7 the Philistines were afraid. “A god hasa come into the camp,” they said. “Oh no! Nothing like this has happened before.

Read 1 Samuel 4:7 Using Other Translations

And the Philistines were afraid, for they said, God is come into the camp. And they said, Woe unto us! for there hath not been such a thing heretofore.
the Philistines were afraid, for they said, "A god has come into the camp." And they said, "Woe to us! For nothing like this has happened before.
they panicked. “The gods have come into their camp!” they cried. “This is a disaster! We have never had to face anything like this before!