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1 Samuel 5:11

11 So they called together all the rulers of the Philistines and said, “Send the ark of the god of Israel away; let it go back to its own place, or ita will kill us and our people.” For death had filled the city with panic; God’s hand was very heavy on it.

Read 1 Samuel 5:11 Using Other Translations

So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the Philistines, and said, Send away the ark of the God of Israel, and let it go again to his own place, that it slay us not, and our people: for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city; the hand of God was very heavy there.
They sent therefore and gathered together 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, that it may not kill us and our people." For there was a deathly panic throughout the whole city. The hand of God was very heavy there.
The people summoned the Philistine rulers again and begged them, “Please send the Ark of the God of Israel back to its own country, or it will kill us all.” For the deadly plague from God had already begun, and great fear was sweeping across the town.

What does 1 Samuel 5:11 mean?

John Gill's Exposition of the Bible
1 Samuel 5:11

So they sent and gathered together all the lords of the
Philistines
As the men of Ashdod had done before on the same account, ( 1 Samuel 5:8 )

and said, send away the ark of the God of Israel;
as these lords were united in their government, and made one common cause of it against Israel, one could not dispose of this capture without the consent of the rest; otherwise the lord of Ekron, with his princes, were clearly in it that it was right and best to send it away out of any of their principalities:

and let it go again to its own place;
to the land of Israel and Shiloh there, though to that it never returned more:

that it slay us not, and our people;
that is, all of them, for great numbers had been slain already, as follows:

for there was a deadly destruction throughout all the city;
a mortal disease went through the whole city, and swept away a multitude of people:

the hand of God was very heavy there;
it seems by the expression to haste been heavier on the inhabitants of this city than upon those of Ashdod and Gath, which made them the more pressing to get rid of the ark.

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