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1 Samuel 6:19

Overview - 1 Samuel 6
After seven months the Philistines take counsel how to send back the ark.
10 They bring it on a new cart with an offering unto Beth-shemesh.
19 The people are smitten for looking into the ark.
21 They send to them of Kirjath-jearim to fetch it.
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1 Samuel 6:19  (King James Version)
And he smote the men of Bethshemesh, because they had looked into the ark of the LORD, even he smote of the people fifty thousand and threescore and ten men: and the people lamented, because the LORD had smitten many of the people with a great slaughter.

he smote
Exodus 19:21 ; Leviticus 10:1-3 ; Numbers 4:4 Numbers 4:5 Numbers 4:15 Numbers 4:20 ; Deuteronomy 29:29 ; 2 Samuel 6:7
1 Chronicles 13:9 1 Chronicles 13:10 ; Colossians 2:18 ; 1 Peter 4:17

fifty thousand
As it is very improbable that the village of Beth-shemesh should contain, or be capable of employing, 1 Samuel 6:50 1 Samuel 6:070 ; men in the fields at wheat harvest, much less that they could all peep into the ark, and from the uncommon manner in which it is expressed in the original, it is generally allowed that there is some corruption in the text, or that some explanatory word is omitted. The Hebrew is {shivim ish, chamishim aileph ish,} literally, "seventy men, fifty thousand men:" so LXX. [ .]
Vulgate, {septuaginta viros, et quinquaginta millia plebis,} "70 (chief) men, and 1 Samuel 6:50 1 Samuel 6:000 ; common people." Targum, {besabey
mma,} "of the elders of the people 70 men, {ovekahala,} and
in the congregation 1 Samuel 6:50 1 Samuel 6:000 ; men." But the Syriac, {chamsho alphin weshivin gavrin,} "5,000 and 70 ; men;" with which the Arabic agrees; while Josephus has only [ ,] seventy men; and three reputable MSS of Dr. Kennicott's also omit "50,000 men." Some learned men, however, would render, by supplying [Mm,] {mem,} "70 men; fifty out of a thousand;" which
supposes about 1 Samuel 6:1 1 Samuel 6:400 ; present, and that a twentieth part were slain.

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