Now the Philistinestook the ark of God and 1brought it from Ebenezer to 2Ashdod.
Then the Philistinestook the ark of God and brought it to 3the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon.
When the Ashdoditesaroseearly the nextmorning, behold, 4Dagon had fallen on his face to the groundbefore the ark of the LORD. So they tookDagon and 5set him in his placeagain.
But when they aroseearly the nextmorning, behold, 6Dagon had fallen on his face to the groundbefore the ark of the LORD. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cutoff on the threshold; aonly the trunk of Dagon was left to him.
5Thereforeneither the priests of Dagonnorall who enterDagon'shouse7tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to thisday.
Now 8the hand of the LORD was heavy on the Ashdodites, and 9He ravaged them and smote them with 10tumors, 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 11gatheredall 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, 12the hand of the LORD was against the city with verygreatconfusion; and He smote the men of the city, bothyoung and old, so that 13tumorsbroke 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 bus, to killcus and dour people."
They 14sent 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 killeus and four people." For there was a deadlyconfusionthroughout the city; 15the hand of God was veryheavythere.
And the menwho did not die were smitten with tumors and 16the cry of the citywent up to heaven.