Now 1the hand of the LORD was heavy on the Ashdodites, and 2He ravaged them and smote them with 3tumors, both Ashdod and its territories.
When the men of Ashdodsaw 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."
So they sent and 4gatheredall 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 broughtaround to Gath." And they brought the ark of the God of Israel around.
9After they had brought it around, 5the hand of the LORD was against the city with verygreatconfusion; and He smote the men of the city, bothyoung and old, so that 6tumorsbroke out on them.
So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And as the ark of Godcame to Ekron the Ekronitescried out, saying, "They have brought the ark of the God of Israelaround to aus, to killbus and cour people."
They 7sent therefore and gatheredall the lords of the Philistines and said, "Sendaway the ark of the God of Israel, and let it return to its own place, so that it will not killdus and eour people." For there was a deadlyconfusionthroughout the city; 8the hand of God was veryheavythere.
And the menwho did not die were smitten with tumors and 9the cry of the citywent up to heaven.