But the hand of the Lord was heavy on them of Ashdod
Not only on their idol, but on themselves; it had crushed him to pieces, and now it fell heavy on them to their destruction:
and he destroyed them;
either by the disease after mentioned they were smitten with, or rather with some other, since that seems not to be mortal, though painful; it may be with the pestilence:
and smote them with emerods;
more properly haemorrhoids, which, as Kimchi says, was the name of a disease, but he says not what; Ben Gersom calls it a very painful disease, from whence comes a great quantity of blood. Josephus F21 takes it to be the dysentery or bloody flux; it seems to be what we commonly call the piles, and has its name in Hebrew from the height of them, rising up sometimes into high large tumours:
even Ashdod and the coasts thereof;
not only the inhabitants of the city were afflicted with this disease, but those of the villages round about.
F21 Antiqu. l. 6. c. 1. sect. 1.