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Capture of the Ark Provokes God
1 Now the Philistines took the ark of God and brought R152 it from Ebenezer to Ashdod. R153 2 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to the R154 house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. 3 When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon R155 had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and set R156 him in his place again. 4 But when they arose early the next morning, behold, Dagon R157 had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; only F44 the trunk of Dagon was left to him. 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon's house tread R158 on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.
6 Now the R159 hand of the LORD was heavy on the Ashdodites, and He R160 ravaged them and smote them with tumors, R161 both Ashdod and its territories. 7 When the men of Ashdod saw that it was so, they said, "The ark of the God of Israel must not remain with us, for His hand is severe on us and on Dagon our god." 8 So they sent and gathered R162 all the lords of the Philistines to them and said, "What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel?" And they said, "Let the ark of the God of Israel be brought around to Gath." And they brought the ark of the God of Israel around. 9 After they had brought it around, the R163 hand of the LORD was against the city with very great confusion; and He smote the men of the city, both young and old, so that tumors R164 broke out on them. 10 So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And as the ark of God came to Ekron the Ekronites cried out, saying, "They have brought the ark of the God of Israel around to us, F45 to kill us F45 and our F46 people." 11 They sent R165 therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines and said, "Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it return to its own place, so that it will not kill us F47 and our F48 people." For there was a deadly confusion throughout the city; the R166 hand of God was very heavy there. 12 And the men who did not die were smitten with tumors and the R167 cry of the city went up to heaven.
F44: So with ancient versions; Hebrew only Dagon
F45: Lit me
F45: Lit me
F46: Lit my
F47: Lit me
F48: Lit my
R152: 1 Samuel 4:1; 7:12
R153: Joshua 13:3
R154: Judges 16:23-30; 1 Chronicles 10:8-10
R155: Isaiah 19:1; 46:1,2
R156: Isaiah 46:7
R157: Ezekiel 6:4,6; Micah 1:7
R158: Zephaniah 1:9
R159: Exodus 9:3; 1 Samuel 5:7,11; Psalms 32:4; 145:20; 147:6; Acts 13:11
R160: 1 Samuel 6:5
R161: Deuteronomy 28:27; Psalms 78:66
R162: 1 Samuel 5:11; 29:6-11
R163: Deuteronomy 2:15; 1 Samuel 5:11; 7:13; 12:15
R164: 1 Samuel 5:6
R165: 1 Samuel 5:8
R166: 1 Samuel 5:6,9
R167: Exodus 12:30; Isaiah 15:3
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