And these are the golden emerods, which the Philistines
returned for a trespass offering unto the Lord
Along with the ark:
for Ashdod one, for Gaza one, for Ashkelon, one, for Gath one, for Ekron
which were the five principalities of the Philistines that belonged to the five lords before mentioned; and each of these were at the expense of a golden emerod, and sent it along with the ark to make atonement for the offence they had been guilty of in taking and detaining it.