But God struck down1 some of the men of Beth Shemesh, putting seventya of them to death because they had looked2 into the ark of the LORD. The people mourned because of the heavy blow the LORD had dealt them,
and the men of Beth Shemesh asked, "Who can stand3 in the presence of the LORD, this holy4 God? To whom will the ark go up from here?"
Then they sent messengers to the people of Kiriath Jearim,5 saying, "The Philistines have returned the ark of the LORD. Come down and take it up to your place."