NASB — 1 Samuel 5 — KJV

Capture of the Ark Provokes God

1 Now the Philistines took the ark of God and abrought it from Ebenezer to bAshdod. 2 Then the Philistines took the ark of God and brought it to athe house of Dagon and set it by Dagon. 3 When the Ashdodites arose early the next morning, behold, aDagon had fallen on his face to the ground before the ark of the LORD. So they took Dagon and bset him in his place again. 4 But when they arose early the next morning, behold, aDagon 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; Ionly the trunk of Dagon was left to him. 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon nor all who enter Dagon’s house atread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod to this day.

[1] a1S 4:1; 7:12 bJsh 13:3
[2] aJg 16:23-30; 1Ch 10:8-10
[3] aIs 19:1; 46:1, 2 bIs 46:7
[4] ISo with ancient versions; Heb only Dagon aEzk 6:4, 6; Mi 1:7
[5] aZp 1:9

6 ¶ Now athe hand of the LORD was heavy on the Ashdodites, and bHe ravaged them and smote them with ctumors, 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 agathered 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, athe 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 btumors 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 Ius, to kill Ius and IIour people.” 11 They asent 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 Ius and IIour people.” For there was a deadly confusion throughout the city; bthe hand of God was very heavy there. 12 And the men who did not die were smitten with tumors and athe cry of the city went up to heaven.

[6] aEx 9:3; 1S 5:7, 11; Ps 32:4; 145:20; 147:6; Ac 13:11 b1S 6:5 cDt 28:27; Ps 78:66
[8] a1S 5:11; 29:6-11
[9] aDt 2:15; 1S 5:11; 7:13; 12:15 b1S 5:6
[10] ILit me IILit my
[11] ILit me IILit my a1S 5:8 b1S 5:6, 9
[12] aEx 12:30; Is 15:3


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The Philistines having brought the Ark into Ashdod set it in the house of Dagon.

1 ¶ And the Philistines took the ark of God, and brought it from Ebenezer unto Ashdod. 2 When the Philistines took the ark of God, they brought it into the house of Dagon, and set it by Dagon.

[1] Jsh 11:22; 1S 4:1, 11, 17, 22; 7:12; Ps 78:61; Ac 8:40.
[2] Jg 16:23; 1Ch 10:10; Dn 5:2, 23; Hab 1:11, 16.

Dagon is smitten down and cut in pieces, and they of Ashdod smitten with emerods.

3 ¶ And when they of Ashdod arose early on the morrow, behold, Dagon [was] fallen upon his face to the earth before the ark of the LORD. And they took Dagon, and set him in his place again. 4 And when they arose early on the morrow morning, behold, Dagon [was] fallen upon 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 upon the threshold; only [the stump of] Dagon was left to him. 5 Therefore neither the priests of Dagon, nor any that come into Dagon's house, tread on the threshold of Dagon in Ashdod unto this day. 6 But the hand of the LORD was heavy upon them of Ashdod, and he destroyed them, and smote them with emerods, [even] Ashdod and the coasts thereof. 7 And when the men of Ashdod saw that [it was] so, they said, The ark of the God of Israel shall not abide with us: for his hand is sore upon us, and upon Dagon our god.

[3] Ex 12:12; Ps 97:7; Is 19:1; 40:20; 41:7; 44:17; 46:1, 7; Jr 10:8; Zp 2:11; Mk 3:11; Lk 10:18; 2Co 6:14.
[4] Is 2:18; 27:9; Jr 10:11; 50:2; Ezk 6:4; Dn 11:8; Mi 1:7.
[5] Jsh 5:15; Ps 115:4; 135:15; Zp 1:9.
[6] Ex 9:3; Dt 28:27; 1S 5:7, 9, 11; 6:4, 5; Jb 31:3; Ps 32:4; 78:66; Ac 13:11.
[7] Ex 8:8, 28; 9:28; 10:7; 12:33; 1S 4:8; 5:3; 6:20; 2S 6:9; 1Ch 13:11; 15:13; Jr 46:25; 48:7.

So God dealeth with them of Gath, when it was brought thither:

8 They sent therefore and gathered all the lords of the Philistines unto them, and said, What shall we do with the ark of the God of Israel? And they answered, Let the ark of the God of Israel be carried about unto Gath. And they carried the ark of the God of Israel about [thither]. 9 And it was [so], that, after they had carried it about, the hand of the LORD was against the city with a very great destruction: and he smote the men of the city, both small and great, and they had emerods in their secret parts.

[8] 1S 17:4; Am 6:2; Zc 12:3.
[9] Dt 2:15; 1S 5:6, 11; 6:4, 11; 7:13; 12:15; Ps 78:66; Am 5:19; 9:1.

and so with them of Ekron, when it was brought thither.

10 ¶ Therefore they sent the ark of God to Ekron. And it came to pass, as the ark of God came to Ekron, that the Ekronites cried out, saying, They have brought about the ark of the God of Israel to us, to slay us and our people. 11 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. 12 And the men that died not were smitten with the emerods: and the cry of the city went up to heaven.

[10] Jsh 15:45; Jg 1:18; 2K 1:2; Am 1:8.
[11] 1S 5:6, 9; Is 13:7; Jr 48:42.
[12] Ex 12:30; 1S 9:16; 1K 19:17; Is 15:3; Jr 14:2; 25:34; 48:3; Am 5:19.


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