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 1 Samuel 6:1 - 7:2
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   Book of 1 Samuel
   Chapter 6
6:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
When the ark of the LORD had been in Philistine territory seven months,
 
6:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
the Philistines called for the priests and the diviners and said, "What shall we do with the ark of the LORD? Tell us how we should send it back to its place."
 
6:3 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They answered, "If you return the ark of the god of Israel, do not send it away empty, but by all means send a guilt offering to him. Then you will be healed, and you will know why his hand has not been lifted from you."
 
6:4 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The Philistines asked, "What guilt offering should we send to him?" They replied, "Five gold tumors and five gold rats, according to the number of the Philistine rulers, because the same plague has struck both you and your rulers.
 
6:5 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Make models of the tumors and of the rats that are destroying the country, and pay honor to Israel's god. Perhaps he will lift his hand from you and your gods and your land.
 
6:6 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Why do you harden your hearts as the Egyptians and Pharaoh did? When he F21 treated them harshly, did they not send the Israelites out so they could go on their way?
 
6:7 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
"Now then, get a new cart ready, with two cows that have calved and have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up.
 
6:8 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Take the ark of the LORD and put it on the cart, and in a chest beside it put the gold objects you are sending back to him as a guilt offering. Send it on its way,
 
6:9 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
but keep watching it. If it goes up to its own territory, toward Beth Shemesh, then the LORD has brought this great disaster on us. But if it does not, then we will know that it was not his hand that struck us and that it happened to us by chance."
 
6:10 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So they did this. They took two such cows and hitched them to the cart and penned up their calves.
 
6:11 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
They placed the ark of the LORD on the cart and along with it the chest containing the gold rats and the models of the tumors.
 
6:12 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then the cows went straight up toward Beth Shemesh, keeping on the road and lowing all the way; they did not turn to the right or to the left. The rulers of the Philistines followed them as far as the border of Beth Shemesh.
 
6:13 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Now the people of Beth Shemesh were harvesting their wheat in the valley, and when they looked up and saw the ark, they rejoiced at the sight.
 
6:14 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The cart came to the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh, and there it stopped beside a large rock. The people chopped up the wood of the cart and sacrificed the cows as a burnt offering to the LORD.
 
6:15 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The Levites took down the ark of the LORD, together with the chest containing the gold objects, and placed them on the large rock. On that day the people of Beth Shemesh offered burnt offerings and made sacrifices to the LORD.
 
6:16 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
The five rulers of the Philistines saw all this and then returned that same day to Ekron.
 
6:17 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
These are the gold tumors the Philistines sent as a guilt offering to the LORD - one each for Ashdod, Gaza, Ashkelon, Gath and Ekron.
 
6:18 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
And the number of the gold rats was according to the number of Philistine towns belonging to the five rulers - the fortified towns with their country villages. The large rock, on which F22 they set the ark of the LORD, is a witness to this day in the field of Joshua of Beth Shemesh.
 
6:19 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
But God struck down some of the men of Beth Shemesh, putting seventy F23 of them to death because they had looked into the ark of the LORD. The people mourned because of the heavy blow the LORD had dealt them,
 
6:20 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
and the men of Beth Shemesh asked, "Who can stand in the presence of the LORD, this holy God? To whom will the ark go up from here?"
 
6:21 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
Then they sent messengers to the people of Kiriath Jearim, saying, "The Philistines have returned the ark of the LORD. Come down and take it up to your place."
 
   Chapter 7
7:1 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
So the men of Kiriath Jearim came and took up the ark of the LORD. They took it to Abinadab's house on the hill and consecrated Eleazar his son to guard the ark of the LORD.
 
7:2 - In Context | Read Chapter | Discuss this Verse ]
Multi-Translation ]
It was a long time, twenty years in all, that the ark remained at Kiriath Jearim, and all the people of Israel mourned and sought after the LORD.
 

FOOTNOTES:
F21 That is, God
F22 A few Hebrew manuscripts (see also Septuagint); most Hebrew manuscripts villages as far as Greater Abel, where
F23 A few Hebrew manuscripts; most Hebrew manuscripts and Septuagint 50,070

 
 

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