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1 Samuel 5 (New American Standard)

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Capture of the Ark Provokes God

1 Now the Philistines took the ark of God and 1brought it from Ebenezer to 2Ashdod. 2 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to 3the house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. 3 When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, 4Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and 5set him in his place again. 4 But when they arose early the next morning, behold, 6Dagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. And the head of Dagon and both the palms of his hands were cut off on the threshold; aonly the trunk of Dagon was left to him. 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon's house 7tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day. 6 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. 7 When the men of Ashdod saw 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." 8 So they sent and 11gathered all 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 brought around to Gath." And they brought the ark of the God of Israel around. 9 After they had brought it around, 12the hand of the LORD was against the city with very great confusion; and He smote the men of the city, both young and old, so that 13tumors broke out on them. 10 So they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And as the ark of God came to Ekron the Ekronites cried out, saying, "They have brought the ark of the God of Israel around to bus, to kill cus and dour people." 11 They 14sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines and said, "Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it return to its own place, so that it will not kill eus and four people." For there was a deadly confusion throughout the city; 15the hand of God was very heavy there. 12 And the men who did not die were smitten with tumors and 16the cry of the city went up to heaven.
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