And take the ark of the Lord, and lay it upon the cart
Which was dispensed with in these uncircumcised Philistines, there being no other to do this service:
and put the jewels of gold;
or rather "vessels of gold" F16; the five golden emerods, and the five golden mice:
which ye return him for a trespass offering, in a coffer by the side
in a basket, as the Syriac version: in a scrip, as the Arabic; in a purse, or bag, as Josephus F17; which latter is probable enough:
and send it away, that it may go;
that is, set it a going, without any driver or guide; but leave it to take its course of itself to the land of Israel. Josephus F18 says it was set in a place where three ways met, that it might take which it might; and the taking of the right way must be a strong evidence of its being under the direction of God.