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there. 12 And the men who did not die were stricken with the tumors, and the ocry of the city went up to heaven.
6 Now the ark of the Lord was in the country of the Philistines seven months. 2 And the Philistines acalled for the priests and the diviners, saying, “What shall we do with the ark of the Lord? Tell us how we should send it to its place.”
3 So they said, “If you send away the ark of the God of Israel, do not send it bempty; but by all means return it to Him with ca trespass offering. Then you will be healed, and it will be known to you why His hand is not removed from you.”
They answered, d“Five golden tumors and five golden rats, according to the number of the lords of the Philistines. For the same plague was on all of 1you and on your lords. 5 Therefore you shall make images of your tumors and images of your rats that eravage the land, and you shall fgive glory to the God of Israel; perhaps He will glighten 2His hand from you, from hyour gods, and from your land. 6 Why then do you harden your hearts ias the Egyptians and Pharaoh hardened their hearts? When He did mighty things among them, jdid they not let the people go, that they might depart? 7 Now therefore, make ka new cart, take two milk cows lwhich have never been yoked, and hitch the cows to the cart; and take their calves home, away from them. 8 Then take the ark of the Lord and set it on the cart; and put mthe articles of gold which you are returning to Him as a trespass offering in a chest by its side. Then send it away, and let it go. 9 And watch: if it goes up the road to its own territory, to nBeth Shemesh, then He has done 3us this great evil. But if not, then owe shall know that it is not His hand that struck us—it happened to us by chance.”
10 Then the men did so; they took two milk cows and hitched them to the cart, and shut up their calves at home. 11 And they set the ark of the Lord on the cart, and the chest with the gold rats and the images of their tumors. 12 Then the cows headed straight for the road to Beth Shemesh, and went along the phighway, lowing as they went, and did not turn aside to the right hand or the left. And the lords of the Philistines went after them to the border of Beth Shemesh.
13 Now the people of Beth Shemesh were reaping their qwheat harvest in the valley; and they lifted their eyes and saw the ark, and rejoiced to see it. 14 Then the cart came into the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and stood there; a large stone was there. So they split the wood of the cart and offered the cows as a burnt offering to the Lord. 15 The Levites took down the ark of the Lord and the chest that was with it, in which were the articles of gold, and put them on the large stone. Then the men of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices the same day to the Lord. 16 So when rthe five lords of the Philistines had seen it, they returned to Ekron the same day.
17 sThese are the golden tumors which the Philistines returned as a trespass offering to the Lord: one for Ashdod, one for Gaza, one for Ashkelon, one for tGath, one for Ekron; 18 and the golden rats, according to the number of all the cities of the Philistines belonging to the five lords, both fortified cities and country villages, even as far as the large stone of Abel on which they set the ark of the Lord, which stone remains to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh.
19 Then uHe struck the men of Beth Shemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the Lord. 4He vstruck fifty thousand and seventy men of the people, and the people lamented because the Lord had struck the people with a great slaughter.
20 And the men of Beth Shemesh said, w“Who is able to stand before this holy Lord God? And to whom shall it go up from us?” 21 So they sent messengers to the inhabitants of xKirjath Jearim, saying, “The Philistines have brought back the ark of the Lord; come down and take it up with you.”
A Philistine idol
So with LXX, Syr., Tg., Vg.; MT Dagon
Probably bubonic plague. LXX, Vg. add And in the midst of their land rats sprang up, and there was a great death panic in the city.
Vg. and they had tumors in their secret parts
this calamity to us
Or He struck seventy men of the people and fifty oxen of a man
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